Multisensory Learning

Teaching to more than one sense at a time.

Body Systems and Learning

Brains in Motion provides a meaningful, deliberate and movement based program building better eye movements, bilateral body understanding, and confidence in students social and academic selves.

Primitive Reflexes

Primitive reflexes originate in the brainstem and are the first part of the brain to develop. They are needed for survival and should only remain active for the first few months of life. During an infant’s first year of life, these reflexes should gradually become inhibited. Retained reflexes can interfere with the natural development and lead to difficulties in a child’s social, academic, and motor development. Primitive reflexes may contribute to issues with concentration, academic learning, fine motor skills, coordination, and balance.

Developmental Motor Skills

Developmental motor skills play a roll in a child’s development. Having good motor control allows a child to engage in the world around him and assists with cognitive development. Coordinated movement helps build strength and coordination in a child, which promotes exercise and physical activity. Both large movements such as jumping, crawling, standing and walking, as well as small movements such as using a pencil or fork and using buttons and zippers are part of the motor development continuum. Development of motor skills has been shown to improve intellectual functioning.

Visual System

Visual processing is when sensory input is taken in through the eyes and interpreted by the brain. An individual who struggles with visual processing may have difficulty with skills such as understanding spatial relationships, poor motor skills such as tracking or teaming, or visual discrimination.The visual processing skills required in at the academic setting such as tracking or to shift focus from paper to text, demands well developed ocular muscle strength. Many students who display academic and/or behavioral difficulties in school have been found to have inadequate visual processing skills. (Johnson et al., 1996)

Auditory System

When the ears and brain do not fully coordinate auditory input, this is known as auditory processing disorder. Kids with his condition don’t process what they hear. Something interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sound, especially with speech. Common difficulties displayed are auditory figure-ground, auditory memory, auditory discrimination, and auditory attention.

Balance & Coordination

Balance is a system that enables us to know whee our bodies are in the environment and to maintain a desired position (medicinenet.com, 2018). The body must coordinate sensory input from vision, proprioception (touch), and vestibular system (motion and spatial orientation) to maintain balance. Students with compromised or immature level of balance have also been identified to have delays in the academic areas of language arts.