High School Varsity Basketball Team (Before Playoff Game)

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1) Pre-Activity After visiting for one session with the basketball team, the athletes did the exercises before the big game. 2) Mindful Movements These photos show the student-athletes doing the Thinking Caps and “Calming Pretzels” 3) Post-Activity Basketball players felt calmer and focused while playing on the court.   

Journal Entry (1st Grade Student)

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This is a journal entry written by a first grade student with an open-ended topic. She chose to write about the positive effects of Brain Gym. Joan visited with the class and demonstrated how to utilize Brain Gym as part of the daily routine. This is the second year this teacher has used Brain Gym and has noticed students are … Read More

MCAS Standardized Test Scores (10th Grade Student)

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Here is another prime example of how Brain KinetiX helps ease test anxiety. After working one-on-one with this student, the tremendous growth on the standardized test, Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), speaks for itself. This student has the innate ability to achieve but the anxieties regarding test taking were hindering this potential. Now, testing is done with ease while making … Read More

The Dominance Factor (Carla Hannaford, Ph.D)

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1) “Learning how your dominant eye, ear, brain, hand and foot can improve your learning.” There is much more to our brain that the right and left hemispheres. When we muscle check to find our innate dominance profile, we understand how and why we learn the way we do along with how and why we move and react the way … Read More

Infini Figure (1st Grade Student)

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1) Pre-Activity: Trace the Infini Figure Completed in February 2015, this pre-assessment shows the student was only able to trace half of the figure. The connections in the corpus callosum (connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain) were not firing as they should. This student had difficulty crossing the mid-line of her body. 2) “Mindful Movements” done … Read More

Infini Figure (8th Grade Student)

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1) Pre-Activity: Create an Infini Figure using the dot in the middle of the page. The first figure represents a system under stress with a compensation on vision and a lack of connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain through the corpus callosum. 2) Mindful Movements 3) Post-Activity: Create an Infini Figure using the dot in the … Read More

Printing the Alphabet (5th Grade Student)

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1) Pre-Activity: Print the alphabet Student was so concerned about writing the alphabet with such accuracy and neatness, her pencil grip was making her hands fatigued. This could make a student stop writing and “act out” because they are in a stressed state. 2) “Mindful Movements” 3) Post-Activity: Print the alphabet At this point, the student’s brain is integrated, which … Read More

Infini Figure (1st Grade Student)

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1) Pre-Activity: Trace the Infini Figure Student was anxious and felt like he had to do it “right.” 2) “Mindful Movements” 3) Post-Activity: Trace the Infini Figure Student is now relaxed, which enables him to freely complete the task while integrating the brain/body connection. After completing these exercises, reading fluency, comprehension and writing improve.

Infini Figure (9th Grade Student)

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1) Pre-Activity: Create an Infini Figure using the dot in the middle of the page. At first, it was challenging for the student to create a balanced, Infini Figure. 2) “Mindful Movements” 3) Post-Activity: Create an Infini Figure using the dot in the middle of the page. Student was able to create the figure with ease! The figure was created … Read More

Varsity Basketball Team

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1) Goal Setting: What would you like to improve upon while playing basketball? 2) “Mindful Movements” 3) Pre and Post Activity: Foul Shots All varsity basketball players reported that after they completed the mindful movements, they felt more relaxed, at ease and focused which enabled them to make more foul shots than they previously did. They stated they could actually … Read More