This is not a tutoring service. The program is designed to help any individual wanting to strengthen their ability to learn! The Equipping Minds cognitive developmental exercises set aside academic content to target cognitive functions. Neuro-development begins with primitive reflex movement therapy. Students are evaluated on the integration of seven primitive reflexes. The lack of integration can interfere with processing and affect learning, movement and attention.
Learners also participate in interactive games and paper-and-marker activities which are organized in a progressive and challenging manner. A trained mediator encourages the learner to "think aloud" and verbalize what they are processing and thinking. While the model of mediation is the same for all learners, individualization will occur based upon the learners progression. The exercises are designed to create, strengthen and connect neural pathways and under developed cognitive learning skills such as auditory and visual processing, working and long-term memory, comprehension, attention, logic, and reasoning abilities which are fundamental to a persons ability to receive, process, retain, and apply information. The cognitive therapy program strengthens these abilities, which may impact job performance, academics, relationships, communication and life skills.
Cognitive Skills Defined
Short-term memory is the ability to screen out unimportant information, to keep important information for further processing (1/1000 of a second), and to hold onto Information for up to 30 seconds until you decide to throw it out or send it to your working memory (desk top) for further processing. Working memory is the ability to hold two or more pieces of information in the mind while performing a mental operation or manipulating the information such as listening and taking notes, reading, spelling, writing, and mathematics. Working memory is a stronger predictor of academic success than an IQ.
Signs of weak working memory:
A student may read a word and forget it a few lines later.
Difficulty following multistep directions.
Difficulty keeping multiple sounds and letters in order for reading and spelling
Difficulty remembering basic math facts and steps to math problems.
Difficulty listening and taking notes.
Difficulty making decisions
Difficulty getting thoughts on paper and remembering the sequence of a story, grammatical rules, spelling, and letter formation.