About Cecilia Koester, M.Ed.

Cecilia Koester is internationally known for her work with children and adults who are differently abled. She has worked since 1979 with children and adults of all abilities – typically functioning, attention deficit/hyperactive, emotionally/behaviorally challenged, autistic, developmentally delayed, Down Syndrome, stroke impairments and severe handicaps. The remarkable and provocative book I Am the Child: Using Brain Gym® with Children Who Have Special Needs, published in 1998, journaled Koester’s experiences over a two-year period as a teacher in a public school classroom, drawing out the gifts of 11 children who had complex developmental needs. This inspirational book offers the reader insights into the kinds of things that can be done to improve the quality of life for children who have severe physical challenges.

Since 1998, Koester has been teaching workshops throughout the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Slovenia, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Russia, Spain, France, Italy and Scotland. She would be happy to introduce her work to your friends, colleagues and families wherever there is a need. Teachers, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists and parents have repeatedly expressed their joy and delight in how Cecilia teaches as well as the easily accessible concepts that are the basis for her workshops. These workshops have been based on Brain Gym®, which is a program of 26 easy and enjoyable targeted activities/physical movements that enhance learning and performance in all areas.

Through these years, Cecilia Koester has developed a movement-based learning curriculum that specifically addresses children and adults who are differently abled. This curriculum specifically teaches adults how to work with any child or adult – resistant, unable to walk or talk, a typically functioning child who is having difficulty focusing or reading or any adult who is challenged with daily life activities. The uniqueness of this course, Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers, grows from the methods and techniques that are offered in her workshops. These “new tools” empower and guide the participant into an awareness of how to assist all children and elders in their journey. Perhaps Cecilia’s greatest gift is being able to show the participant how and where she begins. Her grounded teaching style makes the information easy to assimilate – she teaches verbally and then demonstrates visually and physically how to use what has just been taught. Cecilia has taken the work of Brain Gym® and blossomed the information into working with children and adults of all abilities through providing a foundation of developmental building blocks.

In January 2006, Cecilia Koester published her second book, Movement Based Learning for Children of All Abilities. The book was reprinted in 2012. This practical book offers the developmental building blocks that Koester has gathered over the years to enhance the skills involved in the areas of comprehension, organization, communicate, physical mobility, and the ability to focus. Bill Hubert, the originator of Bal-A-Vis-X said, “Somehow, by an exquisite synthesis of What Was and What Is and What Might Be, Cecilia creates a new form.” This form is addressed in a clear and easy to implement style in this book.






Testimonials

“Cece teaches movements that energize learning. She introduces Bal-a-vis-x and demonstrates how to apply the theory of movement-based learning by bringing children into the workshop so we can observe her using it with them. The information and techniques are definitely applicable to Occupational Therapy (OT) and compliments and parallels our practices.”

Julie, Occupational Therapist

2018-01-25T15:17:22+00:00

Julie, Occupational Therapist

“Cece teaches movements that energize learning. She introduces Bal-a-vis-x and demonstrates how to apply the theory of movement-based learning by bringing children into the workshop so we can observe her using it with them. The information and techniques are definitely applicable to Occupational Therapy (OT) and compliments and parallels our practices.”
“The course that Cece shares far exceeded my expectations and objectives. I chose this course for specific reasons, and gained so much more! Every component of the class was selected and timed and the living structure that we can then pass along is invaluable. Cece, there is no doubt that you will always continue to grow and learn and then share. Your teaching and coaching style is exceptional as you reach our inner beings and potential. I loved being the receiver of such wisdom, Thank you so very much!”

Kathleen, Speech/Language Pathologist

2018-01-25T15:18:58+00:00

Kathleen, Speech/Language Pathologist

“The course that Cece shares far exceeded my expectations and objectives. I chose this course for specific reasons, and gained so much more! Every component of the class was selected and timed and the living structure that we can then pass along is invaluable. Cece, there is no doubt that you will always continue to grow and learn and then share. Your teaching and coaching style is exceptional as you reach our inner beings and potential. I loved being the receiver of such wisdom, Thank you so very much!”
“Cece has an ability to work a room with purpose. As I watched her and participated in this class I learned not only the activities from Brain Gym® and how/when to use them––I also became calmer within myself. Thank you Cece, from the bottom of my heart, for pausing long enough to touch, accept and teach my son.”

