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  Exercising The Brain

In this section we will explore how we can exercise the brain. Several computer-based solution, for attention problems, caused by poor working memory are available today.  With combined cognitive neuroscience and innovative computer game designs, companies report they are able to deliver substantial and lasting benefits, to the thousands of users who suffer with memory issues.

Children and teens that have executive function deficits may have difficulty planning, organizing, paying attention to and remembering details. They frequently struggle with:

• Planning a project
• Telling or writing a story
• Memorizing and retrieving information
• Generating ideas
• Retaining information while using it to complete a task

Effective interventions for children and teens with executive function deficits aim at developing and strengthening the cognitive skills associated with successful executive function:

• Memory - The ability to store information and ideas.

• Attention - The ability to focus on information and tasks, and ignore distractions.

• Processing Rate - The rate at which a student is able to accurately perceive and manipulate information.

• Sequencing - Placing the detail of information in its accustomed order.

As you evaluate the many options available, easy-to-use software and personal support is key to any successful program.

Game Links:

Cogmed - Working Memory Training

BrainSpark - Cognative Skills and Brain Fitness Program for Kids

Happy Neuron - Brain Fitness for Life

Brain Health Science - Fitbrains.com

Mind 360 - Brain Teasers

NPR - Creative Play Makes for Kids in Control (Article & Radio)

SET: Geeky Card Game that Rewire Your Brain

Lumosity: Retrain Your Brain

Piece of Mind: Drink Soda

Dance Dance Revolution