What a difference PACE makes!

pace-logoIn the 14 years that I have been a PACE provider, I’m always thrilled to learn of the fantastic results we get from this intensive cognitive training program. Corresponding with another PACE provider in Arkansas, I read this wonderful report:

“One of my students has six benign brain tumors. Her middle school years consisted of horrible side effects from her medications, headaches, resource classes, bullying, and visits to psychiatric hospitals. After PACE she was removed from all of her resource classes.  Five years later, she is on the A-B honor roll, has learned to play the clarinet and marches in the band. Her self-confidence is beautiful to behold!

We did the program at the end of her 7th grade year. She had never been able to learn her multiplication tables, and the first day of eighth grade she brought home a page of problems and proceeded to just write out the answers! Her mother just bawled!”

I've included this story (with permission) on my blog to encourage parents of students who are very involved with physical and learning issues.  Cognitive therapy and auditory training can work wonders in many areas: reading, attention, logic, memory, and organization skills.  I’ve seen this so many times, which is why I love my job!  Other testimonials can be read on my website.

Big Changes in Just Ten Weeks!

10-weeksOne of my students (we'll call him "Cory"), is beginning eighth grade this week. Cory has been on a sound therapy program since late June, and we've worked weekly on reading and critical thinking skills. I sent home a checklist last week to get an update on his academic and behavioral progress.

The completed checklist came back today and shows wonderful changes - just what we usually see about this time in a sound therapy program, but it always amazes and blesses me. Cory himself has noticed and described some of his improvements:

  • "My reading is way better than when I first got here!
  • I have better rhythm,
  • better ability to listen to others,
  • I'm using my planner,
  • and my attention span is better."

Cory has been listening in the high frequency range for the past four weeks. His trained inner ear is sending a better message to the brain, and the brain is responding by making new neural pathways. Executive function skills are kicking in, and we see mental effort sustained longer, better organization, less procrastination, etc. (so many skills come into play here).

His mother checked 28 improvements that she has noticed (such as, "expressing ideas better" and "seems more mature"). This young man is READY for eighth grade, and his confidence shows it. I’m so pleased and proud of him. I love my job!

Let the Techno Kids Play Outside!

video-gamesThe other day, I observed a toddler in the child seat of the cart watching a video on her mother’s smartphone while Mom shopped. I remember chatting with my toddler while we shopped, explaining things about the store and the groceries we were putting in the cart. Not to be self-righteous, but our culture is changing in so many ways, some of them not good for our brain development!

Today’s kids are being reared in a technology culture, and many are spending too many hours a week with hands on an iPad or a video game of some sort. Some children don’t know what to do when turned loose in the backyard. Creative play building forts, hunting lizards or bugs, digging in the dirt, making things out of leaves, sticks and mud, watching the antics of birds… are great for the developing brain. These are wonderful ways for children to explore their worlds learning about nature hands-on.

Texas Parks and Wildlife gives ten reasons to get your children playing outside this spring and summer:

They will:

  1. Be healthier physically and mentally
  2. Do better in school.
  3. Have higher self-esteem
  4. Have good self-discipline
  5. Feel more capable and confident.
  6. Be good problem-solvers.
  7. Be more cooperative with others.
  8. Be more creative.
  9. Feel connected to nature.
  10. Be tomorrow’s conservation leaders.

So, let’s play…OUTSIDE. Become a hiking family. Discover birding together. Texas has a plethora of great parks, and many trails to explore, for fun at little expense.  Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife site to look at the possibilities!

Reading Speed Progress!

Today my early morning PACE student and his mother told me that his reading speed has radically increased. Visagraph testing showed his reading speed changed from 186 words per minute in July to 260-280 wpm as measured in late October.

It is not unusual for us to get such concrete results with PACE, a powerful cognitive training program.  Because this intensive program trains the brain to focus and make decisions at a fast rate, my students get big changes in attention focus and processing speed. Auditory processing also improves, which means spelling and reading are more accurate.  All these improved skills add up to better thinking and more confident learners.  We have six more weeks to go in this young man's PACE training and look forward to seeing more improvement in his processing skills.

Real Help for Learning through Sound Therapy

In the past several years, I have used The Listening Program with numerous students who are on the autistic spectrum. We (the parents and I) have been very pleased with the results from using TLP.

A good example is Blaire (not her real name), a 3rd grade child, who first entered my office clutching her “blankie” and a stuffed animal. She wanted to sit on her mother’s lap during the first sessions. Blaire read at first grade level and would not speak above a whisper, unless she was angry with a sibling. I recommended TLP Spectrum with Bone Conduction and The Learning Ears Program.

Within two months, Blaire was speaking in a soft voice, not whispering, and her reading was improving rapidly, with instruction. One day toward the end of her individualized program, Blaire entered my office chattering and belly-laughing with her little brother. She was making good social and academic progress at school, a much happier child.

From March to November of 2012, testing showed that Blaire's skills made strong improvements. These are some of the most notable changes.

  • Her Working Memory improved the equivalent of 3.7 years.
  • Auditory Processing also up 3.7 years.
  • Logic/Reasoning improved 5.7 years.
  • Word Attack skills improved 5.4 years.

Blaire's mother reports that she loves school now, has been on the honor roll and even asked to be in the choir. Great progress for a child who would not speak above a whisper!

The Listening Program is a key part of my therapeutic practice for students who are on the autistic spectrum or who have other learning issues. I “don’t leave home without it”!

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