Since 1982, hundreds of educators and therapists have brought the Learning Breakthrough Program to students for a wide variety of issues. The foundational brain structures that the program focusses on make this powerful, drug-free approach suitable for a wide array of challenges as well as general "brain fitness" for those without any specific challenges.
The Learning Breakthrough Program has a profound impact on neural network development and the brain's recall efficiency, both of which affect memory and the retrieval of information.
Dr. Edward Hallowell on Neuroplasticity, Sensory Processing, Alternative Learning Programs and Vision Therapy
Learning Breakthrough is one of the alternative therapy programs that I use and recommend to clients in my Hallowell Centers and also to my readers across the world. Clients continue to ask about the program, and the ones who have stayed in the program for an extended period of time have reported positive results.
According to a NBC News video segment on children's health, ADHD has seen a rise to a new record level of 11 percent of kids currently diagnosed with ADHD. Including nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States being diagnosed with ADHD.
Read the full article text here, where Dr. Hallowell, a friend of The Learning Breakthrough Program is cited as a leading expert in the report.
- We hear a lot these days about playing certain computer games as a way to better "brain fitness" as well as puzzles and brain teaser tests.
- Studies have shown that aerobic exercise is good for brain health.
- Proper nutrition through quality eating and/or supplements can have a positive impact.
- Connection to people, love and social engagement all add to a more healthy brain.
Well, that is a good question, one that the medical and scientific world is yet to fully answer. But as a parent, should we really wait until the "jury is out"? Are adhd and video games connected? Can playing too much video games also cause ADD, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities? Certainly an important question...
The American Academy of Pediatricians urge NO time in front of a screen for kids under 2 and no more than 2 hours for older children.
Common sense tells us, as does a lot of the information floating around, that too much screen time makes for poor sleep, reduced creativity, more bullying, increased obesity and problems paying attention. Iowa State University researchers found middle school kids spending more than 2 hours a day in front of a screen are twice as likely to have attention issues as compared to those children who spent less than 2 hours. This was reported by their teachers! There is disturbing research out of Singapore and the UK as well.
Whether or not you believe there is a such thing as "gaming or internet addiction", it appears that more harm than good to child development results from excessive screen time.
So, remove tv sets from bedrooms, help your kid find other activities (there are "games" other than on the computer, remember?), turn off the tv during meals, set limits for screen use and set a good example yourself.
I have had parents tell me that they have their child do a 15 minute Learning Breakthrough Program segment after playing video games just before doing homework. The brain organizing activities of the Learning Breakthrough Program along with the visual eye tracking exercises that are involved help stay on task and make reading and learning better. Children may benefit from this 15 minutes of targeted physical exercises that work on their brain's as a pre-cursor to doing their homework. Imagine trying to do your "homework" after coming out of an intense visual movie for instance...
It seems possible that ADHD and video games are linked, but what do you think?
Also see this excellent video supporting there is a connection between the two:
A Breakthrough Success Story
I want to introduce you this week to Susan. Susan has taken the Learning Breakthrough Program to areas that people have been asking about for years.
Look at this recent news article found in the largest newspaper in N. Ireland that Susan recieved by helping parents and families in the UK.
A little background
Let me tell you about a few things I have learned from Susan after working with her for the past 2 years:
Susan worked in insurance for 26 years (the last 15 as a financial advisor) before deciding to provide the Learning Breakthrough Program.
She started providing the program to her friends on a trial basis, in her part time.
Now Susan makes a full-time living helping and supporting people who are looking for solutions that the Learning Breakthrough Program can provide.
Last week I interviewed Susan over Skype, to talk about the successes she has experienced in the past couple years.
Here are a few takeaways from the interview
She had 2 young boys struggling with low concentration, bad behavior and learning difficulties.
School did not help, the principal (headmaster) made her feel like she was doing a bad job parenting.
Her oldest son, diagnosed with ADHD, had a complete turnaround and is now in a prestigious culinary school training to be a chef.
Her youngest son, diagnosed with Dyslexia, dramatically improved his reading level, among other things, and now plays Scrabble with the Oxford Dictionary with his mother.
Susan invested in a program that was based on the Learning Breakthrough Program, that included clinic visits and monitoring that cost her over £2,000 per child ($4000 US Dollars).
(Watch the video at the bottom of this post)