BRAIN BODY in SYNCH.
Janet de Witt,
(BTchL. P. Grad. Dip. Ed., Dip. T.E.S.S.O.L, Dip., E.H.C, Reg. Primary Teacher, RTLB, Tutor, Registered Educational Kinesiologist/ Brain Gym® Instructor
Janet has specialized in her consultancy BRAIN BODY IN SYNCH, researching and working with the link between retained primitive reflexes and learning and behaviourial challenges. Using the concept of “we learn to move and move to learn” espoused by Dr Paul Dennison the creator of Brain Gym , Janet uses a combination of Brain Gym® movements, Educational and Developmental kinesiology techniques, Rhythmic Movement Training, Touch for Health, stress release and emotional diffusion. Using individualized goal setting, she works with clients (often children) and their parents to plan specialized home based movement programmes, so that learning and moving becomes easier. She works with all ages.
Janet has worked in both primary and secondary education over 30 years. In the last 12 years she has worked as an RTLB ( Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour) and has been able to weave her knowledge of learning difficulties, developmental delays, learning and behaviour problems ( ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum Disorder) into her kinesiology work with children and their parents.
Janet has been teaching Brain Gym® movements to educators for over 17 years.
What are some potential benefits of Brain Gym and Educational Kinesiology?
- Learning can become easier and faster
- Learning challenges and developmental delays can be overcome
- Integration of retained primitive reflexive movements that interfere with learning and moving.
- Improvement in balance
- Positive changes to fine motor and handwriting skills
- Increased ability to focus and attend and complete tasks
- Improved performance in sports/whole body movement e.g. soccer, swimming, dancing, martial arts, the arts and drama.
- Overall increase confidence and calmness by reducing emotional and attitudinal blocks to learning.
What do clients say?
“Thanks for helping me with my writing”. Ben aged 6 years
“Following working with Janet, my daughter has become less volatile and has transitioned to her new school more smoothly than expected”.
Marie mother of 13 year old .
“Now I can sit still in class’’.
Sarah 9 years old
“ If my friend asks” What are you doing?” - I tell her that I’m doing my Brain Buttons to help me listen”.
Amelia , 11 years.
“Brain Gym movements help me coordinate my movements and improve my balance with regular use’’ .
John aged 60 years
( following a previous stroke)
“We are very pleased with Shane’s development into adulthood since he has been seeing you. He seems much more comfortable in his own skin”.
Parents of 17 year old dyspraxic student.
Available for private consultations for
- Individual sessions for children and adults
- Educational Assessments (parent/teacher friendly assessment to give you directions for “where to next?”
- Parent consultations - to support you navigate the educational, medical/complementary health systems for directions and resources.
Janet is available for courses/workshops/presentation on:
- Brain Gym Movements for all ages - Pre school toSeniors
- Movement based learning in Early Childhood using Brain Gym
- Educational Kinesiology. See below for course outlines
Brain Gym® Movements workshop
These can be 3 – 4 hours long and tailored for a specific group e.g. early childhood teachers, parents, primary teachers ( at all levels ) , parents, teacher aides, health professionals ( e.g. O T s, counselors, Care givers ) etc.
Introduction to Brain Gym (6 + hours)
This one day course covers the Brain GYM 26. The twenty six core movements were designed by Dr Paul Dennison to integrate body and mind to optimise how we learn and perform in all areas of our lives…school, athletics, and the arts, social and work skills.
Learn PACE, the BG five minute “readiness for anything” process. Learn how stress of any kind reduces your ability to function at your best and discover two simple activities that you can do anywhere that empower you to defuse stressed responses to your world. Your participation in a playful group setting will increase your awareness of your own learning strengths and challenges. All ages.
First step in training in Brain Gym and Educational Kinesiology in NZ
Brain Gym 101 (24 hours)
This course over 3 days covers the application of Brain Gym into goal based formats. Experience whole brain integration through whole body movement. Learn to use the twenty-six Brain Gym exercises, the Edu-K Balance process, and Dennison Laterality Repatterning. Discover a permanent tool for reaching personal goals. Applications for students, teachers, parents, artists, athletes, health care practitioners, and business professionals.
Second step in training in Brain Gym and Educational Kinesiology in NZ
Janet is available to travel
Janet is currently Coordinator of Brain Gym NZ Inc.
website; www.braingym.org.nz or International website: www.braingym.org
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