Music is the mediator between the life of the senses and the life of the spirit– Ludwig Van BeethovenTomatis – the beginningPerhaps you've heard of Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis, especially if you've researched brain plasticity or listening programs. Perhaps you've wondered why music has such a powerful impact on us—modified music all the more [...]
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Neuroplasticity is the property of the brain that enables it to change its own structure and functioning in response to activity and mental experience – Norman Doidge We live at a challenging yet fortuitous time in human history. On the one hand we are faced with an epidemic of developmental challenges—autism, attention issues, speech [...]
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein Since Creative was a sponsor of the 2019 CHADD/NAMI ADHD and Mental Health Resource Fair October 12 in Reston, I took the opportunity [...]
The reading brain can be likened to the real-time collaborative effort of a symphony orchestra – Thomas Oppong A little over five centuries ago, the Sumerians in the city of Uruk invented cuneiform, the first writing system. This was among the most important developments in human history—taking its place on the stage of progress [...]
To learn to read is to light a fire. – Victor Hugo Perhaps my fondest memories as a child was riding my bicycle to the library on Saturday morning and perusing the shelves for books on my favorite topics: dinosaurs and magic. Decades later I still cherish that I had that opportunity and still remember [...]
Getting off to the best startLet us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.– Malala YousafzaiI think that schooling for young children—public or private or at home—is one of the most important social functions and teachers, including parents that teach, are one of the most important people. Not [...]
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie Thanksgiving has come and gone and now the winter holidays await us. The idea of Thanksgiving lingers. Giving thanks is one of the most important and personally enriching of emotions. How do we become and [...]
Learning first occurs as a part of emotional interactions – Dr. Stanley Greenspan (1941 - 2010) The late Dr Stanley Greenspan is best known for developing DIR/Floortime®, a treatment framework for individuals with autism and other developmental issues. While that, in itself, is monumental and transformative, it is only part of his great legacy. [...]
For me as a child summer break was a magic time. Each year as I departed from my last class sometime in late June I had this great sense of freedom and adventure: Before me was a never ending summer of no-school days. Inevitably, sometime in August I began to tire of the “endless [...]
For those of you who can't make the Foundations Summer Camp, there are still plenty of opportunities to help your child—or yourself—through a summer intensive. While we will customize any of the four programs described below, don't give up if none seem to fit. Give us a chance create a special custom program to [...]