Educational Kinesiology Symposium 2014 for Special Needs

28 March 2014, 9-5pm.

由言语治疗师, 物理治疗师, 药剂师, 儿童心理学家,有特殊孩子的家长,韵律动学导师,  触动学导师, 健脑操导师及顾问来研讨 如何有效的帮助特殊需求人士及孩童们的身心发展。(现场华语翻译)

Speakers from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia came together for a focused discussion from the perspectives of Speech Therapist Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist, Child Psychologist, Parents who have special needs adults, Rhythmic Movement Training International Instructor & Provider, Touch for Health® Instructor, Brain Gym® Instructor & Consultant on how to effectively support the development of people and children with special needs.

This Event has ended. You may view the event’s photos here.

 

Slide1Slide4Slide3

Slide2

 

This Event has ended. You may view the event’s photos here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

registeronline.pngMap and Directions | Register Online Here

Cecilia Koester and Brain Gym for Special Needs Provider (Nov 2012)

Cecilia Koester, M.Ed, the founder of Movement Based Learning, is internationally known for her work with children and adults who have special needs. She has worked since 1979 with people of all abilities ‐ from typically functioning to those diagnosed with severe disabilities.

In 1998, she published the provocative book, “I Am the Child: Using Brain Gym® with Children Who Have Special Needs”, which chronicles her experiences as a teacher in a public school classroom, drawing out the gifts of eleven children with complex developmental needs. Brain Gym® 170 has been developed by Cece for the Educational Kinesiology Foundation, and she is currently the only instructor registered to teach this specialized course. She has studied at length with the founders of Brain Gym®, Dr. Paul and Gail Dennison, to deepen her understanding of these simple and effective tools for optimal living.

Visit her website at: www.movementbasedlearning.com

Cecilia is coming to Malaysia to conduct a Brain Gym for Special Needs Provider (BG170) workshop from 29 November – 2 December 2012, organized by Breakthru Enrichment Station. For registration or further info, please contact Ms Phoebe (+6012-3292681) or register online:

registeronline2

You may also download a copy of our flyer, and send in the attached form for registration. Please contact us if you have any enquiries at the phone number written above, or call 03-28587977.

>> DOWNLOAD FLYER (.pdf) <<

 

What is Brain Gym® For Special Needs Providers (and everyone who cares for people) ?

Developmental experts have known for more than 80 years that
physical movement activates the brain and enhances learning.

This 32-hour experiential course (BG170) provides an in‐depth study of how to use Brain Gym® with children and adults, with specific adaptations for those with special needs.

Therapists, teachers, tutors, and parents as well as others in the caring professions will benefit from learning how to

  • assess the needs of an individual,
  • develop a Brain Gym® program to meet those needs,
  • evaluate the effectiveness of the program with ways to
  • modify when necessary for best results.

“Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers” provides excellent applications for a variety of mental and physical challenges including: autism, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorders (ADD and ADHD), dyslexia, Angelman’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, speech impairment, brain injuries, blindness, deafness and impairments caused by strokes.

In this course, students learn:

  • 26 Brain Gym® movements and modifications for special cases
  • 7 Building Block activities which support integration of the nervous system
  • The 5‐Step balance process which targets goals for learning and performance
  • Dennison Laterality Re-patterning for whole brain/body integration
  • The principles behind Edu‐K

*Brain Gym® is a registered trademark of the Education Kinesiology Foundation,USA and Brain Gym® International. http://www.braingym.org

Testimonies from previous participants

Sue Walker  – Therapist

I think that this course should be considered as a pre-requisite for all potential Brain Gym Instructors, possibly replacing Brain Gym review.  I will recommend it to anyone interested in finding out more about practical applications of Brain Gym.

I love how your calmness creates changes in us all.

Isabella Thackeray

I feel I have developed the skills to become a better therapist for children with special needs.

Keep teaching! Your classes are very inspirational and provide us with the skills to change the lives of special children.

Lian Ai – Educationist

She’s really innovative in applying brain gym movements.

May Chuah – RMT Instructor

I am grounded with the theory and able to relate the movements to the theory. Positive and I am looking forward to work with the children with my heart.

