And thus shall be the title of the children’s book I might write one day, in the form of a social story. It will help prepare kids for their first visit to the kinesiologist and be filled with lovely illustrations (by an illustrator with a flair for colour) and an easy-to-read font. It’s fun going to the kinesiologist, right? Right.
Hein-Chris has been attending educational kinesiology sessions for approximately eighteen months. He started as a result of my concerns regarding his severely low emotional and social intelligence which impacted his ability to self-regulate and had a detrimental effect on his self-esteem.
While Occupational Therapy is essential in the treatment of SPD, kinesiology offers a more holistic approach in treating body - and brain (especially emotion) - via the combination of an array of interventions including (but not limited to) cognitive behavioural therapy (such as play therapy), colour therapy, brain gym, and vision gym.
While IQ (intelligence quotient) in its traditional sense i.e., how intelligent you are, is certainly novel, emotional intelligence (EQ) far outranks it when is comes to happiness, success and self-appreciation now, and later in life. To my mind, EQ should be cultivated from a very early age. We tend to send our children for extra maths, science, and language lessons, but fail to address their need for exercising self-love, self-respect and healthy social integration (i.e., being able to kindly but firmly engage with their peers, their superiors, and those that look up to them, in a manner that does not offend or self-degradate).
In my experience (and this will be different for everyone), I consider educational kinesiology of great value when it comes to developing EQ. EQ comes about when a child is able to engage the left and right brain simultaneously when confronted by life and its challenges. This all plays into self-confidence and good self-esteem, both of which I consider of utmost importance, as the child with SPD (sensory defensiveness) grows. The child with SPD is typically prone to weak self-esteem due to his/her unique physiological and neurological design, and it is precisely this neurological design - if you will - that can be addressed and corrected by educational kinesiology.
Hein-Chris’ very own educational kinesiologist, Nasreen Khan, was featured in “Get It Ballito - Umhlanga” recently. She explained that educational kinesiology is basically the process of teaching the left brain and the right brain to work together at the same time. She added: “Some people are left brain dominant and others are right brain dominant. If you are more dominant on your ride side, for example, you may struggle with logical rational thought”. I attach the article, “Brain Games”, for your perusal.
Source: Get It Ballito - Umhlanga, April 2019, “BRAIN GAMES”, Text: Leah Shone (firstname.lastname@example.org), Photographer: Samantha Basson (email@example.com), Page 16 and 17.
My focus in writing this blog post was of course my own child’s challenges, but there are clearly a wide range of childhood concerns that Nasreen deals with daily. In this vein I would highly recommend Nasreen. My child’s self-esteem and self-confidence have sky-rocketed in the last eighteen months. There remains work to be done in terms of developing his EQ, but we are getting there one “Q” at a time.
How to get in touch with Nasreen:
Contact her on 082 923 1714 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. She is such a lovely lady and adores the kids she councils. It’s amazing to watch.