Seeing is – along with hearing – one of the first senses through which we first receive an information. This information is then treated by the brain that decides on how to react to it.
It goes without saying that our eyes are the basic tool we use for reading while they also play a major role in all our academic efforts.
What however, is the meaning of that for Specialized Kinesiology and learning through movement?
If our eyes cannot work together as a team following an horizontal line that starts on the left, crosses the visual midline and goes to the right and back again then one of the eyes at some point stops “seeing” and thus influences adversely our ability to comprehend a written text. Basically, one of our eyes stops receiving the visual information or receives it distorted.
When our child confuses shapes, inverts letters or numbers, jumps over words or lines, miscalculates distances or has a problem assessing depth you might begin to suspect that he as a difficulty in the way they visual perceive things. Visual perception might influence both our fine as well as our gross motor skills, our way of comprehending a text as well as our mathematical abilities. Thankfully, intentional movement can greatly support our child on their path.
Part of the activities of the Center of Kinesthetic Intelligence focuses on the eyes and how they can support the efforts of children and adults in learning. Remember that learning is an ongoing, life long process and does not end with our academic years!
In our Center, the approach is educational and the person themselves learns how to become aware of when they need to do certain movements to relax the eyes or which movements will help them when they need to study math or learn how to spell!
The proposed movements – be they with bean bags and balls or without – are simple, fun to do, non invasive and very effective.
In parallel, we also work on the hand/eye coordination, a skill that greatly affects our writing abilities, our sports performance and our ways of participating in various group activities. (If the eyes cannot assess where the body is with regard to a moving object how will they be able to assist the proper functioning of our motor system?)