Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers (BG170)

Becoming a teacher of Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers

The course titled Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers (BG170) was developed by Cecilia Koester for the Educational Kinesiology Foundation in 1998. In the interest of having this body of work taught worldwide, by both Cecilia Koester and others, she now has a mentoring process that allows others to teach this life-changing course. If you are interested in becoming an instructor/facilitator of this course, feel free to contact her via email.

Requirements to teach the 4-day Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers course

  • Current license recognized by the Educational Kinesiology Foundation within the country the applicant resides. It is not necessary to have taught the introductory course of the Brain Gym curriculum prior to obtaining a license to teach Brain Gym for Special Needs Providers (BG170). However, it is required that the trainee have a current license, and maintain said license.
  • Attendance at Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers (BG170), a four-day course offered internationally and throughout the USA, a minimum of two times.
  • Attendance at the Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers (BG170) course, wherein the mentor (the person providing guidance for the trainee) assigns small sections of the class to be taught by the trainee. The mentor will provide feedback to the trainee. This is typically offered within the context of the third time that the trainee attends a BG170 class.
  • A student-teach class wherein the trainee teaches the entire four-day course with guidance from the mentor who will be sitting at the back of the room or within the circle. It is expected that the trainee will ask for clarification whenever needed throughout the course and the mentor will inconspicuously provide answers and support to the trainee. The mentor will provide feedback to the trainee.
  • Six case studies that include the use of the developmental Building Block Activities (5 + 1 individual) are required to be submitted via email to the mentor. These case studies are to demonstrate the use of both Brain Gym and the Building Block Activities with children/adults who are differently challenged.
  • Demonstration of extensive knowledge, through conversation with the mentor and the teaching of the BG170 class, of the suggested reading list and current websites.
  • Demonstration of skills to work with children/adults who are differently abled.
  • Demonstration of language skills to express content of the BG170 class.
  • Demonstration of skills needed to teach to larger groups, i.e. group dynamics.

Requirements to teach the 4-day Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers course

Final approval to teach BG170 is contingent on the successful demonstration of the above. The originator of this course, and/or her designated assignees, determines the final assessment. The trainee will be awarded the license to teach BG170 upon successful completion of the above. The length of time this process takes is determined by mutual consent of the mentor and trainee.





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.”