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Helping Kids in the Hills Reach Their Full Learning Potential

The program focuses on fast neurological development and perfecting the integration between the body and brain.

Tony Andrews

By Tony Andrews

My life’s mission, to help children and adults with learning difficulties, started in the mid-1960s with my own personal battle with learning and behavioural difficulties. As a child I suffered with dyslexia, dysgraphia and issues that are now known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  My school experience was one full of failure and feelings of shame for thinking I was dumb, mixed with fear and anxiety.

Basically the system had failed me and teachers had written me off for any successful future. Deep down I knew I was intelligent. However, when it came to reading, writing and mathematics, it just seemed like my brain didn’t want to work.  Then in 1991 I was introduced to the late Dr Moshe Elbaum from Israel. He had started developing the Intelligence Integration method and he invited me to study and work with him in Israel. This was a major turning point for my learning issues and the beginning of a long and rewarding friendship.

What is the Intelligence Integration program?

Intelligence Integration is a physical based training program. It’s known as the physical foundation of learning, as it looks to the body as the primary source of a person’s difficulty with learning, concentration and behaviour control. The program focuses on fast neurological development and perfecting the integration between the body and brain, in order to function as an integrative unit. This enables the individual to function at his or her highest potential.  The program believes that only fluid and simultaneous coordination between motor control, cognition and emotional processing ability will bring about the necessary results and that physical integration is the foundation for optimum functioning in the areas of learning, comprehension, behaviour, creativity and concentration.

Contrary to popular perception learning, concentration and behaviour have very little to do with a person’s academic capacity. More often than not, it’s the inability of the body to carry out tasks.  A child whose bodily systems don’t work well, will have a hard time participating in many learning and social activities.  Many practitioners in the field of learning and behavioural difficulties do not take into account that immature and/or undeveloped neural networks are the primary cause behind each person’s difficulty or dysfunction.  It is not commonly known that many learning and behavioural issues are a direct result of some dysfunctional system within the body.  In part, this is because we are culturally accustomed to treat symptoms rather than seek out the root causes.

How does exercise prepare the brain for learning?

There is a growing body of scientific evidence that supports the premise that the brain can be re-wired. Many studies have demonstrated that the human brain is “plastic” and can be re-wired via repetition of specialised exercises that target both gross and fine motor functioning and the sensory system, which facilitates neurogenesis (the growth of new brain cells).

Exercise improves learning on three levels:

  1. It optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention and motivation.
  2. It prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for locking in new information.
  3. It spurs the development of new stem cells which is vital for forming memories.

Tony Andrews. Director Intelligence Integration
Contact 0425 703 353
www.intelligenceintegrationaustralia.com.au

Tony Andrews currently works with teachers and students at a local primary school helping to introduce the program into the students’ daily activities. The goal is to improve the students’ overall functioning and thus their learning, concentration, focus, behaviour and self-esteem. Tony’s long-term goal is to have the Intelligence Integration program active in hundreds of schools around Australia.

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From the Editor

Welcome to the first of the digital editions of The Foothills community news. Thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers that has put this edition together. Many are long term volunteers who you will have followed over several years and others are new writers inspired by the opportunities of the new digital edition.

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