Many clinics say they focus on the neurological phases of learning or processing problems but they don't speak about specifics. Our website explains many of the fundamentals of our program and including tests, videos and explanations on how they are associated with learning disabilities, such as ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia , etc. This makes it easier for an individual to make an informed decision regarding their treatment.
Focus – Associated with ADD or ADHD
Symptoms: Difficulty staying on task, poor eye control, poor handwriting, impulsive, easily distractible
Physical Focus: Eyes still and converging on a specific focal point
Mental Focus: Responding to a specific item or task for an appropriate length of time
People with poor focus have a hard time keeping their eyes and mind on a specific item or task without losing concentration. The inability to focus leads to obvious school-related challenges that will continue later in life unless properly treated.
When levels of attention and concentration are inappropriate for a child’s age, they are often diagnosed as having ADD, or ADHD. Since this is a diagnosis arrived at by assessing behavior, rather than a medical assessment, there is the possibility of misdiagnosis. A student exhibiting the symptoms of ADD, which is a chemical imbalance, may actually not be able to focus due to, say, an auditory processing problem. It would be improper to treat such a processing problem with medication. This is why it is so important to correctly diagnose your child’s learning disorder.
The good news is that having poor focus does not have to be a permanent condition. We have developed a series of exercises that target and improve the affected area of the brain to effectively minimize, and even erase, the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
Directional Discrimination – Associated with Dyslexia
Symptoms: Letter or word reversals, problems identifying left and right, difficulty with a sequence of instructions
Physical Directional Discrimination: Ability to identify correct physical orientation such as left, right, up, down, etc.
Mental Directional Discrimination: Using correct orientation in activities such as reading and writing (differentiating between d and b, on and no, or saw and was)
The ability to differentiate between p’s and q’s, d’s and b’s, as well as words like mom and wow, and on and no is essential to functioning in our society. When a child suffers from a lack of directional discrimination, they will often reverse symbols (such as letters and words) as well as sequences (such as instructions).
Problems with directionality begin with poor body awareness. The good news: they are treatable.They exist because of inadequate tissue in a specific area of the brain. Over our 20 years of research and experience, we have developed exercises that target the responsible brain area and build up the tissue so that ordinary directional discrimination can function.
Dyspraxia “Motor Learning Disability”
Symptoms: Lack of fluency in physical and mental activities
Physical Motor Match: Ability to match physical movements with an auditory cue
Mental Motor Match: Ability to respond on cue within an appropriate time frame
People who suffer from a motor learning disability find movement and coordination problematic. It is a condition frequently accompanied by language problems, and even challenges with perception and thought. While dyspraxia does not affect intelligence, it can make learning difficult – especially for children.
This underdevelopment in the organization of movement hinders the brain’s ability to wholly transmit neural messages. All involved parts of the brain do not coordinate to efficiently process information. The result can be choppy reading, misread words, or difficulty handling silverware and playing catch.
Learning Technics has specially developed exercises that will strengthen brain connections, allowing greater coordination. Click here to find out how.
24 Hour Memory “Cross Patterning”
Symptoms: Poor comprehension and/or decoding skills; difficulty remembering concepts from day to day
Physical Cross Patterning: Coordinating movements that cross body midlines or use both sides of the body simultaneously
Mental Cross Patterning: Cross braining to identify attributes and define critical elements
Ever heard the terms “left-brained” and “right-brained”? No matter which is your dominant side, it is important that the left and right lobes communicate with each other in order to remember information. To remember, we call up an image. Image recall is done on the sub-dominant side of the brain. To use the data remembered, we convert it into language to communicate it to others or to use it internally for thinking. This is done primarily on the dominant side of the brain. The total process requires the two halves of the brain to go into a pattern of complex cross hemisphere communication. If adequate cross-brain circuitry for this was not developed, memory, or short-term recall, will be limited and inconsistent.
The corpus callosum connects the brain’s right and left hemispheres. When we read, the left brain decodes words, while the right brain puts these words together into a complete thought or mental picture to help us comprehend what we read. A student with poor cross patterning may be able to decode words, but not comprehend the meaning or vice versa. Students with poor cross patterning commonly have poor short-term memory since information is stored in different parts of the brain, and must be merged for recall.
Our tried-and-true methods strengthen the connection between the brain’s hemispheres, thus increasing memory retention. Start today!
