Fortunately, training the brain is possible, thanks to what is known as brain gymnastics or educational kinesiology, which is based on the idea that since the body and the brain are interconnected, when the body is exercised the hemispheres are also trained cerebral.
Therefore, brain gymnastics consists of stimulating some points of the body, in order to enhance learning, memory, attention, creativity and motor skills of children. It is worth clarifying that since the American psychologist Paul Dennison created this type of therapy, it has been used not only to stimulate the cognitive development of children but also to treat different common disorders in childhood, such as dyslexia , reading problems, hyperactivity and lack of concentration.
To perform the stimulation and brain connection exercises, no special conditions or equipment are required, it is only necessary for the child to maintain normal and deep breathing, which allows him to oxygenate the whole body. However, it should be clarified that for the exercises to be effective it is important to do them every day, about 10 times.
This exercise is very useful to stimulate verbal expression and communication, while helping to improve vision, oxygenate the brain and relax the tension that is concentrated in the facial area. To do this, you just have to put your fingertips on the child’s cheeks and ask him to pretend to yawn, while pressing with your fingers.
It is an exercise to improve coordination, binocular vision, hearing and activate the brain to cross the midline of the body. Furthermore, it can also make the child more receptive to learning. It is only about moving an arm simultaneously with the leg but on the opposite side of the body. For example, you can ask him to raise one knee and bring it to the front so that he touches it with the opposite arm, or to perform the same movement but backwards.
This exercise is very fun and consists of putting both hands on the ears and playing to unroll them or to remove the wrinkles from the ear canal outwards. In this way, listening skills are stimulated and verbal fluency, attention and balance are improved.
It is an ideal exercise to release tension from the shoulders and neck. It is a simple training in which the child must reach a hand towards the opposite shoulder and press firmly while turning the head towards that shoulder. You should take a deep breath and as you release the air, turn your head to the opposite side.
Many children love to look for figures or words in books, if this is the case with your child, this exercise will suit him perfectly. It involves choosing a word at random that has at least 3 syllables and asking you to look through the pages of a book or journal to find where it appears. To make the exercise more effective you can set the clock to go off at 5 minutes, so you will have to speed up the search. The goal is to train the mind to process verbal information more accurately and quickly.
If you want to stimulate reading and fine motor skills, ask the child to draw with both hands at the same time outward, inward, downward, and upward, as if scribbling. In addition, this exercise also exercises the thick muscles of the arms and shoulders.