Successful Beginnings

The following information is given based on what
was observed in a school setting.

Meet Sophie

Sophie was 5 years old attending kindergarten:

-She was non-verbal but did babble.
-She was non-responsive when spoken to.
-She would not initiate communication of any kind.
-She would not play with toys.
-She was unable to communicate her wants.
-She needed constant supervision - she did not understand ‘danger’.
-She required full hand over hand support to accomplish any task at school.
-Specialists diagnosed her as having an IQ of 30.
-She had very low tone in her upper and lower body, therefore she had difficulties walking, running or climbing.

3 Years later using the principles of this game:

-She was able to speak full sentences although she had a severe speech impediment, as well as stuttering issues.
-She was very friendly and outgoing.
-She initiated conversations and played with peers.
-She loved to play with cause and effect toys and puzzles.
-She was able to converse easily with educators and peers alike.
-Required little to no supervision.
-Knew all upper/lower case alphabet, as well as all sound of alphabet letters.
-Could read well over 125 words, as well as spell over 75 of the words.
-Could do simple math of adding, subtracting, carrying and borrowing.
Meet Andrea

Andrea was 7 years old attending grade 1:

-She would answer “I don’t know” to any open ended question.
-She could not complete any school work assigned.
-She would not initiate any verbal communication in her class or on the playground.
-She was extremely shy.
-There were no diagnoses given for her language delay. (Suspected a word retrieval problem)
-Extreme expressive and recessive language delay

After 2 weeks of playing this game 4-5 times per week:

-She began putting 3-4 word sentences together while playing this game.
-She began attempting to put 3-4 word sentences together in a conversation with encouragement in one on one sessions.

After 4 weeks of playing this game 4-5 times per week:

-She began putting 7-8 word sentences together while playing this game.
-She began initiating conversations with educators.
-She was putting short sentences together in one on one sessions consistently.
-Her confidence began to grow.

After 6 weeks of playing this game 4-5 times per week:

-She was able to put long complex run-on sentences together.
-Initiating conversations with peers and educators consistently.
-Putting her hand up to answer questions in her classroom.
-Teacher remarks that Andrea won’t be quiet in class.
-Her confidence has grown to the point that she is laughing, smiling and talking to everyone on a consistent basis.
-School speech pathologist is amazed in the changes this child has made.
Meet Billy

Billy was a grade 3 student with severe academic learning difficulties:

Note: Because Billy had learning difficulties the game was used to stimulate his brain and ready him for learning difficult tasks. The game would be played for 10-15 min. before working on difficult academic tasks.

-Billy could not identify any upper case or lower case alphabet letters… (Not even the first letter of his name).
-Can not complete any written assignments.

After 1 week of playing this game 4-5 times per week:

-He began to understand that there are two sets of letters… (upper and lower case).
-He was able to recognize the first letter of his name “B” as well as several other upper case letters and was able to identify them upon request.

After 3 weeks of playing this game 4-5 times per week:

-He was able to identify as many as 10 sets of alphabet letters… (upper and lower case).
-He could verbally spell his name as well as write it with support.
-He began to understand that each letter has its own sound.

After 6 weeks of playing this game 4-5 times per week:

-Billy was able to recognize 22 of 26 alphabet letters as well as recite the alphabet by memory.
-Billy knew several of the letters sounds.
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About the Creator

My name is Sandy Newman and I am the creator of this wonderful game. I am a mother of two grown boys and I have worked with mainstream and special needs children for the past 20 years. I am passionate about helping people!

10 Great Reasons to Get this Game:

1. Fun for everyone!

2. Enhances the memory process

3. Teaches the kids to focus

4. Teaches players to create
organized thought patterns

5. Challenging for adults, teens, children and toddlers

6. Educational and fun

7. Convenient compact size

8. Bridges pathways within the brain

9. French and Spanish add on kits available

10. Kids Love It!

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