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    Connections brain development seminars come to Loudoun

    Connections, a brain development seminar, is coming to Ashburn Nov. 7-8 at Word of Life International Church.

    The organization believes that academic and behavioral issues such as ADD/ADHD, autism and sensory processing delays, among others, can be solved through movements and practices that stimulate neurological pathways in the brain.

    The process is called neurological reorganization.

    The philosophy comes from the idea that such handicaps exist from early interruptions to development, specifically developments that occur in the first two years of life.

    Cindy Larscheid, a children's pastor at Word of Life International Church, had been looking for solutions for her eighth grade son's dyslexia and recall difficulties. She knows her son is bright, she said. But his brain doesn't always know how to retrieve information.

    “[The info] is there, but he can't get to it,” she said. “The file system is off. It's like somebody taking your file folders and tossing them everywhere, and you don't know where the papers are.”

    In her search, every solution and program were too far away.

    So when last summer she found Connections, which sets up seminars where need is expressed, she contacted Virginia Largent, director of the Virginia Beach School of the Arts and creator of the seminars.

    Working as a liaison between her church and Connections, Larscheid finally has the seminars coming to the area.

    The eight-hour long program begins with an overview of brain basics and anatomy.

    Parents and students learn about sensory systems in the brain and what happens when delays occur.

    The seminar also covers early development, typical social and learning handicaps – such as dyslexia, ADD/ADHD or dysgraphia – and the physical movements often skipped when a person is a baby that might lead to the delays in development.

    Largent's seminars are based on research around neurological reorganization that learning specific movements in childhood, teen and adult years can foster that development, creating neurological pathways in the brain to improve learning and help with delays created in early childhood.

    One type of movement is retained primitive reflexes, which are meant to calm fight, fight and freeze and anxiety impulses.

    The seminars also focus on learning rhythmic movements, the ones which specifically target the connections between the front and back of the brain.

    The seminar is eight hours, so seminars also work with parents to create lesson and movement plans for after the program has ended.

    According to Largent, families who dedicate between 20 and 40 minutes a day for seven days a week have seen results in a week.

    “We are getting amazing results confirmed by families who diligently follow the Connections program with their children,” she said.

    The seminar costs up to $300. Those interested can visit for more information.

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