Have A Ball Learning: How Juggling Helps Kids Overcome Their Learning Disabilities

 
9781933651224: Have A Ball Learning: How Juggling Helps Kids Overcome Their Learning Disabilities

Have a Ball Learning is a handbook for parents and teachers who want to help kids (and adults) with learning disabilities improve their reading and concentration. By exercising the brain directly through juggling, kids improve their learning skills making it easier to succeed in school and in life. Juggling helps students:
* Increase focus
* Master motor skills
* Raise test scores
* Boost reading and comprehension
* Control ADD/ADHD symptoms
* Improve behavior problems

Have a Ball Learning empowers parents and teachers with activities and tools that have a double payoff: physical exercise that burns off energy and brain exercise that enhances learning skills.

Readers will learn:
* Step-by-step instructions on teaching juggling
* Fun and easy games for building concentration
* The four cornerstones of having a healthy brain
* New scientific research on juggling s effect on the brain
* Why professional athletes learn to juggle

The book is appropriate for ages 6 through adulthood.

Imagine not being able to read a newspaper, a book, or any written word. That s how it was for me for the first 29 years of my life. I was teased in elementary school and humiliated in middle school. By the time I was in high school, shame drove me to fight back. Discrimination at work for not being able to read or write meant losing my job. But that all changed after I learned to juggle. I learned to read, increased my focus, and raised all my test scores. Anybody can do this and it works. Paul Phariss

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About the Author:

Paul Phariss, a gold medalist juggler, is founder of Academic Inspiration, a Congressional Districts Program promoting literacy through juggling. Having educated and entertained over half-a-million people worldwide, Paul has been interviewed and seen on PBS, CBS, FOX, ESPN2, the Today Show, and Good Morning America. Paul s products, presentations, and workshops on juggling have made him an in-demand and innovative expert in the brain fitness field.

Unable to read until the age of 30, Paul suffered major brain damage during a swimming accident when he was just 6 years old. He managed to graduate from high school with the reading level of a fourth grader with zero comprehension. He was one of the first students in the nation to attend a college with a special program for good students with learning disabilities. After starting juggling, Phariss suddenly realized he was beginning to be able to read juggling had improved his brain! After four more years of juggling, he lived beyond his dreams by winning the gold medal at the international juggling championship. Paul has dedicated his life to helping kids with learning disabilities learn how to juggle and change their lives, helping them avoid the pain and hardships he faced as an adult who couldn t read. Scientific studies have proven the link between juggling and enhanced brain function and kids have proven that juggling works effectively as a coping tool for their ADD/ADHD, making them calmer and more receptive to learning.

Paul is a Rhythmic Movement Training practitioner, having studied under RMT s founders: psychiatrist Dr. Harald Blomberg and kinesiologist Moira Dempsey. By identifying primitive reflexes that have been retained since childhood or acquired through trauma Paul helps kids and adults overcome their learning disabilities. He specializes in working with clients with dyslexia, having had first-hand experience with completely overcoming it himself at age 54. Through learning how to juggle, he was able to read--one word at a time. Since Rhythmic Movement therapy, he can now skim entire pages of text.

Susan Bello Phariss is a brain fitness author and speaker who has educated, entertained, and energized elementary school students in 22 states from coast to coast. As founder of Brain Fitness Strategies LLC, Susan helps schools, individuals, and corporations implement strategic brain exercise programs focused on enhancing brain function. As co-creator of the revolutionary juggling guide, Have a Ball Learning: How Juggling Helps Kids Overcome Their Learning Disabilities, Susan Phariss is one of the nation s leading experts on the topic of teaching juggling as a tool for brain health.

Susan began her education in brain health after her father crushed his skull, leaving him with severe but mostly recoverable brain damage. Fascinated by the brain, she continued her education when she founded a nonprofit that provided people with physical disabilities with trained assistance dogs. She then studied operant conditioning (behavioral analysis) under the legendary B. F. Skinner s protégé, Marian Breland Bailey.

Susan is a Rhythmic Movement Training practitioner (RhythmicMovement.com), having studied under RMT s founders: psychiatrist Dr. Harald Blomberg and kinesiologist Moira Dempsey. By evaluating movement and learning challenges of clients, she is able to identify primitive reflexes that have been retained since childhood or acquired through trauma--that inhibit normal brain development and function. Her passion is working with kids with Cerebral Palsy, and she loves working with people with other neurodevelopmental disabilities as well.

Review:

I recommend this book and juggling to help any child or adult overcome their learning disabilities.
--Daniel G. Amen, MD, Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

This inspiring book is a compelling story of achievement against the odds and a practical manual for helping children with learning disabilities. Every family can benefit from the wisdom in these pages.
--Michael J. Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and The 5 Keys to High Performance Learning
As a natural vision trainer of 25 + years, I am thrilled with the yardstick exercise in Have A Ball Learning.Paul Dennison showed us at one of his workshops how he balanced a peacock feather and it improves concentration and centering. Your book gave me a much deeper understanding. When I started doing it like described in Have A Ball Learning and kept my head still--just looking up with my eyes--I realized what a perfect and fun activity it is for improving visual acuity. --Denise Corinne Hornbeak M.S., L.E.K., N.V.T. C.L.P.
Licensed Brain Gym Consultant
Author of The SuperConfitelligent Child

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