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 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.”
“This course is priceless. It’s useful for everyone! I am recharged and excited about taking my new tools back to the classroom. I have been feeling overwhelmed and tired to this point! Now, I feel I have some tools! I loved the observation of Cece working with a challenged child; it was priceless.”

Carla, Classroom Teacher

2018-01-26T21:55:53+00:00

Carla, Classroom Teacher

“This course is priceless. It’s useful for everyone! I am recharged and excited about taking my new tools back to the classroom. I have been feeling overwhelmed and tired to this point! Now, I feel I have some tools! I loved the observation of Cece working with a challenged child; it was priceless.”
“This Brain Gym® for Special Needs course gave me unique tools to use with the kids when the traditional P.T. stuff doesn’t do the job or help me help the kids reach their goals. Cece, you are the best instructor I’ve ever had for any type of class. Thank you."

Cindy. Physical Therapist

2018-01-25T15:11:15+00:00

Cindy. Physical Therapist

“This Brain Gym® for Special Needs course gave me unique tools to use with the kids when the traditional P.T. stuff doesn’t do the job or help me help the kids reach their goals. Cece, you are the best instructor I’ve ever had for any type of class. Thank you."
“Cece models very well how to teach from the heart and how to notice others. You have got to take her course. It will change the way you think, teach and approach learning.”

LW, Title I Reading Teacher

2018-01-26T21:59:05+00:00

LW, Title I Reading Teacher

“Cece models very well how to teach from the heart and how to notice others. You have got to take her course. It will change the way you think, teach and approach learning.”
“This course is very helpful in giving hands-on exercises to activate the learning process. Teachers are given tools to help optimal learning occur. I’ve learned to be more aware of my own body. I have come to realize the amazing connection between my body and my mind. This course provided a structure for me to achieve greater clarity and experience many insights––things came together. The attention to detail that makes movement-based learning so much more comprehendible will greatly improve the effectiveness of the work I am doing.”

Pamela, Psychologist

2018-01-25T15:12:56+00:00

Pamela, Psychologist

“This course is very helpful in giving hands-on exercises to activate the learning process. Teachers are given tools to help optimal learning occur. I’ve learned to be more aware of my own body. I have come to realize the amazing connection between my body and my mind. This course provided a structure for me to achieve greater clarity and experience many insights––things came together. The attention to detail that makes movement-based learning so much more comprehendible will greatly improve the effectiveness of the work I am doing.”
“Cece’s ability to share the way she notices the child’s behavior, demeanor, ability to pay attention to the game being played or the task being done, is magical. She is able to express what she sees so that you can then replicate the assessment in your own sessions with a child. It’s magical.”

C. H. Occupational Therapist

2018-01-26T21:59:41+00:00

C. H. Occupational Therapist

“Cece’s ability to share the way she notices the child’s behavior, demeanor, ability to pay attention to the game being played or the task being done, is magical. She is able to express what she sees so that you can then replicate the assessment in your own sessions with a child. It’s magical.”
“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.”