Who doesn’t want their kids more focused? What kids doesn’t want to be able to concentrate on work and get it done, read better and have a deeper understanding for what they have read? Having been a Psychology major in college, I was intrigued by the opportunity to review Frank Belgau’s book A Life in Balance: Discovery of a Learning Breakthrough.
Frank Belgau dedicated his life to helping children learn to read, especially those with learning disabilities that made traditional reading methods ineffective. In the process, he uncovered a process that is revolutionary in helping children struggling to learn to read to read better but also help those with many various learning disabilities learn to be able to focus and learn on a level they have not been able to without the help of the Learning Breakthrough Program. He uncovered the advantages of brain training.
A Life in Balance: The Learning Breakthrough Program – The Book and Program
A Life in Balance: Discovery of a Learning Breakthrough is written by Eric Belgau, told in first person from the perspective of his father and founder of the Learning Breakthrough Program, Frank Belgau. It begins with the story of Frank Belgau’s life, laden with difficulties in school due to learning disabilities. As his siblings succeeded and were praised by his parents, Frank continued to struggle. This basically became the drive behind his life-long work.
The book continues on the story of his research. Though it gets technical at times, as necessary to effectively tell the story and explain the findings of Mr. Belgau’s research, telling it in story format makes it very readable to any person exploring his story and his studies.
Frank Belgau worked in the 1960s and 1970s in the field of education, teaching children to read and learn in ways that classrooms had never seen – he began helping these children train their brains to work better and boy did he have people think he was crazy. Along the way, he had the opportunity to talk to and work with some amazing people. He even had the opportunity to help the children of some amazing people. This was interesting to read in the book, to think of helping these amazing people uncover the advantages of brain training and help them or their children become successful in their lives. However, reading about how he worked with these children, the challenges he endured trying to work through his methods, talk through his thoughts, and test his beliefs to find ways that the brain and body work together to help a child focus his brain and learn was truly inspiring.
The last part of A Life in Balance: Discovery of a Learning Breakthrough goes into detail of how he came up with the Learning Breakthrough program, which is basically the perfected compilation of his entire life’s works and a focus on retraining the brain to work effectively for the student, regardless of his or her learning difficulties. The system is explained in detail, supported by experiments and tweaked by his own family through the years. The author of the book, Eric Belgua, even talks about how he and his siblings spent their time helping their father work through the perfection of this system throughout their childhood’s.
As a person with a degree in psychology, a background in teaching in the field of education, and now a homeschool mom, I found the book simply fascinating. His cutting-edge, never-before-tried methods were so wonderful to read about. The people that helped Mr. Belgua succeed were amazing. And the methods are definitely worth trying. Our oldest son has many physical, developmental, and learning difficulties and disabilities, and our other children, though no diagnosed issues, concentration and focus is always something that could use some improvement (of course, who doesn’t have issues with concentration and focus from time to time). These studies support findings that the Learning Breakthrough Program can help with concentration and focus as well. So I look forward to trying some of these methods with my own children to see if it helps them with their concentration and focus. And the findings that his program may help adults with adult onset issues is something that deserves a look. I see no reason why using his program to see if it helps my own concentration and focus isn’t worth a try. It most certainly can’t hurt.
Here are some of the learning difficulties and diagnosis’s that the Learning Breakthrough Program has been found to help successfully:
- Dyslexia (reading issues, etc)
- Dyspraxia (coordination issues)
- Dysgraphia (handwriting issues)
- Dyscalculia (math issues)
- CAPD (auditory processing issues)
- Speech & Language
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Behavior issues
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- Brain Injury & Stroke
Overall, I really loved this book and intend to pour over it again, share it with my friends, and use the program in my home. I am excited to try the methods and see what kind of improvements it can bring to my children’s learning and our homeschool. I look forward to giving my oldest son to see if The Learning Breakthrough Program can help him. I look forward to telling my friends who have children in need of the help The Learning Breakthrough Program could provide about the book and the program.
If you would like to purchase your own copy of A Life in Balance: Discovery of a Learning Breakthrough you can get it from the Learning Breakthrough Program for $16.94 (current pricing at the time of this post). And be sure to check out what the other TOS Crew Review team said about A Life in Balance: Discovery of a Learning Breakthrough by Frank Belgau.
Check out the Learning Breakthrough Program on the web too.