I like the way Cece teach. She allows my presence in her presence. Cece demo and explained every details why she do this and do that. I have learned to be a better teacher from Cece. Thank you Cece.

Eugenie Chan – Occupational Therapist

‘Go for it! It will open up a new bag of helping tools for you!’

Great Instructor. Never a dull moment. The ‘simplicity’ in conveying the message to the participants.

Didi – Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Cece is sharing to us instead of teaching us. So I personally felt great to know her and hope to learn more from her love and compassion. We know she is great teacher.

I would like to come back to BG170 again.

Hasanah Hassan – Educator, Mother

That every parents, teachers and therapists should have this knowledge as the basis of their work.

I have only the best comments for Cece. She is a great teacher and have a lot of patience and presence for us.

Poong Kody – News Editor

That this course benefits everyone, children to adults, with or without special needs.

Definitely an advanced course on this subject is called for.

Excellent training module with sufficient materials, activities and explanation. Well done.

Sen Ling – Chartered Secretary

Yes, I am more equipped and know how to help my son and other who need my help.

I have truly understand what Cecilia has taught because she truly understand us and how to deliver this course in the manner simple and interesting
.

Julia – Teacher

I have hope. I am more happy. I have lost some of my stress. I am walking UPRIGHT.

This course is worth my time. A very good course. You will have hope after attending this course.

Thank you very much. You are a good teacher. I have learned a lot.

Wan Po Yan – Housewife

Cece is an excellent instructor and have the heart for everyone in needs.

Yee Yen Ling

I am so happy that I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to apply the techniques on my children. I will tell everyone that they should go ahead and learn ‘Brain Gym’

I’ve learned so much from you Cece! You’re so kind and patience, and have the heart for special needs children.

Donna Kam – Kinesiologist

The breaking down of movements into simple pieces which are so good to do with disable clients.

Cece is very patient, very clear in explaining everything. Thanks a lot for your kindness.

Angelie Tee – Assistant Administrator

I am so excited to go back now and apply to my son.

I really wish you can come to Sabah (Borneo) so that many in our place can benefit from ‘Brain Gym’

Beside with a simple and clear explanation, you are so experienced and caring especially seeing you working on a special need child.

Register for the above course now:

registeronline2

Special Small Group SessionsCecelia Koester will also be having special small-group learning for parent and child on the subsequent days. Such small-group allows parents to:

  • Have Intimate 1-1 attention with each parent attending with one child.
  • Learn, through experience, basic developmental movements that stimulate brain function.
  • See dramatic improvements in concentration, organization, reading, writing, physical coordination and speech.
  • Find what to do with a child who…Come frustrated…….leave renewed and inspired!

Choice of date and time for small-group:-

a) 5th December morning (1pm-5pm)  or
b) 6th December afternoon (9am-1pm)

One session – one child with his/her parents or care giver, limited to 8 families per session.

Interested families please register at link below:
http://breakthru.com.my/best/registration/?ee=49

 

Teachers Training“Working with Children Who Have Special Needs: A Movement-based Learning Approach”

For candidates that wish to teach a one-day workshop that uses the developmental Building Block Activities found in the “Brain Gym for Special Needs Provider” class, Cecilia is prepared to conduct a 1 day Teacher-Training on Movement Based Learning workshop after the completion of the above mentioned class on 4 December 2012 * 9am-4pm * Kuala Lumpur.

This workshop will provide:

  • An experiential 6-hour workshop with Cecilia teaching
  • Feedback from 4 case studies
  • 2 hours of phone consultation time with regard to private clients or questions about the workshops you present regarding movement-based learning
  • A ready-to-use PowerPoint file.

To find out more about this workshop and register yourself, please check the link here: http://breakthru.com.my/best/registration/?ee=51

You may download a copy of the flyer for this event for further information and registration here. Please contact us at 03-28587977 (Ms Elaine Lim) or 012-3292681 (Ms Phoebe Long) for enquiries

>> DOWNLOAD FLYER FOR TEACHERS TRAINING <<

Visioncirc​les – Exploring the Developmen​tal Play Stages

Do you want to add movements in your Brain Gym tool box? Ever wonder why children need play? Ever wonder why play is so important in the developmental stages of a child? Come and find out more at the upcoming Visioncircles training which will provide the knowledge on the developmental stages through play in a child life and how it affects our living as adults when we missed out some of the stages in our younger age.

