What is


Movement Based Learning, Inc. is a corporation based in the USA that offers workshops as well as teaches others how to teach their own workshops. These workshops address the foundational pieces of learning so that children of all abilities, as well as their elders, therapists and caregivers, can learn how to learn.

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Dear MBL Family,

Thinking of You
My heart goes out to all of you as you grieve the loss of Cece. I hope you were able to attend one or both of our online celebrations. If not, we have recordings available and are happy to send them to anyone who requests them.

My Connection with Cece
Please know that I am grieving with you. My first Brain Gym® course was BG170 in 2000 (then called BG101 for Special Needs) — she quickly became my mentor and friend. We spent 5 years working and playing together during her time in Ventura, California, and I often traveled with her throughout the US. After she moved away, our connection remained strong and we regularly checked in with each other. I was in close contact with her throughout her cancer diagnosis and abrupt transition — I miss her deeply.

MBL and Breakthroughs International (BTi)
A few years ago, Cece approached me at our annual conference about leaving her “baby”, MBL, to Breakthroughs International (BTi). The idea was proposed to and approved by our Board of Directors. Since then, she and I have spent many hours in numerous meetings discussing her wishes and the future of Movement Based Learning. We also met with Carlota Lopez-Peredo Martinez, who is now our MBL Director.

Looking Forward
We will be clarifying the organizational structure internationally, addressing the MBL training process, developing necessary policies / procedures, and working on assessment protocols.

Thank You
Your patience is greatly appreciated as we move forward carefully and methodically—just as Cece would want. Our goal is to continue helping children and adults of all abilities to thrive around the world. In the meantime, you can send inquiries to Carlota Lopez-Peredo Martinez who is serving as our MBL Director, 
mbl@breakthroughsinternational.org.

I look forward to working with you and fulfilling the legacy of Cecilia Koester Osborne.

Kind Wishes,
Kari Coady
Executive Director
Breakthroughs International


Developed and Founded by Cecilia Koester

Founder – Cecilia Koester writes, teaches and consults in a functional, practical way so that any information learned is directly applicable and useable. The level of functioning of each person is improved. The techniques that are taught and learned have been shown to directly affect the ease of learning for each student. What is Movement Based Learning?

Author – As a result of many years of applied research, Cecilia’s books and manuals, including Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers and Movement Based Learning for Children of All Abilities, have been translated into Spanish, French, Malay, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Italian, Croatian, Slovenian and German. They are presently being translated into Italian. Visit the bookstore.

Teacher – A teacher since 1979, Cecilia’s career has unfolded to offer specific tools featured in Movement Based Learning to assist people of all abilities to reach their full potential in learning and in life. Become a Teacher.

Mentor – Cecilia is an inspirational teacher who presents herself and her material with integrity and clarity, which she gracefully shares with others. Who is Cecilia?





Testimonials

“This course is so practical. I am now more open to ideas to help students. I feel re-energized. The practical experience in the course goes along with the book and made my learning easy and fun. I like that there is no other equipment costs involved. I can take the information and directly and immediately apply it.”

Lynne, High School SPED Teacher

Movement Based Learning
2018-01-26T21:48:13+00:00

Lynne, High School SPED Teacher

“This course is so practical. I am now more open to ideas to help students. I feel re-energized. The practical experience in the course goes along with the book and made my learning easy and fun. I like that there is no other equipment costs involved. I can take the information and directly and immediately apply it.”
“My enthusiasm for my work in the special education classroom has been renewed. I now have an awareness of noticing that will get stronger over time. I have some foundational pieces that Cece calls Building Blocks that will get me to the heart of a child’s problem much more quickly.”

Madeline, ParaProfessional with SPED

Movement Based Learning
2018-01-26T21:49:44+00:00

Madeline, ParaProfessional with SPED

“My enthusiasm for my work in the special education classroom has been renewed. I now have an awareness of noticing that will get stronger over time. I have some foundational pieces that Cece calls Building Blocks that will get me to the heart of a child’s problem much more quickly.”
“Cece goes first to the child’s heart where all learning begins.”

Bill Hubert, Originator or Bal-A-Vis-X

Movement Based Learning
2017-01-20T14:54:17+00:00

Bill Hubert, Originator or Bal-A-Vis-X

“Cece goes first to the child’s heart where all learning begins.”
“This course is priceless. It’s useful for everyone! I am recharged and excited about taking my new tools back to the classroom. I have been feeling overwhelmed and tired to this point! Now, I feel I have some tools! I loved the observation of Cece working with a challenged child; it was priceless.”

Carla, Classroom Teacher

Movement Based Learning
2018-01-26T21:55:53+00:00

Carla, Classroom Teacher

“This course is priceless. It’s useful for everyone! I am recharged and excited about taking my new tools back to the classroom. I have been feeling overwhelmed and tired to this point! Now, I feel I have some tools! I loved the observation of Cece working with a challenged child; it was priceless.”
“This Brain Gym® for Special Needs course gave me unique tools to use with the kids when the traditional P.T. stuff doesn’t do the job or help me help the kids reach their goals. Cece, you are the best instructor I’ve ever had for any type of class. Thank you."

