WHAT IS EDU-K?
Educational Kinesiology teaches specific movements of the body that can
improve mind function. It uses techniques such as repatterning, which is
the integration of the left and right hemispheres of the brain through specific
movements; stress release techniques; and balancing the energy/meridian
system of the body. For more information check out the web site at: www.braingym.com.
WHERE DID EDU-K
Edu-K was developed by Dr. Paul E. Dennison, Ph.D., a learning specialist
in the U.S.A. He worked with people who experienced learning difficulties
and sometimes behavioral difficulties as a result of their poor learning
abilities. He developed tools for assisting them to learn more effectively
and to lead more successful lives.
WHAT IS Brain Gym®?
Brain Gym® exercises are movements specially designed to enhance and ease
all learning processes. They are particularly effective with academic
1) Crossing the
midline. Vital for reading, writing functions etc.
2) Lengthening activities. Helps expression of stored learning, eg.
speech, test taking, creative writing.
3) Energy exercises. Facilitates increased flow of energy moving through
the body. Releases stress and fatigue around learning.
HOW DOES EDU-K
It is possible to explain how Edu-K works by using a simple model
of the brain. The brain is divided into two hemispheres, left and right,
joined together by a bunch of nerves, called the corpus callosum. Each
hemisphere has special functions attributed to it. To be operating successfully
for learning, communicating and moving, we need both hemi- spheres to
function simultaneously. Edu-K connects the left and right brain functions
through specific movements in a "repatterning" or "integration" process.
When you are stressed the brain reacts by blocking the simultaneous transmission
of information to both hemispheres - one hemisphere is SWITCHED OFF. Edu-K
facilitates access to both hemispheres simultaneously - the person is
SWITCHED ON! Edu-K can improve ability in any area because it teaches
the brain to activate all its functions more fully.
WHO BENEFITS FROM
Adults and Children who want to improve:
spelling, math, comprehension
Confidence, Self Esteem
hyperactivity or excessive day dreaming
- Stress release
and achievement of goals
- Motivation and
and performance skills
HOW EFFECTIVE IS
Brain Gym® IN EDUCATION?
Brain Gym® was selected in 1991 as one of twelve "exemplary programs
that model excellence in the classroom and have demonstrated effective
results". This endorsement came from the National Learning Foundation,
an organization created in response to the Action Plan of the White House
Task Force on Innovative Learning.
WHERE IS Brain Gym® BEING USED?
The Educational Kinesiology Foundation was established in 1987 in Ventura,
California, as a nonprofit/educational organization. The foundation has
since trained thousands of professionals to facilitate the Brain Gym® program
worldwide. The work is being used extensively in homes, classrooms, and
businesses in 36 countries. At present it is being implemented in schools
in the USA after being accepted by the National Learning Foundation as
an innovative approach to education for the 1990s. The Educational Kinesiology
and Brain Gym® books and manuals have been translated into more than 20
CAN Brain Gym® HELP
CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES?
Children with special needs and severe learning challenges benefit positively
from Brain Gym®, as is attested to by thousands of families using the activities.
A more intensive program and a simplified or assisted application of the
movements may be recommended by certified instructors specializing in
this area of work.
"We taught Brain Gym® to 11 children who had difficulty learning. After
five days, their test scores showed an average improvement in reading
skills of 1.2 years, and in math skills of .32 years, yet we taught no
reading or math!"
- Pat and David Saunders, South Vienna, Ohio
"After one balance,
Brain Gym® has opened up a world for Jason he didn't know he could have.
He reads and can tell you what he has actually read. He remembers things
better. He is not as easily distracted. He is passing all his tests and
is more positive. He is 15 years old."
- Bev Lowing, Winnipeg, Man., Canada
Just wanted to
let you know, that "Brain Gym®" helped my son a great deal. He went from
having poor math and reading skills to grade level ++ in both in a few
months time with "Brain Gym®." His ability to concentrate has improved
and he doesn't "fight" learning anymore. Thank-you!
- Zofia Zucki, Ormstown, Quebec, Canada
"Because of his
distractibility and short attention span, my 11-year-old son was faced
with taking Ritalin. Brain Gym® activities allowed him to stay focused
and pay attention without chemicals. His teacher was astounded at the
immediate and positive changes."
- Sandy Zachary, school administrator, Hansville, Washington
"Our daughter was
diagnosed Developmentally Delayed. She is 7 years old. Before Brain Gym®
she had never spoken a word, could not feed herself, was disruptive in
a social setting, and a poor sleeper. Three months later she is eating
with a spoon, a bit clearer in her words, can say mommy, sleeps through
the night and in a social setting is much calmer and happier. We feel
Brain Gym® is the tool to draw out Ashley's innate abilities. We now have
hope. We believe Brain Gym® works."
- Mary & John Harms, Alymer, Ont., Canada