Dianne Craft
Special Needs Consultant


Dianne Craft is a former homeschool mom who has 25 years’ experience teaching children who struggle with learning. She received her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from St. Cloud State University and her master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She is also a Certified Natural Health Professional. Discovering the reason for children’s struggles with learning and behavior has long been a passion of Dianne’s. Some children struggle because of a “glitch” in the processing of information (sometimes referred to as a learning disability). Others are affected by ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, sensory integration issues, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Down syndrome, and Turner’s syndrome. Dianne approaches these problems in a unique way, applying the latest brain research as well as expertise in the biochemical factors that contribute to children’s behavioral, attention, and learning struggles. In 1988, Dianne created the Brain Integration Therapy for Children workshop for parents, educators, psychologists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists. In 1993 she began teaching these life—changing concepts directly to parents in her private consultation practice, so they could work with their children at home to remove learning blocks. Since 1997 Dianne has been working as an educational diagnostician and homeschool consultant in her private practice, Child Diagnostics, Inc., in Denver, Colorado. Dianne is the author of the Brain Integration Therapy Manual and the Right Brain Phonics Reading Book. She has also produced an audio tape series, “The Biology of Behavior,” the Teaching Your Right Brain Child video, the video series “Understanding and Helping the Struggling Learner,” and other teaching tools that make learning easier for children. Dianne lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband Ron, a CPA.



Title:Identifying If a Child Has a Learning Glitch (Learning Style, or Learning Gate Blocked?)
Length:2 hours
Type:Workshop
Topic:Special Needs
Audience:Parents
Description:See if this is really a learner struggling with a processing problem, or just a right—brain learner who is not using his/her dominant hemisphere for retention of material.
  • Learn how to determine the “Learning Gates” that are open, and those that could be blocked for a struggling child.
  • Find out a world of information about a child’s writing system by just having him/her write the alphabet or days and months.
  • Learn the importance of knowing the child’s true hand and eye dominance.
  • Look for clues in a child’s eye tracking ability, both laterally and vertically.
  • Signs of visual or auditory processing problems that can be readily seen in a child’s oral reading of words in isolation and in context.
  • Check the integrity of the corpus callosum by having the child do the crossing—the—midline activity while performing a verbal task.
  • Decide when a spelling problem needs specific intervention, or when just learning how to use spell check on the computer will suffice.
These informal checks that you can do at home will help you assess the ease with which your child is learning.

Title:Removing Reading Blocks
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Special Needs
Audience:Parents
Description:A child can be struggling with reading for several reasons. Two of the most common reasons are a visual processing problem or an auditory processing problem. Symptoms of a visual processing problem include reversing letters (b/d) or reading whole words backward (on/no, was/saw); reading slowly, one word at a time; needing a finger or guide when reading (after 2nd grade). Symptoms of an auditory processing problem include “word guessing” with any longer word; reading a word in one sentence, but forgetting it in the next; difficulty with sight words (there, them, many, laugh, etc.); difficulty remembering the months of the year; misunderstanding oral directions, saying “What?” or “You never told me.” The reading process requires that both the right and left brain hemispheres work well together. If this process isn’t automatic, the child experiences a learning block. The block is the midline between the brain hemispheres. Find out how to make the brain midline work more efficiently for your child, and teaching strategies that bypass the blocked learning gate. Reading doesn’t have to be so hard! When both the right and left brain hemispheres are working well together, reading becomes much easier.

Title:Sensory Processing Problems . . . Your Challenging Child
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Special Needs
Audience:Parents
Description:When the sensory system of the body is giving errant signals, children are bothered by everything around them, and even things going on in their own body. Noises bother them, shirt tags need to be cut out, large groups overstimulate them, certain food textures bother them. Even finding the right socks to wear can be a monumental task. The sock seams need to be in just the right place on the foot, or schooling cannot begin for the day. Dr. Lendon Smith, a pediatrician, calls these children “goosey, touchy kids” because so many things seem to bother them. Find out how to identify these children, and, more importantly, to help them become more comfortable in their own skins.

