As neurobiologist Carla Hannaford says, "Learning is not all in your head." It requires a body that can sit for hours in a chair, fingers that can comfortably hold a pencil, and eyes that work well as a team. These abilities (among others) are cultivated through movement and the senses.
However, in our 24/7 "wired" culture, many children haven’t received enough movement and play to naturally develop these skills. As a result, young people may come to school unprepared for the physical demands of learning.
Standard academic interventions may ask a child to respond on a level that is developmentally beyond her. In the Brain Gym approach, we back up to move forward: it starts with meeting the child where she is.
The Brain Gym method is an educational model, based on the Latin word educare, which means to “draw out.” Instead of “diagnosing and fixing” your child, we embark on a customized program to meet your goals as well as his.
We work on these intentions in a setting where learning happens through movement—it's engaging and fun. As we move toward positive change, we cultivate a sense of ease rather than the tension of over-effort and over-focus.
Sessions with Deb encompass the 26 Brain Gym activities and so much more: a variety of creative techniques that playfully build the skills of attention, balance and coordination—essential elements for success in the classroom, on the sports field, and in interactions with others.
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