2e Neuro-Balance Club
“Twice-exceptional students frequently struggle with impulse control, poor organizational skills, sensitivity to criticism, poor handwriting, limited social skills, etc due to an imbalance and lack of equilibrium of neural connections in the brain. Stimulating certain parts of the brain can help develop new connections and increase neuroplasticity.” ~Prof. Lidiya
According to the Child Mind Institute, “twice-exceptional” or “2e” children are defined as those that “have exceptional ability and disability” like dyslexia, dysgraphia ADHD, visual or auditory processing disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome and anxiety. It has been proven that these disorders frequently go hand in hand with high IQ and exceptional intelligence.
However, teaching and parenting twice-exceptional children can often present its own challenges as twice-exceptional students commonly struggle with impulse control, inconsistency, poor organizational skills, sensitivity to criticism, poor handwriting, limited social skills, etc due to an imbalance and lack of equilibrium of neural connections in the brain. Stimulating certain parts of the brain can help develop new connections and increase neuroplasticity.
The left hemisphere of the brain is responsible for language, speech, analytic thoughts, number skills, sequential reasoning, logic, while the right hemisphere is in charge of pattern recognition, creativity, 3-D forms, left-hand control, emotions, among others. Each part of the brain works independently separating analogous experiences in the corresponding hemispheres.
In this Neuro-Balance Club, we will use different written, visual, verbal and physical exercises and projects to help students establish new neural pathways to improve connections and communications between the two hemispheres in order to increase neuroplasticity of the brain.
This is an online club designed to support, inspire and create a positive impact for students with “2e” needs.
What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:
- Students will be asked to work on puzzles and exercises that are geared to stimulate a certain part of the brain.
- Students will be asked to do physical exercises at home (preferably under parental supervision) at least 2-3 times per week.
- Students will be asked to simulate different social situations and work through various outcomes.
- Students will be required to complete various sensory activities.
What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:
- Videos and video tutorials about meditation and various breathing and mind relaxation techniques.
- Online games and interactive activities.
- Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter, or just for fun.
What to expect during the weekly webinar:
- Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recorded sessions are available for students with schedule conflicts.
- Weekly webinars will be unstructured to give students an opportunity to voice their struggles, work on various visual and verbal exercises and guided discussions.
- Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) is expected.
Before taking this course, students should be able to:
- Respond constructively to their classmates’ ideas, even when disagreeing.
- Follow a teacher’s instructions.
- Be an active learner.
Students should be willing to:
- Actively participate (via the microphone and chat) in the class discussion.
- Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
Required books & materials: