It can be stressful and challenging when your child experiences difficulties with learning, especially when it should be something they enjoy and have fun doing. At KA, we know for a fact that such challenges do not have to be permanent, and have been supporting many children become better more confident learners through our Learning Enhancement program. In this article, we will look at what can be done to improve learning with Brett Scott, our Principal Kinesiologist, and hear his insights from 15 years of clinical experience. I will then provide my top 4 tips on how to improve brain function.
What are typical learning difficulty cases you see?
Parents and teachers send children to us with a variety of learning difficulties, be it concentration, memory, confidence, motivation, performance or behavioural issues.
How can Kinesiology help enhance learning?
Kinesiology can help reveal underlying issues that might not be obvious yet can make a huge difference once resolved. For example, intestinal candida, a yeast overgrowth that can be caused by sugary diets, antibiotics and stress etc, literally creates alcohol in the body through fermentation, which can lead to symptoms like brain fog and fatigue. We can also identify nutritional deficiencies that might be affecting the child's brain function. In addition, Kinesiology can help resolve mental and emotional stress, which is an essential part of learning enhancement. Stress effectively shuts down the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that deals with memory, and denies access to the thinking brain, the cortex. By helping children deal with stress more effectively, we can optimize their brain function and learning.
Joy's Learning Enhancement Tips
What else can help?
1. Fish Oil - Omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, found in fish oil, are vital nutrients that maintain healthy brain function. Having good quality Omega-3 fatty acids keeps brain cell membranes elastic and allows for better neurotransmission by increasing blood flow (Source: www.bbc.com.uk).
2. Multivitamins - Having a balanced diet filled with essential vitamins and minerals is extremely important as good food will build the foundation of a 'good brain'. For instance, developing brains of children utilize lots of zinc to produce neurotransmitters and growth hormone; thus, a balanced diet is needed to provide sufficient nutritive support.
3. Sleep - You've heard about the importance of a good night's sleep but what you may not know is that while you sleep, the brain is busy making neural connections and memory pathways, which are especially important to a child's mental development.
4. Exercise - Not only does exercise get oxygen flowing to the brain, but it also stimulates the senses during physical interaction with the environment, which also improves cognitive function.
Joy Li, Kinesiologist