Brain Fitness Strategies helps you re-boot your brain! Twenty-five years of experience, tons of research, and lots of happy kids and adults have shaped our approach. We’ve learned that teaching you how to do Rhythmic Movement exercises is the most effective way to build the neural pathways necessary for physical, social, emotional, and intellectual success.
For every stage of life, from toddlers to baby boomers, we have a program to help you achieve the success you’ve been chasing. Each client progresses at their own speed, developing their brains as they develop their confidence.
With all the news reports about how our children are struggling with ADD/ADHD, it’s no wonder adults are starting to realize that they are struggling with the same problem. Many have tried drugs, only to find it wasn’t a good fit for them, or they are still looking for a better solution. Rhythmic Movement Training is the effective, drug-free solution. There’s no equipment to buy, no special clothes to wear, and you can do the exercises in your own home or even on the road. In just fifteen minutes a day, you will start building new neural pathways that allow all the parts of your brain to communicate better with each other.
Typically, we meet with you at our facility or your home for a two-hour assessment. You will define your priorities and we will identify the ways we can help you accomplish your goal most effectively with the use of the tools we will teach you. Depending on your goals and needs, we’ll meet with you once a week or once every two weeks while you start the program. As you progress, appointments can be scheduled to meet your needs.
For adults with simple ADD/ADHD challenges, they will start seeing improvements in just two weeks! Most will be symptom free in just 90 days. If additional brain issues are identified, such as a lack of rhythm or coordination, clients continue doing the movements daily for up to a year.
Building new neural pathways is very similar to building muscles: you have to do many repetitions in order to build the pathways and build the insulating myelin sheath that insulates the nerve fibers. Fortunately, Brain Fitness Strategies makes it fast, easy, and simple.
Brain Fitness Strategies provides the fun and easy method to help your child overcome their challenges. Kids of all ages—from 4 months to age 19—enjoy the movements and are eager to do them daily.
It is important to start doing Rhythmic Movement as early as possible once cerebral palsy has been identified. With daily exercises, most infants can completely overcome cerebral palsy within a year or so. Children under the age of 12 who have some form of speech can greatly improve their enunciation and ability to communicate within a few months of doing daily movements. In fact, they often see noticeable results in just two weeks. Kids have been able to gain control over their bodies by doing passive and active RMT on a daily basis. It is amazing how quickly their brains begin sending the correct signal, allowing them to progress through raising their own heads, crawling, standing, and walking.
Attention Deficit Disorder
Rhythmic Movement has a great track record for helping kids overcome ADD, with or without hyperactivity, in just a few months. If that is their only challenge, they have been known to be symptom free in just 90 days. If there are other issues involved, such as dyslexia, lack of coordination, lack of rhythm while in a prone position (laying down), and other developmental disorders, it may take a year or longer of doing the movements for just 15 minutes a day.
Paul Phariss, one of the Brain Fitness Strategies coaches, overcame dyslexia himself at the age of 54—through the use of Rhythmic Movement Training. RMT is extremely successful in helping the brain reorganize so that it can control the eyes better, giving your child the ability to combine the images from both eyes into one, cohesive image. Many children with dyslexia have double vision, phorias (one eye strays, often called “lazy eye”), and/or poor saccadic eye movements (the eye doesn’t track smoothly). Rhythmic Movement fills in the developmental gaps that cause these issues and allows control of the eye muscles necessary for reading at a close distance.
Autism and Aspergers
Parents of children with autism or Aspergers are continuously looking for effective tools for dealing with their child’s symptoms, and Brain Fitness Strategies can help. Dr. Harald Blomberg, the Swedish psychiatrist who developed Rhythmic Movement Training, has 25 years of experience helping children overcome autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Blomberg has found that these children are lacking the neural net that connects the limbic system (the emotions) with the prefrontal cortex (the thinking and judgment part of the brain). By doing the RMT exercises 15 minutes a day for a year or more, the neural pathways can develop and the child may begin to have better social interaction, better communication, and less need for rituals and rigid routines.
