Before it can be determined if brain training is the answer, a free screening test must be completed.
Brain training works through a series of measurements and exercises. The screening test measures the brain’s ability to handle and process information in the following neurological areas most critical to learning:
Central Auditory Processing: Measures how the brain blends, interprets and uses the 43 sounds of the English language. Central auditory processing problems are common with dyslexia. This deficit may cause difficulty in concentration, listening, reading, remembering, writing paragraphs and papers, spelling and following directions.
Attention and Concentration: Measures the brain’s ability to lock and load on a target stimulus. In so doing, we are able to determine omission errors – where the brain zones out and misses the stimulus, and co-mission errors where the impulsive brain responds inaccurately to a target that isn’t there. This indicates poor functioning of the brain’s prefrontal cortex.
Verbal Fluency: We measure verbal fluency, which is your brain’s ability to generate thoughts and words on request.
Processing Speed: Measures how rapidly and accurately the brain moves through written material and how quickly it processes information.
Active Working Memory: Measures how effectively the brain captures information and retrieves it from memory. The hippocampus of the brain is critical to this process. It is frequently impaired in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Visual Perception/Processing Skills: Measures how the brain handles information from pictures, drawings and shapes. This affects the ability to use maps, graphs and charts or set up word problems. Better brain function in this area helps with shape and form math such as geometry and trigonometry.
Word Attack: Measures how the brain sounds out and spells words. Effective brain function in word attack allows a person to successfully sound out and pronounce any word in the English language regardless of its length or difficulty.
Logic and Reasoning: Measures how the brain breaks down complex projects into a sequence of steps. A person strong in logic and reasoning likes to figure things out independently. A short attention span typical of ADD/ADHD makes this difficult. Improved logic and reasoning increases the ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate.
Additional, in depth evaluations, using the same testing and techniques used in schools, may be conducted if determined to be necessary or if requested by the student (or parents).
Midterms as well as evaluations at completion of the program further provide records of progress.