Educating Teachers about Osteopathy

In the school system, is extremely important for teachers to understand the history of osteopathy. The medical field is a very complex field and in the 1800s many people struggled trying to find a physician who actually understood how to treat their conditions. The first school of osteopathy began in 1892 in the United States. Some Canadians traveled to the United States to learn how to practice osteopathy there.

It wasn’t until 1917 that a osteopath educational facility Osteopath Central London in England was opened where people were able to practice and recognize as crucial in the medical industry. There are now thousands of osteopath worldwide and over 10 different places where people can study and educate themselves about osteopaths as doctors to become recognized osteopaths.  There is a lot of confusion about what exactly is the importance of this type of medicine so lets discuss the importance of educating teachers about this particular study in the medical field.

In this day and age, pharmacists and doctors are quick to hand out pills to solve all of our ailments without actually taking the time to investigate if there is an alternative method to helping cure ailments or treat the body. This is dangerous because we become reliant upon pills and medicine and these pills may interfere with each other leading to more pain or problems for the future.  Osteopathy focuses on alternatives that are drug-free to manually help heal the body by working with the framework of the body.  Different exercises are used to help strengthen the joints, spine and muscles and this can cause improvement in the body’s various nervous and lymphatic symptoms.

Visiting an osteopath is not only for those who have problems with their joints and muscles – it can also help improve your general health by improving your strength, endurance and flexibility through various exercises.  It is also recommended for people who have certain reactions or allergies to various drugs or they are unable to take prescription medication for whatever reason.  Osteopaths use manual techniques to really understand and learn about the problem rather than simply diagnosing based on readings from a text.

They work to determine what exactly is wrong with your body and use massaging or acupuncture type of exercises or treatment in order to help heal the problem at hand.  It’s important that teachers educate their students about these types of practices to help them develop into adults who will not take prescription drugs every time they feel a pain. There are many natural remedies available and it’s crucial that we use them when applicable rather than opting for a more serious treatment that can lead to many other serious problems if a person is misdiagnosed.

 

How Being A Healthy Teacher Improves Your Teaching

I am a primary school teacher and I have been teaching grade four for five years. When I began teaching, I was overweight. I found that throughout the day I was very tired and didn’t have much energy. When you do not have much energy, it makes it difficult to teach successfully. Children are extremely active and have a lot of energy. Even children who are championed overweight are extremely active.

A recess or every time, you can see all the children running around, playing sports, dancing, screaming, and a have no regard for how they look or they don’t get tired Even children who are overweight a lot of practicing exercise. Why? This is because children think it’s fun. You won’t stop playing a video game if you were tired.
They enjoy it. Forget how fun exercise and activity can be whereas children understand is. Children exercise because it’s fun. They don’t exercise for any other reason once I started losing weight with skinny fiber pills I began to enjoy my job more. It became a class project. The goal was for us as a class to get in shape to be able to run faster, lift more, being more energetic, way more sports, and feel happier. We decided to make the challenge throughout the year. The children measured how much they could run at the beginning of the school year and how much they can run at the end of the school year.

I had to participate to because it was my project. I was only there homeroom teacher their physical education teacher but didn’t matter. Because we thought that we would be better students and their teachers if we were staying, healthy, and active. And you know why? It worked. At the beginning of the day before we began our activities before we began our school work, we went outside we did 10 minutes of stretching and 30 minutes of exercise every single day.

Other classrooms wondered why we did that but the thing is, we performed more and better in all of the other subjects. The children were energized and excited and happy anything their work faster than the children who had stayed inside all day tired from being woken up in the morning and fumbling through their exercises and school work. This taught me that the more exercise you do, the more energy you have, the better you work and the better you perform.

Since then, I have done this every school year with my kids and we have never been in such good shape in our lives. I will continue this with all of my students every school year and think it will result in better work ethic for them and also for myself!

Diet and Dyslexia: Eating Better Helps

Those who have dyslexia don’t realize that changing your diet can help you focus which in turn will make reading all the more easier.  This is especially important for parents who are making lunches for their kids and stuffing the lunches with processed junk like cookies, white crackers and donuts.  Even processed meats should be cut out.  So how can you make your kid have a healthy diet that in turn will help them focus? One of the most important “brain foods” is tuna, packed in water, not in oil.  Of course tuna should not be consumed more than a few times a week, so you must look for other sources too for better nutrients and focusing.

