Chapter 11 - But what if you start late?

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But what if you start late?

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education" teacher and author Thomas Armstrong puts it succinctly: "Culture defines who's 'disabled' . . . a child labelled dyslexic, hyperactive or learning-disabled in our society might excel in another culture."5
  Keller's plight was being blind, deaf and mute. She had to learn within that limited context. Had she taken an I.Q. test, with its linguistic base, her rating would have been extremely low, if she had scored at all. Without Sullivan, she may have been placed in an institution for the retarded, instead of developing as a highly gifted person.
  The support of a caring and able teacher is equally essential. Sullivan never gave up on Helen, even though the girl had wild temper tantrums.
  Helen Keller also had the freedom of choice. At ten she chose to want to learn to talk. There was no rush. She did it in her own time and context. Again the message is obvious: too many people in traditional education are put in no-choice situations in both conscious and subconscious ways.
  Anne Sullivan discovered the brain-body and mind-body connection because she, too, had experienced difficulties in learning. Fortunately, there is now a wealth of other research to back up those discoveries.

Specialized kinesiology
 
  Some of the most interesting research and practical applications have come from the field of specialized kinesiology. Just as kinesthetics, or movement, is an important aspect of many learning styles, so is kinesiology the science of motion, and kinesthesia, the sensation of position, movement and tension of parts of the body.
  Kinesiology has become well known in some countries because of the way it has helped peak performance in sports. Brigitte Haas Allroggen, of the Munich Institute of Kinesiology, talks about the effectiveness of the science with Olympic teams: "All of a sudden things exploded. We began working with top Austrian athletes who later won Olympic medals and worldwide competitions. Then the Norwegian Olympic team came to us, and the Italians too. All had remarkable results."6
  Similar techniques are now helping in education, and not just for people with learning difficulties. Says kinesiologist Kathleen Carroll, of Washington D.C., who links her training with accelerated integrative learning strategies: "Kinesiology improves academics for anyone."7
  This is, in part, because of the way the brain transmits messages both electrically and chemically, and the way in which stress causes blockages.

 

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