Jo Ann Morales, a teacher who met me two years ago at the Southern California Renaissance Faire, sent me this email.
Jo Ann is not a Special Needs educator, but rather one of many grade school teachers who have difficulty balancing a specific child's behavioral needs with the needs of the rest of her students. As is all too common, children with under-managed (or non-managed) attention issues disrupt a teacher's classroom. Fortunately for Jo Ann, my Celtic Art Mandalynths - which she refers to as 'designs and/or patterns' - helped a great deal.
In her email, Jo Ann describes one of the beneficial effects of visual-tactile isolation, namely that auditory processing becomes more acute. It's the reason people doodle in meetings. Locking down hand-to-eye coordination focuses the brain's attention on the auditory sense. It's a very effective technique in managing minds that do not respond well to audio signals, as occurs with ADHD and autism.
I invite you all to read Jo Ann's email, and to forward it to other educators and parents who might take interest.
Blessings to everyone,
I had a boy in my first period whose mother did not believe that her son needed medication. Instead, he usually ended up in the office sometime during the day for disruptive behavior. Once he began tracing the Celtic Art patterns, he never went to the office from my class again. His behavior improved and he became a better student. His grades also improved in my class.
In my last period, I had two boys who were on medication, but by the end of the school day, the medication had worn off. These were very nice boys who tried so hard not to cause problems. Once they began tracing the Celtic Art patterns, there were no more outbursts from either of them. They would quietly trace the patterns. I would have been pleased with only that, but I was amazed that their listening skills also increased. I would ask questions regarding whatever we had studied or read aloud. Many times, they would volunteer to answer questions.
That had never happened before. I had other students without ADHD ask to use the Celtic Art patterns as well. They also enjoyed the process of tracing the patterns.They told me that it was very relaxing.
We had an incident when the police called the school and asked us to go on lockdown. There was a suspected burglar who had jumped over the fence onto the school grounds. All students had to be in classrooms with the door locked. They were expected to be quiet. Most students, under these circumstances, were scared. When this happened, I just pulled out my Celtic Art patterns and had the students pair up to use them. It kept their minds off what was happening outside and they remained calm.
When I retired, I left my patterns to the Special Education teacher who still uses them. She also agrees that they are incredible! I cannot thank you enough for how you helped my students!
Jo Ann Morales