My son did brain gym regularly in his kindergarten class and I really wanted to start my daughter on it. She was a premie, has epilepsy, is developmentally delayed, and was having a very rough school year. I debated whether or not I should buy a Brain Gym book, take a Brain Gym course, or find a teacher to do a private lesson. We found Katy and couldn’t have been happier. She is knowledgeable, dedicated, and generous with her experiences.
Brain Gym and Bal-A-Vis-X have become a regular part of our lives. If we are running late in the morning we’d sooner skip teeth brushing than PACE. And I’m sure that had I just bought a Brain Gym book, we would not still be doing PACE today.”
I went to see Katy and learned different ways that I could control my emotions. Both while I was studying for the test, but mainly how to control my stress while actually taking the test. I had the knowledge base and I had the ability I just needed to be able to control my emotions while in the testing site. So to the best of my ability with the help from breathing to 4, the cross crawl and from relaxing my temple. I could not have passed this test with out the help from these different stress-relieving drills. I still had stress but I was so much more in control and I think with being in control I had the ability to access more knowledge during the test.”
“Katy has a very positive and friendly attitude. She asked us what we wanted to learn and focused the sessions on that. She is a great teacher – she has great skills and knowledge that she is happy to share.”
Occupational Therapist, Owner
Family Tree Therapies
Grand Rapids, MI
I wanted to update you on what our center has been doing since Mel and I attended your brain gym seminar. We have been teaching a monthly brain gym movement and making sure to connect with each classroom to help them continue to use brain gym with the children – we want to make it a routine in the classrooms, it is so easy to forget!
Thank you so much for continuing to teach these important classes.”
U of M Towsley Children’s House
I’ve been using Brain Gym every hour every day for years. My 6th graders use this as the starting point for reading, writing and speaking presentations. They have just recently completed a writing exercise regarding the ability to write clear and concise directions for one of the brain gym activities. It has been fun and very useful. I find that, if I give up 2 to 5 minutes every hour for Brain Gym, I get 50 minutes of work from students. When we skip Brain Gym, time on task noticeably disintegrates.
Some years ago, when I began using Brain Gym in the classroom, I had quantitative data to prove its effectiveness. I give credit for on-task behaviors because, to become a better reader / writer / speaker, one must be reading and writing and speaking in a focused way. I put a slash mark on my seating chart over the name of students who were off task. I chronically had 10 to 20 marks per class each day. I introduced Brain Gym and found that number reduced immediately to 0 to 3! I dropped Brain Gym because of perceived lack of time, and the number jumped right back up. I returned to daily Brain Gym activities, and the number immediately dropped. Since that time, Brain Gym is such an expectation in this classroom that students remind me when I slip past it! I often see a student sitting back and repeating a Brain Gym activity in order to focus or think more clearly. I hear of students doing this in other classrooms even though the teachers there don’t teach the techniques.
Thanks for all you do!”
Slauson Middle School, Ann Arbor
Founder of Bal-A-VIs-X
Grand Rapids, MI
Special Education Director