Three year pilot study in Seattle, WA
Dr. Frank Belgauís Learning Breakthrough Program was an integral part of a most successful three year education pilot study in Seattle, WA. The results of the program demonstrate its value.
- Student IQ scores increased an average of twenty- four points.
- Academic scores increased an average of four grade levels in spelling and reading.
- Behaviors negative to learning were almost totally eliminated.
- All children in the study knew that now they had skills to learn and were eager to do their school tasks.
Dr. Jerald C. Winger
Cognitive Rehabilitation Specialist
Formerly Director of Learning Disabilities
Seattle School District
Comparative Study of First Grade Tutorial Programs
In 1993-94, this comparative study was done to evaluate three tutorial programs designed to improve First Grade studentís reading performance. The focus of the study was done to highlight additional gains of First Grade Students using the Belgau Balance Boards. The first two programs listed as 3 days Belgau and 3 days SOI were organized as small group instructional units. Programmed Tutoring, listed at the bottom, however, is organized as a 1 to 1, adult to child, individual structured reading system.
NCEíS or Normal Curve Equivalents, (similar to percentiles) were used to average the results of the Gates Reading Test. The Department of Education has required us to show an average gain of 3 NCEíS to recognize our programs as successful.
The gains of the students who used the Belgau Balance Boards and accompanying equipment averaged a gain of 6.5 as opposed to 1.9 NCEís. The gains of children using Belgau equipment doubled required expectations.
[The SOI percentages are informal, not nationally normed as with Gates, but calculated to show teachers improvements in activities.]
In summary, the children using the balance equipment, fared 46% better on a normed reading test than children supported in small group instruction with the balance program and 20% better than children in a 1-1 Programmed Tutoring reading program.
Diamond Dale Elementary School
Diamond Dale, MI
JC was diagnosed with language delay at age 4. He began the Balametrics program using the Belgau Balance Board in the fall of his third grade year, reading at a second grade level. At the end of the 4th grade he was reading at a seventh grade level. He made straight A's every six weeks, and received a reading award for top AR points in grades 4 & 5. He also tested out of Resource Classes altogether this year!!! He scored a 145 on oral language expression, a difficult feat for a student with a language delay. God bless you for this wonderful program that changes lives.
One of the greatest areas of improvement I have seen with my students has been in the area of visual processing. This improvement produces more retention of sight words, word patterns, math facts, etc. in the brain. My students love to do the Belgau Balance Board.
Private Tutorial and Consultant Program
This program truly is brain games in space. It organizes the brain, balances the body and all its parts, builds new neural pathways, focuses, integrates all the sensory input, improves memory and comprehension, and develops spatial abilities. And there are other fall outs such as better behaviors in the classroom and more confidence for the individual. This is not hearsay. I have actually witnessed these results.
Ruth Cobb Arnold, Ed.D.
Professor of Education, Emeritus
Stetson University, Florida
My name is AS. I would like to thank you for Balametrics because it has helped me a lot. I have improved my handwriting and my spelling scores. I use the Belgau Balance Board in the classroom, in PE and sometimes I take it home. I'm very smart, but the board has made it easier to get my ideas on paper. I want to be a Herbalist when I grow up. Without the board in my life, I might not even be able to pass 5th grade. It has changed my life. I used to feel bored and now work is more fun to do. I used to have bad feelings about myself. Now I think I'm great! So do a lot of other people. I feels good to be able to do my work.
Student, Boardmaster Captain
Two days of board doubled my childís reading - Boy, 8 years... (10 minutes time - 2 pages to 4 pages) Incredible.
Parent Note 10/2/98
Thank you for sending the Learning Breakthrough Program materials. I received them just in time to begin the balance activities prior to my upgrade to instructor pilot. I made 100% on all my tests and had a Q-1 check ride with no downgrades - my personal best. I am forever grateful to you and appreciate the quick response to my request. My daughter does pendulum ball activities daily and she is only 8 months. It is amazing to see her hand-eye coordination improve.
Air Force Pilot 3/3/95