Cognitive Training—Help for Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities are caused by deficits in the brain’s capacity to perform key functions necessary for performing academic tasks such a reading, writing, and math. Using reading, as an example, a beginning reader may struggle because he/she cannot tell the difference between p, d, b and q or was and saw—visual processing. Or the child may not be able to hear the sounds in words or blend them—auditory processing (phonics). Memory fails some children while others struggle with visualizing what they read or lack the reasoning skills to comprehend and apply the knowledge in new ways.

By strengthening these abilities cognitive training gives the student the necessary tools to do her/his schoolwork—a component missing from most educational programs. These abilities must then be put to good use through proper instruction or tutoring.