HOW? Learning is an active process that requires a fully developed and integrated brain, sensory, nerve and muscle system. Many children find learning challenging or are not living up to their potential. By the time some children reach high school they may have made incorrect assumptions about their academic ability which adversely affects their confidence and sense of competence and worth. Nerves link the senses, brain and muscles to one another, literally forming connecting pathways. Problems arise when certain of these pathways are immature and haven`t formed adequately. This results in the brain and muscles not working together properly and subsequently behaviour becomes affected, resulting in labels like `poor or slow handwriting’, `speech difficulties’, `ADD, ADHD’, ‘tactile defensiveness’, ‘clumsy’ and ‘low muscle tone’ to name but a few.
The following SOS signals may indicate that a learner is not coping and where they may need help:
• Physical SOS: Clumsy, low muscle tone, poor concentration, cannot sit still, battle to concentrate, dislike physical games and sport, can`t tell left from right, problems with balance, eye-hand coordination, crossing the midline, slow task completion and often complains of a sore tummy before school.
• Emotional SOS: Overly emotional, bite nails, chew clothes, towels or hair, poor impulse control, constantly need reassurance, does not accept NO.
• Social SOS: Can`t wait or share, battles to make friends of own age, clown/ bully/victim, emotional outbursts, poor self-regulation and impulse control.
• Intellectual SOS: Poor language development, avoids school and school work, would rather play or watch TV than work, problems with perception, letter recognition and formation, spelling, reading, maths, memory, concentration and task completion.
Research in Neural developmental has advanced substantially in the last few years and has supplied us with a greater understanding of the underlying causes of learning and behaviour problems.
WHAT? A whole new approach to learning and behavioural problems has opened up.
Mind Moves builds the really important neurological foundations to support development of skills through working with the primitive reflexes –these form part of the most basic wiring in the brain and of the entire body. If faulty, the higher part of the brain that deals with more cognitive skills like reading writing, comprehension, memory, etc. is not the priority when the brain needs to decide what to pay attention to and what to ignore. When a primitive reflex is still active it means the first priority of the brain is to pay attention to movement, posture, pencil grip, eye movements, etc.
WHERE? A Mind Moves Reflex Assessment would reveal if there are any aberrant reflexes or the Mind Dynamix Profile (MDP) would give insight into learning style and preference to ensure every child maximises his or her potential.
Based on the results, a home programme of Mind Moves is prescribed. These are fun movements that are specifically designed to repair and strengthen those pathways, resulting in improved behaviour and learning. They basically rewire the communication network between the senses, brain and muscles, thereby enabling effective learning to take place. It`s a drug free alternative!
When the brain is ready, learning is easy.
Mind Moves® has been accredited by the South African Council for Educators (SACE) and the HPCSA