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Struggling with Slow Learning?

 

It's Time to Pick Up the Pace!

  

What is the PACE Cognitive Skills and Brain Training Program? 


PACE is the excellent Processing And Cognitive Enhancement program we use to boost our students' learning abilities. If your child is bored, frustrated, or discouraged with school, this could be the solution you've been searching for.


To find out if PACE is the right fit for your child, we start by completing an evaluation to identify under-performing processing skills. If we find any underdeveloped areas, we use PACE to create a personalized training program to meet your child's needs. 


Once enrolled, your child will work on specific goals with one of our professional, friendly trainers who will carry out PACE activities to strengthen weak areas and bring your child's learning system up to par. PACE training is designed to achieve maximum results quickly and because we want to make this breakthrough learning program accessible to as many children as we can, we offer competitive rates at nearly 1/2 the price of leading competitors!


PACE has grown in popularity over the last several years because of one crucial fact:  PACE makes rapid and permanent changes in a student's ability to succeed in school. 


PACE Training Develops Skills In:

  • Attention
  • Auditory Processing
  • Comprehension
  • Logic & Reasoning
  • Memory
  • Planning
  • Processing Speed
  • Visual Processing

 

PACE helps learners improve not only in reading but in overall cognitive function. 

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The Power of PACE


Are learning problems affecting your child's school performance? If so, this likely reflects weak cognitive skills, the skills needed to process information.


Without properly-performing cognitive skills, learning success can be incredibly difficult for your child. 


While the cause of weak cognitive skills is debated, results are clear: if your child improves their cognitive abilities, performance improvements are possible.

4 WAYS PACE HELPS Struggling Learners

1. Improves Learning Skills

PACE develops the underlying processing skills that are critical to learning. This includes auditory and visual processing, attention, processing speed, phonemic awareness, logic and reasoning, and memory. We do this one-on-one with your child through fun and intensive activities. It's all about helping your child become a better learner, one skill at a time.    

2. Boosts Grades & Abilities

We find PACE to be beneficial for students of all ages with learning disabilities, as well as with students who want to be more efficient, get better grades, and more. PACE is a GREAT way to make maximum impact on a large number of critical learning skills in a short period.

3. Engages Young Learners

PACE is fun, well-planned, and has everything your child needs in one organized system. Students and families love the success rate!

4. Builds A Foundation for Long-Term Success

PACE works on the underlying processing skills that are critical to efficient learning. We often use PACE to lay the foundation for Master the Code, our reading and spelling program. Master the Code develops phonemic awareness, visual awareness for words, and an understanding of the phonetic code of the language.


We have found PACE and Master the Code to be exceptionally helpful in overcoming many of the issues struggling students face. 


Together, these programs combine elements from the best research available to deliver an easy-to-use and extremely effective package.  

Intro to pace video

Watch this video to learn more about PACE and how it has made learning easier for thousands of children. 

6 Areas of the Brain pace targets to boost Learning

1. Processing Speed

How rapidly and correctly your brain can move through written material to find the right information. How quickly the brain processes new information.

2. Active Working Memory

Your brain’s ability to make a protein print called an engram and retrieve that piece of information from your memory.

3. Word Attack

Sounding out words. This allows you to successfully sound out and pronounce any word in the English language regardless of the length or difficulty of the word.  

4. Central Auditory Processing

Blending, interpreting, and using the 43 sounds of the English language. Problems in this area often result in difficulty concentrating, listening, reading, remembering, writing paragraphs and papers, spelling, following directions, and is one of the best indicators of Dyslexia. 

5. Visual Perception & Processing Skills

Handling information from pictures, drawings, and shapes. This deals with your ability to use maps, graphs, charts, or set up word problems and can help students succeed in math.

6. Logic and Reasoning

Breaking down complex projects into a sequence of steps. Students who are strong in logic and reasoning like to figure things out on their own, but a short attention span makes this difficult. Logic and reasoning exercises train the brain to focus, pay attention, and concentrate. This can help with ADHD. 

