We know several bright, lively children who seem unable to focus in school and are turning in unsatisfactory grades. We also know kids who seem to excel in one subject, say English, but are unable to perform well in others, like Math. Based on research, this is largely due to a child’s brain pillars.
“Each individual has a unique brain profile,” says Ms. Cheryl Chia, founder and programme director of the newly-opened BrainFit Studio in San Juan. “We assess each brain’s strengths and weakness to determine which of your child’s 5 brain pillars need enhancement.”
“BrainFit was initially intended for children with learning disabilities, such as ADHD, dyslexia, autism, who really struggle, but what we’re really learning now based on research is that the brain doesn’t work thinking of things as ‘normal’ or ‘not normal’. Rather, we are all kind of in a spectrum. Those children who struggle with dyslexia, they might have some processes in their brain that makes them weak in reading, but they are extremely talented somewhere else. They could be very visually artistic. And we are all like that. Some of us like math, some don’t. Some of us are very good in sports, some shy away from sports. Some love books, some don’t. So that’s how we see the brain now. If some areas are fit, then that can drive us to excel in some things, but at the same time, the weak areas can make some activities difficult. And when you exercise the brain you help improve it so that the child, rather than struggling on it now enjoys it.”
To illustrate, a child deemed to be “inattentive” and “careless” in school, for example, may be displaying these behaviors due to several possibilities. One possibility may be a weakness in the eye coordination muscles (Sensory-Motor Brain Pillar) leading to weak visual focus and missing out of information as a child reads a paragraph or scans a worksheet.