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Thankful Mother Shares Progress of her 11 Year Old

claireAn Indianapolis Mother, with an 11 year old adopted daughter in her ninth week of the MiM program, share the following with us this week:


“She loves to draw for the first time ever!!  She is now learning cursive and it is beautiful.  Her printing was always very messy.

Just today, she started complaining that her eyes hurt.  I had let you know she would often skip words when reading out loud. She now seems to read more fluently.

She is able to sit and carry on deeper conversations now. It’s like she is becoming more insightful and is asking deeper more spiritual questions.

One thing that I still hope for is that she will stop the mindless constant chatter. Sometimes she just talks and talks for no apparent reason. I hope and pray it will stop soon. [Candace: Yes, in time that will change as well. :0)]

Thank you SO much for all you do for the kids! You are an angel!”

Minds-in-Motion to Present at 2015 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo

After an extensive review by members of the America’s Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Council….

We are pleased to announce MINDS-IN-MOTION proposal has been accepted for presentation!

We have the honor of presenting at the 2015 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Seattle, Washington, March 17-21, 2015.

This is America’s national conference for PE & health teachers!

Minds-in-Motion is honored and excited to be able to present at this prestigious national conference.

Too Much Screen Time for American Students

Come Back to Re-Tone & Re-build this Summer!

Minds in MotionA Carmel father called us last week wondering why his son, who went through Minds-in-Motion 4 years ago…

is starting to struggle terribly now in the 6th grade.


While his son:

  • Is enrolled in a prestigious private school
  • Has teachers who know his intelligence
  • Has been doing great academically & socially for the past four years

NOW his family wonders why he is falling behind in school.

Why is he showing signs of frustration, anxiety, and poor self-control?

With some additional conversation,
Father admits his son in the past 2 years has really been “playing on the computer and game-boy” extensively…whereas in the past he was allowed little screen time.

Minds-in-Motion predicts his son has signs of CVS (computer vision syndrome).

LEARN MORE about Computer Vision Syndrome.

We worked with his family and had son come in for updated assessment to compare his visual/auditory functioning to his past records.

Minds in Motion AssessmentAssessment Results:
Even though his visual tracking has improved to 78% and he is now reading at 10.2 grade level, his focusing ability has fallen to 3% out of 100% and his Depth Perception has fallen to only 37%!!

Also, his auditory processing has decreased to a score of 5.1.

A score of 5.1 means that he can now only process and have recall of 5 numbers or pieces of information, instead of the 7 or 8 that he should be able to remember & recall.

Assessment Conclusion:
This 12-year-old boy is struggling mightily because his visual and auditory processing has become too weak to support him in school!

The motor muscles of his eyes and the two tiniest muscles of his body (in his middle ear) have become untoned because of too much 2-dimensional stimulation through overuse of screen-time and not enough 3-dimensional stimulation through the vestibular system!

So he physiologically cannot focus or pay attention even though he wants to!!

Plan of Action:

His parents are signing him up for this summer’s June Minds-in-Motion session.

And they plan to cut down the amount of time spent on screen time!

His routine has led to a need to stimulate his visual processing & auditory processing. The summer’s outcome will be a better integrated & balanced child – who will return to his high performance in school & at home.


You May Wish to Think Twice Before Handing Them Your iPad

All the handheld devices and computers that are commonplace in our world are not doing any favors for our children’s vision.

Computer Vision SyndromeAccording to the American Optometric Association, Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is “the complex of eye and vision problems related to near work which are experienced during, or related to, computer use.”

At greatest risk for CVS are those who spend two or more continuous hours at the computer (hand-held video games, TV, etc.) every day.

Each year, this includes a larger proportion of the workforce, and it includes most students, who now routinely use the computer for both work and play.

Children who use computers may be even more susceptible to CVS than adults.

Children often keep performing enjoyable tasks, such as computer games, with great concentration for hours with few breaks.

This type of prolonged activity without significant breaks can cause eye focusing problems and eye irritation. Because the eyes are continually over-focusing on a 2-D screen trying to find 3-D (three dimensionality) the eye muscles stay contracted and are over-worked.

Several parents and teachers have asked….

“How is reading a monitor/screen different from reading a printed page?”

Reading a computer screen is hard on your eyes because of the way the characters are formed on the monitor.

The video display is made up of pixels, or tiny dots, rather than solid images as on a printed page. Because your eyes cannot “lock” focus on these dots, your eyes must continually focus and refocus to keep the image sharp.

