Jacob is my first and only child, so when it comes to learning, I’m not really sure what to expect. I read the books by the experts, which conflict drastically with the expectations of the schools and his teachers, so I never really know where we stand. According to the experts, including a child psychologist and a medical professional trained to recognize learning disabilities, Jake is just fine. According to his teacher and the school, he was failing coloring and cutting, and most likely has a fine motor skills problem. The latter was proven incorrect, but it took months before the school finally tested him and cleared him.
With all the negative feedback I received about my son’s ability to form letters that look exactly like those created by a typewriter, something that I have yet to master myself, and his inability to cut a picture within a nanometer of the line while using the dullest scissors ever created, had me twisted with worry nearly every day. When I was contacted a few months ago and asked if I wanted to try out the Neuro-Sensory Brain Training System by Learning Links technology, I thought this would be a great chance to help Jake with any fine motor skills issues he may have and give him an edge in the brutal academic world.
Before I even started the Brain Training program, I took some time to explore the site and try out some of their assessment tools. Jake has been flipping numbers and letters around quite a bit (I later found out that this is normal until about age 7), so I checked out the Dyslexia Test, which includes a handy check-list of behaviors to look out for when determining if you child may have dyslexia. I also read about what the program refers to as a Learning difference, which takes into account that every child learns differently, and those differences do not equal a disability.
After exploring the site, I started the program, which is broken down into different phases, each with a set of activities. The activities are designed to help retrain the brain to perform various tasks, and Jacob found them all fairly fun. Activities include tasks like dot dabbing, fly trapping, and shape tracking–all of which are including as printouts in the monthly lesson plans. The program is designed to be used for about 20 minutes a day, so it’s not overwhelming, and all of the instructions are really clearly, so I wasn’t totally lost. I’m not a teacher, and my son was bringing home papers for homework with such vague instructions that I couldn’t figure out what he was supposed to do. I felt like a flake because I couldn’t understand kindergarten homework, until I talked to another teacher who told me she had to actually look at the answers to figure them out sometimes. But the Brain Training System provides really simple instructions for parents, so there is no guesswork involved. While it’s hard to say if he just overcame his issues with writing or if the program helped him, I do think the activities gave him a boost in his hand-eye coordination and made him more confident.
The best part of the system is that, although it’s designed for children with learning differences, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, it really is beneficial to all children.
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