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CUES: for Learning and Teaching in Flow, 2014
Bill Hubert taught for many years in many settings. Always he found students struggling—cognitively and/or physically and/or socially. He did his best for them but could see his efforts were of small value. Watching them, always watching them, over time these strugglers began to teach him. He learned from them that optimal teaching is one thing, optimal learning another, and both must occur simultaneously for optimal gain. This book does not prescribe how to teach. He says little here about actual teaching moments. This book’s focus is on PRE-teaching moments, how to prepare learner and teacher for quality time together. In short chapters and spare sentences Hubert speaks to all teachers, OTs, PTs, rehab specialists, counselors, speech/language therapists, parents of children with academic troubles, parents of children with severe special needs—to everyone who works to benefit anyone who struggles to learn. His message is clear: so much depends upon what happens first, upon cues.
eXercises for Brain and Brain-Body Integration, Second Edition, 2014
Bal-A-Vis-X is an acronym for Balance/Auditory/Vision eXercises, all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. Using sand-filled bags and racquetballs, these exercises address visual tracking deficiencies, auditory imprecision, impulsivity, balance and anxiety issues. Bag exercises are often combined with foot patterns; ball exercises are often done while standing on special balance boards. Individual exercises promote self-challenge. Partner and group exercises demand cooperation. All exercises foster peer teaching.
This book was originally published in 2001. Its content was all we knew at that time about the benefits of Bal-A-Vis-X for struggling students. If you teach students who, although struggling, are capable of mainstream instruction (they do not have severe special needs such as autism), information in this book is as valid today as it was then. This 2014 Second Edition merely updates details and nuances.
If, however, you are a therapist or teacher of those with severe special needs (autism, CP, MS, TBI, PTSD, etc.) you would be better served by RESONANCE: Elise and Other Bal-A-Vis-X Stories (2007 / 2nd edition 2016).
Any teacher or therapist will find value in CUES: for Learning and Teaching in Flow (2014).
NOTE: BAL-A-VIS-X and RESONANCE and CUES compose, from unique points of view, the What and Why of the Bal-A-Vis-X program. For the How, refer to Bal-A-Vis-X DVDS.
Resonance: Elise and Other Bal-A-Vis-X Stories, 2nd Edition, 2016
Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of 300 Balance / Auditory / Vision eXercises, all deeply rooted in rhythm. Individual exercises range from toss/catching one sandbag to bouncing four racquetballs in sequence. Partner exercises may require six balls in motion with accompanying feet patterns.
Exercises address visual tracking deficits, auditory imprecision, impulsivity, balance and anxiety issues.
Bal-A-Vis-X enables the mind-body system to experience the symmetrical flow of a pendulum. It engenders focus. In group settings the exercises demand cooperation. All exercises promote self-challenge and foster peer teaching.
All exercises can become increasingly complex OR increasingly modified for severe special needs.
Bal-A-Vis-X: Balance/Auditory/Vision eXercises for Brain and Brain-Body Integration (2001 / Second Edition 2014) tells the story of the development of Bal-A-Vis-X … from trial and error experiments in one Wichita grade one classroom in the ‘80s to its coalescence into actual exercises with 7th graders in the ‘90s.
THIS BOOK, Resonance: Elise and Other Bal-A-Vis-X Stories (2007 / Second Edition 2016) reviews that original narrative then adds The Rest Of The Story: what we have learned since then about teaching our exercises, with emphasis on modifications for severe special needs, plus contemporaneous insights into brain function by neuropsychiatrists Ratey, Hallowell, Ramachandran, Brizendine, Papalos, plus personal accounts from inside the world of autism by Temple Grandin
Since 2001 multiple teen assistants and I have provided trainings to more than 15,000 teachers, therapists, parents on three continents who, in turn, use these rhythmic exercises to benefit those who struggle cognitively, physically, socially in their worlds.
Resonance tells this whole story.
The Illustrated Bal-a-Vis-X, 2015
This book, based on Bill Hubert’s Bal-A-Vis-X program, was created by Francis Norsworthy. It is designed for use after one has taken a Bal-A-Vis- X training. It will not teach the program.
Each exercise is presented with brief instructions and a diagram to show directional flow of bags/balls plus order of moves and actions plus partner/group orientation of each participant to other(s).
This book is designed to be used as a reminder to teacher/student of the multiple techniques/details necessary for proper execution of each exercise. It is a post-training written and pictorial checklist, not a means to launch the program from scratch.
NOTE: Both Francis and Bill warn that buying this book without first taking authorized training is a waste of money.