BrainWorks Cognitive Skills Program
What is our BrainWorks Cognitive Skills Program?
This non-academic training procedures— one-on-one, that targets and strengthens the individual student’s core mental abilities (i.e. processing speed, attention, memory, auditory/visual processing, logic and reasoning). These key skills are every student’s foundation for successful learning, and if overlooked, can create lifelong problems.
Throughout our program, students are paired with their own private Instructor. Through this one-on-one relationship, our BrainWorks Cognitive Skills Program is designed to produce big improvements quickly for every individual.
KoolMinds does more than helping with memorization. Many parents spend hours searching for “tutoring near me.” Our program hones key cognitive skills, including:
The ability to focus on the “figure” or the important stimuli against a background of competing stimuli. The volume of stimuli coming to the brain at any given time is incredible. this skill is needed to maintain concentration while being distracted.
Being able to give the appropriate attention to a task until it is completed. A student's ability to keep the eyes and mind on a task long enough to gather all pertinent information can have a profound effect on how the student learns.
The pace at which we take in information, make sense of it, and begin to respond. The ability of the brain to respond within a given time frame. Weak processing speed is often a problem for students who have difficulty with reading fluency.
VISUAL SPATIAL AWARENESS
visual spatial awareness
Allows us to process and transfer new information from short term memory to long term memory.
How is the BrainWorks Cognitive Skills program different from tutoring?
You should ask; “Why didn’t he/she learn this, the first time it was presented?” Unless the answer is obvious (such as missing school for an extended period of time), tutoring will likely be as frustrating as trying to learn it at school.
We answer a different question: “How strong is his or her ability to learn?” Our testing and training strengthens the key underlying mental skills that are essential for easy, fast learning instead of trying to compensate for skill weaknesses.
KoolMinds techniques are suited for anyone trying to improve their learning skills, or who have learning difficulties. In fact, the process focuses directly on root causes, rather than providing a tutor to repeat information not being processed. Our strategies can, however, improve you or your child’s success in a tutoring center. We have helped many students overcome their learning disabilities and correct cognitive weaknesses. We use proven, hands-on methods that provide permanent improvements to brain functioning so the learning process is enhanced for a lifetime.
Who Can Benefit from our Cognitive Skills Training Program?
At KoolMinds, we are committed to helping our trainees improve their thinking and brain function: we teach students how to learn.
Anyone can benefit from our Brain Works cognitive skills program, from children to adults; those with learning disabilities will especially see great improvements in their cognitive skills. Among the learning problems our program addresses are:
attention deficit disorder (ADD)
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
central auditory processing disorder
moderate focus struggles
visual processing disorder
nonverbal learning disorder
sensory integration disorder
If you don’t see your child’s or your learning problem listed, please give us a call;
these are just some of the many issues we can cater to with our therapy methods.
Often, these learning disorders are due to processing deficits. In other words, it takes too much conscious effort to comprehend reading or math problems. While a fluent reader doesn’t need to sound out each word, for instance, someone with a learning disorder may have to do so. Through our testing, we may find that a student’s crucial brain skills, including attention, memory, auditory and visual processing, and processing speed, may need to be strengthened.
Ideally, these processing skills will become automatic by shifting them into the subconscious. This can be achieved through a very precise and distinct strategy called “loading,” which requires students to do multiple tasks at once. They start with two and, after those are mastered, we add a third task, and then a fourth, and so on. The theory is that the conscious mind can only handle a limited number of tasks at a time. Therefore, some processing tasks are forced into the subconscious, where most processing skills should be. This frees up the conscious mind to do higher-level work, such as comprehension and reasoning.
Learning will now be faster, easier, and more fun!
What is ADHD?
Types of ADHD
Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD
Primarily Inattentive ADHD
Primarily Combined Type ADHD
Symptoms of ADHD
ADHD symptoms can change over time as a person ages.
Tends to squirm, fidget, or bounce when sitting
Is always “on the go,” as if “driven by a motor”
Doesn't stay seated
Is always moving, such as running or climbing on things
Has trouble playing quietly
Has trouble waiting for their turn
Blurts out answers
Is easily distracted
Tends to daydream
Doesn't seem to be listening
Doesn't follow directions or finish tasks
Doesn't pay attention and makes careless mistakes
Often loses things
Forgets about daily activities
Has problems organizing daily tasks
Doesn’t like to do things that require sitting still
This involves signs of both hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive.
Symptoms of ADHD may change as a person gets older. They include:
Is often late
Gets frustrated easily
Tends to procrastinate
Problems at work
Trouble controlling anger
Substance misuse or addiction
Trouble staying organized
Will forget things often
Has a hard time concentrating when reading
Causes of ADHD:
Genes. ADHD tends to run in families. A child with ADHD has a 1 in 4 chance of having a parent with ADHD.
