Testimonial from a partner program about Reading Kingdom
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More About Reading Kingdom www.readingkingdom.com Reading Kingdom is based upon over 40 years of research, clinical and practical experience. Testimonials, awards, and background information are available on their website. The founder of Reading Kingdom is Dr. Marion Blank. www.drmarionblank.com
Reading Kingdom has also developed a program to serve children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. www.asdreading.com
Reading Kingdom is designed to serve students from ages 4-10. A version of the program was developed to serve older students who either struggle with basic reading skills or are learning how to read. www.successreading.com
The Gibson Test of Brain Skills www.gibsontest.com/web/ Imagine being sick and doctors have no method to determine the cause. They can look at the symptoms and treat you as best they can. Fortunately, they do have tools by which they can usually determine the cause so they can treat you more effectively.
Generally, schools and families have each student's vision and hearing tested to make sure those capabilities are working properly. If a student has vision or hearing issues, it is recommended that the student see the proper doctor to have the issues addressed.
What about brain function or cognitive skill processing? Cognitive skills such as visual processing, auditory processing, memory and attention empower learning. Weakness in any cognitive skill area can make learning more difficult and in some cases impossible. Cognitive skill testing is usually expensive and used sparingly by schools. Most students who struggle in school have one or more weak cognitive skills. The system generally ignores this issue even though identifying and addressing weak cognitive skills is critical to empowering each student to achieve their full potential.
Fortunately, we have access to a cognitive skill screening tool that allows us to develop a learning skill profile for each student. The tool can generally identify whether any of the major skill areas are weak to help better understand why a student is struggling so the proper actions can be taken to help. Even students who may be doing well in school may be working much harder than needed to succeed. As they advance into more difficult materials, especially in college, these weak skills will significantly impede their success. The earlier any weak cognitive skills are identified and strengthened the better. Even students with average skills can get stronger to gain a competitive edge.
The assessment is based upon over 40 years of research and clinical use. It is in use in clinics worldwide and is available in multiple languages. Please visit the website for more details. The assessment takes about one hour to complete and can be done in the comfort of home.
Cognitive Skill Training Our brains process sensory inputs and work to make sense of the world, to develop memories, to learn information and figure out how to best use that information productively. Cognitive skills develop naturally based upon life experiences. Strong cognitive skills make learned easier and faster. Stress, injuries, medical issues, lack of nutrition, overexposure to certain stimuli, and insufficient exposure to a comprehensive and balanced set of learning experiences can cause challenges in the development of a strong set of cognitive skills.
Recent science has demonstrated that the brain can create new neural networks in order to change and improve processing at most any age. This is often referred to as neuroplasticity. The most critical period of basic brain development for a child occurs during the period of womb to five years old. But, it is good news that the brain can still improve and adapt with the proper training at any age.
There is a fair amount of controversy regarding the idea that brain training can improve cognitive skills. Many studies have proven that insufficient training and the lack of consistency does little to improve skills. But there are studies and clinical experiences that demonstrate success.
The system we use is based upon over 40 years of clinical experience and is used in hundreds of brain training clinics worldwide. We use Reading Kingdom to build basic reading skills then we use brain training in 2nd grade and above to strengthen cognitive skills to empower students to achieve their full potential.
Generally, if an older student continues to struggle with reading and learning there must be a reason. The Gibson Test and other assessments we use help to identify the underlying causes. The brain training helps to strengthen skills so students can learn more effectively.