Other Developmental Disorders
Brain Fitness Strategies helps kids of all ages and disabilities gain better brain function. We do this by building the neural pathways that allow the brain to receive and process sensory information in a smooth, efficient way. By identifying the gaps in brain development, an individualized program of movements is given to you and your child to do at home in just 15 minutes a day. RMT can help children struggling with the following:
Auditory Processing Disorders
Sensory Integration Disorders
Vision and Hearing Problems
Lack of Confidence
Constant Feelings of Overwhelm
Hypersensitivity or Under-Sensitivity to Stimulus
Underdeveloped Motor or Learning Skills
Speech & Reading Difficulties
Bedwetting Beyond 5 Years Old
Brain Fitness Strategies loves working with schools to enhance the learning of their students. By working with staff or students, custom programs can be developed to build the motor and learning skills of students of all ages. We offer Teacher Workshops and Student Workshops for elementary, middle, and high schools.
Our teacher workshops bring you the latest research on how physical movement changes the brain, making it easier for students to learn in the classroom. Teachers will leave with practical, easy-to-implement brain fitness strategies they can take into their classroom the very next day. They will learn:
• How to identify the learning profiles of students
• The relation between motor development and learning skills
• How to recognize developmental gaps in physical development
• A classroom exercise for building concentration
• How to position students in the classroom to enhance learning
• Tools for calming students
The workshops are fun, hands-on, and practical.
Schools wanting to develop and continue a juggling program benefit from Brain Fitness Strategies’ twenty-five years of experience teaching juggling in public and private schools. We love teaching educators, which is the fastest way to help the most kids. We can teach your staff how to teach juggling, even if they are unable to learn to juggle at that time.
With over twenty-five years of teaching workshops in schools, Brain Fitness Strategies has classroom-tested activities that gain measurable results. We work with schools to determine what their unique needs are so that we can help them achieve the outcome they are seeking.
Have a Ball Learning Workshop
This is one of our most popular workshops! Scientific research has validated what we knew from experience: learning to juggle grows new brain cells and new neural pathways, improving reading, math, and coordination. By building a stronger corpus callosum (the nerve fibers connecting the right and left hemispheres), students are able to access more of their brain. And by exercising the cerebellum, students gain more physical and mental coordination.
Have a Ball Learning is a multi-day residency that teaches students how to juggle, but they get much more than that. Juggling is a neuromuscular skill that builds new circuits in the brain, allowing students to improve all of their learning skills, particularly reading, writing, and concentration. Neurology researchers have recently confirmed that juggling has a profound impact on the brain, improving nearly every aspect of brain health and function.
Juggling grows new brain cells in the part of the brain that processes visual information, a critical step in learning. When that part of the brain is impaired, it shows up as dyslexia, poor coordination, and generalized difficulty in learning. By exercising this part of the brain regularly, students can improve their reading and writing skills, which will raise their test scores in all subjects.
Students are also taught a balance exercise that builds concentration, coordination, eye tracking, postural reflexes, muscle tone, balance, hand-eye coordination, and reading skills. Teachers love this exercise because it gives them a way to improve students’ ability to concentrate in a measurable way.
With over twenty-five years of experience teaching juggling workshops, Brain Fitness Strategies has developed classroom-tested step-by-step instructions on how to juggle so that ANY child can learn to master their mind and body.
Let Brain Fitness Strategies teach your staff what they can do to maintain a healthy brain, increase the speed of thought coordination, and reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s and dementia. Participants will learn the latest scientifically-based information on brain health, plus exercises they can do at home or in the office to boost concentration, coordination, and balance. They will learn:
• what a brain-healthy diet is
• what kind of physical exercise is best for the brain
• what the best kind of brain stimulation is
• tools for stress management.
Brain Fitness Strategies works with mental health institutions, academic institutions, and corporations to identify ways to enhance the performance of their clients, students, and staff. With a large variety of tools at our disposal, we can help you build a program and implement it successfully. If you want to increase your safety record, we can help. If you want to improve communications, we can help. If you want to have healthier, brighter, faster thinkers, we can help. We help you take a new perspective on the work environment, social environment, and job requirements, developing a game plan that will increase the performance and improve the attitudes of your staff. Improving the brain health of your staff increases productivity, reduces absenteeism, and results in happier employees.
Boost your staff’s brainpower by teaching them to juggle! More and more scientific research proves what we’ve known for twenty-five years: juggling boosts brain elasticity. Researchers have found that learning to juggle causes measurable growth of new gray matter in only seven days. Oxford recently released a study proving juggling causes the growth of white matter—the neural pathways that allow communication between different parts of the brain. After the study was completed, they found the new growth was still there ninety days after the study was completed, proving it is permanent growth. Learning to juggle will improve coordination—not only physical, but thought coordination also. Faster thought coordination means faster, better decisions can be made with less confusion.