Title:Smart Kids Who Hate to Write
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Special Needs
Audience:Parents
Description:There are children who can tell a wonderful story orally, but when it comes to writing their thoughts down, they only write a few sentences. Sometimes these children still reverse letters, or have difficulty writing cursive, or just have very sloppy handwriting. They write many of their letters “bottom to top.” These children often can spell a word correctly orally, but leave out a letter when trying to write it on a test. When they copy from a book, they leave words out, or even spell them wrong. The spacing on a math paper is very erratic, leading to math errors in problems they know how to do. They may be “mixed dominant”—left—eye dominant, but right—handed. They are truly experiencing a glitch between their head and their hand. Learn how to identify the child who has a true writing glitch (which is correctable), or who is just not motivated to write.

Title:Teaching the Right—Brain Child, Part 1
Length:1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Special Needs
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Do you have a student who learns “differently”? This is likely your right—brain student. Instead of learning in an auditory manner (on which most curriculum methods are based), these wonderful children store information in their long—term memory by using pictures, color, story, or emotion attached to the facts they need to learn. In this workshop you will learn how to identify the right—brain child and learn simple spelling techniques to help the words “stick instead of slip.” You’ll learn how to “put Velcro” on math facts, and how to help your students follow verbal instructions. You will help them get in touch with the “smart part of themselves” and really shine using these right—brain strategies. Their faces light up when they find that they can retrieve their information so easily. If you have right—brain students who are struggling to retain information or a child with an auditory processing problem, you will love these techniques!

Title:Teaching the Right—Brain Child, Part 2
Length:1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Special Needs
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Once you have identified your right—brain learners, become an expert at training them to use their superior “photographic memory” in many areas of learning. Teach your students the lifelong skill of studying for tests by taking a picture of the contents of a chapter. These memory techniques are commonly used by Cambridge University students to reduce studying time. Learn how to help your students improve their reading comprehension by making a movie in their heads while they read. You can even “glue in” phonics sounds for ease in reading long words, and watch their reading soar. Using these powerful strategies, your students will truly learn how to learn, and confirm to themselves that they are very smart!

Title:The Biology of Learning and Behavior, Part 1
Length:1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Parenting, Special Needs
Audience:Parents
Description:Johnny is a constant motion machine. Tom cries in frustration over minor matters. Susie has mood swings. Joey is nicknamed Eeyore because of his negative attitude. Your 3—year—old gets so angry that his rages are almost scary. Carol acts “spacey” and forgets the things she knew the day before. Harold lies awake a long time each night before he can fall asleep. Could all of these behaviors be caused by an upset “gut ecology”? Could they be related to antibiotic use when the child was young, or other factors that affected the child’s intestinal health? Could such common physical symptoms as athlete’s foot, rashes, canker sores, sinus problems, and stomachaches be related to these children’s behavioral and learning issues? The answer is a resounding yes! Find out what other parents have been learning: there is a direct connection between the physical well—being and the learning ability and behavior of a child. This fascinating workshop provides you with clues to your child’s internal learning environment, and how to change that environment for the better. It is easy to correct these conditions at home and dramatically affect your child’s learning day. The testimonies that we receive from parents across the United States who are using these simple remedies with their children are amazing!

Title:The Biology of Learning and Behavior, Part 2
Length:1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Parenting, Special Needs
Audience:Parents
Description:Remember when your mom told you, “Fish is brain food”? Well, she was right. Current brain research is very clear on this fact. The brain is 60% fat, with 30% of that in the front part of the brain where focusing and attention take place. For the brain synapses (connections) to be made properly, proper fats are required. (French fries and doughnuts don’t count!) Dyslexia, dyspraxia (the “clumsy child syndrome”), ADD, hyperactivity, bipolarity, and depression are conditions of essential fatty acid deficiency. This deficiency often shows up in physical symptoms such as dry hair, dry skin, asthma, or allergies. When you feed the brain the fats it needs, the physical symptoms disappear also. Kids often comment that they can think better when they take the essential fatty acids. Get the real skinny on fats! Learn how to help your child feel better, and thus behave and learn better.


If you would like to schedule Dianne Craft as a speaker at your upcoming event, please contact her at 540—338—5600.


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