Our cognitive training program is highly unique in that it is designed to address ALL area of cognitive weakness, working with children individually and gets them to generalise their skills to everyday tasks. You would have probably seen the products on the market claiming they ‘train the brain’. Most of these programs have very strong results: they show that by having children practice gaming they will improve on these games after a certain period. But lets be practical! Most parents don’t care if their children have better gaming skills- they want for their children to be better learners, have stronger memory and better attention in school. We train kids in real-world tasks and get them to generalise their skills in the specific areas they have functional weaknesses in.
(1) Home based program
We give you a home-based training manual which involves various tasks you will be required to do with your child on a regular basis. We do not make this formal homework, but rather try and make this a fun experience. We recommend our program is done in places like the car on the way to school, waiting to pick up a sibling, whilst cooking dinner or even when they are watching TV. This way the child will learn how to build these skills in a variety of environments, whilst having many distractions. You can also do 5-10 minutes sitting quietly a few times a week for the more demanding tasks. We then supplement this training with iPad or tablet based training programs. Before we allow the child on these programs we teach them a special way to approach the tasks so that they are building core skills in the types of ways to approach tasks, strengthening the thought processes so they become more automatic. Doing these typical brain training games are useless if children aren’t trained in the techniques to improve their performance. Otherwise they just have failure after failure with no progression, getting more and more frustrated and lowering self-esteem. If you child has visual sustained attention weaknesses we may also incorporate some neurofeedback. Thankfully the days of having to attend centres for neurofeedback are over and systems that used to cost over $6000 can now be bought for $200 and used at home. We don’t waste your time or money by doing the program at our centre, but we do set you up on a home-based program and monitor your child’s progress for free as part of our overall program.
(2) Centre-based program
We have your child attend one-on-one sessions with our cognitive trainers where we train your child in the core skills they are weak in. At first we start in quite abstract ways, using a variety of specially designed physical tools and over 16 specialist cognitive training programs. Once we have used these tools to practice specific ways of approaching tasks (eg. maintaining focus, memorising, approaching tasks in an organised manner etc) we then get your chid to take these core skills and generalise them to the real world.
Your child will be required to attend the centre for weekly sessions, either during school days or on a Saturday. Our programs usually go for a minimum of one term, but may require longer depending on the number of skills that need to be incorporated into one program.
As our program addresses all skills holistically it actually works out highly cost effective. Many psychologists recommend very specialised programs like CogMed. Whilst these have some benefits in improving skills, they cost thousands of dollars and only train one skill. We find that most children have 3-4 areas of weakness that require training for a child to maximise potential.
Why our program is so unique
- Individualised according to your child’s cognitive profile- we don’t waste your time with commercial hit & miss programs
- Doesn’t aim to train your child in gaming skills- trains in real world functional skills that are generalised to school
- Personalised with their own cognitive trainer who liaises with the school at no additional cost
- No tedious trips to our centre for neurofeedback- free monitoring of home neurofeedback program
- Home program to help build skills quicker- you don’t have to drag your child in 3 times a week
- Cost effective as all areas covered under the one low cost- we won’t charge $3000 to train one single skill area like other programs!