Upcoming Kids Focus Events – September – November 2015

Great events are happening this fall and we’d love to have you join us!
Sept. 26, Sat. FREE Kids Focus Parent/Child Workout 10:30 – 11:30 am at Erna Ferguson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE (near Comanche)
Learn how to use specially designed movements to help kids focus, feel calmer, and promote self-regulation. Parents must accompany children. Teachers and counselors are welcome, too! RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED:
Email: marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com or Call: 949-468-9841.

Oct. 24, Sat. FREE Kids Focus Refresher for Teachers and Counselors
10:30 – 11:30 am at Erna Ferguson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE (near Comanche)
RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED:
Email: marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com or Call: 949-468-9841.

Nov. 21, Sat. Reclaiming Childhood Conference for Parents, Teachers, Medical and Mental Health Professionals at African American Performing Arts Center, Albuquerque 9 am – 9 pm
REGISTER NOW: http://4TheKids-Albuquerque.eventzilla.net
Join the tour’s compassionate experts – authors, doctors, experts in childhood behavior, parenting, teaching – as they discuss effective healthy alternatives to diagnosing and drugging the challenging behaviors of children. Learn the science of successful, healthy childhood development, academic success, and surviving parenthood. CEUs.

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Register Now! Kids Focus Workshop – April 5, 2014 – Saturday – for Parents, Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers

Experience the power and effectiveness of Kids Focus –
Simple Movements for Children’s Focus, Calmness, Concentration, and Self-Regulation!

You are invited to the KIDS FOCUS WORKSHOP for Parents, Teachers, Counselors, and Social Workers!
When: April 5, 2014, Saturday
Where: African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro, ABQ (near Central)
Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop includes:
–  dozens of Kids Focus movements for early childhood, preschool, and elementary school
–  top strategies for children’s brain development
–  effective tools for behavior management
–  builds foundation for academic success
–  medication-free help for ADD/ADHD type behavior
– 134 page manual

Early Registration – register & pay BEFORE March 1, 2014 = $119 (Save $20)
Registration AFTER March 1, 2014 = $139

For Registration or Information, call Marcia Lee at 949-468-9841 or email: marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com

Kids Focus supports Common Core, EPSS. ELL and Teach NM. This workshop is for adults only.
The next Kids Focus Parent-Child demonstration will be at Erna Ferguson Library on March 15, 2014 from noon – 1 pm. Call to reserve a seat for you and your child!

Can Movement Help Your Baby or Child? YES!

The NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education) Guidelines for movement for children are designed to support the health and well-being of children throughout the United States. The guidelines state that “All children from birth to age 5 should engage in daily physical activity that promotes movement skillfulness and foundations of health-related fitness.” Here’s what that really means.

Infants – “Caregivers should place infants in settings that encourage and stimulate movement experiences and active play for short periods of time several times each day.” “You can encourage your infant to be active from the time he or she is born.” For example, offer your infant small challenges like placing a toy just outside their reach, so that the infant crosses the midline of the body to reach and grasp.

Toddlers – “Toddlers should engage in a total of at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity each day.” PLUS at least 60 minutes – and up to several hours – per day of unstructured physical activity and “should NOT be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time, except when sleeping.” Encourage moving by modeling and example. Try out simple, safe movements together from baby yoga programs.

Preschoolers – “Preschoolers should accumulate at least 60 minutes of structured physical activity each day.” PLUS at least 60 minutes – and up to several hours – of unstructured activity each day and “should NOT be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time, except when sleeping.” Preschoolers love to move. Doing simple, cross-lateral movements like cross crawls before any learning activity helps switch on the brain, encourage focus, and just makes kids feel happy!

When you encourage movement, along with great nutrition and lots of love, you give your baby an important opportunity to avoid ADHD-like behaviors and other challenges later on. We can’t control the ups and downs of life, but movement promotes brain cell development and enhancement, and has been shown to even help children better handle life’s difficulties.

Sadly, most of our schools and day care centers are not meeting the NASPE movement guidelines. And our children’s brains, intelligence, and well-being suffer.

I started the Children’s Brain Body Balancing program to bring simple movements right into the classroom and day care center and give parents tools to help their children focus, feel calm and learn to self-regulate. For more information, check my website – solutionswithoutdrugs.com.

Part 1 – Anderson Cooper Show on ADHD – Not a Fair Fight

Dear Mr. Cooper,
Parents deserve to hear important facts about ADHD medications that were not addressed recently on your show about ADHD. The lives and health of millions of American children are at stake. We do not want our children to have to pay the terrible price of our ignorance.

ADHD medications are neurotoxic and brain-disabling. This is the real science that Dr. Jensen intentionally did not address. Nor did Dr. Jensen address the fact that psychiatry is trying to make us believe that age-appropriate childhood behavior is an illness. Dr. Jensen’s calm, soothing tones were an act designed to hide bad medicine. His description of children losing their “sparkle” is a far cry from the reality of children drugged into submission like zombies.

Since the 1980s the FDA has warned repeatedly about the seriousness and overuse of psycho-stimulants (ADHD medication) on children. These are the same drugs that were banned from the American market years ago as diet pills and the chemical cousins to the street drugs we DON’T want our children to use. These drugs have been repackaged as ADHD medication, but a nice ad campaign cannot hide the deadly facts.

You need to fight fair, Mr. Cooper, and ask a doctor of similar status and medical background to appear on your show, such as David Stein or Peter Breggin, who can explain the very real and frightening effects of ADHD medications and give parents healthy options for helping their children grow and mature safely. For this to be a fair debate, you also need to produce a show that invites parents of children who died or were permanently impaired because of ADHD medication. Give parents a chance to experience the other side.

Parents can check online at solutionswithoutdrugs.com, psychintegrity.org, and toxicpsychiatry.com for accurate and complete information on ADHD and ADHD medication.

Sincerely,
Marcia Lee, Solutions Without Drugs, Children’s Brain/Body Balancing

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!