May 30, 2012
-- New to Tucson, and possibly anywhere in the USA, is a summer camp for kids 6-16 geared towards cognitive enhancement - using some of the latest neuroscience-
based brain training tools. PhD psychotherapist Andrea Russell and Speech-Language Pathologist Valerie deLar have teamed up to offer a customized program for a small number of lucky kids this Summer. They claim that their program can help smart kids sharpen their test taking skills and replace “performance anxiety” with calm and focus. All kids, they say can strengthen areas of weakness in listening, processing speed, attending, and can learn to better integrate physical movement with their other senses by tuning up the “brain clock”.
In just 2 hours a day, four days a week over the course of a month this summer, kids will engage in individual and team-based exercises geared to sharpen their cognitive skills. There will be goggles for visual input, hand sensors that look like small cymbals to record their timing in response to music, and headphones to direct and focus auditory signals. There will be lots of well-researched computer based “brain games” to help improve foundational listening, visual and attention skills. There will be neurofeedback through which kids can learn to focus and control their brainwaves allowing them to play and control games on the computer. Your child might be playing a version of “pacman”, driving a race car, or piloting a rocket ship with no hands and no joy-stick, only the connection of slim wires that record and amplify small signals that coming from your child's increasingly integrated brain activity.
The program starts with a brief battery of cognitive psycho-educational and performance-
based testing that allow Andrea and Valerie to design a personalized program for each child. Then in groups of 2 to 4, with lots of coaching and individualized support, kids will go through their programs. It’s only two hours a day, and it should be tons of fun, but it will be a workout too! The program is designed to run Monday through Friday with Wednesday “off” during the week and with the weekends “off” too, to allow time for “integration”
. That time is built-in for the brain to be able to consolidate the new learning and to form new neural connections. For more information, call Dr. Russell at 520-885-0557 or Valerie deLar at 520-465-8877, email Info@TucsonBrainCamp or visit http://TucsonBrainCamp.com.