Is intelligence, or the ability to grasp concepts easily, a matter of ‘luck of our genes’, or is it something that we can influence through multiple means?

Have you ever wondered how your kids learn? Did you know, the principles of learning can be placed in basic units? Here are some key points to understanding how to access our children’s innate learning capacity:

REPETITION – Remember the classroom prior to the 1990s? Half an hour of repeating the multiplication tables, from 9-9.30am? A tried and true principle, however in certain nutritional deficiencies and behavioural disorders, the ability to maintain focus and mediate boredom will compromise this principle.

EFFECT – Effect is a term applied to the emotional relationship that a child
has with a subject. For children who have suffered emotional traumas or have emotion processing disorders, this principle may be compromised. This can be overcome by giving a subject meaning – something the child can relate to.

FIRST IMPRESSION – ‘First impression’ is the principle that the first thing seen or learned about a subject sets the precedent. This is especially relevant for many of the spectrum disorders. Gut, immuno-inflammatory and central nervous system health problems often relate here.

PRIORITY – The most recent prominent impression will often dominate in the process of learning. If you ask a child what they learned today, you may have a very big insight into how they learn by their answer!

INTENSITY – Some children learn through intensity (ie. through the information being engaging and exciting and factual) while others learn through passive application (ie. they need to sit quietly with something, feel it out and find their own connection with it). Discipline runs along the same lines!

FREEDOM – Freedom to learn or learning what you have interest in or a passion for is perhaps the greatest principle to embrace. Incorporating points of interest into other subjects increases the learning experience.

REQUIREMENT – Requirement is a great tool where the student can perceive an actual purpose to the process of learning eg. obtaining a driver’s licence.

REFLEX LEARNING – This is a lesser used but highly effective tool. This is a process of using visual, olfactory or aural stimulus to trigger memory response.

The human gut is perhaps the most understated tool for learning. What we eat has a major effect on our neurotransmitter production and therefore our capacity to concentrate, process and assimilate information. The mood is similarly affected and a distracted mood is not conducive to learning. Foods can be solely responsible for what can be termed neurotransmitter and processing mediators and antagonists ie. foods that increase or decrease our capacity for good mood and to learn. Nutritional deficiencies, food intolerances and allergies, nutrition assimilation and immuno-inflammatory disorders can all have varying degrees of impact on our passage of learning. Incorporating specific strategies through the guidance of a practitioner experienced in these field may have phenomenal results.

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