Micronutrient Intervention for Learning and Behavior
A clinical trial was conducted last fall at The Learning Curve Academy, a private school in Central Florida. This trial is titled, “Micronutrient Intervention for Learning and Behavior.” After parental and student consents were obtained, 37 children from 1st grade to 12th grade were given a broad spectrum vitamin, mineral and amino acid complex proven to be safe and highly effective in brain health, and has a special affinity for ADD/ADND, Bipolar Disorder, Cognitive disorders, memory, rage, depression, anxiety, stress, and Autism. This micronutrient has already been studied at 15 universities worldwide, including Harvard School of Medicine. There has never been a naturalistic setting such as a school setting where the majority of the student base received the micronutrient – this was the first study of its kind.
How was it done?
Every school morning, the students were given breakfast at school and then received EmpowerPlus Q96. Some children took the Micronutrient in capsule form, some took it in the powder form that tastes like Mandarin Orange or Bananas and Berries. After lunch, the students received their afternoon serving. Not all students took the same amount, others were able to take the standard amount. It all depended on how the student reacted, which was all tested and documented before the study began. Mrs. Sandy Burns, the teacher who distributed the micronutrients used a chart that helped her track who took what and how much. Some of the 37 students ate breakfast at home and therefore, took their micronutrient at home. All children had a good supply of the EmpowerPlus Q96 at home so they could take it on weekends or holidays, or on days they were absent.
What were the results?
Three levels of ratings were measured during the 12 weeks. Two weeks prior to starting, there were two baseline ratings taken from the parents, the teachers, and from students themselves. Then, every week thereafter and for the next 12 weeks;
- Parents filled out a 22-item rating scale based on DSM-IV for mania that is designed to be completed by a parent. It incorporates age-specific items applicable to ages 5 to 17 years. The CMRS-P is worded in a way that makes it easy for parents to understand. This questionnaire covers behaviors such as irritability, racing thoughts, hyperactive behavior, and rage attacks.
- Teachers used a point system to evaluate each child at the end of every week. This School-based Checklist is based on 15 rules and regulations for school behavior, from speaking without permission, to destructive behavior.
- The younger students completed a single visual scale each day. The children were asked to circle the face that indicates how they felt that day: happy, sleepy, sad, or mad. The same faces were presented to them on Fridays to ask them how they mostly felt during the previous week: happy, sleepy, sad, or mad. The older students completed the same scale each day and at the end of the week, but it was a written survey with the words happy, sleepy, sad, or mad.
The study proved that improving a child’s nutrition through safe and effective micronutrients improves grades, reduces classroom noise, improves attitudes of the children, and overall, makes for a happier child. The study will be published in a medical journal this fall.
Number One Improved Student.
Mrs. Burns, the teacher who distributed the micronutrients to the students was thrilled to report that her Number One Improved Student was her autistic student. This child was withdrawn and tended to stay to himself. The micronutrient opened him up to his surroundings, and it became possible for her to communicate with him. She has been able to teach him to read simple words. He cannot recognize pictures of dogs and cats and he can now point to his ears, eyes, mouth, knees and other body parts. He now looks when his name is called and understands simple instructions such as, “come over here.” She said she believes with her whole heart that EmpowerPlus Q96 has been the key to open the door to his world.
The Learning Curve Academy provides Exceptional Student Education which is defined as those students who are at risk. This is sometimes referred to as special education.“At risk” is defined as students who are likely to fail in either school or life (Frymier, 1988) without the proper accommodations. In most classrooms there are students who do not achieve at the same level as the majority of their classmates. Difficulties emerge when they do not have the necessary skills to perform a specific task. Daily school tasks become laborious and the students at risk refrain from maintaining a level of achievement that leads to automatic, efficient learning. Providing accommodations and individualized education is the goal of Individuals with disabilities Education Act (IDES) of 2004. It is the goal of The Learning curve Academy to provide these accommodations in the most personalized way so that students, rather than being frustrated, see the success of which they are all capable of.
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