Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not an educator but would like to use Brain 1st with a family member, can I purchase it?

Yes! Anyone is welcome to use and purchase the program. Keep in mind many of our extra materials and layout are geared to be easy for teachers to use in a school setting, but that does not make it less effective for home use. (Psst, we will be launching an at-home version in the coming months - stay tuned!)

I’m not sure if my students and/or child have retained primitive reflexes, they have never been tested. Is it still safe to use the Primitive Reflex Course?

Yes! This course is safe and gentle, whether or not the reflexes are present. If they are not present, the movements are still great for improved coordination and control of the body as well as provide increased vestibular stimulation.

What is Mindfulness?

The most widely used definition of Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgement. It is coming back from our “wandering mind” to be in what is happening right now, with kindness and curiosity.

Why do we practice Mindfulness?

The practice of mindfulness may seem confusing as the ability to remember our past experiences and plan for our future is an important part of being human! It is what allows us to learn from our mistakes or prepare for activities to come. The aim of mindfulness is to notice when we are attaching unhelpful emotions to past and future thoughts, for example, when we remember a pleasant moment and feel sadness that the moment did not last, or when we have a presentation coming up and feel nervous thinking about all the possible ways it could go. Mindfulness invites us to look at past and future thoughts with objectivity and curiosity, as if we were watching our thoughts play out in a movie. This way of thinking can allow us to bring important insights with us into the present moment.

Why do we teach Mindfulness to children?

Children are naturally mindful. When a child is playing, it is an immersive experience. When a child falls, the emotion of pain and sadness arises. Once that’s over, play begins again. Placing emotion on past or future experiences is not yet a factor in their moment-to-moment life. It is when we begin to grow older that we develop judgments and emotions to our past and future experiences. Mindfulness can be easier to develop and retain while these young brains are developing and already experiencing some forms of present-moment awareness. This is why we start our programming at age 5.

Is Mindfulness a religious practice?

Mindfulness is not a religious practice, though it is a part of some religious practices. Mindfulness is a basic human capacity to be available to what is happening - not yesterday, not tomorrow, but in this very moment.

What is the difference between “Mindfulness” and “Meditation”?

Mindfulness is the act of present moment, non-judgmental awareness. It can be done anywhere and at any time. Meditation is a more formal way to practice mindfulness. Brain 1st provides individuals with many different mindfulness activities and practices so that participants can pick and choose the tools they feel will help them create lifelong habits to lead a joyful, mindful life.

I teach more than one class or group of kids, do I have to purchase the Brain 1st Program more than once?

No! If you as a user and require programs for more than one profile/child, you have the ability to create up to 3 specific profiles and track each of them separately.

Can individuals who are older than Grade 8 still use the Brain 1st Program?

Yes! Even though we have it scripted and geared for specific age ranges, the oldest age range can easily be used for older youth (and even adults if you want - we use it too!)

If I feel my student / child is not ready to move onto the next lesson in a program, can I repeat it until they are?

Yes. Because each course is developed in an intentional, systematic manner, users are prohibited from jumping ahead; however, you can always pause and repeat a class in a course if you feel it is of benefit!

I would love to do the Functional Neurology course in the mornings and the Mindfulness course after lunch in my profile. Can I use multiple courses at once?

Yes! Even if using multiple courses, Brain 1st will still continue to track and play the appropriate class in each of your desired courses.

One of my students has a number of challenges and I would like to slowly assist them with some of the moves. Is this okay?

Definitely! If it is within your professional scope to give extra guidance in that manner to a child, then it will benefit them to give extra cues and assistance if you are following along with the instructions provided within the videos.

What equipment is required for the Physical Literacy Component?

While some of the Brain 1st Physical Literacy activities recommend equipment that would commonly be available to most P.E. classes (such as hoops, bean bags, skipping ropes, dice, balls, and cones), many activities require no equipment at all.

If I am purchasing for a school and cannot pay with Credit Card, how can I purchase the program?

Please send us an email at support@brain1st.ca with the number of licenses you wish to purchase and we will send you a purchase order form. Please note this is for bulk purchases (10 or more purchases) only.

Is the membership pro-rated to end with the school year, or does it go for a full year from when I sign up? If it is for the full year, is it possible to change teacher names in September?

The membership is activated for 1 year after it is purchased. If you purchase a number of licenses through the "School" sign up option, you can add/remove/change users at your convenience, so you are in control of who is using the program at all times!

Do I have to practice every day to see results?

It is most effective if played every day. Soon enough, it will soon be one of your favourite parts of the school day!

In the interest of time and/or class' ability, can I break up a video lesson into 2 parts, such as playing the first half in the morning and the next half in the afternoon?

It is best practice to complete the full 5-10 minute video in one go as the brain requires consistent training. However in the interest of time it’s better to make anything work than nothing at all!

Why does each lesson unlock in 12 hours after the last one is played?

The brain requires rest between lessons as it is generating new pathways and getting stronger! We don't want to overwork your mind, so we have locked each lesson so that the brain receives rest and recovery before moving on.

Why do the same movements repeat throughout an entire unit in the Functional Neurology and Primitive Reflexes Courses?

Just like practicing any sport or learning something new in school, learning requires repetition. In this case, the repetition of each of the units in our courses is essential for the brain to build and change. Each week you will be introduced to a new topic or set of movements which will be repeated a total of 5 times before moving on to the next round.

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