Children given this label often struggle with completing tasks and paying attention. When given instructionsinvolving more than one task, they are not likely to accomplish all the tasks. They can be easily distractedby other things around them, such as conversations, toys, electronics (tv, computer, ipod, etc) , music, other people, their pet—just about anything. They may begin a school assignment, but then “zone out” before it is finished. They also tend to be disorganized. The school desk/locker, back pack and bedroom can be very messy. They may “forget” things such as where they put their book or to turn in their homework. These children are typically very bright and can try to use charm to cope with their struggles.

Parents, teachers, and other adults in these children’s lives tend to be frustrated because they are convinced their child “can do it if they will just apply themselves.” You may say, “I know they can do it, I’ve seen them do it before.” “They can do it when they WANT to.” “When it’s important enough to them, they can focus.”

Some children experience hyperactivity—are in constant motion and may be well coordinated. Others, however, may struggle with gross and/or fine motor skills.

Parents With Purpose can help you help your child!

During the evaluation, we look at every level and pathway of the brain to get a specific picture of your child’s strengths and also of areas of disorganization in the brain. Children with challenges in areas of attention and focus need targeted programs for:

• Sensory pathways—how does their brain receive and then process sound, texture/touch/temperature, smell, taste, and visual information
• Reflexes—Motor skills, both fine motor (handwriting, manipulating small objects, dressing, etc.) and gross motor (walking, running, jumping, catching, throwing, etc.) are dependent on reflexes
• Organization Foundation—The Mobility Pathway is one of the main organizers of the brain. Specifically, crawling (on the belly) organizes the pons. Creeping (on hands and knees) organizes the midbrain. This organization not only helps the sensory pathways function, but also motor coordination and memory.
• Nutrition is an important component for EVERY brain, but for those with these challenges it is particularly important. Between 50% and 90% of your neurotransmitters are manufactured in your digestive system. Appropriate nutrition is KEY for the chemical balance in your child’s brain. “Brain
fog” and activity levels are heavily influence by diet.

Once you understand:

WHERE in the brain there is disorganization
HOW to target stimulation to those specific regions of the brain
WHY certain programs work to improve certain brain functions
It becomes much easier for you to:
• provide a DAILY PROGRAM designed for your child’s progress (daily = 5 days a week)
• implement an excellent NUTRITION program to boost brain processing power

As you help your child become proficient in these programs, you are organizing, stimulating and integrating brain function as a foundation for success!

Taking the Brain Development 101 Seminar is the next step to gaining the necessary understanding of why your child does what they do, and most importantly, how YOU—as their parent—can HELP them.