The short answer is “Yes!” As we learned from our previous blog about musicians, we know that music aids memory, visual development, timing and organization. But now science is backing the theory that it improves academic performance.
Cuts in music and arts education programs inspired a group of neuroscientists to take on a large, long-term study of primary school students. The results of this study were published in the Neuroscience News in February 2018 and is the first of its kind.
It’s been said that how we see ourselves affects how we see the world. The opposite is also true. How we see our world may affect how we see ourselves. That’s why the choice of colors on our living room walls or the color of our clothing plays a role in determining our moods or ability to process information. We intuitively know that calm minds make for better feeling and learning and science backs it up.
According to researchers in the field of color psychology, each color has a magnetic wavelength that enhances or inhibits learning. Lower wavelength colors are relaxing and higher wavelength colors are activating.
So, what colors aid intellectual processing? According to researchers, it comes down to three: green, blue and orange.
Bedtime takes forever and then your child is up every morning at 2 a.m. unable to sleep. Many of our parents have kids with sleep issues. Fortunately, by understanding the relationship between sensory processing and sleep, parents can work toward creating an environment that allows for a great night’s sleep.
Sleep is integral for restoring our brain cells, nourishing our bodies, supporting brain health, and regulating sleep patterns. Poor sleep equals poor mental and physical development. According to Dr. Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC of the Center for Connection (http://www.thecenterforconnection.org/jamie-chaves-bio/) the following list can indicate whether or not your child is getting enough sleep: