Sunday, May 31, 2009

"4 Simple Steps To Understanding the Benefits Brain Training" by Colleen Bain

Yes, you have done it all for your child. You've braved the overwhelming IEP meetings, you've even done the multiple tries with the tutors. You've offered your child millions of incentives to please just try a little harder and catch up to their peers. You've tried to re-teach your child a full day of learning once they get home from school but you are so burnt out you can't go on like this much longer. The good news is that brain training can help your child and your family regain their sanity .... fast! Read these simple 5 steps to understand the benefits of brain training.

Step 1: Understanding why Children Need The Gift of Learning

Seventeen of the nation's 50 largest cities had high school graduation rates lower than 50 percent, with the lowest graduation rates reported in Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland, according to a report from Promise Alliance, 2008.

Our nation is recognizing and trying to take action to help our children become educated and creative contributing members of society. However, our children are dropping out because they can or they are bored. The U.S. Dept. of Education states that 80% of learning difficulties are from weak cognitive skills. Our children just give up by the time they get to High School. They are not able to keep up because they do not have the ability to learn easily and efficiently.

"When more than 1 million students a year drop out of high school, it's more than a problem, it's a catastrophe," said former Secretary of State Colin Powell, founding chair of the Promise Alliance.

Step 2: Recognizing a Child Can Become A Lifetime Learner

An important part of education must be to assess every child for their cognitive ability and not the average of their cognitive skills (IQ). Our children deserve the right to education and why shouldn't that include making sure the child has the ability to learn? Well, until that happens, we must recognize that, as parents, we can take control and give our child the gift of learning. Science has proven to us again and again that our brains can change. These changes in the brain are what give our children the ability to learn. Your child's brain can create new pathways while strengthening their cognitive abilities. If your child is given this chance, then reading and learning will improve and become easier.

Step 3: Train your Child's Brain Frequently and with Intensity

Science tells us that with consistent intensity and challenge, our brains will change. This is known as neuroplasticity. Brain training programs should use a methodology that allows for individualization, immediate feedback, adaptation, intensity, variation, levels of complexity and enjoyment. A child must be trained with a certain methodology and motivation to allow for neuroplasticity to be successful. When the child is engaged and motivated, chemicals are released in the brain that allows learning to stick and be successful.

Step 4: Train the Key Cognitive Skills needed to learn

Since all cognitive skills are integrated - meaning they impact each other - and drive a child's ability to learn, these skills should be trained at the same time. Brain training should be set up to target your weak skills but be able to train all necessary cognitive skills.

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Blessings and Brain Power,