This program increases learning readiness within the school environment for
academic and sporting events. Motor Learning, Brain Gym and The Alert Program
concepts are embedded in this program.
Why Brain Gym?
Brain Gym is a research proven brain-integration system that uses simple, enjoyable movements
and exercises that enhance learning, overall performance, and reduce stress. Brain Gym
develops the brain’s neural pathways the way nature does through movement. The activities bring
about rapid and often dramatic improvements in organization, memory concentration, attention
deficit disorder, communication skills, reading, writing, listening, sports and performance arts,
physical coordination and more. Since 1990, Brain Gym has been selected annually by the National
Learning Foundation (the private sector branch of the White House Task Force on Learning) as one
of today’s leading technologies for education.
What is ALERT Program?
In this program students learn what they can do before a spelling test or homework time to attain
an optimal state of alertness for their tasks. Parents learn what they can do to help their toddler's
nervous system change from a high alert state to a more appropriate low state at bedtime.
Although the Alert Program initially was intended for children with attention and learning difficulties,
ages 8-12, it has been adapted for preschool through adult and for a variety of disabilities.
The Sensory-Motor Preference Checklist (for Adults) is a tool used to support this learning process.
For example by filling out the checklist, adults may discover that before work, they may drink coffee,
take a brisk walk, or listen to jazzy music to get their engine up and going for the day. Or others may
find that they drink hot chocolate, rock in a rocking chair, or watch the glow of a fireplace to get
their engine slowed down after a busy day. Bringing to awareness what most people do automatically in
their daily routines, fosters the understanding of how important self-regulation is for students' functioning.
Why Motor Learning?
We have discovered it is easy enough to 'facilitate' a certain pattern or movement during our individual
one on one clinic sessions. What is difficult is to get patients to use that pattern when they are actually
carrying out some functional activity. Incorporating the concepts of Motor Learning facilitates generalizing
what our clients have learnt in the therapy environment in their natural environment.