 

The Visioncircles provides a road map to the completion of developmental skills through movement, play and art.

It is an exploration of eight areas of perceptual intelligence. We experience each of these areas as a circle or “life space”, its specific boundaries imposed by the activities it involves. Although the eight Vision Circles develop simultaneously, each circle activates distinct brain circuitry and has a unique character and vocabulary by which it can be identified. Each session of the course may be reminiscent of our play and our exploration of the world as children, as each is naturally emphasized during a specific stage of our early growth and development.

About Glenys Leadbeater

imageOne of the founders of Edu-K in New Zealand, Glenys is on the NZ Edu-K Network Board, became Faculty in 1992 and was the Chairperson of the International Faculty for the Educational Kinesiology Foundation from 1999-2003. In 2001 she was recognized by Brain Gym International with the Outstanding Achievement Award for her contributions to the field of Educational Kinesiology. She also serves on the Educational Kinesiology Practitioners Accreditation Board in NZ. She has worked tirelessly in teaching and promoting Edu-K in all areas of life throughout New Zealand, Asia, Japan, USA and UK. She is currently mentor for Hong Kong /China, Singapore and Canada, and Asian Liaison Faculty.

Course Contents

Through Visioncircles, you will:

  • Explore the relationship between vision, brain integration and learning.
  • Experience the developmental aspects of each circle through hands-on activities.
  • Enhance sensory awareness.
  • Develop a greater ease in movement and improvement in fine motor skills with a better sense of space and direction.
  • Expand skills of self-expression and creativity.
  • Improve skills of active vision, visual focus and creative imagination.
  • Increase auditory skills to improve memory, listening and voice resonance.
  • Add 32 Vision Gym Activities to your Brain Gym toolkit.

Vision Circles is a trip you will wish you could take again and again. And guess what? You can! You will have the tools to revisit the places and share with others the delight in brighter awareness of all that is around you.

Who will benefit?

Parents, therapists, teachers and adults who have learning challenges who would like to have more understanding and experience what’s going on “inside” and how to “reorganize” the brain through Brain Gym® balance process.

Please note the training hours are as below:

This is a 3-day course:
Day 1 (6 June 2012) 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Day 2 (7 June 2012) 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Day 3 (8 June 2012) 10:00 am – 5:00pm

>> Vision Circles provides 24 hours of Elective requirements for Brain Gym licensure.

Private consultation session with Glenys is available on 5 June and 10 June 2012 @ RM300 per 1 hour session. Limited space only.

Please call +603-2858 7977 (Elaine) or +6012-3292681 (Phoebe) for further enquiries and registration, or
click here to register online: http://breakthru.com.my/best/registration/?ee=40

Modern Family Challenges – 如何建立温暖的家《武自珍-台湾东海大学副教授》

你听过一个新名词 “直升机父母”吗?这是什么意思?是称赞21世纪的父母效率高超吗?“直升机父母”是说,今天的父母时时刻刻在孩子的上空盘旋,一看到孩子碰到难题,还在设法找答案的时候,父母就“紧急降落”,出手把困难解决了。

 

“直升机型”父母,对孩子的成长,是正面帮助吗?

现代父母对下一代,深深焦虑,担心孩子“输”在起跑点,因此安排了各式各样的课程:陶土班、音乐课、大自然观察……。

作父母的忧心孩子 “学得不够”,但是研究发现:最大的危机是——知识不等于智慧。

Read more “Modern Family Challenges – 如何建立温暖的家《武自珍-台湾东海大学副教授》”

Edu-K In Depth – The Seven Dimensions of Learning & Intelligence

From the time of conception, a child’s nervous system goes through a series of specific stages of development. Personal, environmental, biochemical, structural, and/or academic stress can inhibit the effective completion of these key developmental processes. For adults, chronic stress or tension is one clue that developmental skills are incomplete. Edu-K balances create immediate and lasting changes by actually building neurological bridges and pathways within the brain and body that assist in the completion of developmental processes.

