Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How does the Neuropath Learning process work?

We now have evidence that our programs are helping children both with and without learning disabilities learn. If you have read the feedback and watched the video testimonials from parents and teachers on this blog, you must be wondering how children on our programs have made such extraordinary gains. The following attempts to explain the neurobiology of how our programs are able to boost cognitive development and produce the amazing results seen. 

How does Neuropath Learning™ improve cognitive function?

Strong cognitive skills are a  pre-requisite for learning.
Cognitive skills are the mental skills required to retain, recall, process and analyze information, focus and apply knowledge. These skills affect both learning and behavior because they are needed for thinking, problem solving, planning, strategizing and reacting appropriately.......(more)

Neuropath Learning™ programs take advantage of the phenomenon of neuro-plasticity.
For a long time, it was believed that as we aged, the connections in the brain became fixed or permanent. Research has shown that in fact the brain never stops changing through learning. Plasticity is the capacity of the brain to change with learning. Our experiences are what shape our brains.......(more)

The two key elements of cognitive function in the brain are working memory and executive function.
The term ‘working memory’ refers to the capacity to store and manipulate information for brief periods of time, similar to a scratchpad. It provides a mental workspace that is used in many important activities in learning......(more)

Cognitive training increases pre-frontal cortex activity.
The part of the brain involved in executive planning and working memory is the pre-frontal cortex whereas the part of the brain involved in learning and memory retrieval is thehippocampus. All the activities in EMM are designed to stimulate the pre-frontal cortex and require the use of the hippocampus.......(more)

Neuropath Learning™ uses a visual, right-brain approach.
In order to connect, the neurons need to be stimulated through activity. All the activities in our programs are designed to stimulate the parts of the brain involved in cognition. Visual stimulation with real world images is a key feature of EMM that sets it apart from other cognitive training programs.....(more)

The neuro-scientific basis of the Neuropath Learning Process.
Our early childhood learning programs are derived from four pivotal, neuroscience-based principles....(more)

What can Neuropath Learning™ do for children with neuro-developmental disorders?
Deficient executive functions such as organization, planning and working memory are considered the primary cognitive deficits of Autism, ADHD and other neuro-developmental disorders even though they vary in behavioral phenotypes........(more)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
 Deficits in critical cognitive skills, known as executive function, can interfere with a student's ability to succeed in school. About 15% of children have some problems with executive functioning, but about 50% of children with ADHD have problems......(more)

Among the sensory systems that need careful stimulation in children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome are auditory processing skills. Most professionals and parents believe that auditory processing disorders are a core component of the attention, memory and language difficulties of these children......more)

Down Syndrome
Mounting evidence suggests that children with Down syndrome display unique developmental characteristics in the areas of speech, language, memory, and auditory processing due to delays caused by reduced cognitive skills.....(more)

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Individuals with FAS exhibit executive function deficits in the areas of cognitive flexibility, planning and strategy use, verbal reasoning, some aspects of inhibition, set shifting, fluency, working memory, and, recently, on tests of emotion-related executive function......(more)

Central Auditory Processing Disorder
A child affected by Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) can often have nearly perfect hearing, but because their brain poorly processes what they hear, a learning disability results.....(more)

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