Because of you, and the blessing of our family first-hand experiencing the greatness that is Minds-in Motion (by attending last year’s summer session at the center), I share this story with you. I will always advocate for Minds-in-Motion and the great need to have it implemented into EVERY school system! Our children (and their families and teachers) have absolutely everything to gain. The Murphy family remains forever indebted to you.
After Christmas, I had a parent reach out to me wanting to know more about MIM.
His 5 year old was really struggling – ADD & ODD diagnoses. Child was seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist and also had a home-based therapist.
What I was able to witness with this child is that he had virtually no depth perception. He could not maneuver a set of stairs without holding on for dear life. He could not crosswalk; he had no bilateral abilities.
His eyes could not follow a pencil that was being moved in front of him. His eye muscles were so weak, they were not able to “team” and work together. Dad saw all I tried to get son to do. Dad, just like we did, immediately understood WHY his boy was struggling!
Dad, overwhelmed, felt as if he finally knew he was going to be able to REALLY help his son!
Talked to dad today. Son is no longer getting into trouble at school! Son is actually getting good daily comments from his teacher! In-home counselor, who was considering boy to be high risk, is now recommending less in-home therapy and no longer considers boy to be high risk! All this from less than 2 months of Dad doing Minds-in-Motion at home!!
Dad knows son still has a long way to go. But to hear this dad laugh and giggle with joy today sharing their victories, absolutely warmed my heart.
Dad now understands MY passion (obsession?) for Minds-in-Motion and mentioned himself that it needs to be everywhere!
“LIFE CHANGING! There is no other way to describe how Minds-in-Motion has affected our daughter other than simply stating it has changed her life!
From a very early age, our daughter has been what most would consider to be a handful. Sleep struggles, attention struggles – she had:
– An attention span of less than a gnat
– Overly vocal
– Unable to “remember” a list of things or instructions
– A lack of coordination
– At 7 years unable to do 5 successful jumping jacks or a simple bounce pass
– A complete disdain for reading
The list goes on and on.
But Gracie is SMART.
She is one of the most kind, compassionate, generous children I know. And yet, she was exhausting…
We Don’t Believe in Medicating the Problem
Neither my husband nor I are believers in medicating children. We believe discovering the root cause of issues (non-life threatening, of course!) is the way to go – and address from there.
It had been strongly suggested by her school that we seek medical attention for her. We were adamant and steadfast in our decision to not medicate her, but to exhaust all avenues and resources in an attempt to provide her with the solution, not what we felt to be a band-aid, to her struggles.
Introduced to Minds-in-Motion
Enter Minds-in-Motion. Going to the parent informational meeting completely sold us on Minds-in-Motion!
That very first night, we KNEW we had found what our daughter needed!
Candace and her staff were so incredibly wonderful with our daughter.
Eye Tracking Exercise Was a Defining Moment
The defining moment for us was when Candace performed the eye tracking exercise with our daughter.
While it took her a moment to focus on the pen Candace held in front of her, shortly into the exercise, we saw that her left eye kept following the pen, while her right eye spontaneously shot off to the right!
Never in my life had I ever seen anything like that.
At that very moment, I knew EXACTLY why my bright, beautiful, 7-year old could not “focus” at school – or at anything that required any length of “focusing”. She did not possess the ability!
FINALLY! We knew right in that moment that our daughter’s life was about to change!
Dedicated to Giving this Program a Chance
We made the decision to dedicate ourselves and make the necessary adjustments to our lives in order to enroll our daughter in one of the intensive summer camps.
On the car ride home the afternoon of the first day, I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I sensed a change in our daughter. My husband thought I was crazy when I expressed that to him.
But by day three, he, too, stated he sensed a change. At that point, the only thing either of us could say to describe the change we noticed was that she possessed a certain “peace” that neither of us had ever sensed with her before.
The First Week
It sounds odd, I know, but it’s exactly what we felt. That first week of Minds-in-Motion saw our daughter actually sleep through the night every single night! She woke up HAPPY!
Being nearly 8 years old, neither of these two scenarios ever existed before. The only thing different in her life was the addition of Minds-in-Motion.
Mid-Way Through the Program
By mid-way through the program, on a car ride home one afternoon, I asked her how she was feeling.
I asked her how things in her head felt – as she had previously been seen pounding her fist to her head saying “Come on, Gracie, think!” (Heartbreaking to witness, I must say).
However, after asking her that question mid-way through the program, my beautiful 7 year-old looked me in the eye and said, “Mommy, my brain feels balanced.”
Words cannot describe what it meant to hear that.
And to this day, I struggle to contain my emotions when I think back to that moment. Her life has truly been changed!
Eye Tracking Was a Real Challenge
In the first couple of weeks of Minds-in-Motion, Gracie struggled to do the eye exercise homework.
