REWIRE THE BRAIN: How to establish emotional readiness, muscle memory and impulse control in your child
This article introduces ways to rewire the brain for developing your child’s emotions, reading, fine motor and writing skills. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
So many kids thrive off of coloring, painting, scribbling, crafts and other fun creative activities. But is there a purpose behind this type of play or is it just for fun?
Believe it or not, these types of activities are precursors for building your child’s brain. Your child actually needs this type of play to enhance their future learning development.
For the first few years of a child’s life, your child “lives” on the right side of their brain, which is more commonly known as the creative and emotional side. As kids get older, we want them to transition to more left-brained thinking or logical thinking that helps them regulate their emotions, solve problems, think critically and complete harder tasks like reading, writing and math.
Kids who don’t make the necessary connections between the right and left side of the brain, can get stuck on one side or the other. When this happens, some children may not yet be ready emotionally and academically to enter the classroom.
Parents may find that when the lower levels of the brain haven’t fully developed their child may be very emotional and struggle in one or more of the following areas:
- Can’t attend and focus in the classroom
- Trouble with behavior
- Experiences tantrums or meltdowns over the age of five
- Doesn’t know how to self-regulate their emotions
- Can’t stay on task or listen to the teacher
How do we prep the brain for higher learning?
If a child struggles in many of these areas and hasn’t fully developed those left-brain connections for intellectual, social and emotional growth, how do we fix it? Or, better yet, how do we begin working on these types of connections when our kids are young before they enter school?
The answer is very simple. More handwriting! How can handwriting and tracing exercises possibly help my child’s brain develop?
Jeanette Farmer, certified handwriting and remediation specialist said, “Stressing age-appropriate handwriting exercises reinforces self-regulation in the early stages of preschool and kindergarten. Ultimately, in organizing the young brain, sensory-integration impacts the emotional brain, so a shift in dominance can occur and impulse control is gained.”
So there is your answer! More rhythmic and repetitive strokes have a greater impact on the brain for reading, writing, impulse control and emotional stability than any other exercises.
More handwriting exercises can build your child’s left-brain dominance needed for better organization, self-control, self-confidence, abstract thought, reasoning, processing what the teacher says and much more.
Why does repetition help rewire the brain?
Have you ever wondered why your child can do the same task, color the same picture or play the same game over and over again without getting bored?
While it may seem repetitive and tedious to us, repetitive play is needed to commit the task to your child’s muscle memory. Eventually, these tasks (for example, climbing stairs, holding a crayon, buckling their seatbelt or tying a shoe) should become automatic without giving it a second thought.
The same goes for handwriting, tracing and drawing. The more your child practices certain strokes and rhythmic movements, the more they will commit these skills to memory so learning can become automatic.
Mindful tracing activities, for example, can help the hands and eyes work together, it encourages your child to use both sides of their brain and is a fun visual activity for getting your child to strengthen their muscle memory.
Just remember, deeper learning development and neural connections can be established at home and in the classroom when we encourage more handwriting, tracing and drawing exercises, as shown here.
What handwriting and tracing exercises can I use to help rewire my child’s brain for better learning?
Rewiring your child’s brain for higher learning development doesn’t have to be complicated. You can easily incorporate different exercises into their daily routine to help prep your child’s brain for better academic success.
The new Rewiring the Brain Handbook Part II – Intermediate Level is one resource to help your child with emotional readiness, muscle memory, attention and focus, left-brained dominance, impulse control, organization and many more higher learning concepts.
These targeted handwriting exercises and tracing activities can ready your child’s brain for the classroom and for reaching their academic potential.
Who is the handbook for?
The Rewiring the Brain Handbook Part II is geared toward children at an intermediate level. If your child is a beginner or is not yet ready for this level, please being with the Rewiring the Brain Handbook Part I for beginners.
Therapists, teachers and parents can use the exercises at home, at school or in private sessions help kids who need to establish better neural connections, those who are ready to advance to the next level, or those who may be falling behind their classroom peers.
Kids who perform academically well in school, but are prone to meltdowns, tantrums, anxiety or over anxiousness may benefit from these exercises.
What does the handbook include?
All of the exercises in the Rewiring the Brain Handbook Intermediate Level contain fun and playful exercises any child or student can do on a daily basis.
Here are a few of its features:
- 40-page digital handbook for cognitive development, hand strength and emotional grounding.
- 20 pages of handwriting exercises that include circles, curves, sharp angles, waves and more.
- 10 tracing exercises that are fun for kids, but also implement several of the handwriting strokes used in the exercises.
To learn more or to get your copy of the Rewiring the Brain Handbook Part II – Intermediate Level, click here.
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