PROGRAMS - PACE®  Processing and Cognitive Enhancement 

 

Sometimes referred to as “Mental Boot Camp”, Pace® was developed for students who are having difficulty keeping pace with their peers in the classroom. The PACE® program trains and improves cognitive skills which have a direct impact on a student’s academic performance.  Along with improved academic achievement, the student’s self confidence and motivation also develop.

 

Students with dyslexia, ADD (attention deficit disorder), and other learning difficulties show marked improvement after completing PACE®.

 

Students who can benefit from PACE® may exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Trouble staying on task

  • Working too slow or too hard

  • Low reading comprehension

  • Trouble remembering

  • Poor math skills

  • Difficulty making associations or drawing conclusions difficulty reading with fluency

  • Poor ability or an inability to plan

PACE® improves Cognitive Skills such as:

 

 

  • Attention: The ability to stay on task, even when distractions are present.

 

  • Simultaneous Processing: The ability to handle more than one thing at a time (e.g., the ability to recognize a word without sounding it out, to listen to an instructor while taking notes, or to drive a car while carrying on a conversation or singing to music.)

 

  • Sequential Processing: The ability to link a series of inputs over time (a skill required for reading so that the beginner can blend a series of sounds to create words and the advanced reader can link a series of words to understand the story or idea).

 

  • Planning: The ability to decide how you are going to solve a problem, make sure it gets done, check it for mistakes, and modify as needed.

 

  • Processing speed: The ability to perform cognitive tasks quickly—an important skill for complex tasks or tasks that have many steps (e.g., if we are dividing two numbers in our head but processing is slow, we might forget an earlier calculation before we are done and have to start all over again—we take longer to do the problem than our ability to remember).

 

  • Short-term memory (STM): The ability to store and recall small amounts of information about the current situation. People with STM problems may need to look several times at something before copying, have problems following instructions, or need to have information repeated often.

 

  • Long-term memory (LTM): The ability to recall information that was stored in the past when needed. It is very important for spelling, recalling facts on tests, and comprehension.

 

  • Auditory processing: The ability to perceive, analyze, and conceptualize what is heard. It is critical in the beginning reading and spelling stage because it includes hearing, identifying, and blending sounds, as well as sounding out words.

 

  • Visual processing: The ability to perceive, analyze, and think in visual images. This includes visualization, which is the ability to create a picture in your mind. Children who have problems with visual processing may reverse letters or have difficulty following instructions, reading maps, doing math word- problems and comprehending.

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