Discover Brain training

Don't mask the problem with medications, or endless tutoring hours. Fix it, once and for good. 

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what is brain training?

Brain training is based in the science of neuroplasticity.  We can literally change the shape of our brain, the way it functions, and the way we behave by teaching or retraining abilities like:

  • balance

  • coordination

  • focus

  • visual perception

  • auditory processing 

  • memory

  • cognition speed

  • creativity

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THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LEARNING 

THE EYES, EARS, AND BODY CONNECTION

How Children Learn

The building blocks of learning have an impact on all five sensory systems involved in the formation of a strong brain.  These systems are required for effective cognitive and sensory development. The Vestibular, Tactile, Proprioceptive, Visual, and Auditory Systems are the building blocks to learning.  To unlock learning potential, a child must have excellent eyesight, vision, auditory processing skills, as well as balance and coordination skills.  In other words, activating a child's senses through the Eyes, Ears, and Body solves many learning challenges. Simply put, the body must communicate with the eyes and link up with the ears and speak to the body.  IT JUST MAKES SENSE!

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The Brain

THE EYES

Every aspect of a kid's learning is affected by their visual system. How they see the world, the alphabet, how they retain knowledge, where is the chalkboard, how to write in a straight line, math sequences, and how to get the information they learned down on paper are just a few examples.  Vision, unlike sight, is a capacity that we acquire over time as we integrate our senses.

For success in school, children must have other equally  important visual skills besides their sharpness of sight, or  visual acuity. They must be able to coordinate their eye  movements as a team and follow a line of print without  losing their place. They must also be able to maintain clear focus as they read or make quick focusing changes when looking up to the board and back to their desks. Students must be able to interpret and  accurately process what they are seeing. 

 

A vision based learning problem directly affects 1 in 4 students and how they  process information, read or sustain close work and will stop students from progressing.  Students with eye teaming, tracking, focusing, visual  motor integration, and visual perception problems have  weak visual skills, which undermine the learning process.  Students will often experience problems such as; as difficulty reading, double vision, headaches, eyestrain, and short attention spans.  Many of these sysmptoms are similiar to ADHD, and many students are misdiagnosed.

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THE EARS

Finally, we come to the sense of hearing. The auditory and vestibular systems in your child work together as one system to interpret vibrations in their surroundings. The vestibular system, which includes the inner ear and cerebral components that aid in balance and eye movement, is made up of sensitive sensors.  Your child's ears have postural muscles that help him or her to better understand sounds. Inefficiency can result in speech, language, communication, and expression issues. This system also aids in your child's balance, coordination, eye muscle control, and visual recognition abilities.

Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is a hearing problem that affects about 5% of school-aged children. Children with APD are unable to comprehend what they hear in the same way other children can.  Researchers have determined that the root cause is likely with the sound traveling from the ear to the brain.

Children with APD may also have a difficult time understanding speech in places like parties or restaurants, which can make it seem as though they're not listening to you.  They claim that they can't keep up with conversations and, at times, have trouble hearing consonants, which are generally louder than vowels.  Because they don't comprehend the sounds of letters within words, many children with APD have difficulties learning to read fluently and often have trouble with new vocabulary words. 

 

If your child has been diagnosed with APD, you probably have lots of questions about his hearing, speech, and language development.  Some strategies can be very effective for students struggling with Auditory Processing Disorder.

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ABOUT US

THE BODY

Children who lack adequate free play or do not obtain the appropriate kinds of movement to develop neural connections in their brains are not receiving the required muscular activity for intense learning.

The more you move, the stronger your sense of touch becomes. Every activity, movement after movement, improves your sensory integration system. Children who practice purposeful actions, exercises, and games develop a more smoothly coordinated natural ability.  Every other brain function, including memory, emotions, language, and learning, is aided by motion. Executive function (ADHD) and memory are important for further education. Moderate exercise improves cognitive processing, according to substantial evidence, it also increases the number of brain cells.  

Our culture has grown increasingly sedentary and this lack of brain-body connection contributes to the dramatic increase in learning challenges.  The introduction of more television and video viewing, reduces sensory integration opportunities for children.  When a child has poor sensory integration, they may appear clumsy, uncoordinated, and unsure of where their body is in space. They may have difficulty reading from the chalkboard, grip their pencil too tightly, fidget at their desk, or forget what the teacher has taught.