What core skills does Cognizium develop?
Working memory is the ability to learn a new piece of information and then hold that in order to access in the short term. An example of short term memory, is when the teacher delivers a new topic, then asks students to sit and work on the new topic independently. The student must hold the new information, then recall it within a short time frame. Often students find this process difficult. This can be for a variety of reasons but the outcome is the same, the student can feel isolated, embarrassed, and ultimately begin to question their own ability.
Processing speed refers to a students ability to receive and use information quickly. Information can be received in a number of ways including, sight, sound, written text, and observation. Once that information is received it must then be de-coded so that it can be either stored for later use or utilised in that moment. Advanced levels of processing speed allow the student to process multiple types of information simultaneously. This requires tremendous focus and practice.
Problem solving in the context of cognitive training, refers to the visual ability of taking an abstract concept or problem and finding immediate work arounds or solutions. This ability can come in many different forms. An easy example to understand is the Rubik's cube. Not only does it require a student to understand the workings of the problem, but then to apply that prior understanding to visualise the moves ahead. This visualisation can then be actioned in real time. During this action the student must adapt to challenges faced and create the emotional time to over come them without succumbing to frustration or the urge to quit.
Focus & Attention
Focus and attention may seem like the same thing but in actual fact there are many differences and thus, many different skills to learn. Attention is more of a general skill. Referring to orientation of the student to the trainer or problem, placing their mind in the correct mind set for the activity at hand and readying themselves to begin. Focus is the transition from that moment of readiness to the moment of action. The action requires creating a single point of focus, blocking out distractions around them, so that they can put all their energy and ability into one activity. This combination of skills requires on-going training, but once brought to a high level, creates a foundation for tremendous growth.
Confidence & Behaviour
Cognizium implements positive behaviours systems. This means we use motivation as the tool to bring out the best in our students. This motivation derives from encouragement and self-management. In addition, the cognitive training program increases difficulty incrementally and at the speed of the student. This allows for continued success. This success has a profound impact on the student's life. They build a positive relationship with the Clinic which means they are eager to come each time, and they also begin to experience consistent positive feedback. It redefines the learning experience for many students who often spend a lot of their time at school hearing negative feedback. We provide on-going positive feedback, and when a student needs to improve or change their behaviour, we highlight the change required along with our support so that they can make that change themselves.
What is the Structure of the Program?
Well Researched Program
Cognizium is an evidence-based program that has been specially designed to focus on a set of core learning skills. The program has a selection of 10/12 activities with each activity containing a wide range of difficulty levels. During each session the student is trained 1:1 on each activity which has been crafted to work on that particular core learning skill. The student's development is tracked so that areas of weaknesses can be focused upon while utilising their strengths.
One of the most important reasons the Cognizium program is so effective, is that the majority of the program is done 1:1 between the student and the trainer. This level of attention and intensity creates the best environment for effective progress. In the modern day classroom, students experience very little 1:1 teaching. The level of support and feedback that can be created with this ratio can have immediate effects for, not only the rate of progress, but the confidence shown within sessions.
For part of each session, the student will use a specialised digital program, created to compliment and focus on the same skill development of the 1:1. The student, under the supervision of the trainer, works as independently as they can creating new opportunities for focus, attention, and skill development, that require a higher level of self-management.
After each session, feedback is provided to the home on the students performance. We find this creates an important bridge between the learning environment and home. We encourage the process to be seen as a team effort, celebrating in success, and creating a constructive but positive feedback system when performance needs to improve.
Frequency of Sessions
Typically for each program, the student comes to Cognizium three times per week, with each session lasting 1hr 45minutes. The research has shown that this level of frequency creates an optimum learning process for students. Each program is looked at on a case by case basis, and bespoke changes can be made if it allows for a more productive experience for both the student and the family.
Process of Enrolment
During the intake, we collect all the necessary information regarding the student and family.
All students take the initial test which is a 45 minute online program, designed to analyse the current skill level of the student across the areas we develop.
Once we have the test results, you will then sit with the Clinic director who will review the results with you and explain the benefits of the program in relation to the strengths and weaknesses shown in the test results.
Once you have chosen to start the program, we will review the schedule with you and select the days and times that are suitable and available for your child.
At this point all the preparatory work is complete and you are all set to embark on your Cognizium journey.
What age and ability is this program catered for?
The Clinic will be accepting students between the ages of 6 - 12year olds. We can cater for a range of abilities and accept students with existing diagnoses such as ADHD, ODD, Learning Difficulties, Autism, and Dyslexia. Each student is reviewed on a case by case basis, but wherever possible we aim to facilitate learning for those that need it.
The Cognizium cognitive training program is a unique opportunity to help your child develop in key areas. If they are struggling, or if they have a diagnosis that has weaknesses in the skill areas mentioned above, then contact us, and see if the Cognizium program could be the start of something great.