Quirky kids are my passion. They have this wonderful creative potential but they often struggle and under-perform educationally. It is most rewarding to see them gain skills and strategies to help cope and flourish in everyday life.
If a child reports they received player of the day at soccer, felt confident giving a speech, or their writing/drawing has improved, I know I have facilitated a positive change in that child’s life.
Change is experienced over a series of sessions and incorporates parents/caregivers implementing a playful movement programme at home encouraging consistency.
Below is a range of outcomes that can be experienced after a series of sessions:
Learning can become easier and faster (eg. reading, writing, physical coordination) as the underlying physiology around learning becomes more efficient
Challenges in learning and development may reduce
Retained primitive reflex movements are integrated, i.e no longer observable.
Decrease in sensory overload, sound, taste, tactile defensiveness
Improvement in balance
Positive changes to fine motor and handwriting skills
Increased ability to focus and attend/complete tasks
Improved performance in sports/whole body movement e.g. soccer, swimming, dancing, martial arts, the arts and drama
Decrease in ‘explosive’ behaviour
An overall increase in risk-taking behaviour, confidence and calmness
Best results are achieved when there is commitment to a daily movement programme, with the parent being actively involved. Sessions are spaced 3-4 weeks apart and typically over a 6 month period.
Janet de Witt is an Educational Kinesiologist, Brain Gym Instructor who has been working with movement (body) and the brain for 27+ years. To find out more about Janet's services or to book a session for your child with Janet contact her directly via her profile.
This article has been re-published and edited from its original format (with permission) on Janet de Witt's website, Brain Body In Synch.