This 5-day training builds from Brain Gym® with a simple yet comprehensive approach to learning that respects the individual’s integrity while creating positive change from a causative level. In an experiential and personally transformative context, you will learn and practice theory and methods for one-on-one educational consulting. Useful innovative techniques, lucid enjoyable demonstrations, daily guided practice time and a relaxed atmosphere offer you a truly unique experience that applies directly to both your personal and professional life & development:

  • Explore and transform learning difficulties and hidden agendas for failure.
  • Learn acupressure, movement, vision training, and other balancing techniques.
  • Improve communication, coordination, and organization within the brain and body.
  • Create immediate and cumulative benefits
  • Draw out the excellence available to all of us.
  • Learn successful goal setting
  • Apply learning theory to get practical results
  • Experience a personal breakthrough in relationships and your personal success.
  • Relate observed body movements to life skills

Throughout the course you will be guided towards self directed learning through transformation of personal learning blocks into resources to rediscover joy, ease and wholeness of learning, increasing your understanding of:

Seven Dimensions of Intelligence

  1. Laterality (Communication)
  2. Centering (Organization)
  3. Focus (Comprehension) and add four new dimensions of brain/body integration:
  4. Motivation (Attitude) – the relationship of motivation and language acquisition. Hidden agendas for failure.
  5. Cranials (Rhythm) – the understanding of cranial movement and its relationship to learning and expression.
  6. Breathing (Inspiration) – change the breath-holding reflex to breathing that supports learning and growing.
  7. Body Regulators (Self Management) – create the appropriate brain chemistry to enhance learning in any situation.

Your Facilitator

Glenys

Glenys Leadbeater
A registered nurse, with Post graduate diploma, and mother, Glenys became interested in how important movement is to help people learn when one of her own children had difficulty learning in the traditional school system. In 1984 she was introduced to Edu-K. She has done extensive training with the founder of Educational Kinesiology, Dr Paul Dennison, over the last 25 years and now teaches Double Doodle Play, Brain Gym 101, Vision Circles, Optimal Brain Organization, Edu-K In Depth, Brain Gym Teachers Practicum, and the advanced classes Movement Re-Education and Total Core Repatterning, and Double Doodle Play Teacher Training.

One of the founders of Edu-K in New Zealand, she is on the NZ Edu-K Network Board, became Faculty in 1992 and was the Chairperson of the International Faculty for the Educational Kinesiology Foundation from 1999-2003. In 2001 she was recognized by Brain Gym International with the Outstanding Achievement Award for her contributions to the field of Educational Kinesiology. She also serves on the Educational Kinesiology Practitioners Accreditation Board in NZ. She has worked tirelessly in promoting Edu-K in all areas of life throughout New Zealand and the Asia, travelling extensively to Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Taiwan japan and Canada. She has taught worldwide, in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, USA and UK. She is currently mentor for Hong Kong /China, Singapore and Canada, and Asian Liaison Faculty.

Dates and Location

29 November 2011 – 3 December 2011 (5 days)
9:00am – 5.00pm

at Breakthru Enrichment Station (BEST Centre)
70-2, 2nd flr, Blk H, Platinum Walk,
Taman Danau Kota, Setapak
53300 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Fees

Fees: RM2,500
Early Bird: RM2,350 (full payment by 29 Sep 2011)
For group participant of 3 persons and above – enjoy 5% further discounts.
Review Fees: RM1,250
Please contact Ms Phoebe at (+6012-3292681) or Mr Yu Chiet (+6019-2288869) for registration forms or further enquiries, or
apply online:
registeronline

Prerequisites

  • BG101
  • Preferably with TFH 1 & 2

Brain Gym Day at BLC – A Public Awareness Talk

image

Brain Gym: Alternative Support in Enhancing Learning and Self Esteem

What is Brain Gym?
Government agencies are sending people to learn about it.
How can it help me in my studies and my work?
What can help my special need child?

If you wish to know more about it, don’t miss the opportunity to attend this awareness talk. Only one day at BLC on the 26th of June, 2011.

Who should attend: Open to public. Parents, teachers, professionals and those who work with children in NGOs. School going children are encouraged to come together with parents!