We make it easy for you to have a successful event by customizing our presentations to meet your needs. Paul and Susan Phariss are two of the leading experts in their field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge with corporate groups, medical institutions, universities, associations, and others.
Co-author of Have a Ball Learning, Paul Phariss survived a drowning accident at age six and overcame severe brain damage to learn to read at age thirty. Having educated and entertained over half-a-million people worldwide, Paul has been interviewed and seen on PBS, CBS, FOX, ESPN2, the Today Show, and Good Morning America.
Keynote Speech: Juggling Miracles
At the ripe age of six, Paul Phariss died. The lifeguard, emergency medical technicians, and emergency room doctor were unable to resuscitate him after a tragic swimming accident. His parents were informed their six-year-old son had passed away. When the coroner came in to retrieve the lifeless little body, he found a faint heartbeat—Paul was alive! Paul remembers clearly his near-death experience and being given a choice: did he want to come back or did he want to stay? Paul decided to come back and his life began again as a severely brain-damaged boy.
All the way through elementary school he was unable to read and was told he was stupid and lazy. Because schools didn’t know about learning disabilities, he was put with kids with severe mental retardation and other developmental disabilities—Paul assumed he was retarded, too. His parents assumed he would live with them for the rest of his life, unable to work or support himself. He managed to graduate from high school with the reading level of a fourth grader with zero comprehension. His life took a better turn with the support of his church, when they gave him a scholarship to attend the first college with a special program for good students with learning disabilities. In college he gave up trying to learn how to read—he was hungry to learn everything he had missed in school because of all the reading clinics: anthropology, sociology, science, and theater. But he still couldn’t read.
After college, Paul faced the harsh reality of being an adult who couldn’t read. Job choices were limited, discrimination was plentiful. With the encouragement of a college professor, Paul pursued the unusual career of becoming a mime. His mime instructor insisted all his students learn how to juggle, which became a turning point in Paul’s life. Within twelve years, Paul won the gold medal at the international juggling championships—but more importantly—he started being able to read. In 2009 Paul completely overcame dyslexia as a client using Rhythmic Movement Training, a brain therapy being successfully used in Europe for over twenty-five years. Since that time, Paul became a RMT consultant himself and is using it to help others overcome their disabilities just as quickly.
In his presentations, Paul shares his inspiring and fascinating life story of overcoming brain damage and illiteracy and going on to become a world champion juggler, an author, and brain fitness coach. As one of only eleven certified Rhythmic Movement Training consultants in North and South America, Paul now helps kids and adults overcome their learning and developmental challenges and inspires others to do the same. Paul shares the latest scientific studies that have proven the link between juggling, movement, and enhanced brain function. He educates and entertains his audience with practical steps they can take to improve their brain function through brain stimulation, nutrition, exercise, and stress management. His speech is entertaining, educational, and inspirational.
Susan Bello Phariss is a brain fitness coach, author, speaker and founder of Brain Fitness Strategies LLC. Susan helps schools, individuals, and corporations implement strategic brain exercise programs focused on enhancing brain function. As co-creator of the revolutionary guide for parents and teachers, Have a Ball Learning: How Juggling Helps Kids Overcome Their Learning Disabilities, Susan Phariss is one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic of teaching movement as a tool for brain fitness. She has been seen on NBC, CBS, and ABC.
The Ten Habits of Healthy Brains
Learn ten easy steps to increasing your brainpower and decreasing the odds of experiencing Alzheimers disease and dementia. Hear the latest research on brain fitness and how you can achieve a healthier brain. Add a workshop to this speech and teach your audience how to juggle—the ideal brain fitness exercise for enhancing brain performance.
Brain Plasticity: How Learning Changes Your Brain
New research has proven how brain plasticity allows your brain to continue to perform well even with Alzheimers disease. Learn the four cornerstones of brain fitness and the simple steps anyone can take to increase brain plasticity. Like they say, if you do crossword puzzles every day, then if you get Alzheimers you will be very good at doing crossword puzzles. Attendees will learn what brain plasticity is and how important it is to their golden years.
Exercising the Body is Exercising the Mind
Learn about the importance of physical movement for brain development from the world’s leading experts: babies in diapers. Babies have been developing healthy brains without adult help throughout history. What can we learn from them? Susan Phariss will share how we can change our brain function by emulating the small, rhythmic movements infants make in their first year of development. Susan helps parents and teachers understand the power of physical exercise in optimizing brain health and reveals the steps that allow them to achieve it quickly and effectively.
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