Chemicals. Brain chemicals in people with ADHD may be out of balance
A brain injury or a brain disorder. Damage to the front of the brain, called the frontal lobe, can cause problems controlling impulses and emotions
Brain changes. Areas of the brain that control attention are less active in children with ADHD.
Poor nutrition, infections, smoking, drinking, and substance abuse during pregnancy. These things can affect a baby’s brain development and increase the risk of developing ADHD.
Toxins, such as lead. This is rare however it is something that might affect a child's brain development.
For a person to receive a diagnosis of ADHD, the symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity must be chronic or long-lasting, impair the person’s functioning, and cause the person to fall behind typical development for his or her age. Most children with ADHD receive a diagnosis during the elementary school years. For an adolescent or adult to receive a diagnosis of ADHD, the symptoms need to have been present before age 12.
Treatment Options for ADHD
• parent training
• skills training
• behavioral therapy
• educational supports
• education regarding ADHD
Working closely with health care providers and other professionals, treatment should be tailored to the unique needs of each individual and family to help the patient control symptoms, cope with the disorder, improve overall psychological well-being and manage social relationships.
ADHD can't be prevented or cured. But spotting it early, plus having a good treatment and education plan, can help a child or adult with ADHD manage their symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can our BrainWorks Cognitive Skills program help?
Even the most active and restless students will enjoy the cognitive training method. They participate in a series of fun and challenging hands-on, mentally and physically stimulating exercises. These are specially designed to increase the connective ability between the essential processing skills. As a result, the potential for learning improves and the student’s confidence soars.
What’s It Like to Go Through our BrainWorks Cognitive Skills Program?
In our most common program, we conduct one weekly office session with a student and parent. In these sessions, the parent becomes trained while working with one of our trained Cognitive Skills Brain Works instructors. This allows the parent to follow through with 4 additional home sessions. Other program options would include up to 4 office sessions per week, making for fewer home sessions. We currently offer programs from 1 to 4 offices sessions per week with the remaining sessions conducted at home to reach 5 weekly sessions.
How does our Brainworks Cognitive Skills program promote reading success?
A student with a severe auditory processing deficiency, one who cannot concentrate adequately, works too slowly, has poor memory skills, or cannot create good mental images, will complete lessons slowly or exhibit poor retention. If such a student completes our program, the stronger cognitive skills that result enable the student to learn rapidly, read faster, comprehend and retain more as they read.
Is it possible to outgrow learning struggles?
Cognitive skills testing will uncover the source of the struggle, and guide you to a training strategy that can make the difference.
So, the reality is: “Intelligence is not fixed or unchanging!”
Potential is the possibility that something can develop or become actual. Obviously you or your child has the potential to actually improve reading, spelling, comprehension, and change overall intelligence, as science now proves. The “gap” between untapped potential and performance can be closed with the right brain training. If this weren’t possible any efforts aimed at improvement—study, practice, drills—would be meaningless. Tell that to the winner of the school spelling bee, accomplished musician, or star athlete!
What can you do? Uncover the source of what’s keeping you or your child’s full potential from being released. Have his or her cognitive skills tested to reveal these “gaps” caused by cognitive weaknesses. The test results will guide you to a powerful training strategy to help you or your child realize his or her own potential. If cognitive skills weaknesses are at the root of you or your child’s trouble, traditional solutions like tutoring might not be the answer. Our programs create results that are dramatic and lasting and we’ve got the numbers to prove it!
Using the “gold standard” of cognitive skills testing – the Woodcock Johnson Test, we measure the cognitive skills of every client before and after brain training. Whenever possible, we measure again a full year later. Our BrainWorks Cognitive Skills program enhances the learning process by developing cognitive skills.
How Do the Left and Right Sides of the Brain Impact Learning?
The functions attributed to one side or another do not necessarily impact learning style. You may be engaged in a logical task or creating something artistic. Both sides of the brain are still functioning and providing input. Even when you are doing math problems, the left brain may be crunching the equations, but the right side enables you to compare data and estimate values.
A choice of left brain vs. right brain teaching techniques can assist a student who may be more analytical or visual, but everyone uses both sides of the brain when learning.
Left brain learning activities may limit auditory distractions, use word lists, include puzzles, or individual study. Right brain learning techniques often involve charts, graphs, and maps to accommodate students with visual and spatial aptitudes. They can also focus on visual reinforcements, study guides like worksheets, creative projects, group activities, and integrating music with classroom instruction.
Our Cognitive Skills program, however, doesn’t necessarily target the right or the left side separately. It is focused on cognitive development. The content learned in class isn’t the primary concern. That would be the exercises and processes used to strengthen cognition. This strategy helps get to the root of learning difficulties and address weak cognitive skills head on, so, instead of repeating a process, the results are lasting because the core skill is strengthened.
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