Communication and Interaction

Apps and Games - communication and interaction

Visuals- 2-Go - visual timetable builder app

Sensory play booklet

Brain Gym/ Sensory Work Out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnp5O7i02iE

I would recommend that the workout could be done either first thing in the morning as a wake up activity and/or before starting any learning activities.  It could be used as a fun sensory workout break period between any learning activities.

The workout is a fun activity and the children doing it on a daily basis will improve their dance technique over time.

What are the benefits of brain gym/sensory type exercises?

Exercise affects the brain on multiple fronts. It increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It also aids the bodily release of a plethora of hormones, all of which participate in aiding and providing a nourishing environment for learning.

The dance activity encourages us to move our arms and legs across the midline of our bodies in a cross crawl movement.  Cross crawl refers to movements in which we use opposition such as crawling, walking, running, and swimming. ... Therapeutically, cross crawl refers to any intentional cross-lateral activity in which you cross the mid-line of the body, such as touching opposite hand and knee or foot.

Can adults safely join in with the activity?

Do please join in with your children if you are physically able to as it’s a really fun activity.  I have been doing this workout with a number of the Hillside children on a daily basis for the last 5 years, and to date I haven’t yet hurt my back, pulled any muscles, or tweaked any sinews.  And I now consider myself to be a black belt master in Brain Gym.

Good luck

Mr Johnson