Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Balametrics: Learning Breakthrough Program

In the early 1960’s, Dr. Frank Belgau, working in the classroom with children with reading problems, began carefully experimenting to see if he could find activities that made an immediate observable improvement in the children’s reading and academic performance. The procedure was simple and straight forward - the children read a passage orally, they did ten to fifteen minutes of motor skill sensory integration activity, and then read a different passage from the same story. He listened to and compared the two reading samples. He also asked the students to report any differences they observed themselves. He found activities that made a difference in reading and in vision.

In the above video, Dr. Belgau explains the basic principles in his Balametrics program.

Melinda asks Dr. Belgau to explain the principles of his balance board.


Matt said...

Fascinating, but the second video does not play.

JOlmsted said...

Hi Matt,

I just checked both videos and they play fine for me. Try it again.


Traveller said...

I've been doing balametrics in conjunction with tomatis. You can see the course of my therapy at journeythroughthecortex.blogspot.com.

I, too, have posted some videos at http://journeythroughthecortex.blogspot.com/2010/01/for-better-reading-hearing-and-learning.html

Also did a balance test at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania:

and, here's some pictures of me doing balametrics ( I know, I do look kind of dorky)