Dianne Craft’s Speaking Topics

Teaching the Right Brain Child (Part 1)

(One Hour)
Half of the population is right brain dominant, and half is left brain dominant. If you have more than one child, you likely have a right brain learner in your midst. These wonderful children learn in a different manner than their left brain siblings. They don’t learn as easily in an auditory manner (like many curriculum methods), but rather store information in their long term memory by using pictures, color, story or emotion attached to the facts they need to learn.In this workshop you will learn how to identify the right brain child, and learn many simple teaching techniques, such as visual spelling which causes the words to “stick instead of slip”. Watch your children become good spellers with very little effort! You’ll learn how to put “velcro” on math facts, and how to help your right brain children easily follow verbal instructions. You will help them get in touch with the “smart part of themselves” and really shine, using these right brain strategies. Their faces will light up when they find that they can retrieve information so easily. If you have right brain children who are struggling to retain information, or left or right brain children with auditory processing problems, you will love these techniques! Put them into practice the next day!

Teaching the Right Brain Child (Part 2)

(One Hour)
Once you have identified your right brain learners, become an expert at training those children to use their superior “photographic memory” in many areas of learning. Teach your children the lifelong skill of studying for tests by taking a picture of the contents of a chapter. These memory techniques are commonly used by Cambridge University students to reduce studying time. Learn how to help your children improve their reading comprehension by showing them how to make a movie in their heads while they read. This only takes ten minutes a day to do. You can even “glue in” those phonics sounds for ease in reading long words, and watch their reading soar. This works well for sight word memorization too. Using these powerful strategies, your right brain children will truly “learn how to learn”, and confirm to themselves that they are very smart! Learning doesn’t have to be so hard!

Smart Kids Who Hate To Write

There are children who can tell a wonderful story orally, but when it comes to writing their thoughts down, they only write a few sentences. Sometimes these children reverse letters, or have difficulty writing cursive, or just have very sloppy handwriting. They write many of their letters from the “bottom to top”. These children often can spell a word correctly orally, but leave out a letter when trying to write it in a test. When they copy from a book, they leave words out, or even spell them incorrectly. The spacing on a math paper is very erratic, leading to math errors in problems they know how to do. These children may be “mixed dominant”, being left eye dominant, but right handed. They are truly experiencing a “glitch” between their head and their hand. Learn how to identify the child who has a true “writing glitch” (that is correctable), or a child who is just not motivated to write. This workshop answers these and many other questions that have puzzled you about your children. The exercise you will learn will take the stress out of their writing systems, and make the whole process so much easier. This exercise is used throughout the United States!

The Biology of Learning and Behavior (Part 1)

(One Hour)
Johnny is a constant motion machine. Tom cries in frustration over minor matters. Susie has mood swings. Joey is nicknamed, “Eeyore” because of his negative attitude towards things. A three year old gets so angry that his rages are almost scary. Carol acts “spacey” and forgets the things she knew the day before. Harold lays awake a long time each night before he can fall asleep. Could all of these behaviors be caused by an upset “gut ecology”? Could they be related to multiple antibiotic use when the child was young, or other factors that affected the child’s intestinal health? Could common physical symptoms such as athlete’s foot, rashes, canker sores, sinus problems and stomach aches be related to these children’s behavior and learning issues? The answer is a resounding, “YES”! Find out what other parents have been learning: that there is a direct connection between the physical well being and learning ability and behavior of a child. This fascinating workshop provides you with clues to your child’s internal learning environment, and how to change that environment for the better. It is easy to correct these conditions at home and dramatically affect your child’s learning day. The testimonies that we receive from parents across the United States who are using these simple remedies with their children are amazing!

The Biology of Learning and Behavior (Part 2)

(One Hour)
Remember when your mom told you that “fish is brain food”? Well, she was right. Current brain research is very clear on this fact. The brain is 60% FAT, with half of that fat in the front part of the brain where focusing and attention takes place. For the brain synapses (connections) to be made properly, proper fats are required. (French fries and doughnuts don’t count). Many universities, including Harvard and Purdue have done much research on the use of essential fatty acids for good neurological health. Dyslexia, dyspraxia (“the clumsy child syndrome”), ADD, hyperactivity, bipolar, depression, post-partum depression and sensory integration problems are conditions of essential fatty acid deficiency. This deficiency often shows up in physical symptoms such as dry hair, dry skin, asthma, allergies, bumps on the back of the arms, or white spots on the fingernails. When the brain is fed the fats it needs, the physical symptoms disappear as well. Kids often comment that they can “think better” when they take the essential fatty acids. Get the real skinny on fats! Learn how to help your child feel better, and thus act and learn better. Knowledge is power!

Identifying if Your Child Has a Learning Glitch

In this workshop you will learn how to identify if your child has a learning glitch. Is your child exhibiting a maturity problem or is he or she actually struggling with a blocked learning gate? Determine which learning gates are open and which could be blocked. Learn the signs of auditory processing problems. This workshop answers these questions and supplies strategies for dealing with these situations – and more!

  1. Determine whether a child is exhibiting a maturity problem, or if he/she is struggling with a blocked learning gate.
  2. See if this is really a child struggling with a processing problem, or just a right brain learner not trained to use his/her dominant hemisphere for retention of material.
  3. Learn how to determine the “learning gates” that are open, and those that could be blocked for a struggling child.
  4. Learn the importance of knowing the child’s eye and “true” hand dominance.
  5. Look for clues in a child’s eye tracking ability, both laterally and vertically that affect fluency in reading.
  6. Signs of auditory processing problems that can be readily observed.
  7. Learn how to teach your child sight words, phonics, spelling words, and math facts by tapping into your child’s “photographic memory”.
  8. Is this child just wiggly, employing “task avoidance,” or is there a real attention issue?
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