In Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, yellow colour is used visually to represent the Laterality Dimension
LATERALITY DIMENSION – YELLOW
In Educational Kinesiology, to notice means to pay attention to one’s state of mind, body and emotions. It also means to be aware of the big and small changes that affect a learner’s confidence, effectiveness and ease of use of skills and abilities.
To notice something, we need to use the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which is where the ability to self-reflect comes from. The ability to notice is like a muscle that grows with exercise. And since we integrate our brain and body experiences by moving, sensing, feeling and thinking, there are three dimensions to Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, which are represented by three colours: Yellow, Blue and Red. These represent the dimensions of Laterality, Centring and Focus, respectively. It is important to be aware that while noticing is done in the prefrontal cortex, the brain only performs optimally when all three dimensions of learning are integrated well.
In this article, we will look at the Laterality Dimension.
A child who has a Laterality Dimension imbalance may show signs of difficulty in processing information and may also display difficulty in expressing himself and communicating, such as in the following scenario drawn from an actual case.
Father: My 8-year-old son doesn’t follow instructions most of the time. He just laughs and I don’t know what to do.
Consultant to child: Max, can you bring the mat over here?
Max simply giggles. He looks at the consultant and ignores her.
The consultant goes over to his corner and points to the mat.
Consultant: Max, can you tell me what this is?
Max: M –
Max associates only the beginning M sound with the mat, unable to form the whole world.
If you were Max’s father, what would you think of his ability to understand instructions?
It might simply be an imbalance in the Laterality Dimension, leading to a weakness in communication.
𝗟𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 – 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
The Laterality dimension is the base of informational intelligence. This is developed by the way we process the input and output of language. Input involves seeing and listening, while output involves speaking and writing.
𝗠𝗶𝗱𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗗𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
Laterality is all about coordinating our left and right sides. This two-sidedness of the human body enables us to move our eyes, ears, arms and legs across the body’s midline to function in the midfield. This is where visual, auditory, tactile and kinaesthetic processing happen.
In the Laterality dimension, Midline Movements encourage lateral integration of the left and right sides of the brain. This improves communication skills and allows the learner to move freely across the body’s processing midline, which elevates everyday activities like listening, looking, fine motor skills and whole-body movement.
𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝘀𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗗𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
The dimension of Laterality is also exercised by the questions we ask ourselves. When faced with an action or object stimulus, we ask: What is it? What do I think about it?
Besides physical stimuli, this also applies to noticing what we’re thinking, i.e., conceptual noticing: What am I thinking about? How do my thoughts relate to what I’m sensing or feeling? Are my words confusing and limiting me, or do they provide me with clarity and ease? Do my words match my actions? Am I able to communicate and express my thoughts?
In Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, we explore these three dimensions of intelligence in relation to the holistic brain-body system. All three of these dimensions must work together in order for the whole brain-body complex to comprehend, organise and communicate well.
To review, the three colours, dimensions and their functions are:
• Yellow/Laterality/Communication – the left-right dimension of the brain hemispheres
• Blue/Centring/Organisation – the top- bottom dimension of the Midbrain
• Red/Focus/Comprehension – the back-front dimension of the Back Brain
To get a comprehensive view of the three colours and dimensions in Brain Gym® and Movement Based Learning™, be sure to read the other two articles in this series.
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