According to Wikipedia, Brain Gym is a program involving a sequence of activities believed to improve academic performance. The 26 Brain Gym activities are claimed to foster eye teaming, spatial and listening skills, hand-eye coordination, and whole-body flexibility, and so activate the brain for optimal storage and retrieval of information. Numerous books have been written describing research and case studies in which use of the Brain Gym activities has benefited specific populations, including children recovering from burn injuries and those diagnosed with autism.
The Brain Gym activities have been incorporated into many educational, sports, business, and seniors programs throughout the world. Developed in the 1970’s through the work of educators Dr.Paul & Gail Dennison in response to their quest to seek more effective ways to help children & adults with learning difficulties. Brain Gym is an innovative new approach to learning that was drawn from a wide body of research from developmental specialists focused on the role that physical movements played in enhancing learning abilities. Brain Gym is similar & different to other movement programs in that Brain Gym helps to increase flexibility & coordination, but differs from other programs because it also provides specific activities to facilitate brain function for physical skills required for activities such as reading, writing & spelling.
How does Brain Gym work?
In nature,the brain’s neural pathways & connections are developed through movement. Brain Gym works by promoting specific movement experiences which assist in facilitating optimal achievement of mental potential. All acts of speech, learning, vision & coordination are learned through a complex repertoire of movement. Brain Gym through its specific movement exercises program promotes the efficient communication amongst these many nerve cells & functional centres located throughout the brain’s sensory motor system. Learning problems arise when communication between these centres, for example, when the eyes & ears are blocked. Brain Gym exercises stimulate the flow of information within the brain & sensory system freeing the innate ability to learn & function at top efficiency.
The benefits of Brain Gym
- Learn anything faster & more easily
- Be more focused & organised
- Overcome learning difficulties (ADD & ADHD)
- Reach new levels of excellence
- Start & finish projects with ease
Who can benefit from Brain Gym?
Brain Gym can be used to enhance learning abilities for both excellent learners as well as those who find learning a challenge. Brain Gym can also help overcome Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), kids with special needs, brain damage & severe learning challenges. These students will positively benefit from Brain Gym as is attested by thousands of families and its long use over many years. Brain Gym is fun & easy to do especially if done to music. Brain Gym requires no special talents & can be enjoyed by everyone.
Non traditional applications of Brain Gym
Applications of the Brain Gym can also be used for preschoolers, adults & seniors. Brain Gym in its inception was designed for primary school students through to university level students, but is now being used successfully with infants, preschoolers, adults & seniors.
Overall, almost everybody can benefit from Brain Gym.