Improve Focus and Concentration

ARM ACTIVATION

Arm Activation is an isometric self-help activity which lengthens the muscles of the upper chest and shoulders. Muscular control for both gross-motor and fine-motor activities originates in this area. If these muscles are shortened from tension, activities related to writing and the control of tools are inhibited.

TEACHING TIPS

• The student experiences her arms as they hang loosely at her sides.
• The student activates one arm as illustrated, while keeping her head relaxed. She then compares the two arms in terms of length, relaxation, and flexibility, before activating the other arm.
• Activation is done in four positions: away from the head, forward, backward, and toward the ear.
• The student may feel the arm activation all the way down to the ribcage.
• The student exhales on the activation, releasing the breath over eight or more counts.
• The student may notice increased relaxation, coordination, and vitality as arm tension is released.
• On completing the movement, the student rolls or shakes her shoulders, noticing the relaxation.

VARIATIONS

• Take more than one complete breath in each position of activation.
• While activating, reach up to further open the diaphragm.
• This can be done sitting, standing, or lying down.
• Arm Activations can be done in different arm positions (e.g., arm straight ahead, next to hip, behind the waist).

ACTIVATES THE BRAIN FOR

• expressive speech and language ability
• relaxed use of diaphragm and increased respiration
• eye-hand coordination and the manipulation of tools

ACADEMIC SKILLS

• penmanship and cursive writing
• creative writing

RELATED SKILLS

• operating machines (e.g., a word processor)

BEHAVIOURAL/POSTURAL CORRELATES

• an increased attention span for written work
• improved focus and concentration without overfocus
• improved breathing and a relaxed attitude
• an enhanced ability to express ideas
• increased energy in hands and fingers (relaxes writer’s cramp)

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Improved breathing and a relaxed attitude.

 

ARM ACTIVATION

Arm Activation is an isometric self-help activity which lengthens the muscles of the upper chest and shoulders. Muscular control for both gross-motor and fine-motor activities originates in this area. If these muscles are shortened from tension, activities related to writing and the control of tools are inhibited.

TEACHING TIPS

• The student experiences her arms as they hang loosely at her sides.

• The student activates one arm as illustrated, while keeping her head relaxed. She then compares the two arms in terms of length, relaxation, and flexibility, before activating the other arm.

• Activation is done in four positions: away from the head, forward, backward, and toward the ear.

• The student may feel the arm activation all the way down to the ribcage.

• The student exhales on the activation, releasing the breath over eight or more counts.

• The student may notice increased relaxation, coordination, and vitality as arm tension is released.

• On completing the movement, the student rolls or shakes her shoulders, noticing the relaxation.

VARIATIONS

• Take more than one complete breath in each position of activation.

• While activating, reach up to further open the diaphragm.

• This can be done sitting, standing, or lying down.

• Arm Activations can be done in different arm positions (e.g., arm straight ahead, next to hip, behind the waist).

ACTIVATES THE BRAIN FOR

• expressive speech and language ability

• relaxed use of diaphragm and increased respiration

• eye-hand coordination and the manipulation of tools

ACADEMIC SKILLS

• penmanship and cursive writing

• creative writing

RELATED SKILLS

• operating machines (e.g., a word processor)

BEHAVIOURAL/POSTURAL CORRELATES

• an increased attention span for written work

• improved focus and concentration without overfocus

• improved breathing and a relaxed attitude

• an enhanced ability to express ideas

• increased energy in hands and fingers (relaxes writer’s cramp)

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Concentration and Attention

THE ENERGISER

The student sits comfortably in a chair, head resting on a desk or table. She places her hands on the desk in front of her shoulders, fingers pointing slightly inward. As she inhales she experiences her breath flowing up the midline like a fountain of energy, lifting first her forehead, then her neck, and finally her upper back. Her diaphragm and chest stay open and her shoulders stay relaxed. The release is just as important as the lift; she curls her head toward her chest, then brings her forehead down to rest on the desk. This back-and-forward movement of the head increases circulation to the frontal lobe for greater comprehension and rational thinking.

TEACHING TIPS

• Keep the shoulders apart and relaxed.

• Remember to breathe into the base of the spine.

• Experience your breath (rather than your muscles) as the source of your strength.

• Repeat the movement three times, noting how it is easier with each repetition.

VARIATIONS

• The Energiser can be done face down on a mat. The student relaxes her body, placing her hands under her shoulders with palms against the mat. She then lifts her head, then her upper back, as before. The hips and lower body stay relaxed, touching the mat.

ACTIVATES THE BRAIN FOR

• the ability to cross the midline

• a relaxed central nervous system

ACADEMIC SKILLS

• binocular vision and eye-teaming skills

• listening comprehension

• speech and language skills

• fine-motor control of eye and hand muscles

BEHAVIOURAL/POSTURAL CORRELATES

• improved posture

• enhanced concentration and attention

• improved breathing and voice resonance

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Brain Gym Dublin 085-1445494

email: braingymdublin@gmail.com