PACE, Processing and Cognitive Enhancement, is the leading cognitive skills training program available today. PACE is a twelve-week, intensive one-on-one, cognitive training program that corrects and enhances learning skills.
Is your child struggling in school? Does he have difficulty listening, following directions, or doing homework? He may experience frustration every day and may even have been called lazy, unmotivated, or “a student at risk.”
If so, the real problem may not be a lack of motivation or proper instruction. Rather, he may lack efficient processing skills. In other words, your child may be able to see or hear information, but cannot identify, interpret, comprehend, remember, or stay on task.
If you have a struggling student in your family, call us. The PACE program is an intense, proven training method that strengthens underlying cognitive skills. We train the entire learning system to function properly.
How Does a Processing Problem Effect a Child?
Young children want to be successful in school. They want to be liked and accepted. Naturally, they cannot understand why learning is so difficult for them when it isn’t for their classmates. They feel that something is wrong with them, and it’s not getting better. To a struggling child, this is devastating. Most parents are at a loss as to what to do. They have examined all ordinary physical and social reasons for his behavior.
What the struggling student often really needs is a program like PACE. PACE will uncover the processing skills that are not sufficient for proper learning, and will train and strengthen them so that they are properly developed. Children who lack processing skills tend to avoid their schoolwork because it is difficult, discouraging, and frustrating. It’s safe to predict that a child like this is already a potential dropout at age nine.
Could Your Child Be At Risk?
Does your child display any of the following behaviors?
• Is unable to sit still or stay on task for any length of time
• Avoids school work if it is complicated or hard
• Often requires instructions to be repeated
• Struggles with reading and spelling
• Has difficulty with comprehension or memory
• Has difficulty sounding out unfamiliar words
• Reversals are common. Reads “was” for “saw” or “b” for “d.”
• Completes written work very slowly
• Is disorganized and often leaves task incomplete
• Makes careless errors
PACE May Be The Very Answer You Seek
An efficient learner does not struggle with academics. A child with strong cognitive skills completes homework quickly and correctly. Cognitive skills are learned and PACE directly teaches these skills.
I’ve had many parents say, “If only I had heard about PACE when he was in elementary school.” If your child exhibits one or more of the behaviors above, call today to schedule a screening to evaluate your child’s cognitive processing skills. It could be the most important phone call you will make during his or her school years.
What is the PACE strategy?
The training is designed to achieve maximum results in the shortest period of time. PACE is often referred to as a mental boot camp that uses game-like fun non-academic activities to address:
• Auditory Processing
• Logic & Reasoning
• Processing Speed
• Visual Processing
What if my child has already received extensive testing elsewhere? Do they still need to test at Brainworx?
Regardless of prior testing, all students take the Gibson Cognitive Battery/Woodcock Johnson III. It is a quick screening test that checks your student’s performance in the six critical neurological areas that govern learning. Students and parents should bring any additional testing they may have to their initial consultation — including IQ, achievement tests, TAKS tests, neuropsychological evaluations, individual educational plans, reports of ARD meetings, educational diagnostics, and others.
What should we do to prepare for testing at Brainworx?
It is most important that students should be tested at a time of day when they are well rested.
Eat a high quality protein meal prior to the test. No sugar donuts! Hawaiian Punch, sodas and other sweets are discouraged — children sometimes become distracted, hyperactive and silly when they over indulge in sweets, and this can result in questionable test results.
The test typically takes one hour; after the testing you will make an appointment to set up your consultation.
All adult family members (major decision makers) are requested to participate in the initial consultation. If you are unable to leave other children at home, please bring a person to watch them in the lobby while testing and consultation are in progress.
Tutoring or the Brainworx Way?
How does our cognitive training approach differ from our traditional tutoring?
If your child is having problems in school such as having difficulty listening, following directions, or doing homework, fighting frustration every day of his life, or been called lazy, unmotivated, or “a student at risk”, traditional tutoring is not the answer!
