The Changing Brain
What a wonderful time to be alive! In the past few decades, research has revealed the wonder of how our brains work. We’ve learned about the brain’s neuroplasticity. We’ve learned that the brain can change and adapt in response to experiences. The brain is always changing!
This research is great news for you and your child. It offers real hope to every one of us, regardless of our abilities. Brain plasticity means that specific areas of your child’s brain can become more active and new pathways can be created, with practice and training.
The brain is the control center of our body, taking in all the input from our senses, processing the information, pruning off what it doesn’t need, keeping what it needs and sending information to every part of our body. Every time we learn something new the neurons in our brain are talking to each other, forming new connections. When we repeat this experience, our brains learn these new patterns and lightbulb moments occur.
At GeerLINKS, we have adopted Dr. Reuven Feuerstein’s theory of Structural Cognitive Modifiability. Professor Feuerstein believed that a child’s cognitive functioning could be significantly modified through the Mediated Learning Experience. We couldn’t agree more! Our therapists are committed to this theory, and it is foundational to all our work with each child in every session.
When we understand that all children are unique, that they all learn differently and at their own pace, and when we discover and consider their islands of strengths, we will see their lives changed!