One of the cool things that the brain balance people have taught us is that one way to stimulate the right side of the brain is to give extra work to the sensory receptors on the left side of the body. I'm not a neurologist, but this seems to make sense. 

So how to you stimulate the receptors on the left side of the body? Well, when we do exercises with the kids we put a sock on their right foot (leaving their weft foot bare), and we plug their right ear. This assures that the sensory input goes into their left ear and left foot and it then stimulates the right side of the brain (because the wires cross). 

Also, when they get their weekly screen time, they have to wear an eye patch on their right eye so that the visual stimulus enters the right eye and processes in the right side of the brain. I tried playing Mario with Kimball on the Wii with one eye closed and it drive me crazy, but Kimball does well playing pirate-style. And Anahí looks absolutely adorable watching *Frozen* or *Despicable Me* with a pirate patch on her eye. Sometimes when they think we aren't looking they will slip off the patch, but generally they keep them on. It's just one more thing we can do to keep the program going. And it's super-cute!

 

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