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Brain gym activities recall the movements naturally done during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body. The twenty-six activities, along with a program for “learning through movement” were developed by educator and reading specialist Paul E. Dennison, who grew up having to go through school with severe learning challenges himself,  and his wife and colleague, Gail E. Dennison. Interdependence of movement, cognition, and applied learning is the basis of their work. The Brain Gym exercises have helped thousands of people with learning challenges improve their academic performance, through increased concentration, awareness, self-expression and confidence. The activities help students calm down and “switch on” their brains.

Clients, teachers, and students have been reporting for over 20 years on the effectiveness of these simple activities.

Brain Gym activities often bring  improvements in the following areas:

  • Concentration and Focus

  • Memory

  • Academics: reading, writing, math, test taking

  • Physical coordination

  • Relationships

  • Self-responsibility

  • Organization skills

  • Attitude


The Brain Gym principle is that moving with intention leads to optimal learning.

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