Case Studies and Testimonials

Ben

Before Ben began this work he was clumsy, unaware of his surroundings and had little co-ordination and concentration. After seeing Louise for the first time we carried out the exercises’ she showed us every day. We have followed her programme and seen a vast improvement in Ben. In my opinion this course is well worth taking as it has helped our child enormously. Thanks for all your help Louise. Simon Shipton

James

Jame’s progress on the programme has been amazing.  When James started the programme he found most of the exercises/physical activities he was asked to do difficult or impossible.  Over the weeks he has been able to accomplish many firsts – including hopping, somersaults, crawling, etc – which his peers managed a long time ago.  On his final assessment in school he was able to complete the majority of the exercises that he couldn’t at the start of the programme.

James has also made excellent progress with his education over the last few months whilst he has been on the programme.  Along with the development of his gross motor skills, his fine motor skills have really taken off.  At the start of the programme James’s handwriting was very poor but now his writing is fantastic.  He can now write a legible full page and he is more than happy to do this.  His drawings are also a lot more detailed.

Generally his behaviour has improved, both at school and at home.  He can now concentrate for longer periods of time and his need to chew (clothes sleeves etc) has dramatically reduced.

Overall I think the programme has been a fantastic success story.  We are continuing the Rhythmic Movement Therapy exercises at home and working with school to ensure James continues with some of the exercises he has learnt.

Thank you for selecting James to be part of this programme.  I think you will agree that his progress speaks for itself – and volumes for the programme. Holly Dixon

Jessica

Jessica, 6 years old, was brought after her parents had been advised to put her on Ritalin. They reported she did not crawl as a baby, did not walk until she was 18 months and did not speak sentences until she was 4. At school she has difficulty in sitting on the carpet and staying on task. She is very needy of adult attention and can be aggressive to other children.

At home she has difficulty sharing with her sister and bed wets and has to be repeatedly given instructions. The Educational Psychologist assessed her cognitive function as ranging from 30 months to 3:4 years of age.

She was given a programme of daily exercises and, after 2 months, her mother reported she had stopped wetting the bed, her attention span had improved as had her reading and writing. She now draws people with bodies and is far less attention-seeking.

After 4 months she was receiving merits for good behaviour from school, she had become a lot calmer in situations that would normally distress her: for example, Jessica has cataracts and frequent eye examinations, she now will have the machine which tests her eyesight close to her whereas on previous occasions she would become very distressed. Her mum commented that is was almost as if it had never bothered her in the past she made so little fuss on her last visit.

She now plays independently and is a lot less aggressive with her baby sister. After 6 months  her mum reported she is now reading at class level, when she bought her two maths workbooks Jessica sat down enjoyed the task and completed them both in 3 days.

Testimonials

Parents Feedback on the ACHEIVE Programme

BM’s Mum  I think the Moving Minds program have been very beneficial to Ben who is 4. Ben is Autistic and has problems with understanding language. Since starting the program he has become much calmer, he is able to apply himself to tasks, his concentration has improved.This has impacted on friendships, and he has made new friends. Ben has become more focused at school and is making great progress with phonics and reading. Ben’s co-ordination and balance have improved. I have noticed this in particular at his football class, he is now able to stand on one foot and balance his foot on the ball.  Ben attends a dance class and his teacher commented that Ben has improved, in that he listens more and join's in with the other children. GM

GD’s Mum George's progress on the Moving Minds ACHEIVE programme has been amazing. In fact it has been said that he was the “star of the programme” in his school. When George started the programme because of his poor muscle tone he found most of the exercises/physical activities he was asked to do difficult or impossible. Over the weeks he has been able to accomplish many firsts – including hopping, somersaults, crawling, etc – which his peers managed a long time ago. On his final assessment in school he was able to complete the majority of the exercises that he couldn’t at the start of the programme.

