I went for a training the trainer course recently and the lady trainer kindly offered me advice on helping kids with learning difficulties.
The trick is to start relatively early and not to be too academic in nature. Kids learn by playing and movement. You need to exercise both your right brain and left brain to bring about usage of all areas of the brain. According to the experts my son’s problem is that his synapses or neural pathways are not yet connected. I.e. there is a switch which is not on. we have to work towards switching it on…it may come later or sooner or evennot at all but there are ways we can help out. She recommended Brain Gym. I shall be looking for the book in Kikonuya or somewhere if available
Here is a brief overview taken from the website with some recommended books
What Are Educational Kinesiology and Brain Gym?
Developmental experts have known for more than eighty years that movement enhances learning. Beginning in the 1970s, Southern California educator and reading specialist Paul E. Dennison, Ph.D., built on this knowledge by bringing specific movements into his learning disabilities clinics. Dr. Dennison researched these movements, simplified them, and created techniques to make them effective for everyone. In collaboration with his wife and partner, Gail E. Dennison, he developed a whole new way of understanding the learning process. This new field is known as Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K for short), and the new movements are called the Brain Gym movements.
To explain how Edu-K works, the Dennisons describe human brain function in terms of three dimensions: laterality, focus, and centering. Successful brain function requires efficient connections across the neural pathways located throughout the brain. Stress inhibits these connections, while the Brain Gym movements stimulate a flow of information along these networks, restoring the innate ability to learn and function with curiosity and joy.
The Laterality Dimension pertains to the relationship between the two sides of the brain – especially in the midfield, where the two sides must integrate. Laterality skills are fundamental to reading, writing, listening, or speaking. They are essential for the patterning of whole-body movement, and for the ability to move and think at the same time.
The Focus Dimension describes the relationship between the back and front areas of the brain. Focus affects comprehension – the ability to blend context and details into a full personal meaning and to understand new information in terms of previous experience. Attention disorders (ADD or ADHD) are related to the inability to focus.
The Centering Dimension concerns the connection between the top and bottom structures of the brain. Centering enables us to harmonize emotion with rational thought. Stress can disturb centering and equilibrium, leaving us tense and out of sorts; when we’re centered, we feel more grounded and organized.
People of many nationalities enjoy the Brain Gym movements in classrooms and businesses worldwide, as a tool to integrate the brain before learning, work, or sports activities, as well as during breaks. Individuals obtain more specific results in private consultations by setting a goal, doing certain Brain Gym movements to integrate the brain for this activity, and then repeating the activity to validate that the new learning has occurred. The positive results of these private sessions are evident immediately and increase over time