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.
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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.
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!”
An 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!”
Come Back to Re-Tone & Re-build this Summer!
A 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:
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.
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.
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.
All the handheld devices and computers that are commonplace in our world are not doing any favors for our children’s vision.
According 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.
Limiting screen time is often a challenge – and it is worth the effort for developing eyes & brains!
We have the privilege to see first-hand the incredible impact of our program.
We are fortunate for the rigorous outside study our program has enjoyed. This analysis report documents again the significant improvements our program can ignite.
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:
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!