Friday, February 27, 2009

BrainSkills and The Gibson Test of Brain Skills

I am so excited! Not only am I finally out of HTML he.., having finally upgraded my web site, but I now have the privilege of offering two new items that I hope will make cognitive skills testing and training more readily available to anyone.
Gone are the days of extensive neuro-psych evals that take days to complete and often months before a report is received. Never more will people be limited by geographical proximity to services. No more need to get a second mortgage to pay for cognitive skills training.

Most of us schedule and follow through with dental, vision, hearing and annual physical exams, albeit begrudgingly. The cost of cognitive skills testing, though, is usually prohibitive, even when insurance covers some of it. When several family members are struggling who gets the resources? This can often be a real “Sophie’s Choice” kind of situation. But, what about a brain check up? Everyone should know how their brain functions. This knowledge is crucial for so many things from education, to work, and to play.

The solution comes in the form of The Gibson Test of Brain Skills. For only $29.95 you can do a quick in home screening, with same day results, to find out where there are strengths and weaknesses that impact learning. Better still, once the results are in, there is a “fix”. That “fix” is the home study computer version of PACE (Processing and Cognitive Enhancement) called BrainSkills.

So often the $1,500+ professional evaluation takes months for the results to be dictated, and when they are they just say that since little Johnny is having trouble reading he should read more, and since little Mary is having trouble focusing she needs to pay more attention. While we’re at it let’s just tell a blind man that if he looks harder he will be able to see! Many people get offended because I label disabilities.

The reality is that a label is power when it is a starting place and addresses the skills, not the character of a child. Let’s be honest, if a child can’t read because of a disability, the label of dyslexia is not a personal attack but a determination of a wiring glitch. I can’t think of a child or adult who wouldn’t prefer the label of dyslexia over lazy, which is a personal attack and usually never feels true because of the effort being exerted.

Using the science of neural plasticity, BrainSkills works by developing new neural pathways to enhance the brain’s abilities. Once these new pathways start to develop, a student can soon see rapid changes. With a new found sense of future potential, applying themselves to the activities begets even greater growth of neuronal connections. The pleasure associated with improvement releases dopamine which “hard wires” the learned skills in place. BrainSkills is the answer for many who might otherwise not be able to afford training due to the cost of one on one training programs.

For only $495.00 you get a one year subscription to BrainSkills and the gateway to a new way of thinking. Families wanting the program for more than one person can get an even greater discount on the additional subscriptions when purchased simultaneously.

Please check of the rest of The Brain Trainers site and follow the links for The Gibson Test of Brain Skills and BrainSkills. The demo affords the chance to preview 3 of the 10 activities. You can even view a sample test report.

If you purchase BrainSkills and find you need a little more guidance or special modifications because of you student’s situation, I can be retained for consultation on an hourly basis. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss costs.

I encourage anyone who takes The Gibson Test of Brain Skills to give feedback on the experience on this forum.

Happy Brain Training!


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