Physical Movement Program Enhances the Mind, Making Learning Fun Again
July 01, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education NewsUsing physical movement to enhance learning may be a foreign concept to many readers today, but for over 30 years, Dr. Paul E. Dennison has studied the effects of specific activities in his learning disability clinics. The movements that Dennison has researched and simplified into usable techniques are the subject of his new book, Brain Gym and Me: Reclaiming the Pleasure of Learning (ISBN 978-0942143119, Edu-Kinesthetics, Inc., 2006).
The Brain Gym® program is actually just one slice of an entirely new field of study on the learning process that Dennison and his wife, Gail, have developed: Educational Kinesiology. Educational Kinesiology is a comprehensive science and language of movement as it relates to learning; the Brain Gym® program is a physical exercise program comprised of movements that have been found effective to activate and build new neural pathways for improved cognitive readiness and academic performance. Dennison's groundbreaking work in movement-based learning has been internationally recognized with numerous honors, including the Reading Excellence through the Arts Award in association with the International Reading Association.
The Brain Gym® program is easy enough for children to take part in, and has also yielded successful results with those who have specific learning disabilities, such as ADHD. In fact, Brain Gym and Me shares Dennison's own story of overcoming learning challenges at a young age; he failed the fourth grade because he wasn't reading. "I have dedicated my career to helping students like myself to never have to endure the 'shame of not learning at the same pace as other children," says Dennison.
Brain Gym and Me provides a step-by-step guide to maximizing one's learning potential through safe, simple, enjoyable movements; it also speaks to the success of the Brain Gym® program through numerous discussions of real life case studies and stories. Dennison has taught workshops on movement-based learning in more than 15 countries in a variety of settings including schools, corporations and athletic programs.
Students of the Brain Gym® program report significant changes within one to six weeks, says Dennison. The hardest part is how easy it is. These are safe, natural movements that work. Just do them, the results will speak for themselves.
About the Author
Dr. Paul E. Dennison resides in Ventura, California, with his wife, Gail, co-developer of Educational Kinesiology. Dennison has written eight books, which have been distributed through 80 countries in 40 languages, with a total of over 415,000 copies sold. Together, the Dennisons founded the Educational Kinesiology Foundation, a nonprofit public benefit corporation established to provide access to learning theories, experiential training and instructor-certification programs.
Brain Gym and Me: Reclaiming the Pleasure of Learning (ISBN 978-0942143119, Edu-Kinesthetics, Inc., 2006) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit www.braingym.com. Publicity Contact: www.readerviews.com. Review copies available upon request.
Brain Gym® is a registered trademark of Brain Gym® International/Educational Kinesiology Foundation.