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Edu-K and Brain Gym
Brain Gym benefits include improvements in learning, vision, memory, expression, and movement abilities, both in young people and adults. In the classroom, teachers typically report improvements in attitude, attention, homework, behaviour, and academic performance for the entire class (where the whole class is participating).
People of many nationalities enjoy the Brain Gym movements in classrooms and businesses worldwide, as a tool to integrate the brain before learning, work, or sports activities, as well as during breaks. Individuals obtain more specific results in private consultations by setting a goal, doing certain Brain Gym movements to integrate the brain for this activity, and then repeating the activity to validate that the new learning has occurred. The positive results of these private sessions are evident immediately and increase over time.
To explain how Edu-K works, the Southern California educator and reading specialist Paul E. Dennison, PH.D describes human brain function in terms of three dimensions, laterality, focus and centring. Successful brain function requires efficient connections across the neural pathways located throughout the brain. Stress inhibits these connections while special Brain Gym movements stimulate a flow of information along these networks, restoring the innate ability to learn and function with curiosity and joy.
The Laterality Dimension pertains to the relationship between the two sides of the brain – especially in the midfield, where the two sides must integrate. Laterality skills are fundamental to reading, writing, listening, or speaking. They are essential for the patterning of whole-body movement, and for the ability to move and think at the same time.
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The Focus Dimension describes the relationship between the back and front areas of the brain. Focus affects comprehension – the ability to blend context and details into a full personal meaning and to understand new information in terms of previous experience. Attention disorders (ADD or ADHD) are related to the inability to focus.
The Centring Dimension concerns the connection between the top and bottom structures of the brain. Centring enables us to harmonise emotion with rational thought. Stress can disturb centring and equilibrium, leaving us tense and out of sorts; when we are centred, we feel more grounded and organised.