ADHD… back in the news!

ADHD is back in the news! Several recent NY Times articles highlight some alarming realities about children in the United States. One of those articles focused on the latest findings of the CDC  in their recently published National Survey of Children’s Health. Here are the essential findings. Nearly 20% of high school age boys and… Continue Reading

BrainFit Kids 101 Workshop

On Thursday March 14th from 6:30-8:30 PM, Charlie and Conceicao will be holding a workshop at the Daystar Center in Chicago’s South Loop Neighborhood.  The workshop will focus on providing an overview of child brain development and discuss practical tools and activities that you can do with your child to ensure that you are parenting… Continue Reading

Celebrate Giving Tuesday!

Dominic, AKA The Dude. Born with half a heart, Dude has survived 5 open heart surgeries and 4 strokes. Now, thanks to REACH and his amazing mom, he’s on the road back!   For the past week we’ve all heard nothing but advertising for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for the Christmas season. Perhaps… Continue Reading

Quality vs. Quantity

Questions about the quality of our interactions with children vs. the quantity of those interactions have weighed on parents’ minds for decades.  With our current economic situation where both parents often feel the need to work, this issue takes on even more importance as parents try to make decisions about how to balance work with… Continue Reading

Let’s get that baby moving! Part 2

In our first post on creating good mobility we focused on the initial step in the process, going from no mobility to crawling on the tummy. Now we’ll look at the next step, going from crawling to creeping which we define as forward movement on hands and knees. Creeping is a far more complicated form… Continue Reading

10 steps to develop your child’s understanding

Today, we’ll focus on a function that is often simply taken for granted and therefore not given the kind of attention that it really deserves. That function is understanding of language. Imagine, a little baby is born with no understanding of sounds let alone speech, and yet in just three years that child learns a… Continue Reading

From blindess to sight

At a time when there is so much negativity in the world it is important to remember all the miracles that happen on a daily basis. I’d like to share one such miracle. This month we want to celebrate the Nelson family – Derek, Desiray, Mackenzie and Elliana. A little background: Desiray was only 23… Continue Reading

Movement, health and learning

My last post looked at the connection between brain development, specifically the function of mobility, and the attainment of elite status as an athlete.  Today I’d like to follow up with some thoughts on this as it relates to general physical health and education. It’s no secret that we have an obesity crisis in this… Continue Reading