As the difficulty level of an activity increases the brain must utilize more neurons to achieve the precision necessary to complete the activity. For example, throwing a ball and hitting a small moving target at 8 meters as opposed to 4 meters requires the brain to involve 64 times as many neurons to achieve the same degree of accuracy. What this studies example indicates is that increasing the difficulty level of a task increases the brain “efficiency” (neural involvement) needed to complete the task.
If a person has difficulty executing a particular sensory integration activity this may be because the activity is more complex than their brain is currently capable of organizing to complete. In order to avoid a sense of failure, everyone should start out with activities that are simple enough to perform and gradually increase the difficulty level. At each stage the neural networks in the brain improve their level of efficiency and organization, enabling them to be stretched to reach the next level.
As the difficulty level of an activity increases, the required spatial awareness, brain hemisphere integratin and brain timing precision are all increased along with it.
The Learning Breakthrough Program addresses the critical requirement of varying the difficulty level of activities (mainly through increased balance challenge) with the goal of providing a program that helps people at every level and every stage of development. It is here again that the program’s unique balance board design is used to provide a precise level of challenge increase. The effect is to maximize performance improvement for each user and to do so in an individual and continually challenging way.