The Brain Training Program from ADDvantages

Brain Based Training 101

The brain weighs less than three pounds and is the command center for virtually all of our body’s abilities and functions, including the process of learning. To learn with ease, one must have intact and fully developed cognitive processing skills.  Cognitive processing skills are part of the brain’s “executive functioning” system.  When these skills are not fully developed, learning is a struggle, and most often becomes an un-enjoyable, frustrating experience. 

The good news is that we can improve these skills by the process of “brain training.”  The skills are broken down into the following broad areas: memory, attention, processing speed, auditory processing, visual processing, sensory integration, organization and time management. 

What is Brain Training?

Just like physical fitness can be improved by exercising the body, learning can be improved by exercising the brain.  Brain training is based on scientific research of the brain’s ability to change and develop new pathways. The technical term is called “neuroplasticity.”   ADDvantages’  programs capitalize on this by providing brain training to transform struggling students into independent academic learners.  We strengthen the brain’s cognitive processing skills that are necessary for successful, independent academic learning.

How Do You Train the Brain?

Brain training is a process of challenging and engaging one in a series of mental exercises to develop the underlying skills of learning to produce long-term results.  To be effective, specific weak processing skills are targeted to advance these skills and make significant progress not only in academics, but also in behavior, transitions, communication, verbal expression, sports, chores, playing an instrument, and other everyday life skills.  Unlike focusing on and further developing strengths, brain training does not ignore weaknesses by compensating or going  around them; it directly attacks weak skills and builds them to fully efficient functioning levels. 

  • Inadequate training exercises improve only the ability to improve in the proficiency of the exercises in themselves, and do not transfer to the pertinent areas of  academics and independent learning, as well as those listed above. Transfer is a known term in the field of cognitive psychology used to describe the ability to use all processing skills simultaneously for automatic learning. 
  • Automaticity is a skill we all use for learning, driving, typing, texting, and other tasks that happen automatically without thinking about them, it just happens with no effort because your brain has repeated these activates so

Researched Brain Training Components

Neuroscience dictates for brain training to be effective, the student to teacher ratio must be one on one (no small groups) in tandem with the trainer providing immediate feedback during the session  along with undivided individualized attention including the following:

  • Immediate feedback
  • Intensity and frequency
  • Repetitive skill practice
  • Incentives and rewards
  • Challenging fun activities
  • Increase in difficulty of levels
  • Student high level of engagement
  • Building skills upon mastered skills
  • Skills become automatic, without conscious thinking or application

Brain Training Exercise Example

Exercise: The Stroop

Exercise Research:  In cognitive psychology, the Stroop effect is a demonstration of the reaction time of a task. When the name of a color (e.g., "blue," "green," or "red") is printed in a color not denoted by the name (e.g., the word "red" printed in blue ink instead of red ink), naming the color of the word takes longer and is more prone to errors than when the color of the ink matches the name of the color. The effect is named after John Ridley Stroop who first published the effect in English in 1935     

Directions:

Name the color of the following words.  Do not read the word.

Name the colors of the words out loud or to yourself.

 

The next levels of exercises become harder with various changes and modifications.  The exercises are  fun and challenging such that your child will love coming to sessions!  Kids of all ages love our online and/or in-office rewards and incentives.

 

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Luke really enjoyed the program thoroughly and truly "bought" into it! Our stressful mornings are a thing of the past. He is able to get up on time and spends less time rushing around. One of the greatest improvements was in the amount of time homework should take. Luke now completely gets started on his own with very little guidance and it now takes him an appropriate amount of time to complete it. Thank you so much for giving him the tools to move forward!
Sharon Verdeur, Medford, NJ

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