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Brain Gym: Part 1

July 27, 2016 by Kinetic Kids, Inc.

by Katie Timp, OTR/L

Does your child have difficulty paying attention or lose focus easily at school? Does your child crave movement, which directly affects their ability to attend during school, especially during seated activities? Does your child become easily upset or anxious when faced with a new task or activity? If you answered YES to any of these questions or all of these questions then Brain Gym is the curriculum for your child!

What is Brain Gym? Brain Gym

Brain Gym is a movement-based learning program of 26 movements that follow the idea that a child’s movements directly affect their ability to learn and think effectively. Brain Gym follows 3 simple concepts:
1. Children naturally learn through play and movement
2. Successful learning begins with an awareness of balance
3. Learners of any age can come to an impasse

How Can Brain Gym Help My Child?

Through play children develop fine motor and gross motor skills by way of movements that allow them to organize their thoughts. As children grow, they begin to experiment with their environment. While they are learning about new things through play, children are creating memories and associations with these activities. This produces an equilibrium in your child that will store these movements and memories for future use. If a child becomes stressed, injured or overly anxious, these feelings can interfere with their natural tendency to take action as they would normally to achieve that balance. The 26 movements can restore the child’s ability to reach their equilibrium again.

The 26 movements are based upon the idea that true learning is not just mental. The brain is informed by movement and senses, which allow a child to learn and process information as well as use that information later in life. A child’s movement is a child’s play. As a child is playing, they experiment with various types of sensorimotor activities that create memory associations. They are then able to organize themselves within their environments more effectively which in turn increases focus/participation skills, communication/processing skills and organization/stabilization skills.

Parent Tip:

Now that you know the facts and background information about Brain Gym, read Part 2 to learn what areas the 26 are broken into to allow for increasing the areas described above!


“Brain Gym Teacher’s Edition”. By: Paul E. Dennison & Gail E Dennison. The companion guide to brain gym: simple activities for whole-brain learning.

Interested In Another Resource?

If you are interested in giving your child the tools he/she needs to begin another successful year of school and for future social situations, check out our guide on:

Sensory Strategies to Try At Home

We hope this resource proves useful for you and your child! 

 Until next time . . .

Topics: Pediatric Occupation Therapy, autism

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