Slowing Down Helps Kids Learn

Brain Awareness Week 2012

Sometimes just slowing down and making a change in a process can improve performance.  This can reduce stress and open the door for learning. One researcher found that children that often write numbers backwards form them correctly when they slow down.  Something as simple as using a different pencil when they write numbers gives them time to slow down while they make the switch. This simple task allows the child to calm down and focus.

Summer Learning Special

As the school year comes to a close, kids who have been struggling in school get a break and an opportunity.  Summer break gives them a chance to get out of the classroom and into the world.  Kids have time to let go of school frustrations and embrace some fun times. This is the perfect opportunity for you, as a parent, to help your kids learn some new skills which will help them flourish in school.

To help you take advantage of summertime, I am offering a Summer Learning Special.  New clients who begin before June 15th, 2010 get 20% off  sessions from June-August, 2010.  Call today to set up your free consultation where we will discuss your child’s specific needs.  (530) 263-1413.

New Discovery: The Brain & ADHD

It’s not all about attention and cognitive function anymore. Researchers have discovered new information about the brain’s reward system.  Children with ADHD have less motivation to continue a task than those without ADHD. When a reward is not immediate and does not occur regularly throughout the task, the ADHD child is not motivated to continue. This helps to explain why their attention and hyperactivity levels differ depending on the task. 

This new research goes a long way to explaining why neurofeedback helps ADHD children so much.  Neurofeedback addresses the brain’s reward system as well as targeting attention, cognitive function and impulse control.

Read about the study here.