In this special 3 hour event, participants will learn and understand

  1. How the brain develops,
  2. Factors that cause brain under stress,
  3. How to apply Brain Gym® movements to enhance
    learning
    and self esteem of the children / students.

Participants shall experience a Brain Gym ® Balance called “5 Steps Learning Process” during the workshop.

Administrative Details

Speaker: Phoebe Long, Licensed Brain Gym® Instructor

Date : 26 June 2011 (Sunday)
Time : 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue : Bangsar Lutheran Church

Administrative fees :
RM40 per participant
RM70 per family
RM20 per NGO participant / Children ministries workers

Light refreshments will be served. Net fees collected will be contributed to BLC (Bangsar Lutheran Church)’s building fund.

Please register online ASAP to facilitate administration and amount of refreshments:

registeronline

 

Map to BLC (a white bungalow):
blcmap

Message from Pn Ngiam to all schools and government education institutions

After retiring from my teaching career for 34 years and as a Penolong Kanan Pendidikan Khas at Government schools, I have discovered more and more ways to help our students.

I hope that you will take the opportunity to attend some of the movement based learning programs to understand better why so many of our students behave differently than what we desire.

Understanding how our brain works help us to better understand our students too and provide the best support they need to be their best they can be. I would like to recommend the Brain Gym courses, BAVX and Rhythmic Movement Training programmes for all our teachers and students.

We would also be delighted to visit your school and present a 1.5 hours introductory workshop to your teachers. Some of the schools that we have visited including:

  • SJK Confucious KL
  • SK Bandar Sri Damansara 3
  • SMK Section 5
  • College Taj Ipoh
  • SK Taman Midah
  • SK Taman Maluri

sk-tmn-midah-talk

 

Let’s learn with moving to achieve a better future for our students. Please email us at bestcentre@breakthru.com.my

– Pn. Ngiam Lian Ai

[Testimony] Our relatives noticed a lot of changes in her

Cassandra

My husband and I learned that our daughter has mild autism when she was 3 years old. Now she is 10 years old. When she was seven years old, we noticed that she was deteriorating in her lessons and had developed behavioural problems.

We sought help from Phoebe of Breakthru Kids.  In three months, my daughter showed improvement. When Phoebe started BEST Centre last year, our daughter continued with her Breakthru learning and home school guidance.

I also attended the Brain Gym (R) 101 International Certificate Course.  I’m calmer and more positive in my outlook now. Brain Gym is a useful course for me and others, too.

During the Chinese New Year last year, our relatives were impressed by my daughter’s ability to read and spell difficult words. They noticed a lot of changes in her.  This Chinese New Year, my daughter again impressed our relatives. She helped with our Penang reunion dinner preparations by cutting the vegetables.  Even when everyone had finished and it was late into the night, she was still eager to do more. She also wrote down a list of things that she would like to do. My mother-in-law was so touched that she saved the list. I see light in my daughter’s future better now.

– Joanne

April 2011 Brain Gym Course Available

Since the 1980s, the field of Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K)- the study of movement and its relationship to learning – has touched people of all ages and cultures. It demonstrates that, when the neuropathways for movement are fired, they activate and connect the whole brain in the synergistic way necessary for growth and change.

In the spirit of true education, we in Edu-K do our best to accept ourselves as individuals with unique challenges and great potential. We seek to meet ourselves where we are, honour that place, and stay open to learning at our own pace, for our own intrinsic worth. As a participant / student of Brain Gym (R) courses, you will now have a perpetual opportunity to move through the rich landscape of your own sensory integration. As you rediscover the physical skills involved in your personal/child/students’ learning process, you’ll realise how each one of us is engaged in lifelong odyssey of growth.

Brain Gym Lazy 8

We are pleased to inform you that our next Brain Gym courses have been scheduled commencing 2 April 2011. Summary of the training are as follows:

2, 3, 9 & 10 April 2011  – Brain Gym Workshop (English)

from 9am-6.30pm on 2nd and 9th April (Saturdays) and
from 2pm-7pm on 3rd and 11th April (Sundays)

Each class is limited to 12 participants only. The next BG101 course will have to wait until June 2011. We look forward to your participation.

