Cognitive skills training targets the brain skills involved in doing academic tasks. For kids, we use two main cognitive skills programs: Fast ForWord and Brainware Safari. These two programs target auditory processing skills and visual processing skills, as well as attention, executive functions, memory, and the foundational skills needed for reading and math. When selecting the appropriate programs for kids, we require a recent diagnostic assessment to establish a baseline.
At Brighter Path, we target technology-based cognitive skills training for 7 major brain skills. We select the programs for our clients based on the main target skill and the integration with the other 6 areas. The 7 major cognitive skills help kids to be better learners. Better learning skills translate into better grades at school!
Reading is an essential skill for academic success. Creating a bridge from visual, auditory, and memory cognitive skills, we use a combination of 1:1 skills and technology from Orton-Gillingham phonics to speed reading strategies. Issues with decoding, fluency, or comprehension are typical with dyslexia and nonverbal learning disabilities. Brighter Path can help!
Communication involves oral language, writing, and using technology to transmit messages. Vocabulary, writing paragraphs and essays, giving and following directions,and giving presentations are skills needed for 21st Century Learning. We use 1:1 tutoring, technology, and group classes to train various communication for students to be more successful at school. Brighter Path can make the hardest skills fun, especially for people with dyslexia!
Math can make many people -- kids and adults alike -- freak out. Parents get frustrated helping kids with homework because math involves a unique language, concepts, processes, and memory. Brighter Path uses a math skills checklist to track mastery of essential skills like numeration, place value, multiplication, fractions, integers, and problem solving. Confidence with algebra, geometry, and trigonometry topics can make college entrance exams and advanced courses easier to face. We can help you create those bridges for a Brighter Path to success!
Some learners are emotionally fragile or highly anxious about academics. Some clients have dyslexia or other learning disabilities that require specialized materials and instruction. Some clients want to know how to study more efficiently and effectively. Some clients want test-taking strategies to reduce testing anxiety.
You may have different goals you want to accomplish. Let us know! Together we can design a plan to help your child reach specific goals for cognitive or academic skills!
You can request what type(s) of assessments you think you need. Or you can bring in an assessment from another provider.
Everyone seeking cognitive training will be given one or more cognitive skills assessments to determine where your strengths and weaknesses are.
Clients seeking academic therapy will be given one or more academic skills assessments. We also offer academic assessments to homeschoolers or private school students who want yearly standardized achievement testing.
Cognitive Skills Training is the key to your brighter path!
Our cognitive skills training is provided using technology-based solutions for maximum progress. Following the assessment, we will present a plan for a cognitive skills program matched to you. Prices vary due to license fees for each program. Research shows that a minimum of 50 hours of technology-based training is necessary to retrain the brain.
As your plan progresses, we may see that you need some personalized encouragement or supplemental 1:1 training. This additional attention is included in the 50 hour plan.
Yes, we do academic therapy! We can help you cross that bridge from cognitive skills training to academic and professional success!
We use a variety of techniques for building reading skills in decoding, spelling, and vocabulary. Phonics programs based on the Orton-Gillingham approach makes a huge difference for many of our students with dyslexia and other reading disabilities. We provide the highest quality of 1:1 intensive instruction or technology-based programs.
Phonemic awareness, rapid naming of words, expressive oral reading, reading fluency, transitioning to silent reading, and comprehension skills are all important components to building strong reading skills. We can help you or your child bring these components together!
We also provide occasional classes in speed reading and test prep passage reading.
From one-to-one correspondence to our unique approach to algebra, we build on cognitive skills training by looking at whether building concepts, mathematical language, procedural memory, or reasoning and logic impact our clients' mathematical skills. Using our proprietary math skills checklist and brain-based instruction, we "take away" math terror and "add" in the fun!
We also offer math classes for homeschool students in multiplication facts, fractions/decimals, algebra, and geometry.
You can be a good writer! We help our clients from sentence writing to essay writing and every step in between! Writing is thought to be the hardest academic skill, but we help to make it easier in either 1:1 sessions or our fun classes!
We offer classes for our cognitive and academic skills clients, homeschoolers, and professional adults. Our classes are planned monthly. Some of the classes we offer are: public speaking for adults, beginning algebra, hands-on grammar, and ACT/SAT Test Prepping, We are open to requests for classes. If you want to know what classes are offered, sign up for our newsletter!
Here's what to expect when you come to Brighter Path.
When you walk in, you will be greeted with a friendly smile and checked in. Your first appointment will be with the program director, Sue, who will find out more about you and your goals. Please bring or send ahead: the New Client Form, any previous diagnostic evaluations, any school documentation that you want to share, and any work evaluations that you want to share. All of these documents are kept confidential. Parents, if your child will be training with us, you may decide if you want to bring your child or not to this first appointment.
In this section, please download and print the correct New Client Information Form. For teens, please use the Child form.
Please bring this form with you to the New Client Appointment or send it to us ahead of time. Our email is: email@example.com.