What Are Cognitive Processing Skills?
In essence, these skills are the tools students have at their disposal to handle and interact with the information they face every day. If students are working with ineffective attention, processing speed, memory, auditory/visual processing, or logic and reasoning skills, their learning process will take longer, consume more energy, and be more frustrating. As a result, learned information is much more difficult for students to demonstrate as expected. Academic performance relies heavily on the efficiency of these cognitive skills.
Cognitive skills training is about exercising the brain to take in, remember, and connect with information more efficiently and effectively. Brain research shows that mental exercises can increase the connections between brain cells, making thinking and learning both quicker and easier. Frequency, intensity and duration are key to making such changes in the brain. Our programs work to improve processing and ensure brain growth through one-on-one engagement, immediate feedback, progressive challenges, sequencing, cross training of activities, and “loading” or adding of distractions.
The Cognitive Training Programs We Use
PACE® is a processing and cognitive enhancement program that works to establish stronger neurological pathway connections, produce significant changes quickly, and to ensure measurable cognitive changes. Through fast-paced, fun activities, cognitive skills are developed in areas of auditory and visual processing, working memory, processing speed, attention, logic and reasoning, and phonemic awareness. Learn more by visiting their website.
Auditory Stimulation Training (AST) Reading and Comprehension programs utilize sound therapy and audio-vocal training with language, reading, and comprehension to promote efficient auditory processing skills.
Interactive Metronome® (IM) is one of our most effective programs for attention skills. The IM program provides a structured, goal-oriented process that rewires the brain's neuro-timing while targeting visual and auditory processing, processing speed, and visual-motor coordination. The activities challenge students to synchronize a range of repetitive hand and foot exercises to a precise computer-generated reference tone heard through headphones.
The human brain’s efficiency and performance depend on the seamless transition of neuro-network signals from one area of the brain to another. Scientific studies suggest that IM works by augmenting internal processing speed within the neuro-axis. The key regions of the brain that are targeted include the cerebellum, prefrontal cortex, cingulate gyrus and basal ganglia. These parts of the brain are responsible for human timing, as well as other day to day functions such as: sustained attention, language formulation, motor coordination and balance. Learn more by visiting their website.
Integrated Listening Systems® (iLS) is a multi-sensory program, based on the work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, for improving brain function. Its global effect on the brain and central nervous system influences balance, visual, auditory, motor, coordination, and balance skills. Learn more by visiting their website.
The Listening Program® (TLP) ) is a music listening method, personalized to improve brain fitness at any age or level of ability. TLP has global effects on the brain, and is commonly used to support changes in a wide range of brain performance areas, such as executive function, communication, auditory processing, social/emotional function, stress response, motor coordination, and creativity. Learn more by visiting their website.
Cognitive processing skills rely on other underlying skills on the Learning Skills Continuum, and lead to strong executive function and academic skills.
Executive function skills strengthen our ability to self-manage and direct our attention, choices, and thinking.
Core learning skills involve the mental flexibility and adaptability needed for ease in learning, social relationships, and general functions.