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The Dominance Factor: How Knowing Your Dominant Eye, Ear, Brain, Hand, & Foot Can Improve Your Learning Paperback – April 1, 1997

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Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. is a biologist and award winning educator with more than thirty years of teaching experience. Since 1988, she has been an internationally recognized educational consultant presenting lectures and workshops to thirty countries. Her books are available in nine different languages.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Great Ocean Pub; 1 edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915556316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915556311
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book several months ago and I have been slowly integrating into my work with special Ed children. Lots of good, solidly backed information that fits so well with Occupational Therapy in the Classroom. However, this book is not friendly towards the right-brained readers like myself. I had to read the muscle-checking section 20 times before I figured it out, and I am still a little confused. Three other OTs and two PT also struggled with her descriptions. I think this will be the downfall of this otherwise wonderful book.
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Dr. Carla Hannaford is at the forefront of mind/body/heart integration. We are fortunate to have her sharing her expertise in Smart Moves and the present book. Muscle checking, like Brain Gym exercises, are understandably difficult to master just from a book. For over 20 years, I've been sceptical about muscle checking, wondering if it was due more to subjective variations in the application of pressure. But I begin to see more validity to its use now. Knowing the dominance factors and the 32 dominance profiles is a great help to appreciating our individual differences. There are also many suggestions for integration. One needs to go beyond the simplistic right/left brain dominance theories and even the 8 or 9 multiple intelligences. Education worldwide needs such a revolution in integration through physical movements and the development of heart intelligence and all the senses.
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This is the book that started me on a wonderful journey of exploration in the world of accelerated learning. With Dr. Hannaford's companion book, "Smart Moves" I was able to get a solid handle on this facet of learning. When I talk to groups, this is one topic that seems to hold their attention more than anything else.

Brian E. Walsh PhD, author of Unleashing Your Brilliance
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I had great hopes for this book, both for myself and my family. It was certainly easy to read, and to a certain point I felt that the instructions on how to determine the profile were well written.
However, when actually testing I was completely unable to come to a conclusion as to whether I am right or left brained - just to start with! And although many of the factors are obvious, the few that are not left me with too many points of uncertainty. I was unable to conclude and that left me dissatisfied. I think perhaps I would need to see a professional in the field to get to the bottom but I doubt I will. Maybe I am just very balanced. ;-)
To a certain extent the book can be read "backwards" - that is seeing which profile feels most like you and then checking if the dominance profile seems likely to match.
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Initially I purchased the book about 2 months ago and briefly browsed through it- because I was focused on doing my other coursework.

Recently, I attended a workshop in New York City where the author, Carla Hannaford accompanied by her muscially talented husband, Mr. Ahti, presented a workshop where this material was one of the topics discussed.

In the workshop also book, Ms. Hannaford talked about how these dominance profiles can help us better understand how teachers and students naturally learn. A comparison was also discussed on how the school system in the US has designed its learning processes to accommodate certain learning styles. This has meant that other people who are of different learning styles--are often labeled unfavorably..the book goes more into detail. The book also explains step by step how to determine your own and others learning dominance profiles, gives descriptions of each, and suggestions on how to help yourself or others during times of stress also how to compensate.

For example, with my profile, when I am stressed, I am limited with hearing, seeing & talking..but I move. So when I am stressed I do not talk and require movement. With learning, I am a kinestetic learner..which means a combination of hearing (lecture), pictures (visuals) and doing (applying through movement) what I am learning. An example of what I learned I can do to improve my learning is to write lists of what I need to do..also sit towards the back of the room where I can move without disturbing the others in the class.

These profiles can also be used in families or between couples to better understand each others' learning and communication styles and how to help the other person during time of stress.
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I am so, because Carla Hannaford opened a new door for me, with this work. It is the first of its kind I read, and it gives stability to many fragmented theories I had started to map following my personal curiosity. Not only that, of course, but much more substantiated insights helped me and will help me trace profiles and broaden my understanding of how interestingly varied we are as a people. I will read more from this dedicated, open minded and precious teacher. A suggestion: look into books about the thymus gland and integrate the two realities for an amazing experience. Carla mentions John Diamond, whom I coincidentally read right before this book and I warmly recommend.
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