Founder – Cecilia Koester wrote, taught and consulted in a functional, practical way. These techniques led her to create the Movement Based Learning program, in which her legacy of centering the child is still active today.
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.
Teacher – A teacher since 1979, Cecilia’s career 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.
Mentor – Cecilia was able to share her passion and materials with integrity and clarity. Many of her mentees are now in turn sharing the Movement Based Learning program with others.
About Cecilia Koester, M.Ed.
Over her illustrious career years, Cecilia Koester developed a movement-based learning curriculum that addresses children and adults who are differently abled. Starting in 1998, Koester began teaching workshops throughout the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Slovenia, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Russia, Spain, France, Italy and Scotland. The curriculum she developed specifically teaches adults how to work with any child or adult – resistant, unable to walk or talk, a typically functioning child who is having difficulty focusing or reading or any adult who is challenged with daily life activities.
In January 2006, Cecilia Koester published her second book, Movement Based Learning for Children of All Abilities. The book was reprinted in 2012. This practical book offers the developmental building blocks that Koester has gathered over the years to enhance the skills involved in the areas of comprehension, organization, communicate, physical mobility, and the ability to focus. Bill Hubert, the originator of Bal-A-Vis-X said, “Somehow, by an exquisite synthesis of What Was and What Is and What Might Be, Cecilia creates a new form.” This form is addressed in a clear and easy to implement style in this book.
Cecilia left us in October 2020 but her legacy lives on through the Movement Based Learning program and all who knew her.