Processing Disorder “Visual Memory”
Symptoms: Poor spelling, decoding, comprehension, poor visual memory
Physical Visual Memory: The ability to identify and retrieve a visual image previously seen
Mental Visual Memory: The ability to retrieve visual information previously learned
Our senses, all five of them, collect data from the outside world. Our brain is then responsible for processing this data and incorporating it as information that helps us deal with the world. When the brain does not properly process the sensory data, it can seriously impede the performance of daily tasks. Though not indicative of any intellectual or cognitive defect, it can be extremely frustrating.
Visual processing disorder, also known as perceptual processing disorder, results in a hampered ability to make sense of information gathered from the eyes. This condition has nothing to do with eyesight and everything to do with how the brain interprets, or processes, visual data. One result of this disorder is visual agnosia, or the inability to recognize familiar objects.
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Visual Tracking Disorder
Symptoms: Difficulty with reading fluency, skipping words or lines
Physical Tracking: Eyes moving from focal point to focal point with smooth, accurate movements
Mental Tracking: Responding in the correct sequence
Tracking is the ability of the brain to control the eye muscles so they can smoothly and rapidly focus where we want them to. The condition often goes undetected in routine vision exams. The young reader must learn to briefly focus on each word, and then move smoothly to the next while accurately reading the lines of text. They may often lose their place, or skip words.
There are simple physical exercises that will improve your tracking. Start today!
Symptoms: Difficulty with coordination and social skills; easily lost or disoriented in unfamiliar settings
Physical Position in Space: Ability to identify where they are in relationship to their environment and to determine where objects are in relationship to their surroundings
Mental Position in Space: Ability to determine relationships within a given concept
In order to function we must orient ourselves in relation to our physical, emotional, and even spiritual world. When our ability to correctly perceive an object’s position in space is curtailed, performance in reading and math is seriously damaged because these subjects rely on the ability to discern the spacing and order between the symbols used. The majority of people who suffer from a lack of spatial discrimination suffer in terms of relationships with others. They may come off as shy (too distant), or obnoxious (too close).
The physical distance between objects may be hard to judge, resulting in poor athletic performance. In the worst case, a person can become physically disoriented.
The reason spatial discrimination malfunctions is that the parts of the brain responsible are not adequately developed. Our scientifically proven exercises target and develop the area of the brain responsible. Why delay? Get started!
Symptoms: Poor sense of timing; difficulty with the time component of task management; misinterpretation of the importance of situations (can underreact or overreact); inability to judge physical size
Physical size: Understanding magnitude
Mental Size: Ability to determine relative importance
All information coming into the mind must be assigned some kind of magnitude. Individuals who cannot do this accurately or appropriately will frequently assign the wrong importance, emotional intensity, or physical size to whatever they are doing. When a child misperceives an undertaking as too large and difficult, they may surrender without even trying. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a child who misperceives a project as too small and easy does not set aside sufficient time to accomplish the task. Studying is difficult because they cannot tell what information is important, and what is an irrelevant detail.
Those with impeded magnitude discrimination often appear unorganized because they can’t gauge the size of a task, how long it will take to complete, and when they should start in order to complete it on time. They also tend to misinterpret the importance of a given situation and thus overreact or underreact.
Impaired Magnitude Discrimination does not have to be a permanent condition. Our tried-and-true exercises will generate the necessary brain tissue for normal, or even exceptional, Magnitude Discrimination. Click here to get started!
Symptoms: Low comprehension, difficulty understanding math concepts
Physical Shape: Recognizing patterns
Mental Shape: Forming details into a concept
Problems with pattern discrimination come in two levels. At the first level, the child is unable to identify basic shapes. They cannot recognize diverse images or shapes, which makes reading and spelling very difficult. At the second level, the child readily identifies shapes, but can’t categorize things and understand how they interrelate; in other words, they have trouble conceptualizing. Likewise, people with issues at this second level have difficulty abstracting, or drawing individual conclusions from concepts – an ability basic to human logic. Complex patterns and concepts are difficult to see as units. In math, this process is vital to understanding why the correct answer is the correct answer, as well as the steps it takes to get it.
You don’t have to live with Pattern Discrimination problems; we can make them go away. Our proven methods grow the brain connections necessary for ordinary, or even extraordinary, functioning. Let’s do this!
There is a treatment
The strengthening of the neurological processes used to recognize and understand the numerical patterns in math comcepts is the key to eliminating this learning disability.