In the beginning,
Sumiati started as a concerned parent. She and her husband wanted to understand and develop their own children's style of learning. They understood that all children are different and because of that, learn differently. She wanted to help their children unlock and maximise their learning potential. That is what lead them to Brain Gym® all the way in America. Brain Gym® did exactly that and they realised how Brain Gym® had the potential to help so many other children study, learn and enjoy learning at the same time. That is when they decided to pioneer the Brain Gym® movement in Singapore by opening a therapy/play center, offering services to help children from all walks of life overcome and conquer learning diffiulties. That was 20 years ago.
Today Sumiati is a wealth of experience, with the completion of Brain Gym® and other specialty Educational Kinesiology courses/ certification taken in New Zealand, Canada, USA and Australia. Completed also training and certification in Cranio Sacral Therapy and Lymph Drainage Therapy, Touch for Health and Counselling Practicum (The Satir’s Model of Therapy).
She is the only approved trainers of Bal-A-Vis-X in the South-East Asia region.
To help children and adults unlock their potentials within them through Brain Gym® movements, integrative PLAY, Music Therapy and Bal-A-Vis-X.
" I BELIEVE THAT LEARNING IS NOT ALL IN THE HEAD "
Experience: Blessed with more than 20 years of experience, she comes mainly from the heart, working on children that have severe learning difficulties, those with developmental delays, emotional or social issues, suicidal and mental challenges, ADD, ADHD, CAPD ( Central Auditory Processing Disorder), Dyslexia and Sensory- Dysfunction, those with Autism Spectrum, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
She believes that by giving them an opportunity to play, learn and to establish a sense of personal space and of upright balance (all the activities involving gross-motor coordination for moving in gravity), they will achieve success at a neurologically organized behavior, that experience becomes a springboard for further learning and growth.
What is Brain Gym ?
Brain Gym® is a program of gentle physical activities that enhance learning abilities. It is a series of enjoyable movements that bring about rapid and often dramatic changes and improvements particularly in academic skills like concentration and focus, maths, test taking, memory, reading, writing, organization skills, listening, comprehension , physical coordination, attitude and relationships.
Brain Gym® develops the brain neural pathways the way nature does through movements. A distinguished specialist in physical movements, education and child development, Dr. Paul.E Dennison PhD, developed Brain Gym upon more than 40 years of research based in USA.
Many students have benefitted using Brain Gym® as it helps them to switch on their whole brain and ready for themselves for optimal learning. That is why, at the Brain Gym Playhouse we administer movement based activities through PLAY!
We couldn't have been happier when we heard what the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong went ahead and recited our mantra in his National Day Speech in 2012!
"I would like to offer one caution to parents: Please let your children have their childhood! Pre-school is to teach the kids certain skills which are best learnt at that age, language, social skills, basic motor skills. It is not meant for you to prepare with the Primary One, Primary Two textbook and to drill the kid at three or four years old so that by the time he goes to P1, he already knows what the teacher is supposed to teach him. Education experts, child development specialists, they warn against over teaching pre-school children. You do harm, you turn the kid off, you make his life miserable. Instead of growing up balanced and happy, he grows up narrow and neurotic. No homework is not a bad thing. It is good for young children to play and to learn through play. So please, I have heard of parents who sent their children to two kindergartens. I read of parents, who send their kindergarten age children to tuition, please do not do that."
Lee Hsien Loong, National Day Speech 2012
Services/ Achievements : Awarded the ‘Excellence Service Award’ by the Educational Kinesiology Foundation in Ventura, California in 2004.
Brain Gym® Program together with integrative play are conducted for children aged 4yrs to 12yrs old over three weekends. There are 4 groups with a maximum of 15 children in each group. 90% of these children are so called “challenged kids” as we term it and have some form of learning difficulties. They learn the Brain Gym® movements and how to apply them in school and at home with great success.
Activities such as roller blading, ice-skating, cycling, swimming, trekking, rope & knot tying, outdoor cooking, canoeing, rock climbing, juggling, balance board therapy, kite flying, woodcraft, camping, origami, traditional games and other integrative play and eye-hand coordination games are carried out during the playgroup classes over the 3 weekends.
Overseas educational tour to Australia - in 2002, followed by four Malaysian educational tours the following years. (namely to the farm stay in Johore, holidays in Mersing, stay in floating resort in Tasik Kenyir and in 2007,7 days in Langkawi, had been organised.
These children also get a therapy/consultation visit on a monthly basis to help them with their sensory/primitive reflexes/integration problems.
Brain Gym® courses for parents and teachers are conducted periodically throughout the year. Overseas Instructors are invited to teach Brain Gym® related courses and higher level courses.
The iLs Program is a Music-Based Auditory Stimulation method, with BONE CONDUCTION that trains the brain to improve the auditory skills needed to effectively listen, learn and communicate. It consists of an extensive series of specially produced acoustic music, primarily classical, played from the Ipod with innovative sound processing techniques that exercise the brain and auditory pathways.