Monday, April 16, 2012

Brains love to learn, any child, any adult: Monday's "Special Needs Children" posting

When we are born, our brain is one fifth its final size.

Squeezing out is at the maximum for what a mother can hold,
but life and evolution have a lot more in store for all children.

As the brain develops, the first and primary way of learning is

Movement that feels like this, and the brain notices.
Movement that gets that result, and the brain notices.
Movement that connects this to that and the brain notices.

If you wan to have so fun, lie down on the floor or grass or a bed and see how slowly
you can roll from your back to your belly.

And then see how many different ways you can do this.

This will surely bring more relaxation than almost anything you have done

And you will have a better wired brain, as you pay close and pleasurable
attention to the difference in starting with a leg, or the hips, or the ribs or the head.

What is the difference between arms at your sides and arms overhead on the floor?

How about different shapes of the legs as you roll?

The brain loves to learn.
Movement is the original food of the brain.

We have no crawling program in the brain, no rolling over program.

Wait: a new born doesn't. We have the program we developed, by learning,
by experience, by so-called "mistakes."

Learning is the discovery of and perception of differences that make a difference.

dddddd  bbbbbb

that was a difference that drove a lot of children crazy.

Then they "got" it, and baba  and dada could be read as separate words.

Think of this: in reading, we are interpreting the shapes left over when the black is taken away from the white.

The black ink does not send light to us. The white between the letters does.
We put those shapes into letters.

How did we learn to do that?

See Anat's book for a lesson on a straight line and a squiggle and a curve.

The brain is amazing.

Think of any "problem" you have in your life.
Consider that finding more "differentiation," more differences that make a difference,
is the main thing that is keeping you stuck.

Play around with variations, just for the play of it.
See what you discover.

And your children?
And our wonderful "special needs children?"

Their brains are as eager and happy and delighted to learn as everyone's brain is.

This is good news.

Please buy and read and reread Anat's book.

Consider bringing an Anat Baniel Method practitioner into your child's life
on a regular,
at least monthly,

Bring your happiness and your learning to the child's life
of a regular,
at least daily,

Little doses at a time. One or two minutes.
Sharpen mindfulness in yourself and your child.
This is the most powerful tool in the universe.

It will be so much fun for both of you.

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