What is Cognitive Training?
Scientific studies have shown that computer-assisted cognitive training can have significant effects on attention, impulse control, working memory, and complex reasoning skills for both adults and children with ADD/ADHD, traumatic brain injuries, autism, strokes, schizophrenia, and a number of other cognitive impairments. By improving these skills, your child can gain confidence and learn to function more efficiently & effectively in school, at home, and everywhere else!
We recommend having one or two 45-minute sessions per week and all sessions are conducted one-on-one with a Certified Coach. Permanent changes in focus and concentration are likely after 30 to 40 hours of practice. Similar to learning to ride a bike, lasting results are achieved by time, practice, and consistency. We often integrate training using both Play Attention and the Captain's Log Mental Gym.
How Play Attention Works
This system advances upon the same technology that NASA astronauts and US Air Force pilots use to stay attentive in the cockpit. The user wears a bicycle helmet that is lined with 3 sensors that monitor brain activity associated with a focused attentive state and clear cognitive processing. Only by maintaining an attentive state can the user move the characters on the screen so there is immediate feedback as to whether they are truly paying attention. This makes learning to attend fun, easy, and motivating. Over time, the user learns how it feels to focus and concentrate. The computer exercises train:
How Captain's Log Works
This game-like system has over 40-multilevel programs and is used by professional cognitive trainers worldwide to build the basic skills your child will need to succeed in school and in life. We first assess a baseline of your child's abilities in multiple cognitive areas and then create an individualized program to train the areas of weakness. You can opt to lease a Home Version for a daily workout and we will select the specific skills that need training. The computer exercises train over 20 cognitive skills such as:
At times, additional information, additional testing, or additional discussions may be needed to implement the best treatment plan. For example, language, achievement and intelligence testing can be very valuable in understanding the child's learning and perceptual style. Often these evaluations have been completed by school personnel and are quite sufficient for the purposes of planning treatment if copies of the results are made available. If not, Dr. Harris-Britt may recommend an evaluation be completed for the first time or repeated, if necessary. If so, the rationale for these sessions will be discussed and planned with the parents and child.
If you would like more information about Play Attention, go to the Play Attention website.
If you would like more information about Captain's Log, go the Brain Train website.
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