Yesterday, the mother of one of my young students asked me if we would see improvements in his processing speed.
I always pre- and post-test for processing skills, and we sure do want processing speed come up to age level or above. Both the PACE program and the Learning Ears program are great for increasing processing speed, as well as selective attention, visual processing, logic/reasoning and auditory processing. In fact, we routinely get 3.6 years average improvement for processing skills in just a few months of cognitive training! A year later, testing shows that 98.7% of improvements are at or above the post-test levels. When skills increase, those new neural connections are in use every day, so are confirmed and can continue to grow.
Real changes take place for the child in a short amount of time. New brain skills and better auditory skills increase one's ability to take in information accurately, hold it, and interpret it. With more neural pathways, we definitely get better processing speed for reading, for homework, and out on the sports field. Quicker response time for drivers, too! Improved processing skills affect not only academics, but every area and activity of our lives.