Brain Gym® At Work
S. Christina Boyd, Licensed Brain Gym® Consultant
HYPERACTIVITY / READING
Jackson, age 8, was brought to me by his mother for assistance with his hyperactivity and difficulties with spelling, reading, and word-recognition. She was looking for alternatives to medication to help Jackson sit through class with attention and focus.
Brain Gym® can reduce hyperactivity because often this behavior is the result of the infant reflexes (primitive, survival reflexes we are born with) being still active when they should have become dormant or "switched-off." When still active, these reflexive patterns are automatic and are not under control of the conscious mind. Therefore, a child may experience discomfort and stress which they cannot identify and which results in constant shifting around in a chair, repeated head movements as the eyes continually try to focus, and irritation caused by the body's discomfort.
After four sessions, I asked Jackson and his mother if they had noticed any differences or improvements. Jackson said that he felt "good and more relaxed." His mother had noticed that while doing his homework, his reading fluency and word recognition had improved markedly. His teacher, who did not know that he was coming for Brain Gym sessions, commented to his mother that "he has matured a lot" all of sudden.
What I noticed was that Jackson was now able to sit calmly and upright in his chair as his mother and I talked, instead of his usual squirminess, lounging around in the chair, and general hyperactivity.
His mother was also amazed that Jackson had been able to sit calmly for an entire hour while a doctor conducted a very involved eye examination.
Jackson only needed five sessions to reach his goal of being able to sit through class and pay attention. In a follow-up with his mother two weeks after the fifth and final session, she said that he had also made major improvements in his intonation while reading and was so excited about his spelling that he was striving for 100% on tests. He did reach that goal!
I checked in with Jackson's mother a year later and again two years later, and each time she reported that he was doing very well in school, was enjoying learning, and was happy.