Please email all completed registration forms to bestcentre@breakthru.com.my or call 012-3292681 for further enquires.

US students stressed out: study

First-year students on US campuses are experiencing record levels of stress, according to a study showing increasing financial and academic pressures on young people entering university.

By Agence France-Presse, 27 Jan 2011.

The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) study, which surveyed 200,000 students entering their freshman year on American campuses last year, was released Thursday and found that just under 52 percent reported their emotional health was very good or “above average.”

That figure represents a major decline from 1985, the first year of the self-ratings survey, when nearly two-thirds of incoming freshmen placed themselves in those categories. It’s also a decline of 3.4 percentage points from 2009.

Female freshmen were more likely than their male peers to report feeling stressed. The UCLA researchers said just under 46 percent of females ranked their emotional health as very good, compared to 59 percent of males.

Women were more than twice as likely to frequently feel “overwhelmed by all I had to do” as high school seniors preparing for their first year of university.

“Stress is a major concern when dealing with college students,” said John Pryor, lead author of the report.

“If students are arriving in college already overwhelmed and with lower reserves of emotional health, faculty, deans and administrators should expect to see more consequences of stress, such as higher levels of poor judgment around time management, alcohol consumption and academic motivation.”

America’s economic crisis adds to the stress, according to the study, which said 53 percent of students rely on loans to help pay for college. In addition, nearly three-quarters of students reported receiving grants and scholarships, representing a nine-year high.

“The increasing cost of higher education poses a significant barrier to college access for today’s students,” said Sylvia Hurtado, co-author of the report.

“Students and families are now charged with the task of becoming more resourceful and strategic in finding new and creative ways to pay for college,” she added.

Parents of students are also more likely to be unemployed: nearly five percent said their father was out out of work — a record high; and the rate of unemployed mothers, nearing nine percent, continued to increase.

Economic concerns seem to have influenced students’ political views. Nearly two-thirds of students said wealthy people should pay more taxes, compared to just half of the students surveyed in 2002.

via msn

What Participant Says about Brain Gym 101 Course

Year 2011 Classes

I especially liked applying the skills learned straightaway by working with partners to create balancing movements.  The instructor adopts a personal approach and is very knowledgeable.  I loved the snacks, too!

Through self-reflection, I learned that I have more confidence now.  I am better able to change the way I think, feel and act. Brain Gym is more than just music and movements. It involves scientific evidence that proves we can learn (grow and change) through a series of coordinated movements.

– Jeni Nelson
Kindergarten teacher

 

I learned that I  am able to achieve my goals easily. The movements help me to improve myself.

I am also able to understand brain functions better. Brain Gym has helped me to identify the aspects of life that I can change.

This course is not only about doing exercises for the brain. Most importantly, it helps one to achieve his or her goals in a simple way yet successful way.

Melodie Lim
Secondary school student

 

I’m calmer and more positive in my outlook now. Brain Gym is a useful course for me as well as others.

Ho Yee Noi
Retired teacher

 

I noticed much improvement after going through the Brain Gym movements.  I feel I know myself better now. It is an amazing course.

Lo Siew Yung
Senior executive

 

I learned how to set positive goals and to use Brain Gym in my everyday life. My reading has improved a lot and I am more focused now. This is a good course that can help in many aspects of life.

Joy
Secondary school student

 

We attended the Brain Gym 101 course recently. We practised the Brain Gym movements with our sons three times a day. Within a week, I noticed that my 7-year-old son, who has learning and behavioural challenges, was able to spell all the words correctly in his spelling test at school. He is able to remember his lessons easily, too. He also performs the Brain Gym movements on his own in school whenever he feels down.  He says that he feels better after doing the movements.

Mr and Mrs Thein

 

Learning how the brain functions is the best part of the Brain Gym course. It is a very good and helpful course.

MLEH
College student

 

I enjoy doing the Brain Gym activities. I notice positive changes in me because I feel more relaxed and comfortable after attending the Brain Gym course. This course can really help people.

Teoh

 

I gained the knowledge of performing the Brain Gym movements and how to become a better person. I am more comfortable in setting my goals and able to do the activities easily.

Claire
Homemaker