The mentors who have guided me towards understanding of the role which movement and reflex integration play in learning.
Bilateral Integration, or the cooperation of the two hemispheres of the brain, is fundamental to the learning process. The corpus callosum, a thick band of fibers, is a structure of the brain that is involved with connecting and integrating its two halves, with approximately 250 million nerve fibers (Lengel & Kuczala, 2010). The more that the two sides work together, the more connections are made between the halves and the denser this area becomes. In fact, Researchers have found during autopsies that the corpus callosum is much denser in those who had professions, such as musicians and singers, whereas in individuals with dyslexia it is significantly smaller than in average individuals (Hannaford, 1995).
Children need to first learn to move against gravity before he can develop control and learn to be still. Staying still requires the maximum amount of balance. Therefore, when children are moving and are unable to sit still, it means that they cannot and they need to move more.
"Vision is the end result of neurological organization," Svea Gold.
Rhythm & Timing
When engaged in precise rhythm and timing activities, the goal is to improving the brain’s efficiency and performance by improving auditory processing, short-term memory, working memory, processing speed, cognitive resources, executive function, motor coordination, and sensory processing (IM presentation 2012). In other words, rhythm and timing is an intricate component of everything we do, including how we move and think and helps us become better organized.
Tactile & Proprioceptive Systems
The ability to process tactile information appropriately, helps children feel safe as they learn to understand their contact with the world around them). It is important for learning because it assists with concentration and a feeling of well-being. There is also an emotional element associated with touch. Gently touching children on the shoulder while solving math problems helps the brain connect the positive touch with the math and to anchor it as a positive experience).
Primitive reflexes are automatic movements that are mediated by the brain-stem, begin in utero and are present at birth. “If the baby is unable to inhibit his primitive reflexes at the appropriate time they will delay his motor development making it more difficult to follow the inborn programme. Consequently, there is a stumbling block to the maturing of his brain," Dr. Harold Blomberg. Studies have also showed that students make significant improvements, to the extent of even completely eliminating their symptoms and, subsequently, their diagnosis, when engaged in an exercise protocol that directly targets the specific reflex.
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