MEND YOUR MIND
If your child has been ‘diagnosed’ with ADD or dyslexia or has been categorised as a ‘problem child’, chances are you’re rather nervous about their academic future. Thanks to the development of neuroscience, however, you no longer have to rely on pills or military-style discipline to get your child to concentrate. The answer may be as
simple as grounding their feet or rubbing their earlobes twice a day
Yes, that’s right. The act of rubbing a child’s ears lobes simultaneously from top to bottom in circular movements can develop their near senses, auditory processing, auditory perception and receptive language ability (the stuff that’s important for balance and
listening). This exercise, called the Antennae Adjuster, is part of the groundbreaking scientific method, Mind Moves®.
Moves are a set of simple movements that aim to develop and wire the brain by mimicking primitive reflexes. Primitive reflexes play an essential role in integrating and developing the brain, organs, senses and muscles together to communicate effectively with each other. MIND MOVES: A BRIEF H,
There are thousands of reflexes and the Mind Moves Institute focuses on those which are actively involved in the learning process.
“The brain’s first priority is to keep you safe and secure,” says advanced Mind Moves instructor and teacher at Uplands Preparatory School, Lisa Bezuidenhout. “Posture, muscle tone, co-ordination and balance precedes reading and writing. Think about walking on a
balance beam and trying to read at the same time; the brain’s first priority is to keep you from falling and a great deal of energy will go into doing just that.” Mind Moves can be used for individual children or in group situations.
“For the classroom, Mind Moves are grouped together in outcome-specific combinations to make it easier to train the brain to gain. All the moves in the combinations develop the neural circuitry needed to become skilled in core muscle control, listening, language development, reading, writing, concentration, spelling, creative problem solving and math, coordination, test writing, public speaking and
confidence boosting,” explains Lisa.
Mind Moves aim to develop, integrate and inhibit primitive reflexes and although they are fairly easy to do, their effectiveness should not be undervalued. The Spine Walk, for example, involves lying on the back and ‘walking’ with the hips and shoulders while the back stays glued
to the floor. The action of separating the hip and shoulder promotes hip and trunk rotation, which is important for concentration and memory. Rise and Shine mimics the movement of a hug, flinging the arms wide open and then closing them, to promote a sense of well being and
stimulates balance. The Lip Workout, puckering up the lips and holding for a count of eight, is said to develop sucking and the muscles required for eating and communication.
INFO Find your nearest Mind Moves instructor and read more about this innovating method on the Mind Moves website, www.mindmoves.co.za. Mind Moves is currently utilised at Uplands Preparatory School and College and Penryn College.