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Interested in the specific program outlined in the rest of the actual book, but not included in the PDF, I dug around further (since this book is out-of-print and fairly expensive in used form) and found that there was one lone copy of this book in the Compton branch of the County of Los Angeles Library. I ordered, and a few weeks later it arrived. This book is very interesting, overall, and while I'm not sure I agree with it all, I enjoy reading the ideas of anyone who thinks young children are highly capable and deserve to be given credit for that.
There's no double-blind study cited in the book that unequivocally proves this works, but since starting sign language with Jackson I've become more and more convinced of the importance of the mind-body connection in education. As such, I've started practicing this behavior and while I doubt J would pass a direct test of right-left at this stage, it certainly has caught his attention. He stands on the sidewalk saying "look left, look right" (as we discuss when crossing the street) over and over again, and he does seem to swing his body in the right direction. And he was in his car seat yesterday and he specifically asked me to show him right and left.
Something's going on in there!