What is Movement Based Learning Inc.

Cecilia Koester, M.Ed, has developed a movement-based program that addresses the foundational pieces of learning so that children and adults who are differently abled can learn how to learn. She teaches/consults in a functional, practical way so that any information is directly applicable and useable.

Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers offers excellent applications for a variety of mental and physical challenges including: autism, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorders (ADD and ADHD), dyslexia, Angelman’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, speech impairments, brain injuries, blindness, deafness and impairments caused by strokes.

Participants taking either of her courses will leave with new skills that optimize learning and performance in all areas of life. And they will find that these tools are immediately applicable in home, school and therapeutic settings.

In addition to teaching the above courses, Cecilia Koester is mentoring others to teach Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers and Movement Based Learning: Using and Teaching Developmental Movement Patterns.

To ensure consistency and quality control, follow this link to the teaching curricula that have been established.

About the Movement Based Learning Approach

Movement-based learning has come to be known in the neurobiological field as any brain-based learning that stimulates the growth of neural pathways through movement of the body.

Movement-based learning grew out of research revolving around kinesiology. Kinesiology is the study of human movement that encompasses biological components of movement including anatomical, physiological, neurological, biochemical and biomechanical. Theoretical knowledge of kinesiology is applied in many areas including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and vision training. The approach of these applications can be therapeutic, preventive, or high-performance.

Cecilia uses movement-based learning in the educational realm rather than the developmental kinesiology realm which means that she teaches adults to work with differently-abled children and adults (through workshops and private consultations) by showing how to observe postural and behavioral cues. Once this information is gathered, a movement program is developed that will enhance a more integrated way of learning. This will allow for the child or the elder to accomplish his goals in life with greater ease – the goal may be walking, talking, self-feeding, reading with ease, organizing classroom tasks, relating to peers or learning to self-regulate behaviors.

Kinesiology is also studied in the relationship between the quality of human movement and the overall health and/or quality of life of a human being. This is the application that Cecilia uses in the books she has written, in the workshops she teaches and in the programs that can be developed individually and/or for groups.

Movement-based Learning and its Many Applications

Babies and young children naturally perform what experts in early childhood education call developmental movements. These movements develop the neural connections in the brain, which are essential to learning.

The foundational pieces of learning, the infant reflexes and developmental movement patterns, all play a part in the physical and mental growth of a human being. What Cecilia does is assist the adults in the child’s world – general and special education teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and parents, to come to a preliminary understanding of these reflexes and developmental movement patterns. A change in the functioning level of a child or elder is assessed, developed, evaluated for effectiveness and then modified as the need arises. Through the use of the tenets of movement-based learning, the child or elder is better able to grasp the methods and techniques.

There is a difference between movement-based learning that Cecilia discusses in her book (Movement Based Learning for Children of All Abilities, 2006, 2012) and Developmental Kinesiology. Cecilia’s approach to movement-based learning uses observation and guided information to establish a learning program that is filled with specific movements and activities. Developmental Kinesiology generally uses muscle checking to determine the specific activities needed to promote the natural development of an infant, child or adult. Often times the approach that Movement Based Learning, Inc. takes in working with a child or elder, is a precursor to working more in-depth with Developmental Kinesiology, Rhythmic Movement Training and childhood reflexes.






Testimonials

“This course is a learning by doing experience. The atmosphere was open and safe––conducive to learning. Movement-based learning uses movement of the body to effect changes in the brain. It is a tool that once learned, is easy to integrate into your work as a Physical Therapist (PT) as well as your home life. It is a great adjunct to all other tools that we use as a PT.”

Kristen, Physical Therapist

2018-01-25T15:15:19+00:00

Kristen, Physical Therapist

“This course is a learning by doing experience. The atmosphere was open and safe––conducive to learning. Movement-based learning uses movement of the body to effect changes in the brain. It is a tool that once learned, is easy to integrate into your work as a Physical Therapist (PT) as well as your home life. It is a great adjunct to all other tools that we use as a PT.”
“Behind a giving hand is a warm and gracious heart. You are one of the most amazing women that I have ever met. You bring so much into many, many lives. You have a remarkable gift! Not only are you helping my son see his true potential but you have helped me as a parent in so many ways. Thanks you for sharing with us. We are blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

MP, Parent

2018-01-26T22:00:24+00:00

MP, Parent

“Behind a giving hand is a warm and gracious heart. You are one of the most amazing women that I have ever met. You bring so much into many, many lives. You have a remarkable gift! Not only are you helping my son see his true potential but you have helped me as a parent in so many ways. Thanks you for sharing with us. We are blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
“My awareness of others and the ‘space’ in which they grow has been keenly awakened. I loved your [Cece] teaching style. Even though there were close to twenty of us ladies in the room, I felt that you were speaking only with me! What a gift God has given you!”

Pam, Paraprofessional

2018-01-25T15:16:31+00:00

Pam, Paraprofessional

“My awareness of others and the ‘space’ in which they grow has been keenly awakened. I loved your [Cece] teaching style. Even though there were close to twenty of us ladies in the room, I felt that you were speaking only with me! What a gift God has given you!”
“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”