the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury.“neuroplasticity offers real hope to everyone from stroke victims to dyslexics”
Neuroplasticy programs are like physical fitness programs. Physical exercise strengthens and builds your body–brain exercise strengthens and builds your brain. Physical exercise is beneficial for every body, to maintain fitness levels or to improve a little or a lot. Brain training programs strengthen weak areas in the brain, much like physiotherapy or personal trainers help strengthen and improve your physical body.
Most of the following brain training/neuroplasticity programs can be done by adults and children. Most of the programs can be done in either our centre or in your home. These programs are suitable for anyone who wants to improve their brain though we primarily work with school-aged children who are struggling in school. These children may be gray-area kids (just a little behind, not on the teacher’s radar) or those with learning disabilities, language disabilities, intellectual disabilities, auditory processing disorder, ADHD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Following is a list of the neuroplasticity programs we offer. The list can seem overwhelming but our assessment will help determine which program is best for you or your child. Also, don’t hesitate to call us at (604) 539-1836 to discuss your child’s specific challenges.
Scientific Learning’s Fast ForWord Family of Products
Fast ForWord – This is one of our most popular neuroplasticity programs. Neuroscientists developed these game-like computer programs for children (Grades K-12) and adults. Over 250 studies prove the neuroplasticity changes of over 3 MILLION users. These programs improve reading, math, learning, attention, memory, thinking, and so much more! You can use them in our Langley computer lab or in your home. One of the four neuroscientists who created these programs is Michael Merzenich, affectionately known by neuroscientists everywhere as “the father of neuroplasticity.” You can read about him and Fast ForWord in The Brain That Changes Itself (PDF).
Attention Training for kids with attention issues or ADHD
Interactive Metronome and IM-Home – Interactive Metronome is a research-backed tool proven to help! We know that, like any parent, you want the best for your child. No matter how big he gets he’ll always be your baby. But lately, he can’t seem to focus and you are worried he might fall behind in school. He’s smart, there is no question about it, but you know he can do better. He is even scoring fewer goals for the soccer team and he seems to spill as much juice as he gets in his mouth. Of course he has to grow into his body, but it is like he just isn’t paying attention sometimes. You just don’t want him to lose his confidence during these formative years. If you are looking for a scientifically proven way to help your child be their best academically, socially and athletically, it is about TIME…well, more specifically, timing. How Does IM Work? PDF
Reading Instruction (also spelling, printing, cursive)
First, we assess to determine the underlying cause of the reading problems. Second, the child would usually take one of our programs to strengthen those weak cognitive abilities. Then third, once the cognitive abilities are strong, we can teach the child to read, spell, and print. We use methods that are proven to be the very best methods for all kids, but are especially helpful for kids with severe reading struggles, even dyslexia and reading disabilities. The reading instruction methods we use come by a number of names including synthetic (to blend) phonics, explicit (clearly taught) phonics, systematic (in a precise order) phonics, and linguistic reading. We combine elements of the many synthetic phonics programs we’ve used including Master the Code, Jolly Phonics, and the methods described by neuroscientist Sally Shaywitz in Overcoming Dyslexia.
Processing And Cognitive Enhancement (PACE) and Master the Code, by Learning Rx
The PACE Program – One-on-one brain training gets to the root of the problem. Brain training doesn’t teach or reteach information (like tutoring does). It improves how the brain grasps, remembers and uses that information. Even better, the improvements are lasting. That means brain training improves how the brain thinks, learns and remembers. And not for a single class or academic year, but for every class and in every area of life from now on. This program is the cream-of-the-crop for children with dyslexia, autism, intellectual disabilities, brain injury, or auditory processing disorder.
Master the Code – Master the Code is a revolutionary “sound-to-code” reading program modeled after the process by which spoken language is first learned. The program builds reading and spelling skills concurrently through techniques that train students to accurately recognize and understand letters and letter combinations, and the corresponding sounds of speech. The program aids individuals who struggle with reading, who have developed inefficient or inaccurate reading habits.
Advanced Brain Technologies
The Listening Program, TLP Spectrum, and TLP Achieve – The brain is musical; neuroscience has proven through functional brain imaging that when we listen to music, virtually the whole brain is involved. Music listening not only involves the auditory areas of the brain, but also engages large-scale neural networks including: prefrontal cortex, motor cortex, sensory cortex, auditory cortex, visual cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus, amygdala, nucleus accumbens, corpus callosum, autonomic nervous system, vestibular system, and the intrinsic nervous system. The Listening Program music helps conduct the neural symphony, connecting the most ancient parts of the brain to the most advanced.
Samonas Auditory Intervention
Samonas – Suitable for children who need a gentle approach to auditory training. They may have bigger issues like anxiety, OCD, ODD, etc. We offer it as a two-week intensive to get big results quickly. Because the auditory system connects to most major organs, auditory training can tap into this unique mind/body connection to promote well-being at the cellular level. * Learning, language and communication are directly impacted by the auditory system. * Sounds vibrate throughout the body and have a powerful impact on learning and development. * The auditory system is responsible for hearing, listening and balance/coordination. * Children and adults can be trained to overcome many challenges through advanced auditory training.
We are certified providers of the following programs. Although we don’t usually offer them on their own, components of them may be used in conjunction with the above-mentioned programs. They have certainly helped form our understanding of how neuroplasticity works.
- Structure of Intellect
- Educational Sensory Integration
- Belgau Learning Breakthrough
- Integrated Listening System (iLs)
- Jolly Phonics
- Davis Dyslexia
- Cellfield Dyslexia
- Reading Horizons (Orton Gillingham)