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The Science Behind Our One-on-One Brain Training:
The Learning Model is grounded in the CattellHorn-Carroll (CHC) theory of intelligence, which describes thinking as a set of seven broad abilities: comprehension knowledge, long-term retrieval, visual-spatial thinking, auditory processing, fluid reasoning, processing speed, and short-term memory.
According to the Learning Model, an individual takes information in through the senses (input) that must be recognized and analyzed by the active processing system (working memory, processing speed, attention). This executive control system determines which information is unimportant, easily handled, or requires thinking.
Unimportant information is discarded from working memory. If the input contains important information about data that have already been stored in the knowledge bank, it is quickly retrieved and converted to output, such as speaking or writing. If the information has not been previously stored, higher thinking processes must then occur.
Reasoning, auditory processing, and visual processing must be used to solve the problem or complete the task. If the task is practiced often enough, however, the information is stored in the knowledge bank, which will decrease the time between input to output. This occurs because the higher thinking processes can then be bypassed.
SEVEN KEY COGNITIVE SKILLS
• Attention: Focus over time, despite distraction, or while multitasking
• Processing Speed: Think and perform tasks quickly and accurately
• Working Memory: Hold on to and use information during the learning process
• Auditory Processing: Distinguish, blend, and segment sounds accurately
• Visual Processing: Create and picture mental images while thinking or reading
• Logic & Reasoning: Reason, form ideas, and solve problems
• Long-Term Memory: Efficiently recall facts and stored information
Our Training Methodology:
BrainRx cognitive training programs target and re-mediate seven primary cognitive skills and multiple sub-skills through repeated engagement in game-like mental tasks delivered one-on-one by a clinician or cognitive trainer, supplemented by digital-based training.
The tasks emphasize visual or auditory processes that require attention and reasoning throughout each 60- to 90-minute training period. Using a synergistic “drill for skill” and meta-cognitive approach to developing cognitive skills, the program incorporates varying levels of intensity, hierarchical sequencing of tasks, multiple-task loading, and instant feedback from the clinician or trainer.
Training sessions are focused, demanding, intense, and tightly controlled by the clinician or trainer to push students to just above their current cognitive skill levels.
Deliberate distractions are built in to the sessions to tax the brain’s capacity for sorting and evaluating the importance of incoming information. This ability to correctly handle distracting information and interruptions is the foundation for focus and attention skills.
THE SEVEN KEY INGREDIENTS OF EFFECTIVE BRAIN TRAINING
1. Brain training must be practiced. Because brain training builds skills, it can’t be taught in the classroom. It must be practiced, like learning to play tennis or the piano.
2. Brain training that gets the best results is done one-on-one with a personal trainer. Teaming with an experienced trainer provides accountability, motivation, and—ultimately—life changing results.
3. Brain training exercises need to be intense, requiring concentrated repetitions in order to train skills quickly.
4. Brain training exercises need to be targeted in order to address specific weak cognitive skills.
5. Brain training exercises need to be done in a particular sequence. Small challenging steps don’t overwhelm the client, but allow the trainer to continually challenge the client incrementally and keep them engaged in the training.
6. Brain training exercises must be progressively loaded. Loading incorporates multitasking and is a fast-track way to take a new skill and make it a more automatic skill.
7. Brain training, to be effective, requires immediate, accurate feedback. Instant, effective reinforcement and adjustments keep training focused and intense.