Kids Focus Flash Forum November 2016

Welcome to the Kids Focus Flash Forum! Each month I’ll offer practical tips and insights for parents and teachers that can help kids improve learning and behavior. My approach will always be natural, healthy, and brain building. These tips have been tested in NM classrooms and homes, so I know firsthand how well they can work. Kids Focus Flash Forum is my blog – so if you have comments or requests for future topics, please email me at marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com and I will share your comments in the next forum.

TOPIC #1 – How to BUILD KIDS’ CONFIDENCE
A lot of kids struggle with lack of belief in themselves and their self-worth. It’s hard to convince a kid to finish her/his homework or do well on a test when they don’t think they’re going to succeed anyway. Many of them have been labeled (e.g., ADHD, dyslexic, autistic, etc.) and that label hangs around their necks like a lifetime sentence. How can we help?

ANSWER: CHANGE “OUR” (Parents/Teachers) FOCUS!
The first thing I do is ignore all the labels. My job is to find the best in each kid. I look for what I can fall in love with inside every kid I meet. I also want to know what their challenging behavior is really asking for. In this case, what makes a kid feel confident?

Kids will try to become what we see in them. Always look for the BEST in every kid and FOCUS on her/his STRENGTH. Studies show that when we focus on kids’ negative problems or failures, only 20% improvement is possible. On the other hand, focusing on a strength can create 400% improvement.

Here’s a real-life example: A middle school student struggling with spelling. He’s bright, but spelling is tough for him and no one believes he can get it right. We talked about the weirdness of English spelling – so many words aren’t spelled the way they sound. Now he knows at least some of the challenge is not his fault! Next, I discovered that his brain is literally wired to move in order to learn ANYTHING! (More about movement in the next forum!)

Solution: He does a set of cross-lateral Kids Focus movements before he studies and walks around as he memorizes words. He’s improved his spelling AND is building a great vocabulary! Most of all, he feels like he’s in control. Now that’s confidence!
Self-mastery = Self- confidence

Reader’s Response: “. . . sometimes the labels are actually accurate and they represent important information potentially about how a person might be wired, or why certain behaviors might surface, etc. That information is important to know and to be open to considering how to fold it into the strategizing that goes into supporting the person.”

Marcia’s Comment: “I agree that labels can provide important information about behaviors. My frustration is that most people slap on a label and NEVER look deeper. Most people CONFUSE the challenge or the label with the child. I can’t tell you how many people tell me their child IS “ADHD, OCD, ODD, etc.” This is a terrible confusion. A child is a child; he or she is NOT his/her challenging behavior. A child has a personality and uniqueness, AND he/she has challenges (as do we all).

Behavior is a snapshot of what the brain is telling us about its current needs, which play out in learning and behavior. The needs are often complex, whereas labels tend to be simplistic. A label should be the beginning of an exploration into deeper causes, not the end.”Kids Focus Website

UPCOMING EVENTS:  For more Info on Kids Focus Workshops and private tutoring sessions: Call 949-468-9841 or Email me at marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com

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Celebrating Fantasic Children’s Brain/Body Balancing Workshops

Children’s Brain/Body Balancing – “Students have demonstrated growth!” Comment on using CBBB movements at Helen Cordero School – Pre-K – 2 grade

Thank you so much to all the parents, teachers and professionals who joined us on Saturday, September 8th in Albuquerque at the beautiful African American Performing Arts Center for the last day-long workshop in 2012 on how to use simple, controlled movements to help children focus, feel calm, concentrate and self-regulate – in under a minute. Thank you for sharing the excitement and joy that simple movement can create so quickly and easily inside you.

Children’s Brain/Body Balancing also recently inspired the dedicated EAs at East San Jose Elementary School in Albuquerque, NM, the devoted professionals at Hogares Inc. in Albuquerque, NM and the hard-working teachers at La Promesa Early Learning Center in Albuquerque, NM. Thank you all for your dedication and commitment to helping children learn and succeed using movement every day.

In spring/summer 2013 I will offer more workshops. So you too can come and learn dozens of unique and fun movements you can use with children in the classroom, at home, or on the go. You’ll also learn the Childhood Brain Science that supports movement for improving behavior and learning and hear tips on nutrition, temperament, intelligence, ADHD, and more. I look forward to meeting you next year!

Marcia Lee @ NMAEYC Conference – Self-Regulation Through Simple Movement and the Impact on Behavior, Development, Learning, and ADHD

  The NMAEYC Early Childhood Conference on March 3rd was a huge success and wonderful experience for all of us who attended. Teachers, caregivers, administrators, and parents attended a wide range of presentations on family, childcare, multi-cultural approaches, early literacy, creative activities, play-based learning, relationship building, life skills, movement and more.

  Over 87 attendees came to my presentation on The Child’s Relationship to Body and Brain. I offered a hands-on experience of Children’s Brain/Body Balancing which included effective teaching strategies for school and home using simple movement to help children focus and self-regulate in under a minute. We tried out several movements. I think Wash Off was the biggest hit (see the video on my website – solutionswithoutdrugs.com). We explored childhood brain development, how to promote self-awareness in the child’s search for balance and growth, and the positive impact of movement on learning and behavior, particularly behavior labeled ADHD 

  And yes, you wonderful fans inspired my courage to lie down on the floor and demonstrate Upside-Down Bug on a Rug, even though I was wearing a business suit! I loved your enthusiasm. Your dedication and love of children shines through. I am so proud to be part of the New Mexico teaching community. I look forward to the next opportunity to demonstrate how to use simple movements to help children self-regulate!

Marcia Lee, Presenter at NMAEYC Annual Spring Conference, Albuquerque, NM March 3, 2012

 Marcia Lee, Presenter:  Self-Regulation Through Simple Movement and the Impact on Behavior, Development, Learning, and ADHD – The Child’s Relationship to Body and Brain

 This mini-workshop presents effective, practical teaching strategies for classroom or home showing how to use simple movement to help children focus and self-regulate in under a minute. Explore childhood brain development, how to promote self-awareness in the child’s search for balance and growth, and the positive impact of movement on learning and behavior, including ADHD.

The New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC) promotes quality care and education for the well-being of ALL young children, birth to eight, through professional development and advocacy. The NMAEYC annual conference will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM. Educators and administrators working with the care and education of young children will gather together to study exciting strategies and trends in young childhood growth and development. For more information, see the NMAEYC website at http://www.NMAEYC.org