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Start your kid’s day off with a cut up or sliced apple, that will get them to wake up (an apple actually helps people wake up more so than even coffee does!), and a carbohydrate like a piece of whole grain toast with seeds, spread with a low-sugar or homemade jam.  You also need to incorporate a protein whether that be an egg or a half cup of low-fat yogurt. You can buy hcg drops as an adult to help with focus as well.

Throughout the day, have your kid snacking on foods that will help him or her mental clarity, such as nuts like raw unsalted almonds. It is also important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.  When your kid has too much sugar, he or she will “crash” and this will lead to even more problems. Give your child natural sources of energy and foods that will keep them “on go” throughout the day while at school doing homework, reading and other activities that may seem hard for a child with dyslexia, and also when they are simply playing with their buddies at school.

Adults also need to follow similar strategies with their children when trying to focus, military diet reviews suggest eating healthy and restricting heavy fats and sugars in order to lose weight in addition to staying focused and motivated. Some adults can get depressed when they eat too many junk foods as that food causes depression, anxiety and other issues in addition to making you feel tired and sluggish.  Eat healthy to feel healthy and that is a rule that you should follow and that I personally live by.  Stay tuned for more information about diet and how it can change the way you proceed in future and your focus and ability to stay motivated.

 

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Dyslexia identifiable in 3 to 4 year olds?
Are there any possible signs of dyslexia in children as young as three or four and how early can it be determined? I have a parent whose dyslexia was not noticed until high school and she is very worried about her young daughter. (Mel C, USA)
Reply: It’s extremely difficult to diagnose dyslexia before the age of 7. Also, you have to be careful that any anxiety about whether the child might be dyslexic or not isn’t picked up by the child. The best recommendation is to try to do all the right things for developing early literacy and numeracy – stories at bedtime, counting the forks and spoons, etc. – and be very supportive of all the school work once she starts. If she’s noticeably below the rest of her age-group at 7, then have an assessment. Remember that, whilst dyslexia is an inherited characteristic, there are huge numbers of dyslexic adults whose children have not inherited it in the least.

Reply: I’m also concerned about my 3 year old grand-daughter being dyslexic. She writes from right to left and draws her letters backwards. If she is dyslexic, I would like to give her the learning tools now so she can learn in our public school system when the time comes. I don’t want her to fall into the cracks that sometimes exists in public schools. Can we help now? Are there things we can do that will aid our children and their teachers later? (Mona S., Oklahoma)

Congratulations
Congratulations on your valuable new web-site. I had spent nearly an hour going through it last night before I realized what the time was! (Ken, Yorkshire, UK)

What a brilliant web-site for teachers – much overdue. (Lucy, Georgia, US)

More thoughts from parents…

Resource support
Is there something wrong with the system in my school district? I see children every day who are clearly dyslexic and yet they get no support from the school at all. If you see a bright kid in your class and they cannot write or spell, there must be something wrong. The resource specialist is part-time and only seems to be seeing about three or four children. I think you have to be in a wheelchair to get to see her! It just seems really unfair – and I’m the one who has to spend extra time each day helping these dyslexic kids complete their work. It makes me really angry. (JJ., Texas, USA)

I couldn’t agree more, JJ. I seem to spend my evenings making materials and equipment that the school should have purchased if they placed any real value on resource teaching. (Rod, Birmingham, UK)

Yes, there is something wrong with the school system. I used to work for Howard County Public Schools in Maryland. We – the teachers – were instructed to hide problems from parents. Teachers are in trouble if they cost the school system money. Seems like the school board prefers to fund promotions so people don’t have to work with kids anymore. (Kristine, Columbia, Maryland, USA)

There are limits to a school’s budget. (Hilary, Washington, USA)

Assessment
Could someone tell me how you assess a child for dyslexia? Are there any simple criteria you can use as a rough guide, or do you really have to have a psychologist come in for each child? Our school district seems to short on funds – as usual – and we never seem to see a psychologist in the building. I work as a Resource Specialist, and I really feel I need more guidance on individual children’s particular difficulties. (Rosemary, Vancouver, Canada)

I’ve worked with dyslexic children for years now, and, whilst you obviously need a proper assessment for each child, I’m beginning to get a feel for the signs of dyslexia. They have a lot of confusions with left and right. If you say to them ‘Point to my left foot with your right hand’, they find it very hard. They also have great difficulty sequencing, for example saying the days of the week backwards or counting backwards. You also notice the joy in physical co-ordination – they love all kinds of outdoor games – basketball, softball, football, and so on. There don’t seem to be one set of criteria that all dyslexic children fit, however, and you have to be careful. But these seem to be fairly common. (Kathleen, Yorkshire, England)

