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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


What is Brain Balancing?

By Andrew Loh

Learning in children is a combination of several important parameters and factors. Every child is unique and special, and all children have their own unique ways of learning and mastering their learning. Some children are naturally endowed with a superior brain function that allows them to learn at a faster pace. On the other hand, others may not be so lucky to possess such an innate ability to learn at an optimum level. However, one thing is certain - almost children are endowed with an ability to refine their brain skills to learn at the optimum best.

Experts suggest us that learning among children depends on how well they use their brain especially the left and right lobes. When they learn how to use both lobes, they can enhance their earning potential by a degree or more. In other words, they may need to learn how to balance their brain functions so that they can receive maximum amounts of information, absorb, index and organize them for easier learning. Balancing the brain is perhaps the most useful technique that children could use to enhance learning.

Before learning more about brain balancing, we may also need know about a unique concept called left and right brain learning. Some children have a stronger left brain while others possess a strong right brain. Child experts believe that most left brained children are more likely to be analytical in their approach while almost right brained children are creative. However, one-sided learning may not make up a whole-brain child. In fact, learning by using one lobe may be counter-productive to children. Hence, the main focus is to use both lobes of brain to help children optimize learning. In a way, children may need to balance their brain functions to put both lobes to maximum use.

The concept of right and left brain learning was suggested by a former Nobel laureate, Roger Wolcott Sperry, who elaborated that both brain lobes are different and they help children in certain types of learning.

What is brain balancing?

To ensure optimum and productive learning, both brain lobes should work in combination and in a seamless manner. When two lobes of brain work together, children will get many benefits like:

  • Better digestion and immune functions

  • Enhanced intellectual abilities

  • Better motor skills

  • Superior digestive and hormone systems

Before balancing brain, parents may need to identify in which lobe they are stronger. Those children who are weaker in their left brain tend to be very poor in linguistic skills while those are weak in their right side tend to be poor in motor skills. Balancing brain functions also means introducing activities that help both sides and to complement one skill with the other. Balancing brain function also means replacing weaker functions of the brain with stronger ones that eventually helps in boosting acquisition of important skills.

This series of articles will provide useful tips and suggestions to learn how to balance brain functions so that your children will become more effective and productive in their academics. Follow these procedures to activate right brain cells:

Tip: You will need to help children to activate a specific lobe of brain to activate learning potential. For example, try activating left lobe of brain by introducing activities that actually help this lobe and vice versa.

Enroll children to a painting or drawing class

Drawing and painting are two artistic activities that might activate expressive and creative side of the brain. In addition, they also help promote other skills like identifying color and shades, make out images, develop intuition and boost emotional stability. Drawing and painting activities may also help children streamline their visual and imagination powers.

Take children to visit an art gallery or museum

If you want your children to fine tune their right brain activities, a visit to a nearby art gallery or museum is a nice idea. An art gallery is a place where children can find amazing work of art and painting. A painter has a third eye that looks at colorful side of life. Imagination and visualization are two positive traits for anyone to develop and master. Art objects provide an opportunity to develop the skill of pattern making, shape identification and color/shade forming.

Enroll children to learn dancing and singing

Music and dance engage child brain to boost and build new neural pathways that are related to abstract thinking, empathy and math skills. The continuous melodic and rhythmic patterns emitted by musical notes and dance systems also help develop working memory skills. In addition, music will also help listening power apart from streamline imagination.

Teach children telling stories and act in drams and skits

Stories help children develop many linguistic skills apart from developing communication and grammar skills. Communication skills are the most important skills because without proper skills, children will not be able to succeed in professional life.

Teach how to show empathy to others

People need someone to show empathy to them and not sympathy. Empathy is far better than showing sympathy. This trait can build mutual trust and affection between two persons. When children learn to show empathy towards their peers, they will be building future with their positive attitude.

The brain balancing tips will continue in the next article....


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