Retrain Your Child's Brain with Multi-sensory Handwriting and Therapeutic Music!
Getting Rid of Ritalin for Kids - by Jeanette Farmer

 

Handwriting: A Powerful Asset for Resolving Learning Disabilites, ADHD and ADD!

Unusual conditions such as ADHD and ADD have emerged in the classroom in the last 25 years. Never before have such issues had a major impact on children's ability to learn. Never before have so many millions of children been diagnosed and placed on Ritalin, an addictive  amphetamine drug with serious side effects. What explains the recent explosion in the incredible number of these diagnoses? 

More than likely, a major but totally unrecognized problem lies in the gross neglect of penmanship training. While it used to be stressed over several years, just a few weeks is common today. Unfortunately, teachers no longer get training in penmanship as it was tossed from the curriculum in 1957. They fail to realize that 50 some years ago Rudolph Pophal, M.D., a German neurolotgist, established handwriting's physiological/ psychological link in the brain after 30 years of research. His research showed the intense neural activity involved in producing handwriting influences individual psychology, i.e., impulse control. A major point is: handwriting ensures that the essential transition from the right brain to the left occurs. Since the right brain cannot learn to read, this shift is vital so learning to read can occur easily. Handwriting has an inherent capacity to "train the brain", and this training stabilizes the emotional brain, which develops the attention span and impulse control. Since handwriting inherently develops impulse control, Ritalin and other such drugs are not necessary.

"Movement is key to learning.  Through motion we "train our brain."  J. Allan Hopson, M.D., The Chemistry of Conscious States

The video below reveals why the Retrain the Brain program is a safe, simple but very powerful alternative. It literally trains the brain to pay attention without medicating children with drugs such as Ritalin. Handwriting is an extremely powerful process that profoundly influences the young brain to ready it for learning.

 

 

 

An amazingly simple but very powerful method, the Retrain the Brain program, can physically retrain the brain so ADD and ADHD children can gain impulse control. Best of all, it avoids the need for drugs like Ritalin, Adderal or Concerta which have potential serious side effects.

"Brain exercises are life transforming." Norman Doidge, M.D., The Brain that Changes Itself

Parents of ADHD/ADD children avoid the chance that their child will suffer from Ritalin's side effects. Teachers also rave about the wave of calm that sweeps across the classroom as the kids focus so intently. They also report that ADHD children love to do the exercises--even beg to do them because they can feel the calming influence of the music! Read the testimonials!

"The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Neurologist Richard Restak, The Modular Brain

Just a few minutes of daily practice provides a powerful Ritalin alternative that retrains the brain by dampening the emotional brain's emotionally driven behaviors. Until a child developes impulse control, the left brain that must learn the 3Rs, can't pay attention, so learning is gravely handicapped.   

Why can such a remarkably simple but  powerful system work without Ritalin?

Massive research has found that the brain is the only organ in the body that sculpts itself from environmental experience--the regulated stimulation inherent in handwriting's movement is key! 

In "A User's Guide to the Brain", John Ratey, M.D. claims, "Mounting evidence shows that movement is crucial to every other brain function, including memory, emotion, language and learning. Our 'higher' brain functions have evolved from movement and still depend on it." ADD and ADHD's impulsive behaviors are emotionally driven. 

Because it involves the hand, nothing else done in the classroom can begin to compare with the massive regulated stimulation created by handwriting's rhythmic, repetitive manipulation of the thumb and fingers in its impact on the young brain over time. 

Amazingly moldable, young brains require regulated stimulation. The neural activity integrates the thinking brain with the lower emotionally influenced areas. The stimulation over time is an essential key in creating the mind--"the mind is what the brain does!  The process enables the left and right brain to "shake hands" and cooperate rather than letting the right brain's emotionally influenced behaviors dominate. 

Research reveals that poor handwriting handicaps the child. It interferes with learning! Handwriting's regulated stimulation can remedy that by developing impulse control.  

Multi-sensory handwriting's powerful regulated stimulation achieves what Ritalin can't begin to do! The movement primes the brain for the learning process while  strengthening it for the long term. As it avoids the need for Ritalin-type drug, it's a natural remedy for ADD and ADHD children!  

Multi-sensory Handwriting Fortifies The Child's ADHD's Brain!

R. Feuerstein, M.D., has a vital solution to resolving learning issues! He claims,"You can either dilute the learning or fortify the learner!"