Simply stated, tutoring merely attempts to re-teach information or a subject such as math, reading, or history, to the existing struggling brain. Brainworx intends to strengthen and change the brain. Tutoring is only a temporary solution. The student never truly performs on his own. Many parents pay thousands of dollars year after year for tutoring. After completing the PACE and Master the Code programs a student has a permanently improved ability to perform independently, at school or work.
1. My child is a strong student … why do we need to come to Brainworx?
2. How often do students come to Brainworx?
3. Do we work with home school students?
4. What is an enhancement program?
5. What are PACE and Master the Code?
6. Why is individual treatment important?
7. What are typical results at Brainworx?
8. How has traditional education failed students with learning disabilities?
My child is a strong student…why do we need to come to Brainworx?
While 70 percent of the students we serve are reporting some type of struggle in the classroom or work setting, the other 30 percent of children and adults we serve are already the strongest students. Nonetheless, they perform the same brain exercises and also experience IQ increases, better ability to concentrate, better capacity to multi-task and higher grades, and are positioning themselves for scholarships.
How often do students come to Brainworx?
The brain needs to perform brain exercises at least five times per week — one hour each time — for structural change to occur. Most of our students attend five days a week for one hour of individual instruction. Some students attend three hours per week, and work with a parent for an additional two hours per week.
Do we work with home school students?
Yes, Many home school students come to Brainworx to catch up or to get ahead. Some students have been struggling with their home school curriculum for years and greatly benefit from our program.
What is an enhancement program?
An enhancement program is undertaken when it is needed after a student completes the traditional PACE and Master the Code programs. After the brain has been strengthened in the six critical neurological areas, some students need to re-learn certain academic material that their brain was unable to process before. Areas we customarily address in enhancement programs to bring the student as close as possible to age level and grade level performance include:
• Study card system
• Greek and Latin word roots
• Timed paragraph writing
• Advanced reading comprehension
• Customized studies as needed
What are PACE and Master the Code?
The PACE program is designed to help children and adults, age five and older, improve their weak underlying learning skills. Significant gains will be seen in this twelve-week program, helping the student learn easier and faster. Master the Code is our sound-to-code based reading and spelling program, helping students build a solid foundation to sound out words and gain confidence in reading and spelling.
Why is individual treatment important?
First of all no child is alike. They all need individual treatment due to their different needs and different ways to learn. One of the most powerful aspects of a Brainworx program is that it is designed to specifically target your childs weakness’s accordingly to their assessment.
What are typical results at Brainworx?
Results of student performance on the Woodcock Johnson that measure eight cognitive skills are often dramatically improved with Cognitive Training at Brainworx. This test measures the brain’s ability to handle and process information in the following eight neurological areas most critical to learning:
• Processing Speed: How rapidly and accurately the brain can move through written material to find what it is looking for; how quickly the brain processes information
• Active Working Memory: The brain’s ability to make a protein print (called an engram) and retrieve that piece of information from its memory
• Visual Perception/Processing Skills: The brain’s ability to handle information from pictures, drawings and shapes. It deals with your ability to use maps, graphs, charts, or set up word problems. This helps the student in the area of math
• Central Auditory Processing: The brain’s ability to blend, interpret, and use the 43 sounds of the English language. Problems in this area are one of the best indicators of Dyslexia. Problems in this area result in difficulty concentrating, listening, reading, remembering, writing paragraphs and papers, spelling and following directions
• Word Attack: The brain’s ability to sound out and spell words. This allows you to successfully sound out and pronounce any word in the English language regardless of the length or difficulty of the word
• Logic and Reasoning: The brain’s ability to break down complex projects into a sequence of steps. Students who are strong in logic and reasoning like to figure things out on their own. A short attention span makes this very difficult. Logic and reasoning trains the brain to focus, pay attention and concentrate. This helps with ADD/ADHD
How has traditional education failed students with learning disabilities?
Particularly in an era of standardized testing we are trying to load increasingly more information, faster and faster on younger and younger brains. Kindergarteners are now required to read, rather than just to follow directions and color. First graders are expected to write sentences and copy from the board. Second graders are expected to read chapter books and take tests independently on computers. As a result, when a brain is immature or struggling with undiagnosed learning disabilities, a child’s grades can fall very quickly, a child’s self-esteem can be destroyed, and is primed for a lifetime of struggle and difficulty.