An OVERVIEW OF PACE

Research-Based Therapy

PACE is based on the most up-to-date scientific research available and is continually modified to incorporate new scientific data.

Practical Results

PACE targets and trains the skills most likely to impact work and learning performance, such as processing, concentration, and problem-solving.

One-on-One Attention

PACE is provided individually to each student from one of our highly-qualified and friendly instructors to achieve significant results quickly.

Engaging Activities

PACE uses sequenced procedures to challenge students. By offering fun challenges, we help to eliminate boredom and frustration.

Instant Feedback

We offer PACE on a one-on-one basis to give students immediate feedback (error correction and positive reinforcement).

Progress Reports

PACE helps to improve self-esteem and confidence by allowing students to see the difference in their performance. 

Future-Oriented Training

PACE drives new skills to the subconscious, so they become habitual and automatic. Cognitive skills become second nature.

Unique Teaching

PACE comes across as non-academic. This helps kids engage better if they've had negative experiences with schoolwork.

Long-Term Success

PACE develops meaningful skills your child uses in everyday activities. This means there is a high level of retention, and practice comes naturally.

Rapid Results

PACE produces valuable results that are quickly seen, providing a high return for your time, money, and effort. 

THE HISTORY OF PACE

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How an Informal 1985 Symposium Gave Rise to the Leading Cognitive Training Program in the US

In 1985 an informal symposium was held in Appleton, Wisconsin, that has changed the way we look at learning difficulties.

Specialists in special education, clinical and cognitive psychology, occupational therapy, central auditory processing disorders, visual processing, learning disabilities and memory research from a number of universities and professional clinics met to ask and answer one question:

"How can we best help individuals experiencing learning difficulties so that they can learn easier and faster?"   

Led by Dr. Ken Gibson, a specialist in pediatric visual processing, and his brother, Keith Gibson, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, the symposium reviewed the existing research on brain and memory function, visual processing, and learning theory.   

For over 15 years, the two brothers had been gathering clinical experience with both children and adults. They had observed that some patients seemed to attend better and recall important facts more easily when they were given short, but intense periods of training. They now asked the question,

"What kind of learning has the greatest impact in the shortest possible time?"   

The Gibson brothers developed a series of recall exercises, which rapidly improved concentration and memory abilities. Soon they were ready for the first test.

Dynamic Results

It was essential to assess each student thoroughly before and after the training to see how effective the procedures were. The initial results were outstanding.

Not only did the first 35 cases register almost three years' improvement in about three months, but also a year later, 98.7 percent of the test findings were at or above the post-program level.   

In the same manner as learning to ride a bicycle or play the piano, the ability had been reconfirmed by use and was an active part of their mental tool kit. In addition, the grade scores of the children confirmed that the training had translated into superior academic performance.

A Global Educational Phenomenon

Once the fundamental principles had been established, the program underwent ten years of review and experimentation. Other educational, psychological, and medical specialists were brought in, and modifications were made as new research became available. It was soon discovered that students with attention problems (ADHD), dyslexia, memory deficits, and other learning disabilities were benefiting.

Unlike other specific learning disability programs that focus on behavior management or specific academic skills, PACE seemed to improve the brain’s processing ability. For the first time in educational history, a complete program had been developed that would do for mental abilities what exercise does for the body.

By 1995, all of the effective components were in place. The program was given the name "PACE," the acronym for Processing And Cognitive Enhancement.

It has rapidly become the leading cognitive training program in the USA. Over 700 professionals in more than 350 schools, clinics, hospitals, and training locations have participated in the development, testing, and clinical use of the PACE program to date. PACE continues to collect data from offices across the country and critically reviews the results to maintain quality control.

The purpose of the intense PACE program is to produce significant changes quickly so that the student sees the changes and stays motivated to learn. The program is now distributed worldwide, including in Knoxville, TN by licensed therapists and educators, and is available for both adults and children.