Neuroplasticity and JKA
Neuroplasticity and JKA – Why the plasticity of the brain is determinant for your child’s development
Neuroplasticity can basically be described as the capacity of single synapses, nerve cells and complete brain areas to alter according to their application. This is a natural process which allows the organism to interact with and adapt to its environment.
At the time of birth, the genetic make-up of a child has already determined the structures of the brain. These structures are further linked by forming new connections in response to the environment, in other words, through the process of growing up.
Since there is no life without movement, movements play a key role when it comes to neuronal changes. The brain of a growing child develops by learning new functions and movements, which are again needed to find out more and more about the environment and how to connect with it.
During this process, it is important that the functions and specific brain areas are only developed when these functions are used or can be used!
In brief: What we do not use or cannot use is quickly lost.
During every JKA session, the child is offered a range of possible movements. Every option is made-to-measure and adapted to the stage of development and the skills of the child.
The more different options the child is able to learn and process, the better is its ability – due to the plasticity of the brain – to make use of these variations in the growth of its brain.
It is highly interesting that when one area of the brain starts to perform better, also other parts of the brain start to change and reshape.
Therefore, the neuroplasticity of our brain serves as the basis of all learning processes and constitutes a significant cornerstone of JKA.