Benda Cassidy

I have taught my hugely successful Braincalm(TM) program to over 3000 school staff and parents across the country. Every day I receive emails from school staff- mostly special needs assistants, special education teachers, resource teachers and parents who take children through the simple set of brain calming and organizing physical exercises for 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

Below is the Braincalm(TM) information video:

We have seen some excellent results with reports including

  • better writing
  •  improved focus and concentration
  •  better behavior and self regulation
  •  improved sitting
  •  less anxiety and better self esteem…… to name but a few.

The demand has been so great for live Braincalm(TM) workshops that I decided to the train tutors to run workshops across Ireland.

Braincalm Tutors:

Over the past number of years I have been blessed to meet many wonderful parents, preschool and school staff at my workshops and while training in schools. At the end of 2018 I decided to approach 7 of the ‘best’ to train as tutors for my Braincalm workshops which kick off in January 2019.

In order to teach Braincalm(TM) my tutors

  •  must have attended to or more of my own live workshops
  • work in the education sector or healthcare sector with children
  • have completed the Braincalm(TM) tutor training with myself
  • are Braincalm(TM) practitioners themselves.

My 7 new tutors come from a variety of backgrounds

  •  primary school teachers/ special education teachers
  •  early years sector 0 to 6 years
  • a primary school principal
  • a post primary/ secondary school special education teacher

Some of my tutors have children with ‘SGO’ or something going on themselves. My 7 tutors and I teach from in depth professional and personal experience.

 

 Countrywide Braincalm Workshops January 2019:

If you are a school staff member especially SNAs ,SETs & parents- we have a workshop near you! Click on the links below for more information & to book online.

 Donegal    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/braincalm-training-for-snas-sets-parents-letterkenny-jan-26feb-23-2-parts-tickets-53381395190

 Mayo        https://www.eventbrite.com/e/braincalm-training-for-snas-sets-parents-mayo-janfeb-19-2-parts-tickets-53220398645

 Galway     https://www.eventbrite.com/e/braincalm-training-for-snas-sets-parents-galway-janfeb-19-tickets-53220453810

 Cork         https://www.eventbrite.com/e/braincalm-training-for-snas-sets-parents-cork-febmarch-20192-parts-tickets-53220497942

 Mullingar  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/braincalm-trainingpreschoolsnas-sets-parents-mullingar-janfeb2-parts-tickets-53382208623

 Dublin      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/braincalm-training-for-snas-sets-parents-dublin-jan-22ndfeb-5th-tickets-53382118353

 

Spaces are very limited and tickets tend to go quickly book so ASAP to avoid disappointment. See you in 2019!

Brenda Cassidy Home Page

I am delighted to finally launch my new website www.brendacassidy.com! Although I am a little sad to say goodbye to the old company name- Zoom Boom Kids- and of course the colourful bouncing eyes, I wanted to make everything easier for people to remember. So I decided to go back to basics and just use my name!

As you can see on the website my ‘brand’ colour is purple. I find purple and many different shades of it very calming. Plus I just like purple. So you will be seeing a lot of it from now on.

As for the website….what will you find there? My focus has moved to providing the best but simple education around sensory issues (and other issues such as behaviour & anxiety related to sensory problems) to PARENTS & SCHOOL STAFF…..most especially Special Education Teachers & Special Needs Assistants. However many parents & school staff of children in mainstream classes are the ones who come to me for help and who use my programs.

By using my new site www.brendacassidy.com I want to offer my tried and tested but down to earth, no jargon programs to anyone in the world who needs help. I do have a short page about ‘Sensory Issues’ on the site but I will expand on this in the future to offer more help in understanding this complicated but common condition. (Around 1 in 6 children have a ‘Sensory SGO- something going on’ as I call it!) It really is vital to understand what you are dealing with both as parents & as school staff (who spend half of the child’s waking day WITH the child!).

You will find a ‘Meet Brenda’ page and this will tell you a little more about me, my background as an OT and as a Mum of sensory children.

The first online learning program featured on my site is ‘Braincalm For Parents‘.  Have a look at the video on my home page and it will tell you a little more about this groundbreaking and highly effective 15-20 minute a day activity based brain organising & calming daily program. In future blogs I will be explaining more about the Braincalm Program™. 

I will be offering ‘Braincalm For Schoolstaff’ very soon and plan to have the following courses online by the start of the next school term

  • Sensory Made Simple For Parents‘- how to identify your child’s sensory issues & manage them at home
  • Sensory Made Simple For Schools‘- how to identify a pupil’s issues and learn how to offer targeted and effective sensory breaks
  • Strong Hands‘- a simple click & play 5 minute a day video program for preschool staff and for teachers of younger pupils to help combat the ‘weak hands- poor pencil grip’ problem that we are seeing today in classrooms
  • Strong Tummies‘- a simple ‘click and play’ 5 minute a day video with printable ‘home plan’ to build strength in the core of younger children
  • FUNPRAXIA‘ – understanding & managing dyspraxia & gross motor (big movement) problems in children in simple every day language
  • Getting Ready For ‘Big School‘ – a simple guided video for parents on how to prepare your child’s physical skills for ‘Big School’ (building strength, coordination and making sure they can manage basic daily skills such as putting on their coat and opening a lunchbag).

But for now, welcome to the new part of my journey to bring simple and effective but easy to run programs to struggling parents and stressed school staff all over the world. Please feel free to get in touch brenda@brendacassidy.com and let me know what you think of my new website!

Best wishes,

Brenda Cassidy,

OT & Sensory Educator

You can watch the introduction video to the website www.brendacassidy.com here.

Benda Cassidy

We are sad to say goodbye to our old name ‘Zoom Boom Kids’ and we will miss the colorful bouncing eyes!

zbk-logo

But the great news is that we have changed the company name to ‘ Brenda Cassidy OT & Sensory Educator ‘! You will see that we have a new logo with our new signature purple background.You will notice lots of this color around our site and on our training videos from now on.

For those of you wondering about the purple jigsaw in the logo with one jigsaw piece floating….well that represents what I do for parents and school staff. I fill in the ‘missing piece’ of the child’s jigsaw- which is often a sensory issue- and I help create a ‘whole picture’ of the child so everyone around the child can ‘get into the driving seat’ of simply finding solutions that changes the child’s life. And yours too!

From now on our website will change from www.zoomboomkids.com to wwe.Brendacassidy.com.

I still provide the same excellent down to earth & fun training but under new branding. As a mum of 2 sensory children, I know how hard it is to find structured and no jargon help. You have come to the right place.

I will continue to offer limited live workshops and talks for teachers and parents but you will be able to access my highly effective but very simple programs including my groundbreaking ‘Braincalm Program (TM) ‘ online on this website.

Stay tuned for further online workshops to come including:

  • Braincalm Program for Schools
  • Sensory Made Simple
  • Strong Hands
  • Strong Tummies
  • Getting Ready For ‘Big School’ – teaching parents how to get your child ready for primary/elementary school
  • The FUNPRAXIA Program – a physical skills building program to help children with Dyspraxia/DCD

and more!

I would like to say a huge thanks to all the fantastic principals/ head teachers, school staff, preschool staff & parents (both pilot paticipants and customers) who have been on this journey with me for the past few years. I hope you will continue with me for may more!

Best wishes

Brenda Cassidy OT & Sensory Educator