George has also made excellent progress with his education over the last few months whilst he has been on the programme.  Along with the development of his gross motor skills, his fine motor skills have really taken off.  At the start of the programme George’s handwriting was very poor but now his writing is fantastic.  He can now write a legible full page and he is more than happy to do this.  His drawings are also a lot more detailed. Generally his behaviour has improved, both at school and at home. He can now concentrate for longer and his need to chew (clothes sleeves etc) has dramatically reduced.Overall I think the programme has been a fantastic success story.  We are continuing the Rhythmic Movement Therapy exercises at home and working with school to ensure George continues with some of the Moving Minds exercises he has learnt. Thank you for selecting George to be part of this programme. I think you will agree that his progress speaks for itself – and volumes for the Moving Minds ACHEIVE programme. HD

G H’s Mum Since taking part in the moving minds programme George, who has a diagnosis of Autism, has been noticeably calmer and much easier to handle.  He responds well to discipline and has become much happier overall.  His communication skills have excelled greatly he can now explain many things with regard to his school day.  He could not do this before this programme and he would not have been able to cope with any other individual touching him in any way. His teacher has observed he seems to be a much happier little boy with a quiet confidence in himself.  She is extremely pleased with him and he continues to progress daily with his hand writing and reading which has been a problem of recent months.

Overall this programme has been of great advantage to George and I hope this will help other children suffering from this condition to move forward in the areas I have seen these big improvements in George.  I would like to thank you again for choosing George for this programme and I wish you all the best for the future.

Many thanks Ruth  H.

TW’s Mum I wanted to thank you for all of the sessions. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the whole process and I know Tom has certainly enjoyed the extra attention Co-ordination: I feel a definite improvement has been made in his general co-ordination.    I have noticed this when he has been running – he now appears to run a lot more “fluidly” than before.  There seems to be more control overall in his limbs. Over the Easter holiday we have been playing “catch” and Frisbee, football. Tom is able to do these things with a lot more ease (and more chance of success) than before.  He’s also enjoying them much more, because of this.  I feel, he feels more involved in activities and happier because of this.  We always give him lots of praise.  I feel the exercises that we are doing at school and the massage at home is definitely helping him.   We had a visit from a friend over Easter and she commented that Tom is steadier on his feet and more chatty and confident since she last saw him at Christmas Academic: Tom is doing very well in Literacy and Numeracy, and most of the other areas; he is where he should be for his age group.  He has made a big improvement since our last Parents Evening in November to the latest Parents Evening in March, particularly in Reading and Numeracy. He is now top of the class.  He shows a real aptitude for numbers.  His teacher is very pleased with his progress over all. Best wishes J

BS Father Before B (age 5) began his exercises with Moving Minds he was clumsy, unaware of his surroundings and had little co-ordination and concentration. After seeing Louise for the first time we carried out the exercises’ she showed us every day. We have followed her programme and seen a vast improvement in B. In my opinion this course is well worth taking as it has helped our child enormously. Thanks for all your help Louise from Simon Shipton. 

R F’s Mum When R started the programme he could not sit still or complete any task. We had been advised that he needed to go on Ritalin. He now has changed so much he can concentrate; he enjoys drawing and making his books. His confidence has improved and he is happier in himself, in the past he would get really agitated if he could not do something and would always want to be the best. He has just moved up a table but now he is not focused on being on the top table, he is happy with himself where he is.

After seeing you last time we have decided to really reduce R’s sugar intake much to his annoyance but he is so much calmer for it. Thanks so much KF 

Private Clients

I've got my daughter back

I, like many parents out there was desperate to help my daughter with her very severe behavioural problems.  Her behavioural issues presented themselves upon starting primary school in September 2008.  Jenny had always met her major milestones late, walking at 18 months and talking aged 3½ for example.  However once she started school, Jenny was very emotional, aggressive, prone to very severe temper tantrums in the classroom, she was always “off task”, unable to sit still long enough to learn and was generally being a very disruptive pupil.

At home she was a very insecure little girl, often crying, bed wetting and extremely prone to attention seeking.  I seemed to get very limited support from the NHS professionals, time was passing me by and results were disappointing.  Last September Jenny was prescribed Ritalin in an attempt to calm her hyperactivity down.  This was the final straw, it is a very harsh drug and I was not happy about giving it to my 5 year old child.  I had to find an alternative and fas

A family member of mine suggested “Brain Gym”, I was very sceptical about the whole idea. It seemed too good to be true.  I looked up Louise Cooke via the internet and booked an appointment.The session lasted 90 minutes, I found out more about my child at this appointment than at all of the other professionals put together. Louise conducted a complete neurological profile on Jenny, by asking her to do simple exercises.[nbsp

Louise creates a treatment plan after each session and emails it to you for reference. I have been doing the exercises with Jenny 5 times per week.  The exercises are fun for the children to do and Jenny happily takes part.  I end each session with massage specifically devised by Louise for Jenny, which also relaxes her before she goes to bed.  Louise has also given me advice on Jenny’s diet and which supplements would be most beneficial for her to take, all natural of course. 

