"Calisthenics for the Brain"

The BrainPower TM Program

MFLC’s BrainPower™ Program (BPP) is a cutting edge learning program, serving people ages 5 and up.  BPP is based on the incredibly successful, LearningRx and BrainSkills™ models.  The BPP utilizes the web-based BrainSkills™ program plus one-on-one Personal Brain Training.  Unlike tutoring which is simply re-teaching material that a student missed the first time it was presented, BPP addresses the learner’s underlying cognitive abilities through an intensive individualized program with a goal of increasing learner capacity.  These skills last a lifetime.

Research has shown that 80% of learning problems are due to cognitive weaknesses. Many compensate for these difficulties by developing coping skills.  However, cognitive training addresses the root causes of these difficulties. The BrainPower™ Program strengthens the following key cognitive skills:

  • Attention Skills: The ability to attend to incoming information.
  • Memory: The ability to store and recall information. Includes long-term and short-term/working memory.
  • Logic and Reasoning: The ability to reason, form concepts, and solve problems using unfamiliar information or novel procedures.
  • Auditory Processing: The ability to analyze, blend, and segment sounds.
  • Visual Processing: The ability to perceive, analyze, and think in visual images.
  • Processing Speed: The ability to perform simple or complex cognitive tasks quickly.

Parents are critical to the success of the BrainPower™ Program.  Parents of school age students agree to participate in periodic parent sessions to discuss the progress of their child.  

Recently, the BrainSkills™ program was administered in Caddo, Louisiana, to 60 Fourth graders who had not passed the LEAP, Louisiana’s state standardized test.  Astoundingly, after completing the BrainSkills™ program and retaking the LEAP exam 57 out of the 60 students passed. The National Science Foundation has recently made a grant to provide the majority of the funding for a study to examine how cognitive skills training can help high school students improve their learning ability and physically change the brain.

The current average cost of educating a child from Kindergarten through 12th grade is $102,401(not including costs for tutoring).  BPP costs an average of $750 per student for skills that last a lifetime, and does not have to be repeated, as tutoring for subject mastery does.

For each participant, BPP will develop a personal learning plan, which identifies and addresses learning deficiencies through the Gibson Test, which assesses cognitive skills, and guide them through their plan over the course of 6 to 12 months (assumes 3 to 5 hours/week).  Through the BrainSkills™ administrator’s portal, BrainSkills™ provides up to the minute data on participant progress.  Program administrators are able to monitor activity and progress, including length of time spent on exercises.  In the case of school-age participants, teachers and parents will also be engaged to assess BPP’s effect on school performance. All BPP participants will be assessed upon exiting the program using the Gibson Test or other measures to identify achievement.

Brain Training Can Help Everyone:
  • Students struggling behind grade level who need to catch up
  • Children or adults looking for a competitive learning or performance edge
  • Athletes seeking an edge in the “mental” aspect of their game
  • People seeking enhanced reading skill and fluency
  • Students looking for an enhanced foundation in math skills
  • Preschool and 1st grade students wanting a successful launch into reading
  • People with learning disabilities and traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims seeking to recover lost mental function
  • Senior adults desiring to lessen age-related memory loss and mental decline

For more Information, contact Co-Directors

Sr. Mary Ellen Schroeder, SND
 meschroeder@mirabeaulearningcenter.org • 419.512.9438

Sr. Mary Nancy Vance, SND
nvance@mirabeaulearningcenter.org • 419.913.9806

Don't settle for the brain you think you were born with…Whatever your age or situation, you really can experience the life-changing benefits of a
faster, smarter brain.”

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