Overcoming Learning Challenges
"We cannot believe the improvement in our daughter after five sessions with you. Before we were referred to you, our daughter Abigail, age 8, could not tie her shoes without help, could not ride her bike without training wheels, and was having difficulty reading at her grade level. Since working with you, Abigail is riding her bike without assistance and training wheels. She is tying her shoes by herself, but most important her reading rate and reading fluency have greatly increased, which has also increased her reading comprehension.
Before working with you, Abigail had received physical therapy and occupational therapy in order to help manage a sensory integration disorder. Even though she had worked through a lot of her sensory issues with the help of physical therapists and occupational therapists, she was still unable to perform with ease some motor tasks and was having difficulty in her academic setting due to poor reading skills.
Likewise, we feel that Brain Gym provided the missing link so that Abigails body could integrate all the previous therapy. Because of your work, Abigail has made huge improvements academically and socially in a very short time period. We are very grateful for your work and thankful that God sent you into our lives.
Therefore, we highly recommend your work and endorse Brain Gym has as a valid therapy for any child with learning difficulties due to Sensory Integration, Attention Deficit Disorder, Visual Motor Problems, etc. Again we recommend Brain Gym for any child who is struggling academically.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Smith, Louisville, Kentucky
Brain Gym Music Lessons
"When I initially began using Brain Gym in my flute teaching, I used the activities as a warm-up at the start of each lesson. One day with a student, I realised that there was much more to using Brain Gym during a lesson than that.
Nicole was working on playing with a big, centred, rich sound. She played the passage of music in this new way and it was just lovely! She was so pleased. I asked her to play it one more time, so both of us could have the pleasure of listening to it again. But she could not get it right. Try as she might, the new sound was nowhere to be found!
Then it struck me, the realisation really struck me, that she was out of balance. The effort of doing it the right way had created a new stress. So we found out what Brain Gym movements she needed to do for herself to get back into balance. When she played the passage again, it was just as beautiful as it had been the first time.
This was a powerful experience for both of us for Nicole because of what she'd achieved; for me because I realised that a student won't necessarily stay in balance all the way through a lesson just because they've done Brain Gym at the start of the lesson."
Deborah Knott, Australia
Movement Development for Nordic Ski Team
My son Zach and his high school teammates were familiar with a few Brain Gym activities, which their coach had incorporated into their warm-up routine. The skiers' teamwork increased noticeably. Members of the Nordic ski team added, "The balances helped me calm down before races." "In the state races, I really pulled myself together and went for it!" "Once we integrate the early movement patterns, we can do the more refined or complex movement skills easily, especially when we are under pressure."
Barbara Smith, Wyoming, USA
"The mother of a student of mine asked me if BG could help her in her sport of outrigger canoe paddling. She said she had some difficulty keeping her boat lined up with the end of the course and a big competition coming up. I suggested she do Space Buttons with far/near eye movements, and do Cross Crawl as her son was doing.
Today she returned after the 2006 Waka Ama Sprint Championships, held here in NZ, with contestants from 27 countries from all over the world. Staying totally focused on the end of the course throughout the race, she won the gold medal from 45 other contestants in five heats in her Master Womens Singles Event!"
Barbara Wards, International Faculty Member, New Zealand
Tool for Seniors...
"Recently, I started to knit a sweater for my granddaughter. The design was an Aran style with cables, diamonds, and bobbles. I soon found myself having dreadful trouble, and had to undo my stitches again and again. So many fruitless attempts! I was ready to give in; no more fancy knitting for me! Then I said to myself, "This is quite ridiculous. I have knitted incredible patterns for years, and I don't believe that you lose this ability just by getting old."
As I sat looking at the pattern for the sweater, I thought, "Hang on just a minute, I need to do some Brain Gym." So I stopped and did 20 minutes of Brain Gym activities.
No more trouble! The sweater is now finished and much admired, and I've knitted a couple more for my grandson. What's age got to do with it?"
- Maureen Nash, Australia
Tool for Juniors...
"It was ski season and our family loves the sport. My husband, two teenagers and I ski well. Our five-year-old Rudy was finding it quite a challenge to learn, but he definitely wanted to ski with the rest of us. After spending a rather frustrating day working with this little fellow on the slopes, my husband asked if I thought some Brain Gym would assist. Rudy was willing to balance for skiing, and we proceeded with Dennison Laterality Repatterning.
The following morning we all were on the slopes early. We started Rudy out on the beginners' hill.: He mastered this terrain at once. He learned turns and stops at first instruction and soon was experiencing the thrill of skiing with confidence and competence. After lunch he joined the rest of the family to ski all the intermediate runs on the mountain!"
Cynde Huffman, Illinois, USA
"Not long after I completed the 3-day Brain Gym course given by Terry Wade I was conducting a criminal investigation which required transcribing of a taped phone conversation. The tape was very poorly done and difficult to hear. After numerous unsuccessful attempts I decided that I would try to use what I had learned in Brain Gym.
"I put myself in PACE and although I was in my office at work I did a balance on my hearing with the goal of accurate transcription of the taped conversation. The first time I listened after doing that I was able to understand the three important statements made in the tape."
Claude G. Smith, Texas
Powerful Public Speaking
"I joined a Toastmasters group a year ago at the company where I work. Recently, I was scheduled to speak on the very day that our company planned to hold an open house for all employees. For days prior to the actual presentation, I did several Brain Gym activities as suggested in the Brain Gym for Business Handbook.
On the day of the open house, the president of the company and several vice-presidents were in the audience. I was commended by the president of the company for giving an excellent speech. After the open house, three employees joined our club. In addition to this, I now have been asked to help facilitate workshops in my community.
The applause belongs to Brain Gym. As we say in Hawaii, "No Ka O!" which means, "It's the best!"
Flo Johnasen, Hawaii, USA