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Monthly archives for November, 2014

The Listening Program

The Listening Program
The Listening Program®(TLP) is a music listening method, personalized to improve brain fitness at any age or level of ability. Used and trusted by hundreds of thousands of people in over 35 countries, TLP is offered through our international network of trained providers. TLP has global effects on the brain, and is commonly used to support ch [...]

Multi-sensory Movement Enhances Learn...

Multi-sensory Movement Enhances Learning
There are actual programs using body movements to improve learning and healing.  I have mentioned in previous posts the value to me a dyslexic that I felt came to me from song and dance, including piano, choir, folk dancing, Capoeira, TakeTANi. There is an association setup for “Healing through Movement” its called the American Da [...]

Capoeira: Martial Arts with Music, Da...

Capoeira: Martial Arts with Music, Dance and Acrobatics
I saw the movie “Only the Strong” where an instructor decides to teach Capoeira to troubled inner city high school students.  This was my first introduction to a brazilian martial art that incorporate music, rythmn, and fighting practice into one art form.  I found a local Capoeira Club in San Jose within a couple of weeks.  I sta [...]

TakeTINa: Rhythm is Your Teacher

TakeTINa:  Rhythm is Your Teacher
TakeTINa is a Rhythm and dance therapy that is very healing.  The coordination of movement that is in patterns with speech and hand movements that is in different patterns causes some type of neurological reset that is very healing.  It was hard for me to do simple synchronous dance steps in a group while performing some asynchronous speech a [...]

Choir and Pitch Recognition

Choir and Pitch Recognition
Pitch recognition is related to sound recognition.  In some languages the pitch between sylables makes up unique words.  In addition to getting the sequence of sounds right a singer has to get the pitch or melody of the sounds right to communicate the unique meaning. I wasn’t tone deaf but it was hard to hear parts especially two parts [...]

Folk Dancing is Therapeutic

Folk Dancing is Therapeutic
In junior high school, on rainy days,  we had co-ed dancing in the gym.  Sometimes this was line dancing or square dancing.  Listening to instructions or the “caller” while staying in step with the music and circling in a “grand right and left” was great multi-sensory activity. Integrating listening, movement, touch, [...]

Karaoke and Interactive Media

Karaoke and Interactive Media
Learning to enjoy singing led to the problem of memorizing the words.  Videodisc and CD+G made synchronizing lyrics possible.  Synchronizing the sound with the visual was the early part of my entrepreneuial career.  When I learned that “Dragon Lair” game was run from a computer driving the playback of the video, I knew that inter [...]

Gift-Lexia: no blame or shame

Gift-Lexia: no blame or shame
John 9: 1-3 1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I was recently discussing wi [...]

I Had A Secret

I Had A Secret
Why do we keep certain things personal and private.  Is it because we are afraid of judgement or embarassment?  The Boston Globe staff writer,  Gareth Cook, said in his article on ‘Life with Dyslexia’ , “For more that 15 years, I have had a secret”. Cook spoke with Dr. Shaywitz, the co-founder of The Yale Center for D [...]

Can word usage rules be any harder?

Can word usage rules be any harder?
If you want to be perfectly accurate, listening and memorizing how to say words isn’t enough.  Because often what people say isn’t always accurate.  Sometimes non-dyslexic learn from hearing what is popularly spoken whether it is right or wrong.   Trained dyslexics learn rules to speak more correctly because they can’t just [...]