Based on the learning styles, this innovative multi-sensory concept provides essential stimulation to the brain in a non-threatening format, removing the concern in having to meet expectations. The ultimate in "brain-compatible learning", handwriting movement exercises and therapeutic music have a powerful impact on the young brain --- not only can it "train the brain" but it can also "retrain the brain"! Just doing it creates benefits for the brain -- it is an ideal, highly effective alternative to safely reach children with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Special Needs, Dysgraphic, etc., so they can fully develop their potential.
"Jeanette Farmer is on the cutting edge of some of the most original handwriting research anywhere in America! She will undoubtedly be mentioned in the same breath as the late Klara Roman." Robert O'Block, Ph.D., Springfield, MO.
Despite billions of federal dollars being thrown at the problem over the last 30 years, America's educational crisis continues to escalate. In just the last 20 years,
- America has fallen from 13th to 49th in literacy worldwide, and
- The number of students that require special education has risen nearly 30% in just the last 10 years.
The famed doctor/educator Maria Montessori knew 100 years ago that the hand is central in developing the intellect. Brain research now validates her extraordinary educational wisdom -- the neglect of intensive penmanship" training as emphasized in the "olden days" has unwittingly helped fuel this country's rising illiteracy rates. That neglect is one of the missing pieces of the literacy puzzle.
The Issue Is Dominance - The Left Brain Must Gain Control
Handwriting's unique capacity to "train the brain" is because it uses "bottom up processing" to influence "top down processing." Despite extensive European research that established handwriting's physiological/psychological link in the brain decades ago, this fact still lies outside the awareness of America's educators. Indeed few realize that handwriting's most significant asset is its interactive capacity
- to ready the young brain for the hard learning process of the 3'Rs, and
- also to counteract TV's very detrimental passive influence that delays achieving that state of readiness for learning.
Since the left brain controls the right hand, the inherent physiological influence in repetitively manipulating the fingers causes a major shift in dominance from the right brain to the left where the language capacities are located. The left brain, "the brain that goes to school," must gain control so its sequential processing style is brought "online". The handwriting process "trains the brain", i.e., impulse control, which is essential in order to gain the educational benefits of the 3'Rs. Stressing the 3'Rs without activating that processing style creates stress and anxiety in trying to meet expectations -- this starts the slippery slide down into the learning disabilities pit. The solution: multi-sensory handwriting training, the essence of brain-compatible learning.
"What is Brain-compatible learning?"
For only the third time in history, a powerful new educational paradigm destined to revolutionize the educational process glimmers on the horizon - brain-compatible learning. Grounded in brain science, one of its basic tenets is that movement and music have a profound impact on the learning process.
"Movement and Music Creates a Powerful Synergy -- It is Literally Food for the Brain"
"Train the Brain to Pay Attention the Write Way" is a two volume program that uses specific movement exercises and therapeutic music to "retrain the brain". The inherent interactive stimulation of movement and music offers multiple benefits that greatly enhance the learning process such as:
improved impulse control
improved ability to focus and attend
improved organizational skills
creates a readiness bridge to literacy
lessens stress and anxiety in trying to meet expectations
Kids love it -- preschoolers on up! Safe and easy, its non-threatening format is essential for the at-risk child whose emotional state generates extreme vulnerability.
Pertinent critical facts about why handwriting is central in developing the intellect:
- Brain research has identified the brain's special time-sensitive "windows of opportunity" that responds to sensory stimulation so brain growth is attained.
The first, from birth to 3 yrs old, is unequalled for sensory stimulation. The second chance at ensuring growth is from 4 yrs old to 12. As an interactive sensory process, handwriting training literally ensures further brain growth that increases its capacity to transfer information - to communicate.
- Brain research indicates the grammatical and syntactical components of language is directly related to handedness and motor control - handwriting is the ultimate in fine motor control.
- TV's detrimental passive influence on the brain must be counteracted - failure to do so delays the necessary shift in dominance, greatly increasing the potential for learning disabilities.
- The process inherently influences impulse control, i.e., self control - it effectively marshals the emotional energy so the brain's vast potential can be harnessed.
Over the last 20 years Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has become the "leading childhood psychiatric disorder"-- Ritalin, a class 2 controlled substance, is the typical answer. A radical shift in perspective on ADHD has occurred recently. Russell A. Barkley, the leading ADHD researcher, indicates that rather than being considered a "brain deficit, it is now viewed as "developmental issue of self-control." For 90% of the right handed population, fine motor control and self-control (emotional control) are deeply intertwined.
Brain research has now found that emotion drives attention, and attention drives behavior, learning and just about everything else. This propels the penmanship training issue right to the top of the list as a viable alternative to Ritalin. A viable alternative is to begin stressing the process early in kindergarten which can greatly influence impulse control before the associated behaviors become so strongly entrenched. The ability to achieve functional productivity is enhanced.