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Brain Connections was established in February 2008 to allow Chris Bozkewycz to pursue her passion for Educational Kinesiology and Brain Gym® whilst continuing her work as a kindergarten teacher.

Chris has many years of teaching experience having worked in both primary and kindergarten settings in Victoria, the Northern Territory and South Australia. She completed her Diploma of Teaching in Melbourne in 1976, and later returned to study to gain her Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Teaching in 1996. In April 2009, after 15 years working with the families of Mooroolbark, she resigned from her position at Mooroolbark Early Childhood Education Centre to concentrate on spreading the exciting news about Brain Gym®.

Since then, Chris has shared her time between relief teaching in preschools and her expanding Brain Gym work, including consultations with private clients, running Brain Gym courses and Professional Development programs for schools, as well as presenting at a variety of conferences.

In Term 4, 2010, she became involved with the Ready Set Bounce School Program set up by the Yarra Valley Practitioner’s Project (YVPP) to support children in areas that had been affected by the devastating 2009 bush fires. Initially, it involved teaching Brain Gym on a weekly basis to each of the classes at Yarra Glen Primary School, and in 2011 expanded to Buxton Primary School and Chum Creek Primary. There was very positive feedback from each of the schools and the program was embraced enthusiastically by many of the students. After discontinuation of government funding for the YVPP in 2012, Chum Creek Primary provided funding themselves to enable Chris to work with classes and individual children on a weekly basis. A successful grant application by Chum Creek Primary School ensured that the Brain Gym program was  able to resume in term 3 2013, and  continued on a weekly basis until the funding concluded at the end of term 3 in 2015 .

Chris has expanded the range of Professional Development courses for educators that she teaches as she is now a licensed instructor for ‘Hands On: How To Use Brain Gym in the Classroom’, a literacy-focused course developed by South African Remedial Educator, Isabel Cohen. It is a certified Brain Gym course based on the book of the same name co-authored by Isabel and Marcelle Goldsmith, an Occupational Therapist & Brain Gym Instructor. Currently there are only a handful of people licensed to teach the course around the world. Chris is thrilled to have achieved this qualification and is looking forward to sharing the work in Australia and beyond.

All Chris’ Professional Development programs align with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Certificates of Attendance are provided that include a list of the Standards covered.

Chris is now based in Nungurner on the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. She can be contacted by email or phone: chris@brainconnections.com.au Mob. 0431583367 to discuss organising a training session.

My passion for Brain Gym® began a number of years ago when I attended an Educational Kinesiology workshop. After witnessing the impact that the simple movements could have on a person’s ability to perform academic tasks, I wondered why this wasn’t included as a part of the curriculum in every school. It seemed obvious that every child, particularly those who struggle to succeed at school, should have the opportunity to experience the ease of movement-based learning.

A couple of years later, I was introduced to the Brain Gym® program, did a one day ‘Brain Gym® in the Classroom’ course, then commenced the intensive training to become an instructor. Many weekends and holidays were taken up with study and courses but it was all so inspiring, the year flew. I successfully completed the final course in September 2007 and set up Brain Connections over the Christmas holidays.

My vision for Brain Connections seems to be expanding all the time. Educational Kinesiology, of which Brain Gym® is a small part, has so much to offer people of all ages. It isn’t just for children. It allows anyone to reach their potential in whatever activity they are engaged in, whether for example, academic, sporting or work-related. Nevertheless, much of my focus has been on spreading the word in early childhood educational settings and primary schools about the importance of movement for building the physical foundations for learning, sharing simple, enjoyable activities that can be easily incorporated into daily routines.  One of the other very important aspects of the Brain Gym® program is that it fosters self-responsibility, as children and older students learn to notice for themselves when they need to ‘switch on their brains’ using the quick and easy exercises.

Brain Gym® can take the stress out of learning and enable people to achieve far more than they ever thought possible.

Chris Bozkewycz