In the present days, there are many ways on how to help our children with special needs. From an array of therapies to mobility assistance to the simplest instructional materials, all of these can help our children. However, there is actually simple way that can be used to make learning more effective. This is called the LAZY 8.
The LAZY 8 is actually under Brain Gym, a program that addresses balance, posture and coordination skills associated with daily life success. It actually helps in synchronizing our system for better comprehension, focus, organization, communication and emotional health. Often times, these basic skills are not given much importance whereas these are some of the areas we must focus on our children rather than the academic areas of our children.
So how exactly can LAZY 8 help?
- It can help you think clearly.
- It has a relaxing and calming effect
- It can enhance eye-hand coordination
- It can improve visual tracking (it is when you move your eyes and not the whole head when you wanted to see something)
- It helps in increasing attention span
- It can develop writing flow and speed
- It balances emotions
- It can improve your memory
- It helps improve cross laterality (crossing the midline of the body, your belly button, connects the right and left hemisphere)
- It can help develop hand dominance (either being right or left handed)
This activity is especially useful and beneficial for children with Dyslexia, ADD, Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay or a Sensory Processing disorders.
In Bridging the Gap, we utilize LAZY 8 as an introductory or welcome work for them to be prepared for the session. This can prepare their minds to be focused and their attention to be longer. This can also help with their gripping if they will be doing some writing or fine-motor activities.
Take note if you want to do at home:
- Tape down the edges of your sheet if it keeps moving. This can refrain your child from being distracted in case it moves.
- The bigger the paper the better as it helps cross further over the body’s midline.
- If your child is having difficulty, start with physical prompting. You can always draw a Lazy 8 for your child to trace over if they find it difficult. Just make sure that they start at your start point and continue in the correct direction.
As you can see Lazy 8’s have lots of benefits for your child. It can be very useful to do some Brain Gym activities before starting homework. It calms, and focuses the mind.