Boost your performance in the classroom, home or office.
Do you recognise these traits?
See the list below to identify how we can help you or your child.
We have also included our explanations for some of the most common traits.
- Easily distracted in school/homework
- Low concentration
- Forgetfulness – can only carry out one instruction at a time
- Instructions repeated over and over
- Reading difficulties
- Writing difficulties
- Unable to retain spellings even though 10/10 was achieved on the Friday test
- Awkward pen grip, can’t tie shoe laces and has difficulty using cutlery
- Slow, hesitant reader
- Can’t retain times tables and maths concepts
- Can’t get to sleep at night
- Speech & language difficulties
- Difficulty following directions
- Sensitive to touch/light/sound/loud noises
- Loss of self-esteem/confidence
- Lack of consequences – can’t think before they act or speak
- Disruptive behaviour
- Lack of empathy for others
- Balance/co-ordination difficulties
- Awkward movements, e.g. do they knock glasses over at the table?
- Fussy/plain eater – reluctant to try new foods
- Difficulty keeping friends
- Constantly ‘on the go’
- Talks excessively
- Eye tracking problems
- Trouble focusing and tracking objects
- Words jump about or blur on a page
- Aggressive behaviour
Some of the most common traits we see.
Our explanations behind the traits...
Does your child find it hard to concentrate on their work? Do they feel like walking around the classroom, visiting the toilet a lot or sharpening their pencils to a point on both ends! When you ask your child a question do they get distracted by a car outside or something on the TV, for example and then say “What!?” These traits can all be very frustrating for parents but there are reasons why these happen. There may be the equivalent of a 5 lane motorway in their heads; with traffic all going in different directions. This makes it impossible for your child to process what is going on around them and what is being asked of them. The programme plus the 12 months of support helps parents and participants to better understand the causes of these traits whilst eliminating them over time.
Why is my child easily distracted? – video
Why can’t my child sit still? – video
Is your child a slow, hesitant reader? Do they recognise words like ‘got’ at the top of the page but get stuck on the same word a few lines later? Do they spend all week memorising their spellings for the Friday test, but forget them the next day? When writing, do they forget to leave spaces between words, squeeze words in at the end of the line and write different sized letters? Reading, writing and arithmetic are often quoted as the foundations of education making school difficult if you struggle in any of these areas.
These traits, and many more, are all linked, in part, to a weakness in the muscles around the eyes. The programme exercises correct this weakness. The result is a dramatic improvement in a child’s performance in school.
Retaining spellings – video
Handwriting – video
High Frequency Words – video
Does your child have difficulty getting to sleep?
Are they up and down the stairs asking for a drink of water, do they want to talk about their day or do they announce that they need a costume for book day TOMORROW!!! These are simply avoidance tactics because they know their mind won’t switch off and they will not be able to sleep no matter how hard they try. We can help… Most people notice an improvement in their ability to get to sleep within the first 3 months.
Can’t get to sleep – video
Does your child have difficulty pronouncing some words? Do they know what they want to say but they can’t get the words out? Our brains need to communicate efficiently with every muscle in the body and the tongue is the largest muscle. Our exercises strengthen that connection enabling a fluent flow of speech and better formation of words.
Our Insights – Low Muscle Tone – video
Does your child over-react or perhaps have a meltdown over the slightest thing? Are they always in trouble in the classroom, hindering their education? When a child is continually in fight or flight mode it does not take much to make them over-react. Reason being that they are unable to reach their logic. Our exercises relax the body in order to calm the mind. Most parents report that meltdowns have ceased within 4 months.
Meltdowns – video
“If your body is not in balance your mind cannot work efficiently.” This statement was made to Dr Frank Belgau by a NASA scientist in the 1960’s. NASA was, at the time, investigating weightless flight and the ability of an astronaut to perform a variety of precise tasks whilst weightless. This became the starting point for Dr Belgau’s investigation into the role of the vestibular system (our sense of balance) and the understanding that if this foundational sense is under-developed when we are babies in the womb, our other five senses will find it difficult to process information that is being received. For the next 40 years Frank worked with balance boards and various items of apparatus including bean bags and pendulum balls to create this balance and co-ordination training programme. His work and the subsequent insights of Susan Steele, over the last 12 years, has produced a complete programme for all. The Performance Breakthrough Programme enables both sides of the body to work in relaxed, harmony enabling both sides of the brain to process information efficiently and at the optimum speed.
Why we use balance – video
If our auditory system is receiving mixed signals from each ear then the brain cannot process what is being said quickly and efficiently. This can make learning very difficult. Many people comment that they hear the first bit of an instruction but miss the middle bit. For example, when you ask your child to go upstairs and get their shoes, they go upstairs but shout down “What am I up here for!?”.
Do you have to say to your child, “Look at me when I’m talking to you!!!”? It can be very difficult for them to do this as you are asking them to look (visual sense) and listen (auditory sense) at the same time. If these two senses are not communicating efficiently then it is almost impossible to look at someone and understand what they are saying at the same time.
Many individuals also experience discomfort when they hear loud noises such as hand dryers or when they walk into a crowded room. The frequency of their hearing may be set to high making them over sensitive to noise and making it difficult for them to process instructions. Our exercises can regulate and normalise the auditory system. The action of throwing and catching a beanbag, in rhythm, retrains the brain to calculate noise levels accurately.
Sensory issues – video
Does your child refuse food that they have never tasted before?
Do you think of your child as a fussy eater?
Do they play it safe with bland food without sauce?
Do they separate food on their plate?
Our exercises will regulate the communication between the senses of taste, smell and texture enabling the correct signals to be sent to the brain.
Sensory issues – video
Does your child tell you that jeans are uncomfortable or do you have to cut off all labels? Is there a battle over which socks or pants they will wear etc? If this is the case, you may also notice that they have a high pain threshold when they run into something or when they fall and yet they over-react at the lightest touch?
This reaction is due to two of the sensors in the skin being switched the wrong way round. The deep impact pain signal is sent to the brain when you lightly brush against your child and a light touch signal is sent when they fall or bang into something.
The sense of touch is our sense of feeling and is directly linked to our emotions. Therefore, if the skin sensors are round the wrong way then the emotions are round the wrong way too – please refer to the section on empathy below.
Sensory issues – video
As previously stated; our sense of touch/feel is directly linked to our emotions. If these are switched the wrong way an individual may over-react over the little things in life and not react at all to the big events. For example, they may feel that they should be sad over the death of a relative but not actually be able to feel a deep emotion.
Neither state of mind is easy to negotiate but our exercises can regulate the sensors in the physical skin and normalise the emotional state of the child.
We provide the complete kit plus 12 months of support.
The initial evaluation is free and will take up to 2 hours.
Once you have started the programme, the following support is provided:
You will receive a support telephone call after Week 1 and Week 3. This ensures that any queries you may have are answered at this early stage.
After 6 weeks, a face to face visit or video call is carried out to check equipment set-up and exercise ability.
At 3, 6, 9 and 12 months the initial evaluation is re-assessed at our clinic or by video call to identify and highlight the improvements in the areas that were of concern.
Your Breakthrough Coach will provide
encouragement throughout the programme and in-between assessments by phone, text or email as required.