I’m disgusted at my school’s attitude to dyslexic students. They refuse to say that any student is dyslexic – in case it should cost them any extra money – and one parent told me that the psychologist went to sleep during a conference about her son last year. (Disappointed, USA)

I’m really sorry to hear that ‘Disappointed’ is having such a hard time. I hope that you’ve got some support outside of your school. I work as a Resource Specialist, and our psychologist is really excellent. He always includes my opinions in any assessments, and says that a child is dyslexic – or has a specific learning difficulty – if he thinks it. He makes a point of coming to see me after each conference, and I really feel I can always ask for advice. He’s a real gem! (Flora, Minnesota, USA)

Group size
How many pupils do other people take in their resource group? I have over six in most of my groups now and I find it impossible to give individual attention. I just don’t feel that the children are benefiting from the attention I give them because so many of them need one-to-one help. (Ken, Texas, USA)

I couldn’t agree more, Ken. I think two or three is quite enough if you want to see any improvement. (John Gardner, South-West Australia)

Maybe I’m lucky, but I only ever take one child at a time. Our school is fee-paying, so I guess that makes the difference. (Mary, Bristol. UK)

I don’t think group size matters so much as the method you use. Unless you teach the dyslexic children phonemic awareness in a multi-sensory way you’re banging your head against the wall! (LL., Maryland, USA)

Resource support
How many pupils do other people take in their resource group? I have over six in most of my groups now and I find it impossible to give individual attention. I just don’t feel that the children are benefiting from the attention I give them because so many of them need one-to-one help. (Ken, Texas, USA)

Parental Concerns

Music and dyslexia
I am a guitar teacher. I have a dyslexic student who has been studying the piano for 10 years. She has perfect pitch and has never had a problem reading music. However, she seems to have an unusually hard time picking out shapes and patterns on the fret board of the guitar. I’m not sure if this is because she is used to the piano, which is arranged in an entirely linear fashion (the guitar is not traditionally taught this way), or if her dyslexia is causing the problem. Any answers/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. (M.B., USA)

I am a flute and dyslexia teacher. We have so many problems here in Austria with schools. I think we are living in the STONE AGE. I would like to know more about music playing and dyslexia. Can anyone help? I’m looking for e-mail support. (A.D., Austria – [email protected])

Distinguishing left from right on the piano
I teach children music and have a child who has great difficulty in distinguishing Right from Left, and also confuses finger numbers 2 and 4. I draw a picture of the hand he is supposed to use in each section and circle the correct finger, but this does not seem to help much. Once he has done the song correctly enough times, he is fine – I guess that is the sense of touch helping him out?
I found your information very useful, and would love to hear from any other teachers of music (in particular piano) that have helped their students with dyslexia read music. I guess the best way for a child with these factors is to concentrate on learning through touch, sound, sight and give lots of encouragement. (Kaja, USA)

Provide study guides?
I am the parent of a 13-year old dyslexic 7th grader. He attends a private Catholic school which has little resources for the LD child. The school does provide a resource teacher, but she only spend limited time with my son. My question is, what do you recommend I ask of his other teachers in order to help him through the year? It seems like they are put out if something extra is required of them. I do not want to infringe on their time but I feel they should be willing to provide additional help to anyone who should ask. I would like his teachers to provide me with answered study guides prior to his tests, as well as advance notices of test. I see no reason why I should have to spend hours filling out the guides. My husband and I already spend 1-4 hours nightly studying with our son (as you can see we are very dedicated to helping our son deal with dyslexia and school). This amount of study time only adds to the family stress level. I’m looking for ways to reduce the stress and to make the most of our study time. As teachers, can you suggest ways that teachers have helped families deal with simplifying the study hours? We currently use books on tape so that he can listen to his textbooks. In the past I re-read all of his textbooks to him after he read them first. This provided me with the answers to the study guides but now I’m not reading the text.
Also, what can I ask of teachers who do not provide study guides. I feel we need to know the specifics of the test material so as not to be focusing on material that is not necessary.
Now that my son is in Junior High I know the classes will become more difficult – some to the extent that my husband and I need refresher courses. Thank you for any advice you can provide. (US)

My son gave a talk to the class
I’ve only just discovered this site. My 9-yr old dyslexic son had to give a talk to the class. He chose to talk about dyslexia and started: “What do Walt Disney, Richard Branson and me have in common? – No we’re not all millionaires . . . yet, but we do all have dyslexia. And so it went on. The teacher was so impressed! And with his peers my son was the hero for many weeks. (Proud mom, UK)