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What is brain training?

Lynne Kenney
Psychology
Cognitive training or brain training consists of a variety of exercises designed to help improve functioning in areas such as sustaining attention, thinking before acting, visual and auditory processing, listening, reading – areas in which ADHD individuals often experience difficulties. Modalities include computer work, person to person motor-cognition work and neurofeedback.

If an individual is having attentional or learning problems, tutoring or drill and practice in academic areas are often not effective. The principle underlying cognitive brain training is to help improve the “core” abilities and self-control necessary before an individual can function successfully academically. The exercises “drill for skill” directly in the areas where basic specific cognitive difficulties occur.

The key is to build neuronal connections. Activities that include a motor and cognitive component may work best but the research is not to a degree that one can assert brain training is yet an evidence based treatment. In a few years, we’ll surely know more.

Research is ongoing as to what forms of brain training are effective. Some programs include Captain’s Log, COGMED, MC2, Brain Gym and Brain Builder.

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