Have you ever seen students improve academic skills enough to advance three full grade levels and show significant improvement on standardized tests like the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency? And this miracle took place after just a few weeks of Books Neural Therapy™?
It has happened!
In 2001 in California, twenty-four students ages 7-20 were selected at random to participate in a study of Books Neural Therapy™, a non-drug intervention to improve academic skills and social behavior. This neural therapy is a neurologically based, hands-on repatterning technique to improve brain integration and body function, and Dr. Phyllis Books administered all treatments.
The first twelve students were pre-tested with the Wide Range Achievement Test and treated with Books Neural Therapy™ for nine hours over a six-week period. The Wide Range Achievement Test is a commonly used quick assessment of overall reading, math, and spelling proficiency. Nine were post-tested with the WRAT. (Three students were unable to complete the post-testing.)
Of the subjects in the first group, three had been at Los Prietos Boys Camp, a detention facility for boys who have had minor trouble with the law. One boy went from reading at grade four to reading at grade twelve. The second boy, who had been to Los Prietos twice, improved three grade levels in reading, two grade levels in math, and five grade levels in spelling. The third boy was one of the three who did not complete the post testing.
The average improvement in reading for the first group of nine was three grade levels in six weeks (16.09% change in the raw scores), two grade levels in math (16.55% change in the raw scores) and unsubstantial overall changes in spelling (0.81% change in the raw scores).
It was gratifying to see the consistent improvement in both math and reading, very different skills. One of the boys, an eight-year-old artistic child with ADD, made little improvement in reading (he was already grade level) but went up two grade levels in math. Often, right-brained artistic children don’t do as well in math, a left-brained activity.
The second group of twelve students was pre-tested with the WRAT, the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, and the computerized Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.®). They were treated with Books Neural Therapy™ and post-tested with the same instruments.
The Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency measures gross and fine motor skills, such as running speed and agility, balance, bilateral coordination, response speed, and visual-motor control. Developmentally, gross motor skills precede fine motor skills. Both gross and fine motor skills in the body precede academic skills. An uncoordinated child often has neurological issues that also affect ease and speed of learning.
In this second group of children, one of the most remarkable changes was in the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test, in which ALL children improved substantially. The average change in the raw scores was +15.89%. Since motor function is a precursor to improved brain integration, it was encouraging to get reports back from parents and teachers of the leaps forward in academic skills during the following school year.
The Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.®) is a rather tedious twenty-two minute computerized test to discover visual and auditory distraction and attention. It provides valuable information to medical doctors and others who need to measure attention deficit disorder with and without hyperactivity. It measures neurological deficits and can be administered repeatedly.
Most remarkable was the change in the ADHD scores of the Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.®), where there was an average improvement of 19.42%. Since the test measures underlying neurological deficits (and none of these children was on any medication during the study), this change, as well as the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test, shows the neurological improvement possible with Books Neural Therapy™.
The Wide Range Achievement Test on the second group did not yield substantial changes, probably because most of the subjects had completed only the first grade, leaving little possibility for several levels of improvement.
Most experts agree that learning differences and attention deficit disorder have a strong neurological component. However, Ritalin and other Schedule II narcotics have been the standard treatment for the neurological component. One of the goals of this study was to demonstrate statistically the efficacy of the treatments of Books Neural Therapy™, a noninvasive intervention for improvement in academic skills and social behavior.
Has your child turned off both sides of his brain (logic and creative) due to constant frustration in school or been labeled “klutzy” or accident prone? Has he or she had head injuries, structural misalignments (jaws, hips, eyes at different levels), low self-esteem, or inconsistent behavior and performance?
Books Neural Therapy™ offers a comprehensive, non-invasive, one on one, whole body-brain reintegration that improves the quality of life in general and academic and social skills in particular. To learn more about this groundbreaking neural therapy, contact Dr. Phyllis Books today.