Brain Gains Tutors understand how difficult and exhausting learning difficulties are for the learner, their families and teachers. Our experienced, dedicated and compassionate tutors provide learning support for struggling adults and children, and their families, including:

Sensory-Motor Processing Training to improve specific, foundational processing skills

  • To repair processes that are impaired

  • To make deficient processing more efficient by improving cognitive skills including:

 

Processing speed: slow does not mean 'stupid'.

Auditory processing: perception, discrimination and phonological awareness, memory, sequencing  (following directions, listening skills and comprehension), etc.

Visual-spatial processing:

       Visual - directionality, discrimination, memory,                 sequential memory.

       Spatial – closure, figure - ground, motor-integration, tracking and scanning, sequencing

Fine-Motor skills – knotting, threading, manual dexterity, hand-writing etc.

Referred to an occupational therapist:

Tactile processing – discrimination, hypo-sensitivity and hypersensitivity

Vestibular processing – posture, balance

Proprioception – co-ordination, dexterity, laterality

 

Once these faulty foundations have been repaired and strengthened, we offer:

Cognitive SKILLS Training 

Analysis & synthesis

Abstract thinking

Analogy (application)

Association of ideas

Attention & focus

Categorization and classification

Coding – for information transfer

     Encoding – synthesis of letters (for spelling)

     Decoding – analysis of sounds and word parts

     (for reading)

Comparison

Comprehension & inference

Differentiation or discrimination

Evaluation

Learning skills

Logic and reason

Memory: working memory, short - term,                                        intermediate and long-term memory

Patterning

Phonics

Segregation

Sequencing

 

As these skills are being developed, we offer remediation of the areas of learning which have been adversely affected by deficient processing and impaired cognitive skills to help students fill the gaps in their learning and catch-up to the level where they should be operating:

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Literacy and Language:

reading comprehension, spelling and written expression

Numeracy (maths)

Some of our tutors also offer:

Cognitive STRATEGIES Training – critical and creative thinking, strategic planning, problem-solving, cost, consequence and risk analysis, decision-making – with integrity. 

 

Metacognitive Training – to understand how and why we think the thoughts and feel the emotions that we do. This course addresses the role of belief, perceptions, attitudes and choices, equipping students to understand themselves and others, and the way people relate to one another.

  • Executive Skills Training: self-motivation, monitoring, management, evaluation, adaptation or flexibility, perseverance, application etc.

  • Resilience Training:  to develop strategies for stress management - coping instead of crumbling when life gets tough, changing unhelpful thinking and damaging behavioural habits and emotions.

  • Parenting: tips for parents – especially for those coping with children with processing and learning difficulties, offering increased understanding of the issues and how to manage them.

  • School Readiness Course: so parents can prepare their children to succeed at school

  • Extension for gifted children – who require opportunities to stretch themselves by being:

            · Exposed to new subjects of interest

            · Equipped to investigate these subjects more thoroughly

            · Trained to think and work more efficiently and effectively –                          increasing their level of satisfaction.

                        

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Metacognition Training

To understand and manage: thoughts, emotions, perceptions, attitude and behaviour.

 

Strategic Thinking Skills

Learning skills

Critical Thinking

Planning, problem solving, wise decision making (considering consequences) with integrity.

METACOGNITION

Understanding cognition components, relationships and influences:

            will (volition), perception, attitude, belief

Executive regulation / control: self-motivation, monitoring, management, evaluation, adaptation/flexibility, perseverance, application

Integrity: justice, honesty, courage to do right

Strategic

Planning

Problem-Solving

Decision-Making

Affective

Exocentric empathy

Resilience

Sociability Training

To understand and manage bullying & relationships

(social skills).

 

Coping Skills

To understand and manage suffering and stress to develop resilience

Remediate

Phonics

Reading

Spelling

Maths

Writing

Comprehension

Brain-Training

Cognitive

Processing

Skills

Multi-aspects of visual-spatial & auditory processing, phonological awareness, closure, logic, memory, sequencing,

language etc.

COGNITION

Cognition

Learning

Reason

Memorisation

Abstraction

(imagination)

Affection

Emotion

Affections

SENSORY – MOTOR

Perception      Modulation         Co-ordination

Sensory – Motor Processing & Integration

Auditory           Tactile                   Vestibular

Visual – Spatial                         Proprioceptive

Motivation & Encouragement

Improved confidence, hope and task initiation

Physical Skills Training

posture, balance,

co-ordination, laterality,

gross & fine motor skills (hand-writing) etc.

Academic Skills            Processing Skills                                 Foundational Processing                                      Other skills

182 Harewood Road, 

Papanui,

Christchurch 8053

Call Us:

0272 45 7013

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