Brain Gym approach to Dyslexia
Dyslexia can affect the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (movement) aspects of our reading, learning and expression in text. While often characterised as reversals likesaw-was, dyslexia is far more complicated. See www.dyslexia.ie
Brain Gym approaches the difficulties experienced by those with Dyslexic traits on a number of fronts, addressing and facilitating the visual, auditory, verbal and kinaesthetic (movement) aspects and facilitating them to see, read, hear, listen, think and express themselves on paper and verbally as well as creatively in a more effective manner.
Positive Attitudes and Self-esteem
Many people experiencing Dyslexic traits are faced with frequent frustration in social, education and work situations as they misinterpret, misconstrue and may misrepresent what is before them. Sometimes, as there are no physical signs that one may be experiencing dyslexic traits, more is expected of the person with dyslexic traits than they can do. They may have difficulty reading, following instructions or directions. This can lead to embarrassment, low self esteem and a negative attitude. We address this loss of faith in one’s self in Brain Gym® with a “Positive Attitude Balance”.
Visual , Auditory, Verbal & Kinaesthetic Approach
We facilitate changes in the way the person sees and processes their visual information in what we call a “Seeing Balance”. Seeing more accurately helps reading and understanding.As the eyes move across the text we expect them to glide easily from letter to letter and word to word effortlessly. However many readers with challenges have been observed to have very tiny interruptions, blinking and focusing difficulties as they read across the page. These are noticed and corrected using Brain Gym activities during a Brain Gym session.
We facilitate changes in hearing, thinking and memory in a “Listening Balance”. Accurate listening is essential for good expressive reading, phonics, tone of voice and comprehension. As we read many of us listen to our inner voice reading the page to us. We hear ourselves reading the story as our eyes pick up the information.
We deal with poor handwriting and poorly formed numbers, orientation of letters, spellings, reversals like saw-was, word order and other aspects of dyslexia, in a balance called the “Writing Balance”. This also facilitates the flow of writing numbers and can facilitate those with writing and expression blockages. This writing balance also facilitates the release of expession verbally, creatively on paper in dance, sports and performances.
Then the “Whole Body Movement Balance” is used to improve co-ordination,fine motor skills and to increase the efficiency of the brain and body in dealing with reading and writing activities. Whole Body Movement and Balance are essential for proper functioning
Unique Brain Gym Technique
Dr. Paul Dennison developed a special technique that can be used to facilitate the way the person operates and make it possible for those with dyslexic traits to function much closer to their true potential.
This technique is called the “Dennison Laterality Re-patterning”.
This re-patterning can facilitate the person to use their Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic aspects more efficiently and so they can read use number more accurately and freely and so work closer to their true potential.
Dr. Paul Dennison has shown how all of these mini balances can be combined in one bigger balance process called the “Wonder Balance”
Then we can do a specialised balance call the “Laterality Balance” which can be used to improve “Communication”. This works to improve connections across the corpus callosum between the keft and right sides of the brain. On one side we hold the concepts ideas and meaning of the letters and number we use. On the other side of the brain we store the rules and logic with which we use these. Where the two sides are repatterned to communicate better we have had glowing reports of changes observed by students and adults who previously were held back by poor reading and mathematical skills.
The “Centring Balance” can be used to greatly improve organisation of thoughts, numbers in speech and text. This can also improve the ability of the person with dyslexia to read more easily, enjoy their reading, organise the information they have read, understand and learn from what they read.
Also, this balance can facilitate them to be tidier and have the necessary items with them when needed.
We can use the “Focus Balance” to improve visual focus as well as the ability to concentrate and focus attention. This balance can also be used to improve comprehension of numbers read, heard and observed. This balance can be useful also, where someone “can not see the wood for the trees” or where one is over focus on detail and misses the point.
Full Potential Realised
We have a further balance called the “XSPAN Balance” which combines all of the above balances into one bigger balance and this can be used when appropriate to rapidly bring a person with dyscalculic traits closer to their true potential in learning, movement, expression and ease of living.
Those with dyscalculia or similar tendencies who have experienced Brain Gym® for themselves know it has made a real difference to the way they function and made their lives much easier.
Further Information on how Brain Gym can be used to assist people with Dyspraxia
For more information or to arrange an appointment for yourself or someone you care about please call or text us at 086 1723510 +353861723510. .
Each session lasts about an hour (first session 90 minutes) during which the person’s needs will be assessed, Brain Gym® will be used and the person will be facilitated to make real and lasting changes and helped to overcome / take control over some of their dyscalculic traits.
For more information or to arrange anappointment for yourself or someone you care about please call or text us at 086 1723510 +353861723510.
We teach all of these techniques to parents and carers over two weekends as the Brain Gym Course.
We can also tailor worshops, seminars and courses for hyou group on this and related topics.
You can learn how to address these and many other difficulties at our Brain Gym 101 course. Join us at our next course.