Mum helps problem pupils
"KID Whisperer" and local author Diana Vogel believes we need to learn new ways to deal with learning difficulties such as dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, instead of "drugging our kids".
Mrs Vogel, a Cabarita Beach mother of two boys, has written the book How to Stop the ADD/ADHD Nightmare, after helping her own child with learning and behavioural problems and eight years of research into drug-free methods.
"My oldest son was diagnosed with dyslexia in Grade 2 and the school said he was lazy and should try harder to do the work," Mrs Vogel said.
Angry at that response, she pulled her son out of school and began home-schooling him, at the same time trying various methods to help him learn in his own way.
"He wasn't a dumb kid, he was very smart, he just couldn't read. I had to help him, so I threw myself into research," she said.
"People were surprised I didn't want to drug him and I found simple, easy things that I could do to help him without drugs. He's now a capable student and has gone back to the regular school system."
Mrs Vogel said diet was a huge contributing factor to imbalances in brain functioning.
She said that she found, with her own children, that by eliminating wheat and dairy from their diet, her children's focus, energy and concentration improved.
Pulling together research from a wide variety of disciplines - from research by neuroscientists on learning profile types to Chinese acupressure techniques - she has developed a six-minute exercise regime that par- ents can take their children through each morning before school to focus them and calm them down, as well as forming nine specialist tutoring centres.
Mrs Vogel will be holding a public talk this Thursday in Lismore.
DIANA Vogel's talk will be held in the CWA Hall at Spinks Park, Molesworth St, Lismore, at 10am on Thursday.
There are limited seats, so phone 1800 194 206 to reserve your place.
Her book will soon be available online and will be available at the talk.