Have you ever been in a situation where you were so afraid that you felt your heart race, and even in the aftermath, could focus only on little else than what just happened? How does that incident affect your sense of time?
In my last post, I wrote about how the brain states of children can impact their functional IQ. Research published by Dr. Bruce Perry on this topic is compelling and something that parents, caregivers and teachers should understand in order to help children through their difficult or fearful brain states.
One discovery we have come to realize as significant is how the brain state of a child or adult can impact many aspects of his thinking, feeling and capability. Consider this: it is easy to empathize with the child if I were to put you in an intense state of fear by threatening harm to you physically, and at the same time ask you to try to solve a complex algebra problem, you probably would not be able to do that problem very well. The reason you would have difficulty is because you would be using the lower part of your brain. So, your brain state would be “in terror.” When your brain state is in an emotional mode, you would not be able to do cognitive problem solving at that point in time.
It is interesting to think about what we emphasize and prioritize in our educational systems. For instance, we insist that every student must know how to multiply, divide, add and subtract. Math is an essential part of our educational systems and a priority for test scores and academic performance. What about the dynamics of life?
Prominent neurological research has advanced therapeutic interventions in the past few years, providing a more sensory level of therapies. One such therapy, neurofeedback, has become an important option for children and teenagers, particularly in cases of child brain trauma and with ADD and ADHD. Lakeside is so excited that neurofeedback may be an approach to help thousands of children and teenagers. In fact, Lakeside will be opening its own neurofeedback treatment program this coming year.