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Brain Gym: Educational KinesiologyPresented by:Laura Robison

Brain Gym

  • A program of physical movements that enhance learning and performance in all areas through whole brain learning in the field of Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K)

  • Developed by Dr. Paul Dennison and Gail E. Dennison beginning with research in the 1970’s

Brain Gym

  • Educational Kinesiology

    • Learning through movement

  • Used in 80 countries in:

    • Public and private schools

    • Corporate programs

    • Performing arts

    • Athletic training programs

Brain Gym

  • Includes targeted activities that integrate body and mind to bring about rapid and dramatic improvements in:

    • Concentration

    • Memory

    • Reading

    • Writing

    • Organizing

    • Listening

    • Physical coordination

Three premises of Brain Gym

  • Learning in a natural, joyous activity that continues throughout life

  • Learning blocks are the inability to move through the stress and uncertainty of a new task

  • We are all “learning blocked” to the extent that we have learned not to move

Brain Gym Helps Children, Adults, and Seniors

  • Learn anything faster and more easily

  • Perform better at sports

  • Be more focused and organized

  • Start and finish projects with ease

  • Overcome learning challenges

  • Reach new levels of excellence


  • Carroll (1987).

    • Pre-experimental design research with no control group

    • indicates improvements in tests performance on beginning reading skills

    • 10 weeks of Brain Gym use for 15 min./day by first graders

Research (cont.)

  • G. Dennison and Lehman (1996)

    • Qualitative and descriptive research

    • Resulted in observable improvements in 15 preschoolers in the areas of drawing, reading and writing .

When to use Brain Gym

  • Beginning of the day

  • Transition times (esp. between active and inactive lessons)

  • Before lunch

  • Before rest time

  • At the end of the day

Adaptations of the concept

  • Use a selection from the Brain Gym CD

  • Use alternative music and do the Brain Gym exercises

  • Embed movements that cross the midline into routines and lessons throughout the day.

  • Use action songs with movements that cross the midline

Action Music Alternatives

  • Macarena Months by Dr. Jean

  • Five Little Monkeys by Dr. Jean

  • Five Green and Speckled Frogs by C. J.

  • Touch by Hap Palmer

  • Shake Something by Hap Palmer


Anderson, N., & Meiser, F. (2007). The smart brain train: How to keep your brain healthy and wise. Sheffield, MA: Safe Goods.

Carroll, D. H. (1988). Positive activities. Brain Gym Magazine, 2 (2).

CJ. (1993). Fundamentals. Hilmar, CA: Suit A Records.

Dennison, G. E. (2001). Brain gym for preschoolsers in a Headstart program. Brain Gym Journal, 1 & 2.

Dennison, P. E., & Dennison, G. E. (1994). Brain gym: Teacher’s edition revised. Ventura, CA: ED=du-Kinesthtics, Inc.

Feldman, J. (1998). Dr. Jean and friends. Tampa, FL: Progressive Music.

Palmer, H. (2001). Getting to know myself. Freeport, NY: Educational Activities, Inc.

Tessarose Productions (n.d.). Brain gym: Music for encouraging brain gym movements. Christchurch, NZ: Tessarose Productions.

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