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25 March 2006

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Alan Balter

Dear sir,

You'll no doubt be interested in learning that a Brain Gym practitioner in Colorado has claimed that blind children see, crippled children walk, and autistic children speak as a result of Brain Gym exercises. Unfortunately, however, she has not yet provided me with any research documentation for these claims.

Tony Hatfield

Alan,
Now why does that not surprise me?
t

lili

Hi,
You chucking the baby out with the bathwater then? You saying that it's all a load of hippy psycho-babble rubbish?
I'll have you know mate that it's been known for donkey's years that yoga is beneficial and this is much the same e.g the breathing, the exercises, which are held for a specific time. It's just a new way of presenting it . And you... you .. would have all those kids left slouching over their desks, bored brainless,airless,with nothing to stimulate their junk fed little bodies.
I'll have you know that recent medical research using fMRI scanning is helping to show that different areas of the brain are stimulated by various mental and physical activities. .. New Scientist Mag.( some time in the recent past)
So, mate, don't you think it's better for our children to be doing SOMETHING physical for a few minutes rather than nothing????
Lili

Tony Hatfield

Lili,
"So, mate, don't you think it's better for our children to be doing SOMETHING physical for a few minutes rather than nothing????"

Err well of course. But these quacks are not selling exercise for kids.
What's wrong with the kind of exercise I used to do? I'm sure my teachers didn't pay the fees those schools, using this nonsense, have done
My objection to Brain Gym is the quasi scientific gobbledegook with which it's sold.
Take Brain Buttons-explain to me how this exercise can possibly increase the "flow of oxygen carrying blood through the carotid arteries to the brain. After all those arteries are deep inside your ribcage
And while you still have your scientific hat on explain how the "Cross Crawl"
can possibly help "co-ordinate right and left areas of the brain".

ahmad

Hello
In these days all things can effect effectively.I think Brain gym can stimulate the brain but how and how much, it is our question.I am a speech therapist and in our field we belive that our exercises create new connections.I think brain gym can create new connections in terms of site of activity in brain.I have heard that recently using core muscles stimulation can stimulate the brain.
ahmad

michael jones

This site is really great and i like your post very much! I agree with everything you said and i just want to say that the best simple exercises for me are the water exercises!

Maree Collins

I am interested in Brain Gym specifically for younger kids ie 5year olds. We have known our son has something not quite right since he was 3 (he can talk, make eye contact, count, knows his alphabet)- but have only just realised that he has real trouble understanding concepts ie unable to copy the other side of a drawing (ie a hat, bay and frog). he just cannot draw the other side. When using a weighing scale when told to move things from one side to the other to make it lighter he doesn't understand. I have had all sorts of help - all agree there is something but cannot quite define it. So, I am interested in midline exercises to possibly stimulate his brain - any other ideas?

Linda Herbert

I have used Brain Gym with great success in a school for children with autism (Vera School in Cape Town, South Africa) and for the past 13 years in my private practise ASAP(Autism Srectrum Adaptive Programme).

alan Balter

Following is a comment appearing on the Brain Gym message board that exemplifies the kind of pseudoscientific gobbledegook their advocates spout:

"When we hold the Earth Buttons, above the pubic bone and below the lower lip, we are experiencing the front of the sagital (where the left and right sides meet) midline. This helps to relax the body as we move our eyes up and down and enhance midline participation for up and down eye movement. For Space Buttons we are experiencing the back of the sagital midline as we move our focus from near to far and back. This helps relax the body and enhance midline (especially the full depth of that midline, back to front) participation for near to far and far to near focus change."

I'm only sorry I didn't know the above earlier as I'm certain it would have changed my life.

alan Balter

Following is a comment appearing on the Brain Gym message board that exemplifies the kind of pseudoscientific gobbledegook their advocates spout:

"When we hold the Earth Buttons, above the pubic bone and below the lower lip, we are experiencing the front of the sagital (where the left and right sides meet) midline. This helps to relax the body as we move our eyes up and down and enhance midline participation for up and down eye movement. For Space Buttons we are experiencing the back of the sagital midline as we move our focus from near to far and back. This helps relax the body and enhance midline (especially the full depth of that midline, back to front) participation for near to far and far to near focus change."

I'm only sorry I didn't know the above earlier as I'm certain it would have changed my life.

Emma

I am very interested in all areas of brain gym, criticisms you may have too. am researching it for my degree. any advice/information anyone may have, please keep me in mind?? many thanks

Emma Paterson

emipaterson@yahoo.co.uk

Adam

Wow. Have you ever met a special needs child? Have you ever tried any of these activities? The only good argument you make is that ignorance may not be bliss. Do a little research and post a very educated response please.

Tony

Adam,
the difficulty with your assertions is that there is absolutely no evidence that this nonsense works. those who support its effectiveness must produce some evidence.
don't waste your time looking for research- there is none
t

Jennifer Cummins

Scientific theories only attempt to prove something does NOT exist. Therefore, any anecdotal beneficial evidence that remains is thus discarded and it is left to special needs parents who need it to attempt to educate so-called professionals of the value of brain-based sensory integration education. I have been a proponent of this for years. Crossing midline grows and strengthens the billions of connections in the corpus callosum, the part of the brain that connects the left and right hemispheres and is responsible for communication and comprehension.

How do I know? I am raising a child without one. He can walk, talk, eat, communicate, and do all other things requiring a corpus callosum. How so? Using sensory integration practices, of which "smart Moves" and "Brain Gym" are all a part of. See my website at www.omnibuswriting.com. I am writing my own eBook; it has just taken this long (10 years) as I am raising my son to the best of my ability, given naysayers in the school system.

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