After seeing Candace perform the eye-tracking test, I decided that I wanted to video my daughter doing some of the eye exercises. And let me tell you, the first couple nights were a struggle!
Gracie could not track for more than a few seconds before she was crying – stating that her right eye hurt. It broke my heart – but I knew that the exercise was going to benefit her.
After much coaxing (and maybe a little bribing…), I got her to push through the exercises.
Towards the end of the program, Gracie was asking me to video her doing the tracking exercise!
She would spontaneously say “Mommy, watch this!” as she would use her finger to track. She saw and felt the benefit of the exercise!
At the end of the 4 weeks, my husband and I could not believe the transformation that we saw with our daughter. (She did 50 perfect jumping jacks that last night!)
It is truly hard to describe, as there are so many emotions tied to it.
End of Program Meeting
The day we went for the final summary was emotionally bittersweet for us.
Gracie was sad that her time was coming to an end. My husband and I were sad, to say the least, to see this particular chapter end. We wanted MORE!!
I could not make it through the “discharge meeting” with Candace and Mr. Matt without being a blubbering idiot!
MINDS-IN-MOTION CHANGED MY DAUGHTER’S LIFE!
A mother was there that same day with her young son – who reminded me quite a bit of my Gracie. I could see and feel her emotions.
All I could tell her was that I understood and prayed that she would enroll her son in this program – that it would change his life in ways that she could not begin to comprehend.
In closing, the words THANK YOU just seem so inadequate. My entire family is forever grateful.
We like to believe that Minds-in-Motion has “unleashed the beast” in our daughter.
Her days of struggling are coming to an end.
We have changed our life and have become a Minds-in-Motion family!
We have implemented the MAZE in our home!
We are hopeful that our school system will implement the MAZE, as well. EVERY child can and will benefit from this program!
The depths of gratitude our family has for Candace and her staff are immeasurable. We will forever hold a special spot in our hearts for them! They have changed OUR life for the better!
The sky is the limit now!!”
We are so grateful to the parents who took time to describe their families’ recent experience at Minds-in-Motion.
Candace Meyer recently traveled to present Minds-in-Motion’s research data at the 25th Annual Developmental Physiology Conference in Leicestershire, England.
The event was hosted at the Kilworth House, a beautiful, old English manor house.
Ms. Meyer was the guest of English pediatrician Dr. Michael Wailoo and Dr. Daniel Rubens, Seattle anesthesiologist.
Minds-in-Motion vestibular data findings were well received by the research doctors and pediatricians present.
Purdue North Central ~Early Childhood Conference
Purdue University North Central in Michigan City showcased Minds-in-Motion with Candace Meyer presenting the keynote address at their 9th annual Early Childhood Conference.
A big thank you to Chancellor James Dworkin and Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer for the invitation and the introduction of MiM to their dynamic Early Learning Program and hundreds of attendees!
Ivy Tech Valparaiso
What a beautiful campus at Ivy Tech Valparaiso! Minds-in-Motion was up in the northwest corner of Indiana (in the Chicago-land area) recently.
United Way of LaPorte
United Way of LaPorte hosted Candace Meyer for more training in Minds-in-Motion Maze protocols for interested teachers in several surrounding school districts. Thank you to Kim Olesker, the United Way director for the Northwest counties of Indiana, for supporting Minds-in-Motion by presenting grants to 15 lucky schools to help develop a Minds-in-Motion Maze in each!
Western Illinois University ~ Ready to Learn Early Childhood Conference
Minds-in-Motion had a delightful weekend recently presenting at the Ready to Learn Early Childhood Conference at the Quad Cities campus of Western Illinois University serving Iowa and Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River! A special thank you to Mary Pruess, general manager of WQPT, PBS TV station (originally from the Chicago area PBS station) for inviting Candace to speak & introduce the Quad City schools to Minds-in-Motion.
Dear Past Clients & Friends,
This summer will be our LAST sessions in the Carmel (Indianapolis) center!
So many exciting things are happening at Minds-in-Motion!
Recently, several new opportunities are opening up for Minds-in-Motion and we have decided to make a major change.
This summer will be the last opportunity to attend MiM sessions at the Carmel center. We will be closing this center while continuing to focus on our Louisville center.
This change will open up more time for me to travel for speaking engagements and to train other teachers in more states… and in other countries! We are proud to continue the expansion of the program that thousands of students in 17 states already use.
We look forward to a vibrant last summer in Carmel, where many kids will experience great results with the summer intensive MiM camps. Come experience it FIRST HAND!
Candace S. Meyer
Founder & CEO
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Candace Meyer had the privilege of presenting at the National Health & PE (SHAPE) conference in Seattle recently.
