It’s smoky here in Northern California. Fires are raging and when I go outside, my head turns to mush…along with getting a runny noise and coughing. The joys of living in a wildfire district! But as I try to stay inside, I’m reminded of how this “foggy head” is how kids with learning issues feel all the time!
It’s like they have to wade through deep smoke…or mud…or pasta…or whatever…to grasp certain concepts, ideas, or facts necessary to pass tests, read assignments, or otherwise try to survive in a modern classroom. Even though these kids are bright, it takes them longer to slog through the “mush” and get to the important information. This slower processing speed leaves them significantly behind their peers.
Did you know that researchers have found that if you look in certain directions that you can access parts of your brain for learning? For instance, if you look up and to the left, you will access the visual memory portion of your brain. And if you can perform certain cross-lateral movements while looking in those certain directions, that you can build new neural pathways in the brain.
Of course, a full brain integration session would involve a more complete and specific union, but you can have your child do a basic cross crawl while looking in certain directions. This exercise will help your child process information in a cleaner, faster way, which is what we want!
If you add an exercise like a basic cross-crawl to these “points” of vision, then you can help build new neural pathways in the brain. This research has been around for a long time, yet few people use it to help learning difficulties!
The cross-crawl is easy to do. Just have your child march in place except have him hit his knee from the other direction while doing the march. For instance, if your child’s left knee is coming up during the march, you’ll have him hit it with his right hand, and so on.
Just remember to NOT let your child count while doing this exercise! I usually talk to students or sing songs with them while doing this, just to be sure.
So, why don’t you give it a try and see if your students or children can get those bodies moving and help clear the “smoke” out of their brains!