Opal, Parent of Child with Special Needs

2018-01-25T15:20:17+00:00

Opal, Parent of Child with Special Needs

“Cece has an ability to work a room with purpose. As I watched her and participated in this class I learned not only the activities from Brain Gym® and how/when to use them––I also became calmer within myself. Thank you Cece, from the bottom of my heart, for pausing long enough to touch, accept and teach my son.”
“All we really want as a parent is to be able to make a difference in a little one’s life. You do that so gracefully, Cece.”

Michelle, Parent of Child who has Cerebral Palsy

2018-01-25T15:22:46+00:00

Michelle, Parent of Child who has Cerebral Palsy

“All we really want as a parent is to be able to make a difference in a little one’s life. You do that so gracefully, Cece.”
“This course offers the most vital information and tools for living in our own body with comfort and ease of learning and functioning. I noticed so many positive changes in myself during this course that I know will bleed over into my professional (and personal) life. I am more relaxed; able to formulate and receive information; more playful; and I’m feeling more equipped to work with special needs children.”

Emily, Educational Consultant/Brain Gym® Instructor

2018-01-25T15:23:38+00:00

Emily, Educational Consultant/Brain Gym® Instructor

“This course offers the most vital information and tools for living in our own body with comfort and ease of learning and functioning. I noticed so many positive changes in myself during this course that I know will bleed over into my professional (and personal) life. I am more relaxed; able to formulate and receive information; more playful; and I’m feeling more equipped to work with special needs children.”
“Cece is kind, well-qualified and demonstrated the value of her message, i.e. as we are more grounded and centered in ourselves we are then able to reach out to others and participate and assist in their learning. I’ve learned many new skills/strategies and developed confidence in my own instincts. This class is very versatile for all my ages/abilities—-even for self-improvement—-everyone can benefit."

Denise, Early Intervention Specialist

2018-01-25T15:24:31+00:00

Denise, Early Intervention Specialist

“Cece is kind, well-qualified and demonstrated the value of her message, i.e. as we are more grounded and centered in ourselves we are then able to reach out to others and participate and assist in their learning. I’ve learned many new skills/strategies and developed confidence in my own instincts. This class is very versatile for all my ages/abilities—-even for self-improvement—-everyone can benefit."
“After taking this course, my eyes are open wider and I can assist the children and explore their potential/ possibilities so they can reach their greatest reality. This course gently invites you to enhance learning and function within the classroom by using natural body movements. This course was Cece’s book, I Am the Child coming alive…and so much more. I am so eager to absorb all the new material from her new book, Movement Based Learning for Children of All Abilities”

Candi, Adaptive PE Teacher

2018-01-26T21:45:06+00:00

Candi, Adaptive PE Teacher

“After taking this course, my eyes are open wider and I can assist the children and explore their potential/ possibilities so they can reach their greatest reality. This course gently invites you to enhance learning and function within the classroom by using natural body movements. This course was Cece’s book, I Am the Child coming alive…and so much more. I am so eager to absorb all the new material from her new book, Movement Based Learning for Children of All Abilities”
“Cece models very well how to teach from the heart and how to notice others. You have got to take this course, it will change the way you think, teach and approach learning.”

Lorraine, Title I Reading Teacher

2018-01-26T21:46:14+00:00

Lorraine, Title I Reading Teacher

“Cece models very well how to teach from the heart and how to notice others. You have got to take this course, it will change the way you think, teach and approach learning.”
“Cece makes it easy to learn. She facilitates a positive environment that allows people to risk and feel safe. She is amazing and inspiring. The modifications and enrichment she provides are effective for everyone. This class is a must, even if you don’t deal with people who have special needs."

Maureen, Teacher/Consultant

2018-01-26T21:46:53+00:00

Maureen, Teacher/Consultant

“Cece makes it easy to learn. She facilitates a positive environment that allows people to risk and feel safe. She is amazing and inspiring. The modifications and enrichment she provides are effective for everyone. This class is a must, even if you don’t deal with people who have special needs."
“This course is so practical. I am now more open to ideas to help students. I feel re-energized. The practical experience in the course goes along with the book and made my learning easy and fun. I like that there is no other equipment costs involved. I can take the information and directly and immediately apply it.”

Lynne, High School SPED Teacher

2018-01-26T21:48:13+00:00

Lynne, High School SPED Teacher

“This course is so practical. I am now more open to ideas to help students. I feel re-energized. The practical experience in the course goes along with the book and made my learning easy and fun. I like that there is no other equipment costs involved. I can take the information and directly and immediately apply it.”