Many educators – new to Minds-in-Motion from across America and Canada – eagerly listened to the importance of a strong vestibular system and critical sensory/motor integration.
Rubens has found a possible correlation between the inner ear and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The latest findings support his earlier work, which indicates that SIDS babies don’t necessarily have a problem with their brain. Instead, Dr. Daniel Rubens’ research has indicated that problems with hearing and the inner ear may be linked to SIDS.
His newest study, published in the journal, Neuroscience, shows that inner ear dysfunction in mice results in an inability to wake up and move away from a suffocating environment.
Dr. Rubens was so taken with Minds-in-Motion research findings on the inner ear (vestibular system) that he has invited Candace to share his research presentation time at the 25th annual Leicester Physiology Conference in Leicester, England this June by presenting Minds-in-Motion findings.
February 16th, Minds-in-Motion is launching an advanced, 10-week program that teaches children how to code.
By combining elements of computer science with its core approach to childhood development:
* This novel program will prepare children to be active users of technology
* Expose students to basic coding languages
* Show students how to make technology
* Simultaneously increasing the bilateral coordination of the brain and body. In other words, BALANCING their brains and bodies!
Computer science opens more doors for children than any other discipline in today’s world.
Learning even the basics will help children in virtually any future career—from architecture to zoology.
While most children quickly grasp how to use technology to consume media in a passive way, very few learn how to be active builders of technology, or how to write even the simplest lines of code that power the internet.
Minds-in-Motion seeks to change that paradigm by empowering children to write code, demystifying technology by mastering the building blocks of computer science.
Just as we teach students how to dissect a frog, or how electricity works, it’s important for every 21st century child to have a chance to “dissect an app,” or learn how the Internet works.
To that end, Minds-in-Motion is adding an advanced computer science track to the curriculum at its Carmel location.
Students as young as 10-years old will learn elements of modern computer coding languages, exploring how logic-based commands power the internet and software applications, all in a fun environment that also helps spur developmental growth.
By introducing computer science basics in a format that’s fun, accessible and relevant to the youngest learners, Minds-in-Motion seeks to ignite young minds in all the possibilities of the future.
Parents are encouraged to visit Minds-in-Motion’s West Carmel Drive campus to learn more about the coding program, or to attend one of three special open houses at 6:30pm on February 5th, 11th, or 18th.
For more than a decade, Indiana-based Minds-in-Motion has been a pioneer in innovative childhood development. Using NASA technology to measure and improve how the brain and body work together, the company has helped countless children across the country.
Currently, Minds-in-Motion trained teachers lead more than 50,000 children across 15-States in a daily curriculum that has been scientifically proven to work.
The Power of the Minds-in-Motion Maze Witnessed First Hand
Last week I was talking to my principal about one of the students in my class and the progress I have seen since beginning the Minds-in-Motion program.
She asked me to write it down to share with others, so here goes my story of Michael…
Michael is a student who has ADHD with no medication and struggles in all aspects of school.
He has a heart of gold that makes you just love him though!
All year, Michael has performed way below the typical first grade expectations. His grades in each subject are either failing or very low.
First Hand View of Motor Ability & Classroom Performance
Our class began the Minds-in-Motion Maze. When we first began, it was obvious just from the skipping that Michael had challenges.
As I watched him go through each task, I was floored at just how true the connection was to his poor classroom work, too.
I had heard Candace tell how it was so obvious to see which kids struggled, but having now seen it with my own eyes and with my own class was truly amazing!
I had to literally hold Michael’s hands when we walked down and backwards up the stairs. He was so scared, but I reassured him that I would not let him fall.
Michael trusted me and began each day to try more and more on his own.
The Big Day
This leads me to the day of a reading comprehension test in my class….
We had gone over our week’s story again; so it was time for the comprehension test.
The test simply involved me reading several sentences to be answered T or F. I knew that most of the kids would get a good grade.
I was not prepared for watching Michael answer every question correctly!
He was legitimately answering correctly, and he was writing the letters ON the lines the best that I had ever seen him do.
When I graded his paper, I could not believe he was finally going to get a 100%. I grabbed a big sticker, slapped it on his paper and called him up to look at it.
The look that he had on his face is why I teach!
He was so excited; almost as much as I was! I quickly took him and his paper to show two colleagues, who had been seeing great results with the program as well.
They got to see Michael’s excitement. From there, we went to the office to show the Asst. Principal. Michael was so proud.
As I listened to him tell his story, I had to fan my eyes to keep from crying.
I was so happy for him and so excited at what I believe was a direct result of his participating in the Minds-in-Motion Maze.
I know Michael has a long way to go, but the big step that he took today helped him in more ways than by just getting a good grade.
It helped him to be happy and to see that he can be successful…and that’s my story!”