You CAN Change Your Brain! – Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity

For many years scientists believed that, after childhood, the brain could not change. In recent decades, however, our understanding of the brain’s lifelong plasticity has undergone a radical shift. Today we know that the brain can physically change and improve at any age. Advocates of cognitive training say that, with intense mental exercise, it’s possible to intentionally stimulate changes that improve how the brain performs specific tasks, how it performs overall, and even how it performs on a permanent basis.

The impli­ca­tions of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity are enor­mous for everyone: we have

the abil­ity to keep our brains sharp, effec­tive and capa­ble

of learn­ing new skills our entire lives.

More paths also mean faster routes for information to travel. This is good news for everyone – but especially for children with learning issues – because scientists have used special brain imaging technology to prove that better learners use more direct routes from point A to B when processing information. But how does a child learn to use the shorter, faster route? With brain training!

Cognitive skills are the essential, but often overlooked fundamental tools of effective learning. They are the mental mechanisms that process incoming information. More specifically, cognitive skills enable children to successfully: focus, think, prioritize, plan, understand, visualize, remember, create useful associations, and solve problems.

Become a better learner with brain training!

Tutoring or Training?

Tutoring is often a band-aid that treats a specific symptom of a learning struggle, but does not correct the cause.

What is Tutoring?

  • Review “missed” subject matter from classroom

  • Increases subject-specific knowledge

  • Increases related general knowledge

  • Heightens sense of competency and improves attitude toward subject area

  • One-on-one or small group “special help” in academic subject

Most kids need more. Tutoring can h elp students catch up with missed information but most learning struggles repeat themselves with every new challenge.

What is Brain Training?

  • Does for mental abilities what exercise does for the body

  • Improves the brain’s ability to process information in any subject

  • Enhances underlying cognitive skills required to learn effectively

  • Creates confidence towards all learning tasks

  • Training unlocks skills that develop comprehension, word recognition, reading, memorization, etc.

We overcome learning problems with specific training that strenghens parts of the brain needed to learn better!

Dyslexia and Cognitive Training

  • Dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability involving decreased activity in six brain regions: working memory, auditory and visual processing, comprehension skills, structural analysis, and executive functioning.

  • Dyslexics have brain connectivity issues – brain training enhances brain connectivity in those very regions and improvements are measurable.

  • Effective intervention must go beyond phonetics and address multiple brain regions and networks.

  • There is mounting neuro-scientific evidence that intervention for those with dyslexia must address auditory and visual systems, working memory, comprehension skills, and executive functioning—not just reading and phonetics.

Fitness for the Body…What About the Brain?

We are very concerned with proper nutrition, getting enough sleep, getting daily physical exercise, eliminating stress, etc., but we don’t give much attention to fitness for our brains.

Research suggests that there is an even greater payoff for mental exercise (cognitive training) than there is for physical exercise. Cognitive training done now can still give enormous benefits five years from now. It can make you sharp and keep you sharp.

Is the brain like a muscle?

New research shows that, as with muscles, the more the brain is used the healthier it becomes. Also like muscles, as a particular part of the brain is used, more blood is pumped to that area to provide energy. Finally, as with muscles, the more the brain is used the better it functions.

Cognitive training is circuit training for the brain.
A truly meaningful fitness program –
must include cognitive training!