Brain-Based Learning

Mapping Your Child’s Path to Success

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Brain-Based Approaches

In 2002, NEARI started to integrate research-based applied neuroscience approaches to teaching, counseling, and intervention. That integration now includes:

  • Use of learning styles and brain dominance (global and analytic brain hemisphere strength and how vision, listening, communicating, and movement interact with this dominant hemisphere) information on individual students to craft intervention methods
  • Multi-modal intervention
  • Importance of movement and activating one’s physiology in order to learn and self-regulate
  • Responding early on to signs of stress and possible escalation
  • Student-centered participation in deciding on, processing, and evaluating intervention choices
  • Listening as much as telling; solving problems as much as preaching/teaching
  • Alteration of interventions and techniques in the classroom based on neuro-developmental, sensory, and energy modulation needs
  • Importance of time out, time to take space, and slowing the pace
  • Non-verbal interventions and use of visuals, simple written steps, fidget tools, and structured role-play to intervene
  • The centrality of building authentic relationships and firm yet always gentle approaches
  • The need to provide learning environments that are trauma-sensitive and promote healing of triggered (traumatized) nervous systems
  • Primacy of creating a relaxed alert state in students and a safe, comfortable, enriching environment as part of confronting a behavioral problem
  • Use of positive language