All types of therapy and education for that matter rely on a characteristic of the human brain that has only recently emerged as a lifelong ability or process – neural plasticity.
Although there is still some resistance in some quarters to the idea that the brain can and does change in response to the experiences it consistently gets, this idea has taken root, because those of us who use neural plasticity to positively change the lives of those we are aiming to help, see how powerful it is.
The interesting thing about this process is that it works best when we are motivated to keep practising, and enjoying it, as the connections that are made combine with multiple centres in the brain to reinforce the learning and behaviour change.
This short video does a great job of explaining neural plasticity and hopefully helps you understand how it can work for not only your students and children, but for yourself!
- The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge MD
- The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson