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Brain Gym: Educational Kinesiology Presented 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)

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brain gym
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 gym1
Brain Gym
  • Educational Kinesiology
    • Learning through movement
  • Used in 80 countries in:
    • Public and private schools
    • Corporate programs
    • Performing arts
    • Athletic training programs
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.