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Educational Kinesiology for Students with Dyslexia

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch • updated: 1/7/2012

The Brain Gym is a program using kinesiology to teach. Experts say children, especially those with special needs such as dyslexia, can learn better through movement. Interested? Read on for more information on how this program works.

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    How Can Educational Kinesiology Help with Dyslexia?

    Educational kinesiology is an innovative approach to learning that uses movement. Dyslexia is a common disorder that makes it difficult for people to process information. Dyslexia not only affects academics, but can cause difficulty with direction, organization, understanding conversations, trouble understanding time, and can even have emotional problems. Those that have dyslexia know the challenges that they face because of it every day. Educational kinesiology uses movements, processes, and materials known as Brain Gym that help with the challenges that those, particularly with dyslexia, face.

    How Does it Work?

    The concept of Brain Gym is that children learn best through playing and moving around. There are 26 movements related to Brain Gym, which help to make improvements in the following areas: focus, concentration, memory, academics, coordination, responsibility, attitude, and organization. Children with dyslexia face challenges in many, if not all, of these areas.

    The Brain Gym has five levels of courses. Educational kinesiology and Brain Gym were founded by Dr. Paul Dennison from the United States. They were initially created to help people with attention-deficit disorder and dyslexia. It is also safe to use for people of any age.

    Improvement in brain functioning is the main goal of educational kinesiology and Brain Gym. For those that have dyslexia, the goal is also to develop sensory-motor skills involved in reading. People that have seen the program in action have noted that those with dyslexia have had less instances of letter, word, and number reversals. The key component is working both the left and right side of the brain, which people with dyslexia have difficulty doing.

    Some state that learning through movement does not work. However Brain Gym has been thoroughly researched and has been proven to be effective for over 20 years. It can also help people with dyslexia learn faster, learn new skills, and develop new ways of thinking.

    With all of the benefits from educational kinesiology and Brain Gym, there is no reason why someone with dyslexia or any other related disorder, shouldn’t try it. It is a fun and energizing newer approach to learning. Students get to use their entire body in order to learn. Brain Gym is not a cure for dyslexia, just an approach to help alleviate the symptoms of the disorder. Think of it as gymnastics for your brain. Those that have dyslexia have difficulty making connections between both sides of their brain, and by exercising the brain, new connections can be made.

    If you or someone you know has dyslexia or another related disorder and you are interested in Brain Gym, www.braingym.org can help you get started. Remember it is not a cure, but it may just help.

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