There are three basic types of skills we address in our Program.
Learned Skills, such as vocabulary
Cognitive Processing Skills; such as memory, auditory processing and visual processing
This section deals with Cognitive Processing Skills.
Cognitive Processing Skills
Of the major systems involved in learning, cognitive skills define how the brain processes information. These skills include processing speed, visual processing, auditory processing, memory, attention, logic and reasoning. These skills enable a person to process sensory inputs and then perform tasks such as reading, learning, paying attention, planning, remembering, understanding, and solving problems.
In the past, these skills were thought to be fixed once a child reached a certain age. A wealth of new science and research has proved that the mature mind can still make new neural connections and improve cognitive skills through the proper training.
Cognitive skills can be assessed with the proper instruments. Historically, this required a trained professional to do the assessment one-on-one. This is expensive and time-consuming, thereby limiting the number of students who can be assessed.
Gibson Test of brain skills
We have access to an online cognitive skill screening tool based upon a proven clinical model, the Gibson Test. If a student struggles with any aspect of learning, cognitive skill screening can identify causes. The Gibson Test is a nationally validated/normed online tool that measures cognitive skills functioning. The 45-minute screening includes nine different mental tasks organized like puzzles and games on a computer. By scoring the individual processing skills, the Gibson Test helps identify weak areas that may be contributing to learning struggles. Even high-performing students may be compensating and working harder than necessary because of one or more weak processing skills.
The Value of Assessing Cognitive Skills
One of the best general Internet resources on the field of brain training is Sharp Brains.
We have developed an online brain training program in collaboration with one of the leading clinical brain training companies. They have centers worldwide.
Students train 25-30 minutes daily, 4-5 days per week; more up to an hour daily if it is important to improve skills faster. Most students need to train for 6-12 months. The length of time depends upon the need and consistency of training.
Your Family Ambassador will work with you to set up your student(s) for the Gibson Test and Brain Training once the Reading Kingdom Program has been completed or if we are working with an older student.
Additional brain development information and tools
The brain and how effectively it processes inputs defines how easily and well a student can learn. The following links provide additional resources to consider to help students who struggle improve their brain processing.
Brain Integration Therapy
Dianne Craft, http://www.diannecraft.org
Do a Google search and locate a variety of videos on the topic.
Dr. Robert Melillo, Disconnected Kids (Do a search to find the book)
Primitive reflex training
Pyramid of Potential, http://www.pyramidofpotential.com