Brain Gym® / MBL Connection

The movements and activities that Movement Based Learning, Inc. incorporate in the learning of the child or elder are based on natural, normal human development. They bring about rapid and often dramatic improvements in focus, comprehension, communication, organization and physical movement. The Brain Gym International Foundation developed a unique program of physical activities that synchronizes body and mind to enhance learning and achievement for people of all ages and abilities. The activities and methods of Brain Gym are safe, easy and enjoyable. Cecilia Koester developed a course for Brain Gym International called Brain Gym for Special Needs Providers. Therapists, teachers, tutors, elder caregivers and parents as well as anyone in the caring professions will benefit from learning how to assess the needs of an individual, develop a Brain Gym or Movement Based Learning program to meet those needs, and evaluate the effectiveness of the program with ways to modify when necessary for best results.

What is Brain Gym®

Brain Gym is a system that uses simple movements to stimulate brain function. That is, it uses quick, easy-to-do developmental movements to wake up the brain without stress or injury. Children naturally explore these movements as they grow and mature. However, under tension, children learn to rely too much on one cerebral hemisphere of the brain alone, instead of two sides together, placing unnecessary and stressful demands upon the whole physiology. Educator Paul E. Dennison, Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of learning through movement and the creator of the Brain Gym program calls this the “switched off” state.

How Cecilia Koester Uses Brain Gym®





Testimonials

“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.”
“My enthusiasm for my work in the special education classroom has been renewed. I now have an awareness of noticing that will get stronger over time. I have some foundational pieces that Cece calls Building Blocks that will get me to the heart of a child’s problem much more quickly.”

Madeline, ParaProfessional with SPED

2018-01-26T21:49:44+00:00

Madeline, ParaProfessional with SPED

“My enthusiasm for my work in the special education classroom has been renewed. I now have an awareness of noticing that will get stronger over time. I have some foundational pieces that Cece calls Building Blocks that will get me to the heart of a child’s problem much more quickly.”
“Cece goes first to the child’s heart where all learning begins.”

Bill Hubert, Originator or Bal-A-Vis-X

2017-01-20T14:54:17+00:00

Bill Hubert, Originator or Bal-A-Vis-X

“Cece goes first to the child’s heart where all learning begins.”