How can we tell if the training centre that we select benefits our child? One way to determine if the brain-training program works is whether its effects of the program is able to translate to benefit the child in daily life.
1. Specific Activities for Specific Outcomes
The brain controls many functions such as working memory, emotional regulation, speed of processing and many more. The activities that the centre chose must be able to target the specific and relevant brain functions.
2. 15 Hours for a Targeted Brain Function
A targeted brain function requires at least 15 hours performed over 8 weeks or less for a noted improvement. Training only a few hours across a wide variety of brain functions should not be expected to trigger real-world benefits. A similar analogy is like doing random exercises on a ad-hoc basis and expecting to be healthy.
3. Activities must Suit the Level of Competence
Training must be able to adapt to an individual’s performance via a monitored increase in difficulty and concentration. By constantly working on something that is too easy or difficult will either lead to boredom of frustration for the child. This is one key advantage computer games have over pen-and-paper based activities.