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How can we really help our kids reach their full potential? Are we doing enough? Are we even doing it right? This is something that parents worry about since we all want the best for our children. We want them to grow up as successful individuals, but what does reaching full potential really mean?
Is it graduating from school with honors? Getting gold medals from sports competitions? Having the ability to play all musical instruments known to man? Or is it making sure that they grow up as empathetic and kind individuals?
Child development is tracked in the following domains: Physical, Social and Emotional, Speech and Language, Fine Motor, and Gross Motor Skills and according to clinicians and researchers, these domains are interdependent with each other. The development of one domain greatly influences the development of the other domains and vice versa.
What does this mean for us?
If we want our kids to grow up as successful, well rounded and well adjusted kids, all domains should be developed. It also means that we should not push for the development of one domain alone. In today’s society, more and more focus is given on cognitive development. Kids are being sent to school at an early age in the hopes to accelerate their development in intelligence. This practice is in fact, unhealthy and counterproductive which can result to kids losing their desire to learn.
What can we do?
Help Our Kids Reach Their Full Potential with The BrainFit Advantage.
What is BrainFit Studio and where did it originate?
BrainFit Studio is the leading provider of the most up-to-date neuro-scientific-based brain fitness programs in Asia that can help us parents help our kids reach their full potential . It started in Singapore last 2001 and was founded by a team of therapists led by Ms. Cheryl Chia, current Director, who are all passionate about maximizing human potential and transforming lives. It has since expanded across Southeast Asia and has presence in several countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, and the Philippines.
BrainFit Studio Philippines opened its doors in 2011. It is spearheaded by a group of individuals who are experts in the fields of education and health care. Currently, BrainFit Studio Philippines has six centers – Greenhills, Binondo, BGC, Quezon City, Davao, and Cebu.
What is brain fitness important is it?
Similar to physical fitness, which is our foundational body skills that influences our performance in sports, brain fitness is our foundational brain skills which influence learning and achievement school, work and daily life. These brain pillars namely (i) attention (ii) visual (iii) auditory (iv) sensory-motor and (v) socio-emotions ultimately impact how we acquire new knowledge, retain information, apply learning, and perform to excellence.
Recent brain scan research has also shown that brain fitness is closely linked to our IQ and EQ. Intelligence does not reside in any one part of the brain but rather involves a network of interconnections among the critical brain areas namely attention and working memory, language, visual, and body perception. Therefore, when we build brain fitness in these pillars, we are actually strengthening the brain networks that make us more intelligent! Simply put, a fit brain means an intelligent brain
How does brain fitness training work?
BrainFit Studio uses the SMART protocol for brain fitness training, which is based on neuro-scientific findings.
“S” is for setting appropriate and achievable goals for the individual, as every brain is unique.
“M” is for measurement using a process called CognitiveMap. It involves two hour long, one-on-one assessment using standardized tests which profile the individual’s brain in the five key areas of visual, auditory, sensory-motor, attention and memory and social-emotional.
“A” is for adaptation, which is to choose the correct brain fitness training program and level, based on the individual’s brain fitness profile. For successful brain fitness training, mental activities must be just right – not be too difficult or too easy for the individual.
“R” is for rewiring through focused practice. Neuro-scientific research tells us frequency and intensity has significant effect on brain fitness training outcomes. During a typical 50min training session at BrainFit Studio, a student may be engaged in up to 500-1000 repetitions of the cognitive tasks they are working on. Adequate frequency and intensity of training is vital for maximum results.
“T” is for transformation of the brain and the individual as one follows the SMART protocol. Typically, for an average student, they expect visible and enduring improvements in learning and performance after about 20 hours or ten weeks of brain fitness training. They expect their students to be able to learn better – focus longer, think faster and remember more. They then conduct re-evaluations on all the students to measure their gains.
They have 5 different programs that address each of the Brain Pillars: Smart Moves for sensory-motor; Smart Vision for visual processing; Smart Listening for auditory processing, Smart Focus for attention and memory; and Smart EQ for socio-emotions.
What makes Brainfit programs different from other enhancement or tutorial programs?
BrainFitness fundamental requirement to a learning brain that will determine how effectively they will acquire, retain, and process knowledge. Unlike enhancement programs that target on improving a specified skill and on imparting learning strategies (e.g. drawing; reading comprehension; speed reading; etc) or tutorial programs that provide assistance on scholastic subjects to enable learners to keep up with the academic track, our programs work on the foundational skills needed to accelerate the learning process be it in acquiring and mastering academic contents in school or learning a skill (e.g. dancing; swimming; etc).
The focus is on developing and enhancing the 5 critical Brain Pillars so that they will have a more efficient, easier, and enjoyable learning experience. Only when the Brain Pillars are strong and efficient can the student benefit optimally from any enhancement or tutorial programs that they undergo. Their programs also build intelligence by strengthening the critical brain networks which scientists have found responsible for both general intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ).
If you are interesting in enrolling your kid to the BrainFit Challenge, you may reach them at:
BrainFit Studio, 2nd Floor, MLD Bldg.,
Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City
Phone Numbers: 0927-670-7788 or 0917-627-8007 | (032) 350-7338
Disclaimer: I was invited to attend BrainFit Cebu’s “Mornings with Moms” – a discussion on brain fitness for kids. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.