Cognitive Training—Help for Learning Disabilities
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.