What is Movement Based Learning?

Movement Based Learning: Building Block Activities is a workshop which addresses the foundational pieces of learning so that children of all abilities, as well as their elders, therapists and caregivers, can learn how to learn. The program is taught in a functional, practical way so that any information is directly applicable and usable.

Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers (BG 170) offers excellent applications for a variety of mental and physical challenges including: autism, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorders (ADD and ADHD), dyslexia, Angelman’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, speech impairments, brain injuries, blindness, deafness and impairments caused by strokes.

Participants taking either course will leave with new skills that optimize learning and performance in all areas of life. And they will find that these tools are immediately applicable in home, school and therapeutic settings.

About the Movement Based Learning Approach

Movement-based learning has come to be known in the neurobiological field as any brain-based learning that stimulates the growth of neural pathways through movement of the body. Movement-based learning grew out of research revolving around kinesiology. Kinesiology is the study of human movement that encompasses biological components of movement including anatomical, physiological, neurological, biochemical and biomechanical. Theoretical knowledge of kinesiology is applied in many areas including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and vision training. The approach of these applications can be therapeutic, preventive, or high-performance.

The Movement Based Learning program is geared for use in the educational realm rather than the developmental kinesiology realm. The program teaches adults to work with differently-abled children and adults (through workshops and private consultations) by showing how to observe postural and behavioral cues. Once this information is gathered, a movement program is developed that will enhance a more integrated way of learning. This will allow for the child or the elder to accomplish his goals in life with greater ease – the goal may be walking, talking, self-feeding, reading with ease, organizing classroom tasks, relating to peers or learning to self-regulate behaviors.

Kinesiology is also studied in the relationship between the quality of human movement and the overall health and/or quality of life of a human being. This application is at the core of the books, workshops and programs developed by the founder, Cecilia Koester.

Movement-based Learning and its Many Applications

​​Babies and young children naturally perform what experts in early childhood education call developmental movements. These movements develop the neural connections in the brain, which are essential to learning.

The foundational pieces of learning, the infant reflexes and developmental movement patterns, all play a part in the physical and mental growth of a human being. The Movement Based Learning program assists the adults in the child’s world – general and special education teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and parents, to come to a preliminary understanding of these reflexes and developmental movement patterns. A change in the functioning level of a child or elder is assessed, developed, evaluated for effectiveness and then modified as the need arises. Through the use of the tenets of movement-based learning, the child or elder is better able to grasp the methods and techniques.

There is a difference between movement-based learning that the founder, Cecilia Koester, discusses in her book (Movement Based Learning for Children of All Abilities, 2006, 2012) and Developmental Kinesiology. Cecilia’s approach to movement-based learning put emphasis on observation and guided information to establish a learning program that is filled with specific movements and activities. Developmental Kinesiology generally uses muscle checking to determine the specific activities needed to promote the natural development of an infant, child or adult. Oftentimes the approach that Movement Based Learning takes in working with a child or elder, is a precursor to working more in-depth with Developmental Kinesiology, Rhythmic Movement Training and childhood reflexes.






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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