When kids aren’t in their bodies, how do we expect them to learn anything?


freddy smallChildren and adults can be ungrounded and not in their bodies for all sorts of reasons – stress, anxiety, overwhelm, traumatic experiences (including pre, during or after birth), early adoption, emergency c-section, living in an ungrounded environment, the list goes on.

Just, not being grounded, can cause disconnection, overload, chaos etc, giving rise to many health and learning difficulties and it is so easy to improve.

Learned people have come up with all sorts of solutions and therapies ranging from diet, nutrition, behavioural therapy, functional medicine, breathing techniques, integrated medicine, mindfulness, meditation,……… These are all great, and a fundamental truth that contributes to almost all of the learning challenges is being ungrounded.  I am one of the few people that acknowledge that grounding or earthing as those in the USA often refer to this, is such a significant factor.

Dr Robert Mellilo’s exceptional work creating the “Balanced Brain Centres” with “Disconnected Kids” has identified the common brain development contributors to Dyslexia,  ADHD, Autism etc. I have gone done a similar path recognizing grounding and mental imagery as vital keys to successful learning.   Quoting from Robert Mellilo’s book “Children with Functional Disconnection Syndrome * are different from other children because they feel different from other children.  They are disconnected from their bodies. Most children with FDS do not feel their own bodies very well. They have no sense of themselves in space or a sense of feeling grounded.  They appear clumsy or uncoordinated and having poor timing and rhythm.  They have poor or abnormal muscle tone, which is displayed through poor posture and/or an awkward gait. Eye movements are not like other children’s. They appear to be gazing into space or have a lazy eye”   *FDS identified for  Dyslexics, ADHDers, Aspergers, Autistic, etc.  Indeed anyone who is disconnected from their body will immediately have difficulties functioning successfully.

As a young child, the most significant sensory stimulus is gravity, because it occurs 24 x 7 and is essential to determine where our bodies are in space (called proprioception) and to enable us to keep our balance.

Students, teachers and parents can all learn simple grounding exercises that are akin to super quick mindfulness techniques.  Grounding is free, and everyone can do it.  It has been well researched by Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra and Martin Zucker, who have created some products to assist people, which are useful in themselves but people can most often just learn these skills for themselves.

Tomorrow, a post will help you connect the dots between grounding and various specific learning difficulties.  The 3rd post in this series will give you the simple tools to try out for yourself.

Do leave your comments below.  This is a preview extract from my new book, “Misunderstood Greatness”.  You can sign up for 2 free chapters here: www.empoweringlearning.co.uk

Olive Hickmott

#empoweringlearning  #earthing  #grounding  #dyslexia  #ADHD #Autism #Aspergers #Mellilo





About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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