It will be helpful
to know how and why The Robert Muller School decided to publish BALANCED
The people who developed the program are all volunteers. For more than
twenty years, volunteers in Arlington, Texas USA, have worked to serve
the educational processes for children in the world. The Robert Muller
School was first fully accredited from birth through Secondary School
in 1985. All monies acquired by the School for materials and publications
return directly to pay for future publications, etc. The School is nonprofit
and tax-exempt under IRS Code 501 (c) (3). Balanced Beginnings is fully
Collection of information from the latest scientific research on early
brain development was begun in 1979. A registered Nurse and staff members
working with babies in the School, began to collect information on early
development It was soon found that there was entirely new scientific study
going on, to do with brain development-a field which had not hitherto
existed because there had been no access to the devdoping brain. Scientists
were especially interested in the learning process because of the hope
(still existing today) to develop artificial intelligence.
Gradually, as there were more babies born into the families involved in
the Robert Muller School, the need was realized to incorporate as much
of the useful new information as possible. Knowledge was considered useful
only if it contributed to the later learning ability of the child, and
was not contra-indicative relating to the child's well-being and natural
development into a creative, competent, adjusted, and happy human being.
During a period of nine years, experiment was made with the latest discoveries
about the developing infant brain, all the way from the unborn, to the
age of three, when the rapid brain development slows to such an extent
that only ten percent of the maturing growth is left to occur before full
It was discovered that each development process which was taken into account
in the babies' experience, caused an obvious and prodigious ability which
was lacking in their peers who had not had the experience.
Please be advised we used information from research which was fully documented
and accepted in the community of scientific research. Remember that early
brain development research is relatively new. This is why the new information
is not mown by the general public unless they have seen fit to read the
scientific journals or have run into some of the more spectacular data
in magazines or newspapers generally read by the average public. The data
is often very dry and uninteresting in the scientific vernacular; however,
distilled to practical use with a baby, it is exciting and results are
obvious to all.
There now exists evidence that every baby is far more complicated than
ever accepted in the past From conception, and on into the rapid brain
growth period which begins at the seventh month of pregnancy, the little
life is being "informed" in many ways which have escaped notice
of parents in general. The infant could be called a "holonomic"
being, affected through and through by all currents of cosmic rays, including
the more intense and present currents of emotion and thought in which
each infant exists. All the experiences which are being held by everyone
and everything in the infant's environment are having subtle effect upon
the infant's nervous system The baby is subject to forms of energy to
which adults have become somewhat or completely unconscious through the
familiarity and compensating adjustments which take place naturally as
part of the miraculous ability of the human nervous system. These effects
nevertheless form part of every human being's psychology and add to the
ways in which everyone of us adjusts (or sometimes mal-adjusted), and
contributes to life as part of the human species.
At this time, the very latest material available definitely substantiates
the Balanced Beginnings Program. A copy of one such article's abbreviated,
useful explanation (which says it all in a nutshell) is available if someone
desires to know more. Also, any library can provide volumes of information
at this time. All of it substantiates the experiences in the Balanced
Beginnings Program as foundational for greater learning ability as the
child grows, and, furthermore, throughout life.
The President of the Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and
Health (APPAH), Dr. David Chamberlain, has sent us a letter declaring
"pride in our infant program." His Article, Babies Are Not What
We Thought, includes 165 references which easily relate to the value of
our Balanced Beginnings Program experiences. We send a copy along with
Originally, it was not planned to publicize the work done with our babies.
It was after a year or two of unchanging schedule of experience for each
baby, that it was realized it could be "packaged" and made available
for interested parents. Plus the fact that it was shown at a Montessori
Conference where the School was invited to present, and there was incredible
demand for reproduction. Since then, many of those original babies are
older and are living examples of the inordinate learning ability and creativity
which the gathered research foretold would be the case.
Programs are continually sold by the School because of "word-of-mouth"
of those who have used the program with their babies. Calls come from
people who want to acquire the Program because of seeing the results with
babies of their neighbor or friend.
The authenticity must rest in the use of Balanced Beginnings. You see,
unless people are willing to admit that there may be some new information
about how the brain develops, and how very early experience may affect
learning ability for a lifetime -then there is no use trying to convince
them. Some people believe that all you must do is "love" your
baby and the rest will take care of itself. That is their prerogative.
For myself, I have six children, and (if I could have known what I now
know) I would have made great sacrifices to have had access to Balanced
Beginnings for them.
In time, all of the important information about early brain development
and experience will be well known by the general public-then all doubts
will disappear. Until then, all we can do is provide to those who are
open to take advantage of the opportunity, access to Balanced Beginnings.
Parents worldwide, who have had no knowledge of such information, and,
of course, love their children, range all the way from those who put the
newborn baby in a space apart and keep everyone away and quiet except
for feeding and changing, to those who involve the baby in every possible
family activity and therefore (incidentally or accidentally) provide the
baby with more complicated experience. No family would or could provide
all experiences found in the Balanced Beginnings Program, however. And
some experiences are definitely important as to timing and sequence related
to brain development No family, on a chance basis, could be expected to
provide all of these experiences for their babies during the rapid brain
growth period. It would be a miracle! Some would surely be missing! There
are more than 300 sequenced experiences in the Program each calculated
to give the baby pleasure and reinforce new connections for later learning.
For this reason alone, any parents who !mow about and ignore access to
the Balanced Beginnings Program are taking the chance that their baby
doesn't need the experiences which will be missed. The attitude generally
stems from an intelligent skepticism, and concern that since human beings
have come this far without such lmowledge and its use, it must be unnecessary
and out of order in the scheme of relationship between parents and infants.
This attitude is analogous to suggesting that human creativity is unwarranted
and we could have done easily without the wheel-because it is not found
The entire key to understanding Balanced Beginning is this: there is only
ONE period in individual life when the rapid brain development takes place.
That is the ONLY time when experience will have LIFE-LONG effects in learning
ability, BECAUSE the connections between brain cells during this particular
rapid brain growth period form the matrix of pathways for all later learning.
This period lasts for only the first three years.
When there is not a plethora of pathways, the person will be a slow learner.
When there are pathways in only a few areas, all learning will be "shuttled,"
if you will, through those existing experienced pathways and some subjects
will be exceedingly difficult just as is the case with most of us.
We learn fairly easily in some areas, while others are difficult and information
is not retained easily in those difficult areas.
We have studied the process of retention in the developed brain, as well
as the foundational research. Retention is best exhibited when there is
repetition to the point of patterning new pathways in the brain. When
clear motivation is added to the patterning, retention will happen with
ease. This is the way most of us learn new subjects. The necessary amount
of patterning will differ in short and long term retention for an individual.
A brain with pathways prepared in advance of the new subject will learn
and retain information easily as well as relate it to every conceivable
area of connection through the existing pathways. This happens automatically
or unconsciously and can be recognized in a person who is extremely "quick"
In the past, there was the inexplicable mystery of some children being
"bright" and some being "dull" even in the same
family! It is now known that while genetics plays a part in this mystery-if
the general physical health of the baby is good EXPERIENCE makes
the true difference!
We are now certain also that the mother's consciousness will have definite
effects on the baby's learning ability and emotional demeanor especially
her consciousness during the last months of pregnancy, when the rapid
brain growth begins.
Throughout the fetal development, the birth and infant life, all environmental
conditions (physical, emotional, and mental) will have effects on the
child's developing psychology.
The future will see much change in the general treatment of infants as
the scientific kmowledge becomes generally kmown. Balanced Beginnings
can be an assistance for those pioneers around the world who begin the
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