Rewiring the Brain
Part I – Beginning Level
A beginning guide for cognitive development, emotional control and
Why is it important to “wire the brain” the right way? Kids, with or without learning challenges, should all go through a natural development of emotional, physical and mental growth. However, some may experience breakdowns, delays or disruptions in that growth where they can’t get to the next level.
Multi-sensory handwriting exercises unifies the connections in the brain and shifts the child’s emotional state to a more stabilized environment. This creates logical thinking and controlled emotions. When the brain is more organized, kids can learn to cope and self-regulate so learning becomes automatic.
If a child becomes stuck in an emotional rut, has behavior issues or can’t get past certain impulses by an age-appropriate time, it could be a sign the brain hasn’t fully developed in those key areas.
Our overall goal is to build a strong foundation in the brain so kids can make logical decisions at a higher level. A child can’t learn to read, write and problem solve if the brain doesn’t have control over the areas that support your child’s emotions.
A study in the Journal of Hand Therapy shows young adults have surprisingly less hand grip than older generations. More kids are spending time on electronic devices swiping rather than gripping tools like pencils, crayons and markers.
Getting kids involved in more handwriting exercises may correct and bridge the gaps you might see if a child has not developed certain emotional, behavioral and academic skills.
Handwriting exercises, like the ones you will see in the Rewiring the Brain Handbook Part I, also prep the brain for reviewing, organizing, attending, expressing and speaking.
The Rewiring the Brain Handbook Part I was created for beginners. If a child struggles not only with hand strength and handwriting, but emotional and behavioral development, this is where you want to start.
When we establish better emotional grounding in a child and when we support the development of their motor skills, they become ready to learn at a higher academic level.
Jeanette Farmer, certified handwriting and remediation specialist, once said:
Research indicates that handwriting taps the emotions. Likewise, rhythmic movement-
generates a sense of well being.
This handbook provides both handwriting exercises to support emotional development as well as the necessary strokes to create the rhythmic movement needed for a better brain-building experience.
You are just one click away from getting your child or students started!
The Rewiring the Brain Handbook – Beginner Guide is a digital online handbook designed for kids who are at a beginning level. Age is not specified for this handbook because children at a beginning level may not necessarily be young kindergartners or first graders. Older children who have emotional delays, missed milestones, weak hand strength and poor handwriting skills may need the beginner handbook before advancing to an intermediate level.
If your child or students are at a higher level, please purchase the Rewiring the Brain Handbook – Intermediate Guide Part II.
This 63-page digital handbook is designed for parents, therapists, teachers and other child development professionals to use as a guide for supporting cognitive development, fine motor skills and emotional grounding. It is geared toward children who are on a beginning level.
Learn about why it’s important to establish muscle memory so learning can become automatic. You will also better understand why repetitive handwriting exercises can support emotional grounding and attention and focus in the classroom.
Familiarize yourself with how tracing activities can help your child with impulse control and how it can support their confidence at home and in the classroom. Read about how tracing can get the hands working together with the eyes, how it supports letter formation, how it gets kids using both sides of the brain, and other benefits.
Using handwriting exercises and tracing activities requires both sides of the brain as well as the adequate hand strength to complete the practice sheets. This handbook walks you through:
-Exercises at a beginner level for all children who are not yet ready to advance to a higher level.
-Where to begin the exercises and how each exercise builds on the other.
-The steps for introducing tracing activities to your child and how lines, curves and angles can improve their development skills.
Inside the handbook you will find printable information and exercises that include the following:
-Introduction, why rewiring the brain is important and how handwriting exercises can help a child with cognitive development, emotional control and emotional grounding.
-How handwriting exercises can support a child’s emotions, visual perception, fine motor and hand strength
-Large font needed for children who are at a beginning level.
-38 pages of handwriting exercises that include circles, curves, sharp angles, waves, etc.
-16 tracing, coloring and hand strength exercises that are fun for kids, but also implement several of the handwriting strokes used in the exercises.