This book offers a new model for understanding children who have trouble processing information. There may be difficulties in reading or math, in conceptualizing and completing a series of steps, in academics in general, in communication, and in social interactions – challenges that put terrific stress on the child and family alike. For many of our patients, homeopathy is an essential piece of the help we offer, but we saw that more work could be done to expedite the learning curve.
This book presents practical, concise exercises for working with such children. These easy-to-learn approaches lead to measurable improvement in your child’s ability to understand and process information, to solve problems and learn more effectively. We have been using and refining the approaches in this book in our practice for over two decades and are thrilled to share the technique and make it more widely available.
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A Great Help
As a teacher it is essential to know the fundamentals of the brain and how the brain learns, just as you would expect a mechanic to know the fine workings of your car. However, the brain is a very intricate organ that constantly perplexes us. As a teacher, you wonder how some children can easily process information, organize it and easily retell the main concept. Other children seem to not process the information at all, instead focusing on each individual word and missing the main idea completely. At this time, you would employ a multitude of strategies for reading, but many times, it does not work. The brain it would seem is too complex.
Dr. Herscu has developed exercises that focus the brain to see the larger totality, rather than the individual word or image. His exercises focus children to see the big picture, focus on the main ideas and focus on the deeper meaning. Using Dr. Herscu’s exercises children can no longer focus only on the tiny pieces of information in words or details in drawings, instead it encourages them to see the bigger context. This context is the key for them to process information in their brain, to categorize it, see patterns, and thus be able to retrieve the information later. These exercises are extremely valuable for parents, teachers and children, and have a multitude of practical uses that can be started immediately. In addition, after children develop confidence in the exercises, they will be using them at school to retain and acquire new information.
Kirstin, Elementary School Teacher , Indiana
Every parent teacher conference started the same way, “Your son has the capability to be an A student. I’m not sure why he gets low B’s and sometimes C’s on his tests and work.” Every teacher reported the same thing. It was quite frustrating as my son would study and do his work, yet the results were not showing his efforts. He would work hours on essays or any writing assignments. When he received a low grade his entire self-esteem went down and he became quite dejected. In June 2007, I took my son to see Dr. Paul Herscu. After telling Paul the story, he asked my son to copy a picture that he put by his side. Minutes later Paul asked him to draw that same picture without looking at it. The results were exactly as Paul had predicted. My son remembered the details of the picture but did not get ‘the big picture.’ Dr. Herscu suggested my son follow a schedule of reading, highlighting words and writing sentences in a particular way in order to improve his ability to analyze and process the information. The first few days on this regime were quite difficult and time consuming for both my son and me. By the end of the first week however, his sentence structure and comprehension of the reading material had increased fourfold. He continued throughout the summer with this regimen. My son started 9th grade this past September. The third week of school he had a social studies test, normally his most difficult subject. When returning the papers, the U.S. history teacher commented that the best essay in the class belonged to my son who scored a 90% on his test. Needless to say, we are thrilled with the results of Dr. Herscu’s method for improving reading comprehension and analysis. It not only boosted my son’s self-esteem, he is getting the A’s that he has been working for since third grade. We are truly grateful.
– Mom, New York
Extremely Proud of Myself
I used to hate reading and for a whole school year my Dad would have me read with him every night. He did some exercises which helped me improve. This process usually takes a while before you notice a difference. Eventually if you do this process you will be able to do it on your own without your parents’ help. Before I learned this program I received grades of C’s and D’s on my report card. But now, I made the high honor roll my first grading period in 7th grade, which is copied below. I am extremely proud of myself and grateful my Dad helped me. If you or someone you know has trouble reading, I advise you to buy this book.
MATHEMATICS = A
SCIENCE = A+
LANGUAGE ARTS = A+
FRENCH 1 = B+
BAND = A+
PHYSICAL ED = B+
7th Grader, Age 12
Middle School, Indiana