The vestibular sense is the first to develop as a child grows in the womb . It serves as an organisational tool for other brain processes. Stimulating and refining the resolution of the vestibular sense has a direct and noticable positive impact on all those processes.
As a child begins to develop in the womb, the other major brain systems-motor,tactile,visual and auditory also develop but they develop in relation to the vestibular.
If the vestibular has been underdeveloped in the womb then it needs resolved.
When you begin balance stimulation all the systems in the brain are involved through the dominant vestibular sense. This ,in turn, causes the communication systems which connect and integrate all the various parts of the brain to become more efficient.
Activities on the balance board impact on visual abilities, memory, eye hand coordination, reading, writing, speech, language, mathematical ability and sporting activities.
Susan Steele brought the Learning Breakthrough Programme to the UK in 2010. Following training with Dr Frank Belgau, she has helped over 600 families and has now streamlined the programme and as new areas began to be interested in her work, she renamed the programme ‘Performance Breakthrough’.
Using balance, the programme connects, or strengthens the connections of neurons in the brain. Exercises are completed 15 minutes each day over a year with full support for the family from Susan and her team. The equipment includes a balance board, pendulum ball, beanbags, bouncy balls and toss back board, motor control stick, target stand and target pins.
“Susan Steele is the heart of Performance Breakthrough. The passion and commitment that she gives this programme,which encompasses every aspect of a child’s learning and sporting ability, has been founded on her own personal experience. Susan travelled to America to train under Dr. Belgau , the founder of this complete balance and coordination programme and returned to NI to set up Performance breakthrough in the lovely surroundings of her premises in Merville gardens . Her positive attitude, her total belief and individualistic approach, whilst working with clients on the balance board, have helped so many to unlock their potential. Susan offers each client a unique product in that she offers one year of parental,support and guidance. It is a joy to work with Susan!” Mary McGuigan, Teacher
Along with all the equipment needed for the programme, the support includes:
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 is carried out to check equipment set-up and exercise ability. At 3, 6, 9 and 12 months the Evaluation is re-assessed to identify and highlight the improvements in the areas that were of concern. Your consultant will provide encouragement to parents and children throughout the programme and in-between assessments, by phone or email is needed.
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