What Is Brain Training, How Does it Work, and Who Does it Help?
Brain training might sound like an intellectual sporting program, but it actually helps people learn and process information better. Certain brain training exercises could even increase IQ by 15%.
If your child struggles with school or you have difficulties concentrating or learning, weak cognitive processing skills may be to blame. Brain Works programs focus on strengthening these skills, including concentration, memory, and comprehension.
What Brain Training Is and How It Works
Brain training is essentially learning how your brain works, and then using effective techniques to help it process information more quickly and accurately.
Brain Works uses cognitive development training to train people’s brains. This therapy method makes students aware of how their brains receive, process, and store information. Everyone is different. Once this has been discovered, individuals can choose the most effective way for them to learn new information. They can also figure out how to articulate their needs and overcome any potential barriers.
Learning happens when we convert information collected by our senses into electronic impulses that move through the nervous system to the brain.
The brain must then process these impulses to form an accurate perception of what has been observed. If the mental processing skills are underdeveloped, the resulting perception may be weak or incorrect.
The brain is a complex organ made up of billions of neurons, or brain cells, that connect to their neighbors. The more these connections are made, the more likely the brain is to follow the same pathways. On the other hand, unused pathways undergo pruning, much like weak muscles that atrophy when they’re not challenged.
How Brain Training Is Different from Traditional Tutoring
Brain Works differs from traditional tutoring programs in key ways. We don’t just repeat information about a specific subject, which may be quickly forgotten, if learned at all. We use proven, hands-on methods that provide permanent improvements to brain functioning so the learning process is enhanced for a lifetime.
How Brain Training Can Help
Normal brain development is not a given, and it’s not based on intelligence. Brain Works detects cognitive processing weaknesses through specialized testing so that subsequent training can be focused on areas that need the most 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.
Who Can Benefit from Brain Training
Anyone can benefit from Brain Works brain training, from children to adults; those with learning disabilities will especially see great improvements in their cognitive skills. Among the learning problems our Brain Training program addresses are:
- attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- central auditory processing disorder
- reading struggles
- math struggles
- memory challenges
- moderate focus struggles
- high-functioning autism
- visual processing disorder
- nonverbal learning disorder
- Asperger’s syndrome
- 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 for your student—and their teachers will see marked improvement in their attitudes, too.
Common Questions About Brain Training
You may still have questions about brain training. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Can brain training make you smarter?
Yes. Some exercises have been proven to increase a student’s IQ by 15%.
Can brain training boost cognition?
Yes. Cognitive skills, including comprehension and concentration, are strengthened with brain training. Find out more about how we can improve your child’s cognitive skills and memory.
Can brain training improve memory?
Yes. Our services help strengthen a child’s cognitive memory and skill learning.
How effective is brain training?
Brain training has achieved measurable results and profound effects on the learning ability of children.