This refocusing results in stress to your eye muscles. In addition, your eyes blink less frequently when you are using a computer, causing the eye surface to dry out and become irritated. The irritation makes focusing even more difficult, which can lead to headaches and neck pain.


  • Carefully monitor your child’s time on 2D screens (smart phone, iPad, computer, TV, video games, etc.)
  • Encourage your child to play outside in the real 3D world!

Limiting screen time is often a challenge – and it is worth the effort for developing eyes & brains!


Eastern Kentucky University Puts Minds-in-Motion to the Test

We have the privilege to see first-hand the incredible impact of our program.

eku_signWhen a university puts Minds-in-Motion to the test with a research analysis – you can imagine our excitement!

We are fortunate for the rigorous outside study our program has enjoyed.  This analysis report documents again the significant improvements our program can ignite.

EKU LogoDr. Matthew Sabin, PhD, ATC, LAT, is the professor who most recently put Minds-in-Motion to the test.

Dr. Sabin is of the Balance & Life Research Laboratory – at the Dept of Exercise & Sport Science at the Eastern Kentucky University.

Sabin recently released the Data Analysis Report on Minds-in-Motion.

Pre- & post-test scores from forty-eight students from the Louisville center were analyzed.

Significant changes were noted in:

  • Auditory digit span
  • Binocular vision (eyes working together)
  • Reading scores
  • Sensory quotient
  • Rhythmic weight shift
  • Limits of stability (balance)

In nearly all cases, the average post-program measure was greater than the pre-program measure.

If you would like to review the outcomes of this research study, please CLICK HERE to check it out!


Family Thanks Minds-in-Motion for “Saving Jacob’s Life”

Minds-in-Motion TestimonialJacob (12 yrs old) has certainly enjoyed coming to Minds-in-Motion.

We all can tell major differences in this young man. This program truly works and was an answer to our prayers!

I just want to thank Candace, Carol, and all of your staff for touching Jacob’s life; words just cannot express the gratitude we have for saving Jacob’s life.

We – as his Parent & Grand Parents – knew he had troubles, but until we found Minds-in-Motion we had no clue how hard life was for this young man.

I referred to it as “saving his life” because Minds-in-Motion was able to first explain to us that Jacob was living a different life than we understood.

Next, you & your staff were able to reach him and help in ways we never knew were available.

Jacob’s school grades have improved; he now enjoys going to school, and he doesn’t have his breakdowns.

Jacob has become a strong, confident young man, and we have all of you at Minds-in-Motion to thank for that.

If there is ever anything I can do to help in the growth of your program in the future, please let me know.

If parents are unsure & want to talk with previous participants – I would be glad to share our experience first-hand. I believe the United States needs many, many more of these programs to reach out to children and adults.

I believe in Minds-in-Motion and your entire staff.

So again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you all!

With blessings,
Jim Prather Sr.
Jacob’s Grandfather
Louisville, KY

Minds-in-Motion Program Backed by Published Research Study

Minds-in-motion research studyThe Early Learning Campus at the University of Louisville conducted a study of 40 preschoolers, each four-years old, and the impact of our Minds-in-Motion school “Maze” program.

The favorable results echo the feedback we enjoy from educators implementing this program in 12 states.

The study entitled “Effects of the Physical Activity program called ‘Minds-in-Motion’ on Children’s Perceptual and Motor Skills”, was conducted by Dr. Daniela Terson de Paleville and Dr. Carla Vidoni of the University of Louisville.

The 40 children – who were four-years old – were pre-tested and post-tested after the Minds-in-Motion daily program over an 11-week period.

On July 1, 2013 the results of the University of Louisville study were submitted to Early Childhood Research quarterly magazines for publication.

The favorable results documented the benefits of the Minds-in-Motion Maze for early childhood students!  We are proud these results have been published by a respected research quarterly!

Here is an excerpt of the study’s conclusion:

The present study shows that the Maze approach and stations intervention resulted in significant changes in preschoolers’ motor skills, specifically in balance and coordination.

This study also shows that teachers who were trained to use this teaching approach found it easy, feasible to implement, and beneficial for the children. The results of this study suggest that it is possible to provide preschoolers with daily structured physical activity time from which they can benefit.

It is important to point out that even though classroom teachers can effectively design and implement quality of movement programs, school administrators play a major role in encouraging teachers to learn, implement, and sustain planned movement activities approaches.

