A major program used in cognition therapy is PACE (Processing and Cognitive Enhancement), developed by a psychologist and pediatric vision specialist in Colorado, USA specifically to rebuild deficiencies in underlying learning skills.
PACE benefits anyone from age seven through adulthood—including the cognition therapist! Practising brain-training keeps us at our sharpest. However, older brains need more practice to acquire the skills. As the human brain does not finish growing before age eighteen, youth pick up these skills most quickly and permanently. The incidental benefits of PACE commonly include a noticeable rise in student self-esteem and an average rise of fifteen IQ points. In the 38 basic hours of PACE, a rise of 3.6 years in at least one of the underlying learning skills will be seen—up to thirteen years’ improvement in some cases. These improvements are permanent.
Is a student not doing so well in school as expected? Hating math? Disliking reading? Making homework more like home torture?
Anyone blocked at a certain skill level or suffering wide disparities in skills will benefit from taking the PACE screening. This brief, non-invasive, enjoyable assessment yields useful and fascinating information to you about levels of underlying learning skills. Knowing how a brain is functioning makes it easier to decide what steps to take next. Knowledge is power!
Some students will go on to take the PACE program to tackle deficiencies and build new skillways in the brain; some not. All students taking the screening, however, can benefit from thinking about better ways to help with learning. Gifted students also benefit: PACE gives them an opportunity to complete, hone and organize their learning skills in the fastest possible way.
Your cognition therapist will model behavior and language that teaches awareness and detachment as first steps to mastery over learning. We aim to graduate students from the program as empowered, skilled and resourceful learners.
- Visual thinking concepts: congruence, diagramming and mapping, directionality and order, geometric shape, rotation and position, similarity, magnitude, illusion, part-whole relations, patterns and models, reflection and symmetry, plane to three-dimensional visualization;
- Internalizing arithmetic;
- Phonemic awareness of English sounds with correct pronunciation;
- Speech melody and punctuation;
- Mechanics of writing;
- Vocabulary enlargement;
- Spelling methods;
- Logic and reasoning;
- Memory-enhancement techniques;
- Better processing speed;
- Control of saccadic eye movement;
- Hand-eye co-ordination;
- Focusing techniques;
- Physical-mental co-ordination;
- Selective attention;
- Task analysis; and
- Following directions.