Brain Gym for Adults

Tuesdays, April 16 - June 4, 2019    6 to 7 pm.

I am teaching a class for adults called "Brain Gym" through Ann Arbor Recreation and Education from 6:00 to 7:00 pm starting on Tuesday, April 16 (Free Class), running through June 4, at the Lawton Elementary School gym.


Come have fun with healthy aging activities for brain and body! The class will include Brain Gym movements as well as Bal-A-Vis-X exercises, which are balance, auditory, vision exercises done using either sandbags or racquetballs.  Improve your well-being, prevent falls, enhance cognitive skills and build self-confidence.  Keep your brain sharp, improve your balance, lower your stress level and get the chance to play like a kid again!   Open to any adult. Free class on April 16, please pre-register even though class is free, ID#3183.701. Paid class runs April 23 through June 4 (no class May 28). Fee:  $65 for 6 weeks.  Paid Class ID is:  #3183.702, at Lawton Elementary School in the Media Center.

To register, go to: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed website


Spring Class:  Movement Based Learning, April 26-27, 2019

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Taught by the fabulous Cecilia Koester, M.Ed.




What is Movement Based Learning?

Movement Based Learning is a way for us to begin to understand and apply the concept that movement of the body affects integration of our brain function.  When our brain is in an integrated state (i.e., able to access all parts of the brain), we return to our natural, normal curious state of learning.  It is from this solid foundational space that we can reach our greatest potential.


This 2-day course provides:

  • An in-depth study of how to use a program from Movement Based Learning, Inc. This program teaches techniques called the Building Block Activities that are based on typical developmental movement patterns.
  • An excellent application for autism, cerebral palsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, speech impairment, brain injuries, trauma, and impairments caused by strokes.
  • Applications to typically functioning children and adults as well as children who learn differently.


Students Will:

  • Observe basic developmental movement patterns of early childhood that will allow us to target specific brain funciton and offer a structure to explore the application of movement-based learning.
  • Observe the gathering of information about how to apply movement-based learning to the childhood reflexes to enhance the child's level of functioning.
  • Learn and practice the Building Block Activities that are essential to developmental movement patterns.
  • Experience how to assess the needs of an individual who may have difficulty communicating, develop a movement-based learning program to meet those needs, evaluate the effectiveness of the program and how to modify the program when necessary.

Description: This course offers participants methods and techniques that you can immediately use with the children or adults with whom you work.  Much attention is given to noticing/assessment skills that also include basic stages of human development.  The participant learns how to use the Building Block Activities that may create a foundation for new learning.


Cecilia Koester, M.Ed., author of I Am the Child: Using Brain Gym with Children Who Have Special Needs, will be teaching the course.  Cece is a leading expert on using Movement Based Learning with children and adults who are differently abled.  Cece's intuitive/imaginative teaching style and keen assessment skills uniquely translate into a way for you to learn how to be quietly centered and grounded.  As you witness her in action, you reconnect with your own passion for living, learning, loving and teaching.  On a personal note: Cece was my first Brain Gym instructor, and watching her work with children is the reason I became a Brain Gym instructor.  


Cost: $287 (includes course manual for the Building Block Activities) Registration due by April 20, 2019

Location: Galaxy Brain & Therapy Center, 5840 Interface Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Course Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, both days.

How to Register: Contact Katy Held at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 734-649-7457 for a digital invoice.





Bal-A-Vis-X: Basics through Intermediate, plus Adaptive Modifications - taught by Bill Hubert

with NEW! optional 4 hour session on using Bal-A-Vis-X for children with ACE's - Adverse Childhood Experiences

August 8-10, 2019


Bal-A-Vis-X (BAVX) requires focused attention, demands cooperation, promotes self-challenge, and fosters peer teaching. It is school friendly and just plain fun.

                   Who Can Benefit?                                                              Possible benefits

Students with learning challenges                                           Improved eye tracking

People with visual and auditory challenges                            Decreased stress headaches

Gifted as well as “regular” students                                        Increased attention span

People with anxiety                                                                    Decreased impulsivity

Orthopedic patients                                                                    Visual form perception

Athletes                                                                                       Higher batting averages

Seniors/Elders/Goldens                                                             Improved balance and coordination

Preschoolers                                                                               Improved posture and strength

People with Autism                                                                     Improved speech

People with ADHD                                                                       Increased confidence and self-esteem

People with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)                                  Enhanced learning retention


Level A: Foundation, Intermediate and Adaptive Bal-A-Vis-X

Include the principles, rhythms, patterns, procedures, the first 175 or so foundation exercises, intermediate exercises, and modifications of the basic exercises for the very young, elderly, people with other challenges, and a vision tracking procedure.

 Class Schedule


Thursday, August 8        2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, August 9              8:30 am - 12:30 pm (1 hour lunch) 1:30 pm  - 6:00 pm 

Saturday, August 10       8:00 am  - 12:30 pm  (1 hour lunch) Ends Level A (17 hours)

              Optional:            1:30 pm  - 5:30 pm. Trauma Informed BAVX (TIB) 

 Saturday, Au                           


It is strongly recommended for those attending the add-on ACE's session to read "The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog," by Bruce Perry MD, PhD, and Maia Szalavitz.


The Instructor: Bill Hubert, originator of Bal-A-Vis-X. Assisted by Katy Held and MaryAnn Short, Sanctioned Bal-A-Vis-X instructors.

Registration: This workshop is for persons 18 years and older, but we do have 2 slots for students 13 and over if they are serious about wanting to learn the program. Please contact Katy with questions. Pre-registration is required.

Level A is a 17-hour course. 

Cost: Session A: $240.00 if registered by July 8.     After July 8, $290.00


Books, DVDs, and supplies (balls, sandbags, and tracking balls) will be available for purchase on site.

Class Location: Rudolf Steiner Lower Elementary, 2775 Newport Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103  

           Please make checks payable to “Learning from the Heart LLC” and mail to:

Katy Held, 1201 Snyder Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

To register online/pay by credit card, e-mail Katy; she will send you a Paypal invoice.

Questions? contact Katy: (734) 649-7457 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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