The sustainability of a structured program such as this is critical to the development of children’s locomotor (e.g. running, jumping, skipping, and hopping), manipulative (e.g. catching, throwing, and striking), and body-management skills (e.g. agility, balance, coordination, and flexibility).  These are in addition to the all-important visual and auditory processing, which are increased by Minds-in-Motion vestibular strengthening, and are critical for every student’s learning potential.

These skills are building blocks for engagement in higher cognitive processing, lifetime physical activity and emotional health benefits.

We see the benefits of our program everyday in our centers and get incredible feedback from the educators implementing our school program.  It serves as an additional triumph to have the benefits of Minds-in-Motion documented by a research study!

CLICK HERE to review the research study article.



We are Honored to Get this Feedback from a Family Who Drives Over from Springfield, IL

I can’t tell you how truly grateful I am (and my family is as well) for all the help that Minds-in-Motion has provided to our 8 year old son, John, thus far.

I want you to know our experience at Minds-in-Motion was a wonderful one, and I have sung your praises to many people here in Springfield, IL.

I want to tell you as well that Corey did such an EXCELLENT job with John.  I couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with him.

Carmel Center Director

Corey Emberton
Carmel Director

Corey went out of his way (without my even asking him to) on many occasions to help us by allowing John to come in early so that we could leave Carmel earlier in the day and then get home sooner that night.

Corey just did an outstanding job. John always looked forward to going to Minds in Motion, and that in itself was such a huge help as we made all those trips back and forth….and Corey was a big part of that, no doubt.

Corey always kept things interesting and challenging for John.  Valerie also did a GREAT job, and I want you to know that as well!!

We look forward to perhaps attending another session later this year!  Thank you both again for all that you have done to help us.

I am grateful for your kind assistance and patient help with John — and I want you to know that it has made a difference.

Debbie Smith
Springfield, IL

Going to Sleep and Staying Asleep are Common Challenges for Children with ADD & ADHD

Check Out This Promising New Solution!

Minds-in-Motion was delighted to meet RICK FEINGOLD from Chicago recently.

He traveled down to our Carmel Center to demonstrate his unique creation: A mattress/bed that uses what he refers to as “Sound to Sleep Resonators”.

These state-of-the-art acoustic resonators are embedded in either the mattress or foundation and transmit gentle sound waves through the sleep surface.

Unlike traditional speakers, Feingold’s Sound to Sleep Resonators are specifically designed to Autism Sleepsmaximize your ability to feel the music.

In early trials, every child on the autism spectrum immediately improved his/her ability to go to sleep quickly and stay asleep!

Clinical trials will start soon at the Cleveland Clinic.

The Minds-in-Motion staff tried it out and found it was awesome!!  The binaural beats immediately relax your body all over and feels heavenly.

What an incredible invention!

We are excited about how it might help children with ADD & ADHD relax and fall asleep more easily.

Rick explained that clinical trials are also going on in Bethesda, MD for effectiveness with soldiers with PTSD.

We wish Rick and his company the best success with this incredible discovery.

Check this out at AutismSleeps.com.

Get a Look at Minds-in-Motion Through a Parent’s Eyes

Carmel Center Director

Corey Emberton
Carmel Director

My son, Elijah (age 4) attends the Minds-in-Motion Carmel center.  I asked to sit in on a session, and Carmel’s Director, Corey, willingly agreed.

As an educator, I often feel we never get enough praise and it seems parents are often looking for ways we’ve gone wrong. I’m speaking as both a parent and an educator when I say that I was very impressed with Corey during this session.

I know how difficult it can be to teach and hold students to a high expectation while parents are sitting in the room watching every move. This did not deter Corey from expecting Elijah to perform his activities correctly, and he even asked Elijah to repeat the activities that he did incorrectly.

Corey was patient and encouraging, frequently modeling for Elijah the movements that he didn’t do correctly the first time.

This was huge for me as a parent to watch because I know how frustrating Elijah can be when he decides to be silly, which he was doing to show off for me.

I did eventually step out of the room to help Corey continue the session, but did listen from the next room. Corey continued to work with Elijah in exactly the same way as when I was actively present.

I wasn’t sure how this program would work for Elijah since he is only 4 and often has difficulty following directions. After this session, I am confident that not only will he be ok, he will be pushed to do his very best!

Thank you for providing this service for our children. I am excited to attend the teacher workshop in a few weeks, too, and will be registering soon.

Sarah Watson
Kindergarten Teacher
Shenandoah Elementary