Cindy. Physical Therapist

Movement Based Learning
2018-01-25T15:11:15+00:00

Cindy. Physical Therapist

“This Brain Gym® for Special Needs course gave me unique tools to use with the kids when the traditional P.T. stuff doesn’t do the job or help me help the kids reach their goals. Cece, you are the best instructor I’ve ever had for any type of class. Thank you."
“Cece models very well how to teach from the heart and how to notice others. You have got to take her course. It will change the way you think, teach and approach learning.”

LW, Title I Reading Teacher

Movement Based Learning
2018-01-26T21:59:05+00:00

LW, Title I Reading Teacher

“Cece models very well how to teach from the heart and how to notice others. You have got to take her course. It will change the way you think, teach and approach learning.”
“This course is very helpful in giving hands-on exercises to activate the learning process. Teachers are given tools to help optimal learning occur. I’ve learned to be more aware of my own body. I have come to realize the amazing connection between my body and my mind. This course provided a structure for me to achieve greater clarity and experience many insights––things came together. The attention to detail that makes movement-based learning so much more comprehendible will greatly improve the effectiveness of the work I am doing.”

Pamela, Psychologist

Movement Based Learning
2018-01-25T15:12:56+00:00

Pamela, Psychologist

“This course is very helpful in giving hands-on exercises to activate the learning process. Teachers are given tools to help optimal learning occur. I’ve learned to be more aware of my own body. I have come to realize the amazing connection between my body and my mind. This course provided a structure for me to achieve greater clarity and experience many insights––things came together. The attention to detail that makes movement-based learning so much more comprehendible will greatly improve the effectiveness of the work I am doing.”
“Cece’s ability to share the way she notices the child’s behavior, demeanor, ability to pay attention to the game being played or the task being done, is magical. She is able to express what she sees so that you can then replicate the assessment in your own sessions with a child. It’s magical.”

C. H. Occupational Therapist

Movement Based Learning
2018-01-26T21:59:41+00:00

C. H. Occupational Therapist

“Cece’s ability to share the way she notices the child’s behavior, demeanor, ability to pay attention to the game being played or the task being done, is magical. She is able to express what she sees so that you can then replicate the assessment in your own sessions with a child. It’s magical.”
“This course is a learning by doing experience. The atmosphere was open and safe––conducive to learning. Movement-based learning uses movement of the body to effect changes in the brain. It is a tool that once learned, is easy to integrate into your work as a Physical Therapist (PT) as well as your home life. It is a great adjunct to all other tools that we use as a PT.”

Kristen, Physical Therapist

Movement Based Learning
2018-01-25T15:15:19+00:00

Kristen, Physical Therapist

“This course is a learning by doing experience. The atmosphere was open and safe––conducive to learning. Movement-based learning uses movement of the body to effect changes in the brain. It is a tool that once learned, is easy to integrate into your work as a Physical Therapist (PT) as well as your home life. It is a great adjunct to all other tools that we use as a PT.”
“Behind a giving hand is a warm and gracious heart. You are one of the most amazing women that I have ever met. You bring so much into many, many lives. You have a remarkable gift! Not only are you helping my son see his true potential but you have helped me as a parent in so many ways. Thanks you for sharing with us. We are blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

MP, Parent

Movement Based Learning
2018-01-26T22:00:24+00:00

MP, Parent

“Behind a giving hand is a warm and gracious heart. You are one of the most amazing women that I have ever met. You bring so much into many, many lives. You have a remarkable gift! Not only are you helping my son see his true potential but you have helped me as a parent in so many ways. Thanks you for sharing with us. We are blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
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Our Teachings

Building Block Activities

A one-day workshop that offers an in-depth look at some basic patterns of neurological and motor development and is a good basis for further training in reflex integration such as Brain Gym® or rhythmic movement training with RMTi. The movements and activities that are taught are called “Building Block Activities.” It is open to all parents, caregivers, teachers and therapists. (No pre-requisites.)
 

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Brain Gym® For Special Needs Providers

A four-day workshop that teaches safe, simple and effective movement activities that invite people of ALL abilities to meet their greatest potential. It can be part of the licensing process for those who are studying for their license to become a Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant, or it can be taken as a stand-alone course and used in a private therapeutic setting or classroom. (No pre-requisites.)

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Teacher Training

Content for teaching the workshops is provided by taking the Brain Gym® 170 and/or the Movement Based Learning’s Building Block Activities workshops. Once you are established, your only limitations are: your ability to market the program and meet the conditions to maintain your license. Cecilia offers support on a 1-1 consulting basis and will guide you in ways that you can deepen what you do.
 

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