Connecting from the Heart, Body to Mind

Reading and Writing

The one-half day (4 hour) workshop is an interactive workshop for teachers to acquire skills for themselves that they can use in teaching reading and writing activities. The workshop includes instruction on several of the Brain Gym exercises so that teachers can learn and experience them and then teach them to students. These exercises can be incorporated into the daily routines prior to teaching reading and writing.

Books and materials used during this workshop are available for purchase either prior to or at the conclusion of the workshop.

The workshop begins with learning the Pace exercises and the Positive Balance.

PACE - is the acronym that stands for Positive, Active, Clear, and Energetic. They are the four activities to create a readiness for learning.

Positive Attitudes Balance - this balance teaches a simple way to relieve stress around reading and writing for teachers and their students. This balance is effective for relieving general stress as well.

The participants are then taught the process for the reading and writing balances.​

Try this exercise out to really pump up your brain!

triangles and squares


​Reading Balance

In this workshop participants will understand eye movement techniques that make it easier to cross the midfield of the body in order to read more effectively. The Reading exercises are taught to integrate reflexes that have been previously inhibited. The followings steps are utilized:

  • Demonstrations of exercises that help us read easily across the page and have rhythm to our reading;
  • Noticing postural challenges that inhibit reading and the ability to assist students in correcting these reflex movements; and
  • Practicing the exercises and noticing the changes in our own abilities.

Writing Balance

The Writing exercises are taught to release postures that inhibit the learning of writing skills. This process instructs participants on hand awareness and how the use of our hands accesses the creative process. As the hand movements become more comfortable and familiar the neural pathways for hand–eye coordination make thoughts more accessible.

The followings steps are then followed:

  • Demonstration and practice of core exercises to improve visual acuity and ground the ability to visually track easily from left to right; 
  • Presentation of simple methods to resolve dyslexia using the alphabet letters and their left and right positions on the midline; and 
  • Skills students can learn to easily move from printing to cursive writing.

The workshop is concluded with a Q&A session and evaluations. 

Learn how to do the Lazy 8's with Dorothea Bassett. Click the icon below.

View a short YouTube video with explaining exercises to Cross the Midline to improve gross and fine motor skills.

crossing the midline 

lazy 8's