Friday, January 29, 2010

For Better Reading, Hearing, and Learning, Watch Balametrics in Action

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The principle behind Balametrics is that balance can have a significant effect on visual processing, reading, and learning efficiency and academic performance. The vestibular system, the system that regulates your balance, has connections to your visual and hearing system. If your balance is out of whack, it can affect your sight and hearing. It can affect your motor skills as well -- in other words, how your brain directs your arms, legs, fingers and feet. Your internal gyroscope that keeps your 3d reference system in place by regulating your sense of balance coordinates the brain's timing process as well. So your the way that your brain handles timing is directly related to how efficiently your brain processes information.

The brain is capable of change--neuroplasticity.  Neuroplasticity challenges the idea that brain functions are fixed in certain locations and do not change.  Brain functions actually occur in multiple places within the brain and can be changed over the complete lifetime.   By performing physical exercises, such as Balametrics, your brain can strength or add connections between neurons that are misfiring to help improve deficits that you have in skills such as vision, hearing, balance, sports, reading, and language.

Here are a few videos that discuss how Tomatis works. The first is an interview with the founder. The second and third are demonstrations of Balametrics with an autistic child

Interview with Dr. Belgau founder of Balametrics

Joseph Doing Balametrics -- he's an autistic child doing some of the Balametrics exercises on the Belgau Board and wearing a headset which I assume is a Tomatis Headset

Part 2 of Joseph

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