I like to find hidden treasures in books that haven´t been re-edited. Especially “Fundamentos neuropsicológicos en las discapacidades de aprendizaje” (“Neuropsychological foundations in learning difficulties.”) by Quiros and Schrager. They provide a very precise description of the importance of the maturity of the nervous system in order to enable learning to take place in the best of conditions.
“When automatic motor activities are produced, the learning process has better and more possibilities of developing.”
The better the functioning of the automatic system in the lower brain the better the cortex can spend it´s time on cognitive areas. This is one of the keys to attention problems and learning. I try to describe this in “Help your child take off. Everything your baby and child needs for limitless development.”
The brain develops in evolutive layers
If we can build automatic answers in the lower levels of the nervous system, spinal cord and brain stem, there are more possibilities of the cortex doing what only it can do: read, understand, pay attention, calculate etc.
It´s interesting how posture and motor activities are so relevant to the acquisition of knowledge in small children. When we are adults, “motor activity is subordinate to mental action. This way we can understand how people with a series of alterations in their nervous system who areunable to move, continue to develop their mental capacities daily. Remember Stephen Hawking.