1. Why do I need a formal cognitive assessment?
It is important to get an accurate account of how your child's brain processes or takes in information. A formal cognitive assessment serves as a baseline for the cognitive skills training as well. Very much like your physician measuring your blood pressure and heart rate to get an accurate account of your vitals, it is also important to have an accurate measurement of your child's brain in order to know what is already great and what needs to improve. This assessment can also help you to understand your child's brain and how he or she should be studying. That is information you need to know so you can make informed decisions about your child's education.
2. Why does it cost so much?
Actually compared to many other programs, the BrainMatterZ program is very reasonable. It's value is found in the ability to get to the "root" of the underlying issue instead of simply using tutoring to deal with the symptoms. It is an investment in your child's brain which will yield many returns down the road.
3. Are changes permanent?
Just as an athlete would develop and train his/her fundamental skills for a sport, we are developing your child's fundamental skills for learning. Maintaining these neural-pathways happens every day when your child goes to school and uses cognitive skills such as auditory processing when listening to a lecture, or visual processing when reading or taking a test or executive functioning skills when organizing his/her backpack and school planner daily.
"What we practice is what we hardwire" and students are in the academic arena 5 days a week practicing and hardwiring the skills for learning. Some parents like to do a "booster" every year right before school starts. It is not necessary but sometimes it boosts the students confidence and gets them off to a positive start to the school year.
4. Does IQ actually increase?
I.Q. is simply a measure of how effectively the brain is processing information. It is comprised of Crystalized intelligence (information retained from prior knowledge, verbal) and Fluid intelligence ( "problem solving, pattern recognition, "thinking on your feet" kind of intelligence, non-verbal) working memory and visual processing speed. The BrainMatterZ program increases visual processing speed, working memory, problem solving, pattern recognition, and verbal skills just to name a few. I.Q. does increase when each of these areas are trained for optimal performance.
5. How many hours of training does my child need?
After 6 years of observing students go through the training and performing pre and post tests on all of them, the program gets the best results from a minimum of 20 hours. If there are two targeted areas to develop then 30 hours has shown the best results. The training is completed daily in two hour blocks.
6. Does it increase SAT scores?
Because a student must use his visual processing speed as well as problem solving and fine-motor skills in the SAT and ACT, there have been several incidents of increased scores. The range has been from 200- 500 points.
7. Does the program help my child develop his skills for a sport?
Yes. The BrainMatterZ program, though designed to increase cognitive skills naturally increases skills like reaction time, hand-eye coordination, visual processing speed, coordination, balance, recovery time, and memory. These are all skills used in sports performance.
8. What about resiliency, determination, and self-discipline?
The BrainMatterZ program was developed using the latest brain science, on resiliency, performance, and even happiness. These are all woven into the day to day training. Just like a coach would, inspire these qualities in an athlete, the BrainMatterZ staff are coaching and instilling these characteristics as well.
9. How does the BrainMatterZ program work?
The Brain Intensives are usually a 10 day program/ 2 hours per day where Dr. Linzey and staff are working with 2-4 students on targeted areas of the brain.
A minimum of 20 hours is required along with a recent cognitive assessment by Dr. Linzey or a Licensed Psychologist. These intensives are held in 1 school in the area and outside students are permitted to attend. We have one at Cate School in Santa Barbara, CA, Stevenson School in Pebble Beach CA, Geneva School in Manhattan NY, Palo Alto, CA. Check website or call 831-917-3330 for more information regarding these intensives and see course schedule below.