In traditional education, children are taught in large groups. If a child is struggling, it is very difficult for the teacher to provide individual support and special instruction, or specific techniques that your child might need. Classrooms are filled with children who, due to these learning weaknesses, simply zone out, missing more and more instruction each day.
Even when teachers try to help, often they are instructed to teach to the students’ strengths. Many students, particularly with language processing problems, are highly visual, but how practical is it for a high school student to “draw the Civil War” on the board? We find that teachers teach the way they are taught, and it is our job at Brainworx to provide individualized training to make your student as strong as possible in all critical learning areas — so that, regardless of the methods of instruction the teacher uses, your child will be able to keep up and succeed.
At Brainworx we identify your child’s learning problems through our assessment testing, and immediately begin strengthening the brain so that it can handle and process the incoming instruction successfully.
How do we know Brainworx can Help?
If this describes your child, we can help!
• very bright but has frequent zeros and low grades or is failing in school
• hates school
• threatened with special education placement
• very bright and would like to take accelerated academic classes but cannot keep up with the work load
• high school student who wants to go to college but afraid they will flunk out
• receiving modifications in the classroom
• 504 student
• resource special education student
• diagnosed (or suspected) with Attention Deficit Disorder
• diagnosed (or suspected) with Autism
• frequently goes to the nurse’s office or complains every morning of a headache or stomachache, begging to stay home from school
• You and your spouse are debating whether your child has something wrong or is simply lazy
• Your child’s teachers think your child is bright and not working up to potential
• You receive frequent notes, phone calls, and emails from teachers
• You stay up all night helping your child do homework
• Your child frequently cries while doing homework
• You have a college age student repeatedly requiring remedial classes
• You have a child who is performing below grade level and you would like them to catch up
• You have a child who has been diagnosed with depression because of their school struggles
• You know an adult who hates their job
• You know adults who want to go to college but fear they can’t cut it
• You know adults who can’t pass a promotion exam
If you face these issues regularly, we can help!
Every one of these children or adults may have weaknesses in the six critical brain-based learning skills that cause them to struggle in the classroom or in work training no matter how hard they try.
How do I pay for this kind of help?
Treatment for learning problems is never an inexpensive process; however Brainworx offers a variety of payment options:
• VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
• Installment payment plans, with zero percent interest
• Care Credit – a medical-based credit card with a low interest rate that allows families to obtain treatment for as little as $75.00 per month.
Do we take insurance?
Some families have been successful receiving reimbursements for their Brainworx program. We require that all Brainworx families pay for their services according to their financial agreements, and then they may file their own insurance and be reimbursed directly at a later date. We will be happy to provide letters of medical necessity, dates of services, invoices or other support documents to assist in this process. We do have a medical billing specialist who will be happy to discuss financial arrangements with you or your insurance company.
Students and Medication
We believe brain exercise and brain training are the missing components that make the difference in classroom performance with or without medication.
The decision to take medication for attention problems or for any other medical problems is a decision between the physician and parents/adult students. Brainworx does not make that decision, nor do we make recommendations.
Some of our students take medication while others do not.
Usually we find that taking medication alone will not result in a student’s suddenly achieving the A/B honor roll or being promoted.
Many students are unable to take medication due to medical side effects.
My student routinely takes medication for attention/ concentration. Should they take medication on the day of the test?
Normally, students who routinely take prescription medication without side effects should take their medication on the day of the test in order to get best test results. Sometimes families are curious to see how their student will perform without medication. If this is your desire, please let our staff know ahead of time.
What medical diagnoses do we generally encounter in our students?
Most of our students are just regular kids who are struggling in the classroom, but we are particularly effective when the following problems are present:
• Attention Deficit Disorder
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Developmental delay
• High functioning Autism—Student must be able to speak
• Central Auditory Processing problems
• Sensory Integration Disorders
• Bi-Polar Disorder