Exercising brain power can add depth and excitement to your curriculum and may expedite and reinforce academic learning! This comprehensive mental gym offers you over 2,000 different exercises targeting twenty different cognitive skills, including visual and auditory processing speed, conceptual reasoning, working memory, response inhibition, visuospatial skills, fine motor control, and more – all skills that are critical to learning.
Brain-Based Learning – Designed by a neuropsychologist, the MindPower Builder is based on neuroscientific insights into how the brain learns. Click here to learn more
Just a few years ago, experts believed that the brain was like a sealed black box, and you were stuck with whatever nature gave you at birth. Now it has become evident that our brains can keep adapting and developing new abilities throughout our lifetime. This ability to reorganize and create new pathways is called neuroplasticity, and it’s the science behind the Captain’s Log MindPower Builder.
Research has shown that systematic brain training can help people improve a number of cognitive skills including attention, working memory, problem solving abilities, reading and, in some cases, psychosocial functioning. Rather than targeting academic learning, cognitive training aims to improve the basic thinking skills people need in order to learn. Some research has also shown that developing these cognitive abilities leads, in turn, to improvements in self-esteem, self-confidence, and emotional stability.
Cognitive training can also include developing meta-cognitive strategies that people can use to improve their ability to perform tasks, for example, developing the habit of writing down and prioritizing daily tasks or improving the skills needed to organize and categorize.
The computer is an ideal training partner because it makes it easy to customize training and to track progress. Computerized cognitive training can be particularly useful in that it not only provides a wide variety of different types of exercises, both visual and auditory, but also automatically becomes more challenging as the client progresses. Clients will be continually directed to develop their cognitive skills to the maximum of their capabilities. The computer is non-judgmental and never loses patience! And, perhaps best of all, people associate computer “games” with fun.
Evidence Based – Research using the MindPower Builder in schools supports its efficacy and practicality in the school setting. Students made significant pre- to post improvements in visual and auditory working memory, verbal encoding, reading, attention, behavior, and even bookkeeping skills! Results of these studies provide strong support for including cognitive training in your students’ school day. Check out some of the research here.
Easy to include in a student’s IEP – Students can work independently in any classroom. You can select the student’s grade level, and the program automatically creates a comprehensive brain training program, targeting up to twenty different cognitive skills.
Comprehensive – The wide variety of challenging tasks and the depth of the content can help you to be successful in remediating a variety of cognitive skills for your students at almost any ability level. With over 2000 exercises, the MindPower Builder is the largest, most comprehensive set of cognitive exercises on the market.
Multidimensional – Enhance the power of your cognitive training by incorporating simple, dry-sensor neurofeedback into your training protocol. Using the NeuroSky MindWave device, you can help your students learn to develop a calm, happy, alert, relaxed mental state while they complete the training exercises. If you choose to include this “BrainPower” option, some of the “video” games can be controlled totally by the student’s brainwaves.
Motivating – A built-in reward system keeps your students motivated. Students will work more quickly to finish their seat work and earn computer time. Entertaining, video-game-like tasks break the routine of the exercises, rewarding their hard work and adding additional training in hand-eye coordination. Here are some samples:
Training goals are matched to the needs of each student, increasing levels of intensity accelerate learning, and outcomes are tracked and recorded.