Tuesday, 30 June 2015


Last blog published July 1st .


At this moment Nettl of Newark are updating my website so it is compatible with all screens including mobile.

 My website is there primarily to give information on developmental programmes which help children with learning. The children may have a label such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autistic spectrum , dyspraxia  or just be underachieving in school and unhappy. Developmental delay is a part of all labels and although  addressing this  is not a 'cure all' it is a starting point in helping reduce difficulties and adverse behaviours that may be affecting the children.

 EASIE is a programme for use in schools which can address developmental progress in a fun way with a whole class of children together. Learning readiness is vital for children in the school setting because learning is something children do  themselves. Teachers teach but children learn. We have good teachers but to get the best results for all, the children need to be developmentally ready for learning.

Primary Movement and  TLP or Listening training programme are two programmes which can be used with both children and adults, to great effect.

Adults can also benefit from input  because problems of children can run into adulthood and impede progress in later life.

Education in early years should not be about reading and writing until the children are developmentally ready for it. Asking children to take on cognition too early sets the children up for failure, lowers self esteem , reduces motivation  and produces unhappy children who underachieve. We need a change of attitude to change results rather than changes in curriculum and grading schemes.

Friday, 8 February 2013

EASIE training

March 15th all trainees  £75. Bring Yoga mat if required and wear comfortable clothing. All trainees will be accepted and confirmation and any other details will be sent out at the end of February.
Other details on website  under events but price is £75 for trainees on that day only.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Help for All Including Down Syndrome

I've used The listening Programme with lots of children with no label, underachieving or,with labels such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Autism, ADHD, dyscalculia and Down Syndrome or other. I have used it with children from nursery upward to adults in senior years. It has helped all of those with an auditory difficulty  (not deafness). They can use it to improve ability to recognise sounds in words, to help them shut out  extraneous noise and improve concentration. When the perception of sounds is improved it is much easier to understand what is said and so remember it, it is quicker and requires less effort. If in school, improvements are soon noted and, the child then receives positive reinforcement for their efforts. This increases motivation and an upward spiral is created
In the work I did on Down Syndrome with Caroline Newton we found that  those in contact with the children, noted the improved communication, between children and peers in particular, following use of The Listening Programme. This is excellent as Oral communication is an essential tool needed for all in independent life.
Just recently I extended the work with Down Syndrome to accommodate a young woman, late twenties. The parents recorded the changes they saw. I could not really find suitable standardized tests for this lady so we continued anyway. and Mum wrote a diary.
The young lady enjoyed listening to the modified music over the ten week period. For the first 6 weeks no change was seen. Then she suddenly seemed much more confident. Her college tutor rang to say how pleased she was with the changes in communication with this lady (She did not know of the input of the programme). The young lady  had been a reluctant talker in a group and  there had been a new intake and, it was this young lady who was talking , guiding and generally helping the new members to settle in and take part in activities. Mother also noted how much better she was coping in other social settings too.
I have not got test scores to measure this, or matched test, control or placebo subjects, just a happier young woman getting on better with others and being able to communicate more successfully. This improvement has been matched across the age groups. The joy of this input for parents of younger children is that it is not difficult to put in because, they have enough to do already and, this young lady shows it is never too late to help.
Caroline and I keep adding to database of work with Down Syndrome and we keep getting the same positive responses. Oral communication is vital for The Down population, now going on to live independent lives. Let us give all the help we can.

Sunday, 4 September 2011


My main interest is in getting information to parents so they can help their own children. I get enough business by word of mouth such that I do not need to have a big publicity drive to get business. However I am still aware of the number of parents out there who need help and are not sure where to turn.
As Chairman of the Developmental Practitiooners' Association I have been involved with their website and updating www.brainshift.co.uk . There are lots of programmes about to help children but, parents need to know what they are all about and which is best for them. For most children there is need of more than one input.
I train teachers for EASIE so they can put that in for early years children. All benefit and those children needing more will be higfhlighted in the checklist. Early intervention is best. Listening training and Primary Movement can come after that. Bi lateral integration , Brain gym and repatterning can be added in later if thought necessary.
Reading and spelling help, may be needed to make up the gap in learning caused by difficulty. Developmental programmes reduce learning difficulties but do not teach children.'Toe by Toe' is an excellent resource for teaching reading, a structured multi sensory approach. Violet Brand's 'Spelling made Easy' can help with spelling as can 'Word wand'. Lexia can be used to check understanding and Word Shark can add a bit of fun.
:ots of help out there

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is just one topic which will be covered at the Newark conference, for parents and professionals, on September 10th. Details can be found on the poster, under events, on my website, www.toolsforlife.co.uk. You can also find details on www.brainshift.co.uk for the Developmental Practitioners Association. The conference is run on a 'not for profit' basis so you get good value for money.
There are two experts talking about attachment disorder from different perspectives and autism will be covered. A SENCO will share academic results for school students who have had input of developmental programmes alongside traditional teaching. The students involved are those statemented, have behavioural problems or other learning needs. A dentist will give an insight into sleep problems and how to help.
It is necessary to be aware of all the different inputs which can be employed to help a child because many children will need help in more than one area. They may be under medical care or working with another therapist. The important thing is for the child to get the help which will benefit them. Underlying developmental problems feature as a part of the problems for children with any of the many labels. Different inputs may not be a cure for any group but reduction of underlying problems can alleviate some of the suffering.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Yesterday I spent the day discussing the Listening Programme with the UK provider Alan Heath. Lots of schools use TLP but there is no write up on it. Teachers are too busy implementing it in their own school. However this fails to show the areas where it is implemented and the results they are getting.
Every time a new provider wants to implement the programme it is as if they are the first to do this . Some authorities are reluctant to take on anything new. However the use of the programme is widespread and all achieve results. Looking at ways now to show the numerous and diverse situations where the programme is already established. Need to provide information on location , results and point of contact. If all this info could be married together then the benefits of the programme would be self evident.
It is all very well wanting a mass study with strict adherence to scientific protocol but all that takes money. Money not available to teachers or individuals working with limited intake because they have insufficent students to yield matched test, control and placebo subjects. Needs to be a national study. However if you keep on taking students across the board and getting results then eventually interest in mass study will be generated. They cannot keep denying efficacy in the face of results that show it.
The question is 'Do we care enough to correlate results across the country demonstrating the benefits of the programme?' For me personally, this is a must.