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Brain Training for ADHD: Human Interaction Is Key

Researchers Explain How Clinician-Delivered Brain Training is More Beneficial than Computer Brain Games for Remediating Multiple Cognitive and Social-Emotional Struggles Frequently Associated with ADHD. Not only do children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) frequently struggle with memory and speed of information processing, they also navigate deficits in social cognition and self-esteem.  Mainstream approaches… read more

Every Parent’s Secret Wish: Brain Train Better Behavior

Children with learning struggles often present with negative behaviors as well. Scientific research has yet to confirm the specific underlying neurological connection, although parents and practitioners claim a synergistic relationship between cognitive improvements and behavioral improvements. Regardless of the underlying connection, many parents desperately wish for an intervention that will mitigate both cognitive and behavioral… read more

3 Life-Changing Behavioral Improvements from Brain Training with ADHD Kids

Johnny raced to the classroom window once again, distracted by the lively brown squirrel scampering up the trunk of a nearby pine tree. His teacher sighed and repeated the gentle reminder for him to return to his seat and pay attention. As she turned back to the teaching of essay questions, she could already hear… read more

Adjust to College by Embracing Solitude

I could hear the tears in her voice: “Mom, I’m so lonely! I don’t know anyone here!” My heart ached for her, but I knew urging her to get out and ‘make friends’ would only add to her introverted angst. Instead, I reminded her to embrace the solitude; to relish the quiet times alone for… read more

Growth Mindset For Better Grades

It’s back-to-school time and many parents are eager for ideas and interventions to help middle and high-schoolers achieve better grades this fall. Instead of relying on teachers, curriculum, and homework, new research points to grade improvements resulting from a growth mindset. The growth mindset, pioneered by psychologist Carol Dweck, is the simple yet profound concept… read more

The Athletics of Memory

Memory athletes are some of the best in the world at retaining information. They compete to see who can remember the most numbers, images, faces/names, words, and card sequences. PubMed recently published a fascinating article from Neuron, where researchers examined techniques used to amplify the memories of average people. Using mnemonics is one of the… read more

Finding Sleep In A Sleepless World

She rushed into the kitchen and reached for the steaming coffee pot. Smooth, dark hair hung loose about her shoulders, framing a strikingly beautiful face. Her long legs were lean and fit, accentuated by the patterned running tights and tank top she wore. She was the picture-perfect example of a successful high-school senior; straight-A student,… read more

Classroom Training Options for Improving ADHD Student Outcomes

Parents and educators of children with ADHD have long been seeking non-pharmaceutical options for improving behavior, focus, impulse control, and learning. The London University of Exeter recently conducted a meta-analysis of 28 studies on school-based interventions for students with ADHD. Researchers evaluated randomized controlled trials in order to discover any consistent themes of improvement or… read more

Running Laps Around Education

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in America. With an ever-increasing use of computers and other technological learning devices, the typical classroom has become far more sedentary than it was even twenty years ago. Left to themselves, these iGen kids will tap, post and scroll through social media rather than ride ride a bike or… read more

I Think I Can, I Think I Can!

Lessons Learned from The Little Engine That Could Twenty-one kindergarten students sat hunched over worksheets, with brightly colored crayons strewn about, and cheerfully colored in the pictures of various fruits. Three children in the classroom were otherwise occupied. One little girl had scribbled quickly across the shapes and now bounced in her seat crowing, “I’m… read more

But Mom, I need more sleep!

Two months into a new school year, and teenagers across the country are once again battling sleep deprivation. With afternoon activities, homework, social engagements, and late-night media, most high-schoolers are overwhelmed with expectations. Pair that with the crack-of-dawn bus trip, and teenagers are lucky to get 5-6 hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, this pattern… read more

Kids Hate School? Brain Training To The Rescue!

By Terissa Miller, MS Psy This time last year Matthew had a frown on his face. Another school year was looming; in just days he would once again face the agonizing frustrations of the classroom and his struggle to comprehend what was taught. His self-confidence had slowly eroded over the past couple of years, as… read more