Aug 012013

Most children who have learning disabilities have cognitive skills that are delayed as well. Without treating the underlying skill deficits, learning becomes more difficult.

Cognitive enhancement programs are designed to increase skills such as auditory processing, visual discrimination, processing speed, phonological awareness, etc. By increasing a child’s functioning in any cognitive skill area, his overall level of academic achievement can be enhanced.

Many of these programs are often overlooked in when developing an educational program, yet the gains made through these programs can create significant gains across all academic subjects. Some programs require more parent involvement, and some can be used by the child without significant adult assistance.

When selecting the most appropriate program for you and your child, consider how much time and interaction you can commit, how well you can work one-on-one with your child, how well your child works alone, and whether an outside provider will have an easier time gaining cooperation when working with your child. To get the most out of the program you choose, try to match the program to your abilities and needs. There is no sense in purchasing a program you can’t or don’t use.

I hope these programs help you address your child’s needs. Best of luck!

Most Recommended for Home Use:

**Lexia Learning’s CrossTrainer – “The Lexia Cross-Trainer Suite is designed to improve cognitive development in learners ages 7 to adult. The software helps learning disabled, special needs, and mainstream students strengthen their thinking, memory, and problem-solving abilities, improving performance across subjects as varied as reading, math, science, and social studies.” Learn more about brain-based learning.

**Audiblox – Program which is administered by the parent/provider, requires a commitment to consistent use, and helps with many issues.

**Earobics – Computer-based program that is easily used on a daily basis; game play format that children enjoy, increases cognitive skills, but is geared more towards children with auditory processing difficulties or dyslexia.

**PACE (Processing and Cognitive Enhancement) – Tutoring model; requires commitment to tutoring sessions and home exercises.

**Brain Gym – Simple program to use at home; enhances overall learning. “Brain Gym is a program of physical movements that enhance learning and performance in ALL areas. Brain Gym includes 26 easy and enjoyable targeted activities that integrate body and mind to bring about rapid and often dramatic improvements in: concentration, memory, reading, writing, organizing, listening, physical coordination, and more.” Learn more about our use of Brain Gym at Home.


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