You may be asking yourself this as you read the different pages of this website. It is certainly a lot to digest and certain elements can take years to master. I tried to include the most essential and helpful information and resources inform you of all the options that I have learned about and have found most helpful. It is important that each person investigates the options on their own so they can make decisions on what interventions will work best for his/her family.
When considering how to pull together the different elements of Whole Child Learning, the first piece of advice is to start small. Starting with too much at once can be overwhelming and frustrate both the child and parent. It is wiser to pick an area, and decide what you want to implement until it becomes part of your daily routing. Some people will want to study all the areas, create a plan and attack it all head on. It really depends on the personality of the parent and child. I have found with my son that I need to tell him in advance that we are going to start something and let him get mad about so when it is time to do it he already expects it. I also find that making charts and checklists not only is helpful for the child, but keeps me on track and helps me plan for optimal use of time. I might list all the exercises I ever plan to do, but in one day will only want to focus on a small amount. I mark the ones I want to address the next day ahead of time so that I am already prepared.
The first area that needs to be addressed no matter what is nutrition and to identify any food sensitivities. You don't want to be spending months doing sensory motor and cognitive interventions when the brain is still inflamed from food sensitivities. When you found that you have the diet under control (this alone is a HUGE undertaking for many families), then you can move one.
Some children will just need to adjust their homework routine, including PACE and other Brain Gym exercises to help relax the brain for optimal work. However other children will need a more focused plan for intervention.
A suggested plan of attack might be 20-30 minutes of sensory motor activities and 30-60 minutes of cognitive activities. These activities do not include schoolwork. To give you an idea of what learning centers might do: Brain Balance Centers, founded by Dr. Melillo, author of Disconnected Kids do a comprehensive sensory motor and cognitive assessment. Children go to the center for 3 months at a time for 3 days a week, engaging in exercises at home 5 days a week. Each session is 60 minutes, 30 minutes of sensory motor and 30 minutes of cognitive activities. Other learning centers that only focus on Cognitive work may tend to have 60 minute sessions 3-5 times per week.
I think that if the desired goal is to combine the two, then at least 60-90 minutes per day should be dedicated. They do not have to be consecutive minutes, but can be spread throughout the day. In the area of sensory motor activities, these exercises could be repeated up to 5 times a day. That means if you spent 6 minutes doing a set amount of exercises and repeated it five times, it would be a total of 30 minutes. Cognitive activities should be worked on at least for 15-30 minutes at a time, if the child can tolerate it.
There are a couple of schools of thought regarding the integration of reflexes. You can address the reflexes one at a time for about a month before moving onto the next. You can use the order that they are presented in the tabs above. Another approach is to test all the reflexes and to address all the ones that are unintegrated each day. I think that the best thing to do is something and to have a plan for how you are addressing them. In other words, be systematic in your approach rather than haphazard. Just keep reading and taking classes to help expand and refine your understanding.
Everything on this website can be done at home. Google searches of integration, brain balancing, reflexes and cognitive training can give parents a lot of ideas as well. The following video was found on you tube: Brain balancing activities your children can do at home. Do these and other activities found in the different sections of this site. The trick is to have a specific plan of attack, provide intervention regularly with the appropriate intensity, increasing as things get easier.
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