Mother & Daughter:
Bernadette, a New Mexican resident, had trouble learning to read in school, so as an adult she did not enjoy reading. She did not read for pleasure. Vera taught her to visualize what she read and to correct her picture as she continued to read. This simple exercise increased her comprehension to the point where she enjoys reading and has remained a reader.
Bernadette's daughter was having trouble remembering spelling words in first grade. Working specifically through all three learning channels she learned 5 words in 5 minutes. She remembered all of them the following day and taught a classmate how to learn the words. She has continued using the process with great success. There has been carryover in the reading task. Once she learned how to remember all school work improved.
Granddaughter in Home Setting:
In California, a 6 year old granddaughter had her own language. In English she spoke in single words and pointing. After my observing and working with the child and her grandmother for 2 weeks, the child was able to volunteer language in sentences rather than parroting speech. The adults in her life learned to give her time to speak and to ask her to use her words if she resorted to pointing and her jabbering. The child has many advantages because she has devoted parents and grandparents. The language therapy, music, horseback riding, and swimming all played a part in her progress, but the exercises she did with me on the trampoline helped to start the natural expressive language.
Myself Learning a Karate Step:
I found myself uncoordinated and almost falling when trying to learn a new step. I decided to use my own methods, so I performed the sensory motor integration exercise 4 times and returned to the new step which I completed with ease, balance, and rhythm.
Realizing that this program works for motor tasks as well as academic learning, I have used the same exercises with older stroke victims, and adult and young skiers.
Artist Paralyzed after Accident:
Shirley, from New Mexico, has done rhythmic exercises to stimulate both sides of the brain and she has done visualization to stimulate secondary nerves. She is still having trouble with 4 point perspective drawing, so she decided to try Vera's integration exercises. Stay tuned for the results.
Erik an Avid Skier From Oregon:
Erik is learning to telemark ski. I don't pretend to know how to ski, but Erik agreed that if he could get the academic language out of the way, he would be able to ski better. The automatic system must have control. He tried the integration exercises and he was very self conscious in front of fellow skiers but he just said, "I'm trying something new and I'll share it later." I'm not real sure that he did the exercise correctly but he did ok with left turns on 3 runs. He spent the majority of the day traverse skiing so he didn't test his improvement. Erik's back was hurting so bad that he rested during lunch. The back ache is significant in that he later realized that the way he had been making right turns was aggravating his back. Erik repeated the integration exercises after lunch and just before the end of the day he tried 3 fast downhill runs making the left and right turns with grace and precision. He noted as he was performing the turns with a new found skill, that his back was in a straighter position and that his back ache was not aggravated. Did the exercise make this dramatic change? I say YES.
Genna a 9 Year Old From Oregon:
Genna is a 9 year old that has suffered from seizures and a stroke as complications to a hydocepalic condition. She lost some speech, some motor skills, and certain memories. A few weeks into her recovery, Genna's Mother and Dad started using Vera's integration exercises with her. Genna did the exercises as a game after a long ride to the doctor and her dad said it was like a warm up before the therapy sessions. Twelve days after the first time she used Vera's exercises, she is scheduled to return to school for an hour a day. Genna's dad couldn't say it was the exercises that did it, but she is regaining skills rapidly and she knows her teacher now. (Recognition of her teacher was a memory she had lost) This is the common response to the exercises because they are so simple that it is hard to realize the impact of the integration.
Jeff On The Banjo:
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