Linda Kane M.ND Certified Master Neurodevelopmentalist, Sound Therapy Specialist, and Behavioral Consultant, and International Lecturer, entered the field of special needs in 1977 with the birth of her oldest son, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Scott was born at a time when the standard recommendation was to institutionalize children born with DS. Refusing to even consider such a thing, Linda and her husband, Lee, ventured out on their own looking for answers that would help their son. Sadly, most of their early education was finding what did not work. They were fast becoming veterans of numerous unsuccessful programs and therapies. Through this search for answers, Linda found The NeuroDevelopmental Approach in 1989.
Realizing the life-changing effects of this approach, Linda entered into an eight year apprenticeship in the neurodevelopmental field. She expanded into specialized fields through extensive training in Auditory Integration Training, Auditory Enhancement Training, Samonas Sound Therapy, Feeding Therapy, Oral Motor Therapy, Primitive and Postural Reflexes, and TKM® (The King Institute Method).
Desiring to have a strong Biblical foundation and Christian basis when working with families, Lee and Linda founded “Hope And A Future, Inc.” in September, 1999. Hope And A Future’s primary mission is to give hope and specific help to families involved with developmental needs, genetic syndromes, brain injuries, Autism, visual/hearing impairments, and learning issues.
Linda firmly believes the potential of an individual is determined by the opportunities presented to them. Nothing in all creation can compare to the amazing capacity and adaptability of the human brain. Traditional thinking has believed there are limits to the brains capacity. Research into neural plasticity of the brain (the brain’s ability to change and adapt) is greatly changing how we work with brain injuries, learning inefficiencies, sensory problems, and genetic syndromes. This is how we can all of our children, or ourselves, to our fullest potential.
Hope And A Future guides families by giving them the expertise for working with the specific, individual needs of their precious family member/members.
Linda is certified through the International Christian Association of Neurodevelopmentalists, Inc. (ICAN). Currently, in affiliation with ICAN, the opportunity for continued research, study, and the exploration of options and methodologies to enhance the field of neurodevelopment is an ongoing critical part of her work. Linda travels extensively throughout the United States and Canada serving individual families, lecturing, and teaching individuals, educators, and professionals within the fields of education and special needs.