September 17th, 2020

// THE NEW “NORMAL” OF LEARNING

THE NEW "NORMAL" OF LEARNING
Brain Health Expert Shares How Parents & Kids Can Adjust, Focus, & Succeed in 2020's Tough Learning EnvironmentWhether your child is returning to the classroom, learning entirely online, or doing a hybrid approach, school is going to be very different this year and the new "normal" of learning is a unique struggle, for parents, teachers, and kids alike. There is tremendous pressure on parents and caregivers. On top of juggling their own work demands and dealing with the economic and emotional stress of the ongoing pandemic, parents now have the added responsibility of being teachers. They must play an even more active role in their childs' education and this is a huge undertaking, even for parents who were already highly involved. Screen Shot 2020-09-03 at 1.31.12 PM.pngAccording to Brain Health Expert Aneesh Chaudhry, regardless of what academic option your child is doing, learning is going to be extremely difficult this year and families need all the support they can get. "Parents, kids, and teachers are all grappling with the new *normal* of learning and they desperately need positive strategies to make this work..."...says Chaudhry, a health specialist who has been instrumental in re-developing and implementing mental and physical wellness programs in the educational system. Through his non profit organization, SoulPhysio Foundation, Chaudhry works with existing schools to help educate faculty, parents, and students (specifically kids struggling with mental and neurological illness) on how to succeed academically and build a healthier brain by living a healthy lifestyle. We know that sitting in front of a computer all day is not the best way to learn but in the COVID era, even the classroom is not an ideal learning environment. In many districts, students must remain seated and socially distanced, they are not allowed to do group or partner work, move around, and they must wear uncomfortable PPE all day. Real time feedback from teachers is limited as many schools have adopted an a/b schedule which creates a gap in the learning feedback loop. Although safety measures like masks and social distancing are necessary and understandable, it is extremely challenging to learn amid these circumstances. One major deficit in the covid era curriculum is the lack of kinesthetic learning activities or lessons that incorporate movement.  "Students learn best when they are engaged in hands-on activities. Learning through movement and physical activities changes the way the brain works and can accelerate the learning process..."...says Chaudhry. According to Chaudhry, there are many things parents and caregivers can do to create a positive learning environment for kids...one that is sustainable throughout the entire year. One suggestion Chaudhry has for parents and teachers is to consider their child's needs for structure. He recommends taking "brain breaks" that carve out time for focus and socializing. He also suggests having regular emotional check-ins with kids, even if they aren't giving clear warning signs that there is a problem. Chaudhry encourages parents to monitor their own mental and physical health as it is crucial for sustainability. One way parents can do this is to shift their mindset and make wellness a family endeavor by engaging in family activities outside of school work like cooking, exercising, and meditating.  Aneesh Chaudhry is sharing brain-based strategies and practical tips parents and kids can use to cope with the new pressures of learning. He has insight and actionable advice for families and students of all ages.   TALKING POINTS(FOR INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES):How to Help Kids Focus & Adjust to the New "Normal" of School (Learning at Home, OR in the Classroom)How Parents Can Create a Productive, Positive & Sustainable Learning EnvironmentBrain-Based Strategies to Improve Learning & FocusHow Working Parents Can Maintain Sanity & Productivity Amid Trying These TimesMental Health Strategies to Manage Back-to-School Stress & Anxiety During All This UncertaintyBack-to-School Mental Health Checklist for KidsLearning vs Social Chaos: The Fascinating Connection Between Focus, Fear, & The Brain The Lasting Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 on KidsWhy It's Crucial for Parents to Make Wellness a Family Endeavor (& How They Can Do It)Warning Signs of Anxiety & Stress in Kids ABOUT ANEESH CHAUDHRY:Screen Shot 2020-04-14 at 11.58.40 AM.pngAneesh Chaudhry is the founder of SoulPhysio Lifestyle, a brain health clinic and integrative healthcare network that specializes in treatments that combine both Eastern and Western Medical techniques. Chaudhry holds a bachelor's degree in Neuropsychology from Wright State University and a personal training license through the Cooper Institute. In addition, he holds a number of other mental and physical health certifications including accreditation as a Reiki Master, a Mind-Body Specialist, a Brain Health Coach, and a Performance Nutrition Specialist. Chaudhry is on track to be a licensed Ayurvedic and Integrative Medicine Practitioner in 2022 and following this, he plans to pursue a PhD in Physiology and Health.FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
www.soulphysiolifestyle.com

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