All my life I was searching for Brain Gym®—and I didn’t even know it existed. I was a “creative type" who felt overwhelmed around anything technical; I preferred words to numbers and concept over detail. And yet, something in me longed to feel comfortable around all those things I was never very good at doing.
In the early 2000s, while co-authoring a book about education, I found myself enchanted by the subject of how human beings learn. During that process, someone told me about Brain Gym®—a system of movement activities designed to release stress and promote learning. Intrigued, I took a class, and soon discovered that there was a whole constellation of processes around Brain Gym that comprised the discipline of Educational Kinesiology.
At the end of that first Brain Gym workshop, while deeply engaged in a powerful movement activity, tears began streaming down my face. This feeling of balance and integration was simultaneously new and completely familiar.
My mind was calm; I felt at home in my body! Everything seemed possible. I couldn’t wait to share this with others.
Today, as a Licensed Educational Kinesiologist (aka Brain Gym® instructor/consultant) in private practice, I help children and teens find new possibilities beyond their learning and behavioral challenges. I support adults in bringing more ease and effectiveness into their personal, professional and creative lives.
And I coach and motivate writers, individually, in small groups, or in K-12 classrooms through my poetry workshops.
Challenges can seem insurmountable. Movement can make it easy. And we can meet in person at my Los Angeles office, or via Zoom—wherever you are in the world.
DEB STUDEBAKER - BIOGRAPHY
Deborah Scott Studebaker’s innovative work connects language with movement and play to empower her students and clients with confidence, clarity, and self-awareness.
Whether she’s facilitating a poetry lesson or a private session, Deb draws on her diverse background in the arts and her extensive training in kinesiology (the study of mind and movement) to foster learning, creativity, and achievement.
After growing up in a show business family, Deb chose to pursue a Bachelors’ degree in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. But she soon returned to entertainment, starting her career at Motown Records, then moving into spoken word recording and film production and distribution. Along the way, Deb amassed album and film credits as an assistant recording engineer, producer, screenwriter, and songwriter.
After leaving “the business” and becoming a parent, Deb continued to write and became profoundly interested in education. While co-authoring a book on education reform, she came to Brain Gym® as a writer doing research but found a philosophy that would shape her life’s work.
Now, as a Licensed Educational Kinesiologist (aka Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant) in private practice in Los Angeles, Deb supports children, teens and adults in moving beyond old limitations and into their greater possibilities.
Deb’s methodology contain a rich and intuitive mix of perspectives and modalities. Her certification in Touch for Health Kinesiology adds a multitude of techniques to release stress and cultivate mind-body awareness. Her certificate in Social Emotional Arts Education offers significant strategies for minimizing anxiety and maximizing the benefits of arts experiences. Most recently, Deb’s extensive, ongoing training in childhood reflexes and neuro-developmental movement gives her extraordinary tools for getting to the source of her clients' challenges with learning, self-regulation, and executive function.
Deborah Studebaker also teaches poetry at The Willows Community School in Culver City, California. Fusing her skills as a Brain Gym instructor with her passion for igniting ideas and inspiring young poets, Deb’s students explore movement techniques to release writers’ block and find their creative voices.
And there is still a music side to Deb’s life: she is the Managing Director of Reckless Night Music, LLC, a company dedicated to administering the legacy of her late father, musician and inventor Raymond Scott.
Deb is married to television cameraman Daryl Studebaker. Their children, Henry and Emma, are young adults pursuing their own creative dreams. Their dog, Bear, just wants belly rubs.
Deborah Scott Studebaker works with a young poet.