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This principle refers to the notion that changes within one set skills (such as attention and executive function) can promote beneficial change in other skill sets. This means that once attention and executive function improves, acquiring other skills (such as reading, math, regulating behaviour, or time management) may be easier. The other aspect of generalizability […]
Principle 8: Age Brain changes are often reported as being more intense and occurring faster in younger brains than in older brains, simply because younger brains are thought to be better able to make new or stronger. However, we now know that the brain continues to make changes throughout the entire lifespan. Thus, training for […]
The training materials in general need to catch and maintain your attention, so that you are engaged throughout game-play. Although the program is a therapeutic tool, it was designed to look like a computer game so that it is both fun and motivating, with lots of sights and sounds to keep children engaged. Playing […]
Training is not a single, isolated event – it is a process that unfolds over time. There are thought to be developmental windows of time, including the preschool period, where certain brain-based skills can be improved more easily than at other times. Similarly, children have certain periods of time throughout the day when their brains […]
As is the case with developing any skill, more regular and intensive training leads to better improvements in executive functions and attention. For training programs such as Dino Island, it is recommended that the player devote approximately 30 minutes, 4 times a week to playing the various games. Just like going to the gym only […]
Once certain skills are gained, continued practice of that skill over time is needed to maintain it. Have you ever heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect, and repetition creates mastery?” It’s true, isn’t it? When we practice something long enough, we eventually master it. Think about what happens when we learn to swim, ride a […]
The skill area needs to be specifically targeted to produce significant, long-term changes in brain pathways. Dino Island’s computerized exercises are designed to target different aspects of attention and executive function that have been proven to be fundamental for self-regulation, flexibility, focusing, and learning. The program has been designed to focus on developing these skills through exercises, […]
Continuing to use and exercise specific skills will lead to improvements over time. So, if the goal is to improve attention and executive function abilities, you need to be doing stuff that requires you to use them. As you improve within a certain skill area, in order to continue to see benefits and improvements, the […]
Commonly used brain pathways are stronger than those that are not regularly used. If you don’t routinely use a skill, it becomes weaker over time!