Cognitive training programs have become the fitness of the 21st century. Despite this, many people lack the information or resources to begin a program on their own. If you are fortunate enough to have a cognitive training professional in your city, you can take advantage of the expertise and equipment they offer.
In Gainesville, FL, there is an exciting cognitive training program available at Brain Works. During the program, the brain is trained to focus and learn with greater ease.
Is it possible to become smarter?
Research has shown that the brain creates new cells and neural pathways as it is stimulated by challenging activities and new information. Brain pathways can also disconnect if they are not used just like our muscles will atrophy without exercise. The term for this phenomenon is “neuroplasticity”.
Because the brain can grow more neural pathways, we are able to learn from our experiences.
If you learn a few German words while you tour Germany, short-term connections are made in your brain, so that you can remember the words temporarily. After the trip, when you are no longer using these German words, your brain is apt to shrink those memory pathways, and you will forget most of the words. However, if you move to Germany, you will repeatedly reinforce the brain pathways, until the words become part of your long-term or permanent memory. Then you will speak German without effort.
Cognitive Training Programs – Adults vs. Children
When children learn new skills in school, it initially takes a lot of concentration and repetition for their brains to grow nerve cells and make permanent neural pathways. This is true whether they are learning spelling words, a computer game or sport. If children have a delay in any of these fundamental processes, learning problems in reading, math and other academic subjects are likely to occur.
Adults are more apt to notice difficulties with their focus or processing verbal information (auditory processing) at work or in social situations. Older adults can be heard complaining about their memory or their difficulty expressing thoughts.
For children and adults to learn easily, the brain needs to perform well in the areas of auditory processing, visual processing, visual-motor coordination, sensory integration, attention span, reasoning and memory.
Hidden potential can be brought out, when these foundations for learning improve with brain training.
Children’s grades and test scores are observed to improve, while less time is spent on homework. Adults find that their work skills, social participation and self-confidence improve.
Brain Training Programs from Brain Works
Brain Works offers the iLs Focus, a multisensory brain training program, the Forbrain microphone headset and Learning Breakthrough visual-motor-balance program help our clients do their brain training at home. There are many testimonials that attest to the effectiveness of these brain changing programs. Each takes advantage of brain plasticity to grow new brain pathways and improve brain capabilities that are observable to family members and acquaintances of clients. These three programs can be used alone or in combination. Contact Brain Works for advice about which to use for your needs.
During brain training, greater attention span, listening skills, reasoning ability, speaking fluency, response time, and memory are developed by listening to modified music designed to stimulate the ears, body and brain, and by participating in visual-motor & balance exercises,
Everyone can benefit from Brain Training at Brain Works – elementary through high school students, college students, working or stay-at-home adults and senior citizens. Have more success, self-confidence and enjoyment in life by creating a sharper mind. Brain Training is powerful and a lot of fun!
Diane Daniels, M.A., Ed.S. Director of Brain Works in Gainesville, FL has over 30 years experience as a teacher, school counselor, school psychologist and brain trainer. For more information, call 352-332-2420.