Multi-sensory handwriting fortifies the brain as nothing else can! Ritalin can't achieve that goal on the long term! Just 10-15 minutes a day can "retrain the brain" so a child can control his/her ADHD's impulsive behavior and learn to pay attention. Ritalin merely masks the symptoms and classroom behaviors of ADD  ADHD kids. It cannot eliminate the side effect of ADD and ADHD. While children love to do the exercises, therapeutic music calms the brain by dampening impulse control. 

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.,says, "There is no psychological skill more fundamental than impulse control. It's the root of all emotional self-control." While Ritalin can calm the symptoms of stress and anxiety of ADHD on a short term basis, it can't eliminate ADHD's symptoms on the long term as multi-sensory handwriting does. Lack of impulse control drives an ADHD child's behavior.  

Research reveals that neglecting penmanship gravely deprives the brain of essential regulated stimulation that primes it for the learning process while absolutely building impulse control to quell ADHD  behaviors and dramatically deepen attention spans. Regulated stimulation profoundly influences those with ADHD, ADD, learning disabilities, autism, Aspergers, and dyslexia, etc.--all without resorting to Ritalin or Adderall.

Public School system's neglect of stressing good old fashioned penmanship has been missing in action for decades. Tossed out of the curriculum decades ago, emphasis on the process has dwindled from a few years to a scant few weeks. Yet, satisfied parent testimonials here dominantly reflect that nothing else tried influenced the learning process and developed impulse control like these handwriting exercises did! 

In just 10-15 minutes a day parents can help "retrain" their child's brain to develop impulse control that drives behavior in the comfort of their home. Ritalin and other ADHD medications simply cover up the symptoms- it can't physically change or stabilize the brain.

Don't Let Your Child Fall Through the Cracks!

Handwriting's influence on the brain is simply irreplaceable. Nothing else done in the classroom can begin to compare with the intense neural activity that handwriting generates. It integrates (i.e., links) the upper brain with the cerebellum at the bottom of the brain! Translated, this means that the neurological activity involved in producing handwriting influences individual psychology, i.e., impulse control. It also ensures that the transition from the right brain to the left brain occurs so learning to read is easily gained.  

Sadly, the public school system has grossly neglected penmanship for decades even though the failure to strongly stress handwriting skill dramatically handicaps the child's learning process. 

Mel Levine, M.D., states, "If a child fails to develop basic skills, he/she will be unable to write with the speed and fluency required to excel as these demands increase. If a child struggles with a writing issue, the writing process itself interferes with learning!"

Therapeutic Music is the Magic in the Process

This innovative, highly effective program combines handwriting movement exercises done with therapeutic music. Adding therapeutic music to move-ment is a long term gift to the learning process. Therapeutic music with a beat of about 60 beats a minute has the capacity to "entrain" the brain's rhythm and pull it into the music's rhythm. This begins to affect how the brain is firing. The end result is that movement's regulated stimulation stabilizes the emotional brain.    

Parents are delighted to avoid Ritalin's side effects and/or abuse! Just a few minutes of daily practice provides a powerful Ritalin alternative--a win/win situation for students, parents, teachers and society on the long term. A Ritalin free alternative for ADHD/ADD drugs unlike any other, but with no danger of side effects or abuse!

 Using Movement To Stimulate the Brain Instead of  Ritalin Means No More ADHD and ADD Drugs!

 

Pophal's research & my satisfied customer testimonials reflect early handwriting intervention is key to counteract TV's negative impact on the brain. As a visual medium, TV appeals to the right brain's visual orientation. Excessive TV can delay a child in achieving developmental readiness, a natural shift from the right brain to the left. This essential shift reveals that a child is ready to learn the 3Rs- reading, 'riting, and arithmetic. Using age-appropriate  exercises for preschoolers and kindergartners can counteract that delay so the child doesn't lag behind by ensuring that impulse control is gained and the attention span is developed. This is a natural remedy for ADHD and ADD children--without resorting to Ritalin, Adderal, or Concerta.  

Brain compatible learning research supports using multi-sensory handwriting exercises in special ed classrooms, primary and elementary classrooms.  All children, especially those with learning disabilities, ADHD, ADD, autism, etc., benefit greatly from the Ritalin alternative that movement and therapeutic music offers. Society benefits by gaining more self-controlled, productive citizens.

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