Purposeful Movement and Learning

Sequencing ActivityMovement is an integral part of learning. The BrainLinking program promotes balance, timing, focus, sequencing, and coordination – full body movement to support neural development and learning skills!

Movement has two sides. Sometimes it looks like fidgeting, outwardly appearing to be nothing important, but it can actually serve the purpose of stimulating the brain of an active child.  The other side of movement looks more purposeful. Precise, practiced movements develop strong, powerful neural connections which result in more rapid and efficient brain processing skills. BrainLinking understands that comfortable and successful learning skills are built by purposeful activities that calm and organize an active brain.

A kinesthetic learner particularly needs to move to stimulate the brain – hence, the squirming or fidgeting, as unruly as it seems in a classroom, in a homework session or during sports and music practice. In a BrainLinking Program, students and parents are coached through activities and exercises that stimulate the students’ brains in ways which are known to help calm, integrate and organize them. Even their teachers and coaches notice the benefit of more appropriate participation and better performance! These are the visible results of brain integration and balance: more positive attitude, improved processing of information and better ‘attention’ skills.

Abundant research confirms that physical activity – purposeful, sequential, organized movement – can actually enhance brain processing and cognitive learning (problem solving, creativity, memory, language, vision and attention). The solid relationship between movement and learning is indisputable.

“As early as the pre-school level, an intact vestibular system contributes to sensory integration and the maturation of eye movements that are required for efficient reading and learning.” (Solan, 2007)

BrainLinking practices precision balance, timing, attention and movement activities for development of the vestibular system and strengthening of cognitive learning skills. 

Briefly, it works like this: The vestibular system informs our brain about our spatial orientation and balance. In each inner ear, tiny hairs in three semicircular canals detect fluid movement inside the canals, and transmit information to the brain regarding the body’s physical orientation and movement, ie, forward or back, side to side, and up or down. This delicate system helps us sustain balance, coordinate movements, and maintain a stable visual field while moving our heads. A tight vestibular system supports our ability to pay attention and turn thought into action and organized behavior.

“We cannot see, hear, touch, taste, smell or get a sense of our body’s position  . . .without moving muscles. And whenever we are moving muscles, we are stimulating and building up nerve pathways too – pathways that help us perform all sorts of tasks.”  (Carla Hannaford, The Dominance Factor, 1997)

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