The results have been amazing.  Jenny stopped wetting the bed after just 3 weeks.  Her behaviour at home became much more settled.  She has since been discharged by the clinical psychologist as a result.  At school she is still finding learning difficult but can now sit on the carpet and listen to stories.  She has not had a temper tantrum since November 2009, previously she had severe tantrums 2 or 3 times a day.  Jenny is now able to do reading books on the same level as other children in her class.  Jenny has received certificates and rewards from her school for her outstanding progress.

Brain Gym is not a quick fix and you have to be committed to it to realise the full benefits for your child.  I find myself now recommending Brain Gym to friends and family all the time as Louise has given me my daughter back.  Last year I was at my wits end and now I have a happy, secure and confident child who is making steady progress.  The NHS professionals have also been very supportive of my decisions and we are all working together now along this new treatment path.  Jenny’s teachers have been amazed at her progress and now I pass the Brain Gym exercises to them so they can incorporate appropriate ones into their class teaching.  As a parent I feel that I am doing the best thing for my child.  It is probably a longer route to take but Louise is getting to the root of the issues and is not masking the effects of my daughter’s behaviour with medication. 

Dawn Smyth May 2010

So calm!

I’m doing my A-levels and I’ve got a lot of exams coming up, I’ve always had problems with my nerves. Normally before exams I get really stressed and start to panic which means I find it hard to focus during an exam and so can’t really do my best. I also used to have panic attacks when I thought about exams or when I was revising. 

Given how important my A-levels are, I knew that I really had to sort things out and so I thought I’d go to Louise and try Brain Gym. At first I was quite sceptical about it because it’s just really hard to believe that something which is so simple can make a difference, but I didn’t know what else to do so I thought I’d give it a try, and I’m really glad I did.

I had one session with Louise, in which she taught me a sequence of exercises to do before exams and helped me release some of the stress I was feeling. If I’m honest I went away still feeling a little sceptical, but since then I’ve done Brain Gym exercises before doing any piece of coursework or homework that I’ve had and before revising and before the exams that I’ve had so far and it really has made a massivedifference. I’ve found that I’m able to concentrate for a lot longer and I’ve hardly had any nerves at all and have been completely calm during exams. This is a huge change for me and I absolutely believe that this has been down to Brain Gym. 

Cara P.  

A Result

Dear Louise, 

I wanted to write to thank you for the inspiring session of Brain Gym we had with you recently. As you know, our eldest son, Tom, fits the Dyspraxia profile, little of which is known here in Holland.
Although we only had the one three-hour session in which you repatterned all of us and introduced us to some of the Brain Gym exercises, we really feel we have all benefited. What my husband and I really notice with especially Tom, is that he now seems to function within a ‘framework’, enabling him to do more than he previously could.

To give you an example; we took the boys to Snowdon so that we could take the train up to the top. We arrived at the booking office at around midday to be told that the only seats left were on the last train leaving at 5pm. This would usually throw us into a panic, because at best Tom could only take up to 2½ hours whenever we went out anywhere. However, we decided to book tickets, and hoped that we could get through the day as best we could. We bought a picnic, found a park, and the time flew. On the way up Snowdon, Tom (8) thought the view was lovely, laughed at the tiny people, houses etc. below, and was really interested in the different perspective – this in complete contrast to the tired, ‘when are we going home?’ and moody son we would have normally experienced. We returned home at 10.30pm, with happy (and tired!) children. Menno and I were able to sit out in the garden with a glass of wine and reflect on a truly lovely day instead of retiring exhausted early to bed. 

Brain Gym has definitely made a welcome difference to Tom’s life. Its effects are subtle yet discernible, adding that extra dimension to his life from which we all, as a family, are benefiting.
Thank you once again, with very best wishes from us all.
Lesley Oversluizen 
Zaandam The Netherlands