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Brain Gym Exercise - Effective Intervention For Learning Difficulties


By: Pauline Oliver


'It is the full activation and balance of all parts of our mind body system that allows us to become effective, productive thinkers
- Carla Hannaford -(SMART MOVES - Why Learning is not all in your head)

Perhaps you are already some way down that path of acquiring a 'professional diagnosis.' ...and after that diagnosis comes the question of what programmes can be put in place to effect progress.

Are you aware that there is something you can be doing with your child, yourself in the meantime that will really make a difference. Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and non-specific learning difficulties, can all be helped by performing 2 simple exercises daily for a short period of time.

This article is not overly concerned with diagnosis and labelling, but more with the practical application of effective intervention. While complex and costly programmes tend to command more interest and respect, simple solutions often have the most profound results.

Think back to a time when you marvelled at the simplicity of a wonderful new invention and questioned why no-one had ever thought of it before. Brain Gym Exercises are not new and are used widely throughout UK schools and across the world. The main barrier to their use is the notion that they are too simple to work.

These simple exercises are based on the copyrighted work of Paul E. Dennison, Ph.D., and Gail E. Dennison. Brain Gym is a registered trademark of Brain Gym® International. Brain Gym Exercises are taken from an alternative therapy called Applied Kinesiology.

According to Wikipedia, Applied Kinesiology, along with many other alternative therapies including homeopathy and acupuncture does not stand up to scientific scrutiny. There is much controversy currently regarding the neuro-scientific basis of Applied Kinesiology. To its opponents, its success has been attributed to a

  1. Placebo effect. (The placebo effect is the measurable, observable, or felt improvement in health or behaviour not attributable to a medication or treatment that has been administered.
  2. Hawthorn effect. - a term which has been broadened to mean that people's behaviour and performance change following any new or increased attention.

You know, for me these exercises are a skill-set, that most children have achieved comfortably by a certain age. We have received many children into school who have not achieved their developmental 'milestones' at the appropriate age and who have not received any intervention at all.My experiences have demonstrated considerable improvement for hundreds of children in:-

Even if this success were attributable to 'new or increased attention' would that be so bad. These children's self-esteem and their parents anxiety is considerable. How does science quantify and prove the value and effect of personal interaction I wonder?

I urge you to leave behind your limiting beliefs and give the 're-patterning' Brain Gym Exercises a try.

I believe strongly in minimum effort - maximum gain. Simple solutions are under-rated. Where is the harm? There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. Time spent wisely together that produces lasting results!

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