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FLOW Room

The FLOW room consists of a series of stations, each of which works on one or more motor skills. Some use specially designed number and letter patterns to facilitate the brain’s communication and the brain-body control. Other stations require balance, the development of non-dominant hand and leg skills. Some invite cross lateral functioning. Some develop tracking with the eyes, where a deficiency can predict future difficulty in reading. One station invites balance and full body control. A game station develops concentration, focus, and patience. Each, in its own way, hones a foundational skill for academic readiness and improved performance. The soundness of this program is rooted in the knowledge that sensory-motor integration and gross/fine motor development is a precursor to learning readiness. Movement sets neural circuits to activate the entire neural wiring system, readying the body for academic learning. To achieve whole body movement, which is critical for action, one must have whole body, integrated movement. So movement is the foundation for thought and the building block of the skills with which we learn and express our knowledge as humans. All thought, no matter how concrete or abstract, can only be revealed through activity, and activity is a function of the muscles. We cannot read without control of the eye muscles, we cannot write without holding a pencil, we cannot speak without control of the tongue and jaws. In some of the newest research, we are beginning to understand that movement broadens the memory circuit to create memory, allowing us through physical movement to internalize and cement the memory in nerve networks.