Tip from Dr. Taglio: Swimming Can Improve Your Child's Ability to Read

blog-post_kidsswim-1Simple movement can improve your child's ability to read, more specifically, cross lateral movements have been discovered to have a positive effect on academics. According to Jochen Donczki, Ph.D., his research revealed an improvement in reading rates and comprehension in children by having them perform cross lateral exercises, re-establishing and strengthening communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. If information from the left or right side of the brain is not crossing to the opposite side of the body adequately, the brain is not able to utilize its full cognitive potential and the body's ability to heal is also diminished. These exercises help strengthen this communication and increase brain potential. Swimming is a natural way of performing the “cross crawl pattern,” which is a classic cross-lateral exercise.

Valuable “side-effects” of swimming:

  • Aids in the development of speech and works multiple areas of the brain through combined, coordinated movements of the arms and legs working together.
  • A child's body is stimulated through movements like swimming, but their mind is also stimulated, promoting further brain development.
  • Works large muscles of the body, challenging gross motor skills and building coordination.
  • Reduces stress and increases mood-boosting chemicals in the brain
  • Stimulates muscles to contract and relax, increasing blood flow to the brain for nutrients
  • Swimming at an early age helps a baby develop mobility functions, deeper more regular and mature breathing, improving health and helps the baby make sounds which improves communication and overall language development. 

As scientists further study how exercise improves brain health and mental development, they are finding that regular exercise can actually stimulate regeneration of damaged brain cells. If consistent exercise, such as swimming, can benefit a “typical” child's body and brain, imagine how much these types of exercises could help a child who struggles in school, has learning disabilities, autism or other special needs.

Spend your summer swimming with your child to enhance your child's life through fitness and increase their potential for intellectual greatness! 

author_bioAs a wife and mother of two active little boys, Dr. Taglio understands that life is busy and can easily get out of balance. She knows how important healthy habits are in maintaining a healthy family. She is committed to addressing the whole body and takes a multi-pronged approach to improving the function of the nervous system, by removing nerve interference through chiropractic, addressing nutritional components and incorporating neuromuscular re-education to maintain spinal health and stability. She has made it her mission to help people not only feel great, but also help them reach their highest potential, in whatever their endeavors are. She has a love for children and their healing through chiropractic and nutrition.

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