Workshops, Inservices, Courses
Brain Gym® Movements
Participants in this workshop will physically discover how all learning begins in the body. Some creative ways to enhance the brain-body connection will be shared. Brain Gym is a program of easy physical movements that synchronize body and mind to optimize how we learn. The movements often bring about rapid and lasting changes in fundamental abilities including: focus, organization, comprehension, physical coordination, social and communication skills, memory, attentiveness, and more. It was developed in the 1970’s as what would becomes the cornerstone of the field of Educational Kinesiology “enhanced learning through movement.” (2-6 hours)
Alternative Methods of Early Childhood
This workshop explores different early childhood education methodologies that have stood the test of time and continue to be supported by current research. We focus on Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilio methodologies, along with Brain Gym. This is an experiential course! (6 hours) **Taught online or face-to-face
Physical Development of Children
Learning is a whole body event. Physical activities can increase focus, enhance creativity, allow children to become grounded and centered, and improve sensorial skills: listening, vision, communication, and eye-hand coordination. Brain Gym® exercises turn on the whole brain. (2 hours)
Discover and honor how one’s brain and body are wired for learning and living. Each person’s unique profile has a huge impact on her approach to new situations and her reaction to stress. This is child development and personal development; techniques learned in this class can be transferred to children and others. (2 hours)
Movement is the Key to Learning ** Most popular
Nerve networks are formed through movement and touch. Reading a book requires subtle eye muscle movement just like kicking a ball requires large motor movements. Explore the physical skills of learning by experiencing Brain Gym processes and exercises. Be amazed at the difference intentional movement makes in one’s ability to focus, remain centered and think rationally. (2 hours)
Keys to literacy
Participants will explore effective means to unlocking the literacy code, by developing auditory and visual attention, building vocabulary and inviting movement. Using developmentally appropriate practices, the function and mechanics of writing will be addressed. Learning to write and read is not synonymous with learning to sit!
Brain Gym® 101
This 24 hour course gives you a complete overview of “The 26” Brain Gym movements and practice with ten different Five Step Learning Processes, including Dennison Laterality Repatterning. Integrated within the course is theory of brain development and case study examples.
This course can be taught independently and/or can be offered for credit as a two credit graduate course, through Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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This course can be held face-to-face, online, or a hybrid. It is tailored to the specific audience and may included balances, Q&A, and/or refinement of techniques. Pre-Req is Brain Gym® 101.
Optimal Brain Organization 201 (OBO)
This 16 hour course is required for Brain Gym licensure. Paul Dennison describes the Optimal Brain Organization (OBO) course as helping learn why we do Brain Gym. Experience Enhanced Energy Exercises and four new balances, each addressing different aspects of learning blocks. Pre-requisite is Brain Gym® 101.
This course is also accepted for graduate credit at Hamline University.
This course fulfills 24 hours towards the 200 level electives. Learn 34 additional movements and eight new balances in this dynamic course. Cindy has personally “seen” such remarkable changes and is so excited to share with you. Pre-requisite is Brain Gym® 101.
Edu-K Seven Dimensions In Depth 301
This is an amazing course that adds four new dimensions to the three dimensions learned in Brain Gym® 101. The Learning Menu greatly expands as well. I’ve taken this course four times, co-taught multiple times, and each time I come away with a feeling of new-found awe! Pre-requisite is Brain Gym® 101.
Brain Gym Teacher Practicum 401
This 400 level culminating course to the licensure process allows one to practice teaching the elements of Brain Gym® 101 within the safety of peers. The course objectives cover trademark, sub-license, business aspects, the entire 101 course, and the code of ethics. The course is co-created by its members with the dynamic instructor modeling the drawing out format to its greatest potential. Pre-req can be previewed here.
Cindy has a lot of experience writing course content; she understands learner outcomes, objectives, assessments, and presenting to a variety of learning styles. Writing original course content for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls molded her into a well-rounded adult educator. She helped revise the Brain Gym® 101 Handbook and the Brain Gym Teacher Edition (2010). Please contact Cindy if you are looking for a tailored training about movement, sensory systems, literacy, art/music, Montessori and/or alternative methods of education.