Crossing the Midline…

What is the Midline? The midline is an imaginary line that runs down the center of the body dividing the left side from the right side. The midline represents the corpus callosum (a band of nerve fibers) which connects the left and right hemispheres of the brain. As you probably know, the brain has a bilateral functionality meaning the right side of the brain controls the movement and sensory information of the left side of the body and vice versa (smell is the exception, it is Continue reading →

Gravity and Brain Development

Did you know that gravity’s pull is the number one constant stimulus to the brain? Resisting gravity’s force makes everything we do a weight bearing exercise. It creates a constant communication between the brain and our muscles. Every movement we make actually stimulates and grows the brain. “Repeated muscle activity is the single most important element of brain development.” What’s my point? When our kids are not moving and not using their muscles to resist gravity, their brains are not being developed. They literally need to Continue reading →

Video Games Focused on a False Reality

So, if you are the parent of a hyperactive or focus challenged child you are probably completely stumped (and frustrated) by the following question… Why can’t my child focus in school, but when it comes to a video game he can focus like a laser beam for hours? This concept seems to defy logic…a child can either focus or he can’t, sit still or he can’t…but not both, otherwise it must be a behavior problem. So what is up??? Well for starters, it is completely Continue reading →

How do you know where you are?

How do you know where your arm or foot is if you can’t see it? Proprioception (PRO-pree-o-SEP-shen) is the body’s ability to sense movement in its joints. Proprioceptive receptors are deep in our joints and muscle spindles and send sensory information to the brain about where our body is. Poor proprioception can leave a child feeling ‘lost in space’… they can’t feel their own body, they do not know where their body starts and stops.  These are the kids that tap their foot constantly just so Continue reading →

Reading too soon…

There is a widely held belief in this country (and many others) that if we start teaching children to read, write, and spell in preschool and kindergarten that they will be ahead of the game (and their peers) by first grade. We think that pushing our kids to start early will make them better and give them the edge. But it doesn’t work that way, in fact it can be detrimental.  Here’s why… Children’s neurological pathways for reading, writing, and spelling are not formed yet at Continue reading →

Push, Pull, Climb, your way to A’s

Push, pull, and climb your way to A’s… When it comes to getting good grades in school we tend only to think of the tools that seem directly related to learning such as organizational strategies, tutoring, or hours of extra studying. But in truth, most struggling students would be better served in their learning by going rock climbing. Yes, I said rock climbing! At the root of our academics is our ability to learn. How well we are able to process information, understand the information we Continue reading →

Why does he chew everything…

Why does my kid chew on his shirt…his pencil…his finger…or everything else for that matter? Kids use chewing as a way to cope in times of stress, to activate the filtering mechanism in their brain to prevent feeling overwhelmed, or just for the calming pleasure it brings if bored. It calms them and helps them focus.  How? Chewing creates deep pressure on the jaw muscles delivering proprioceptive feedback(feedback from the muscles, and joints) to the brain. This type of intense sensory stimulation and feedback is Continue reading →

Feel good shakes for the teen brain…

Is your teen unmotivated, depressed, irritable, or full of anxiety? Teens are going through a lot of changes at this stage and their hormones and body chemistry greatly determine their mood, behavior and outlook on life. So what goes wrong…why aren’t they happy? It can have a lot to do with what they eat. ‘Neurotransmitters’ are a variety of chemicals that affect their thinking, feeling, behavior, memory, and coordination.  Neurotransmitters are the conversion of Amino Acids extracted from the nutrients in our food. Food—> Nutrients—> Amino Continue reading →