Mental Stimulation Program

The CogniFit Brain Training Program for Children with Dyslexia is a neuroscientific program specifically designed to improve mental abilities in children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. The training helps to improve reading and writing skills, concentration and learning capacity.

The CogniFit program was developed by a team of international neuroscientists who took into account the latest advances and discoveries in neuroscience. By combining these technologies with fun brain jogging games, every CogniFit training session is both fun and effective.

CogniFit brain jogging games for children with dyslexia are designed to strengthen the neural network needed for speech processing. This program offers an innovative and effective way to stimulate neuroplasticity in children while they have fun with computer games. The system starts with an assessment of the child’s cognitive abilities and then automatically puts together the best mental stimulation program that adapts to each child’s individual cognitive needs.

CogniFit exercises are tailored to each child’s individual age and profile, training specifically weak neural connections. While the children enjoy a fun and entertaining computer game, they improve their learning ability, performance and mental agility with clinically tested exercises. These are critical skills that are important for their success.

CogniFit training for dyslexic children has been clinically tested and evaluated by a large number of schools, universities and hospitals worldwide.

Studies show that students and adults with dyslexia can make significant progress in their cognitive development, working memory, performance and reading ability (increasing number of correctly read words per minute to 14.73%) when training with CogniFit. The results lasted up to 6 months after training and had a positive effect on the difficulties caused by dyslexia.

What kind of treatment is there for dyslexia?

Before a treatment can be started, a diagnosis of dyslexia must be made for the affected child. This is not an easy task as many schools do not have the necessary diagnostic tools. Even if diagnostic instruments are available, the school is often not able to care for dyslexic children who have to attend another school, if available. Usually the parents bear the burden alone.

They have to be careful and observe the child in order to identify a possible learning disorder as early as possible. Then they have to act. The earlier the treatment starts, the better it will be for the child. They get better support and opportunities to correct this learning disorder and related problems such as daily frustration and the feeling of failure at school.

How can dyslexia be treated? There is currently no definite method known to treat the brain abnormality underlying this disorder. It is a lifelong problem. However, in dyslexia it is crucial to train daily as quickly as possible to prevent more severe symptoms. It is particularly important for successful treatment to detect dyslexia as early as possible!

One of the many advantages of the scientifically proven, personalized CogniFit brain training program is that it allows the cognitive needs of each individual child to be taken into account. The clinically tested program also shows the child’s cognitive performance and development in more than 20 cognitive abilities.

CogniFit’s ongoing evaluation enables impaired cognitive abilities to be discovered and training to be adapted accordingly.

The CogniFit brain training program was developed by a team of neuropsychologists to improve the brain functions necessary for speech processing. The image below shows how the neuronal network can develop if stimulated continuously and correctly.

Definition of dyslexia

Dyslexia is widespread, affecting about 10% of the population. Dyslexia is a neurological disorder that affects learning processes and makes reading, writing and generally decoding speech codes or symbols more difficult.

When dyslexics read, they need almost all their attention to decoding the speech sounds of the different letters and pronouncing each word. This effort results in a working memory disorder. This prevents the brain from spending its resources on higher mental tasks such as text comprehension.

Various studies define dyslexia as a deficit of neuronal connections required for speech processing. Dyslexics therefore have problems visualising words because the neuronal network between different brain areas associated with speech, which are also responsible for phonological processing, is disturbed.

Dyslexia can be inherited. It often happens that several family members are affected. Children with normal intelligence and without any mental, physical or cultural problems have reading difficulties and no other cognitive abilities are affected. Often dyslexics develop their sensory perceptions in a very special way as a balance and are therefore very intelligent and creative.

Not all types of dyslexia are equally severe, but it is always crucial to diagnose this disorder as early as possible to avoid possible developmental problems, loss of self-esteem or school failure.

Dyslexia in children?

Dyslexia can be detected in children as early as preschool. If it is not treated accordingly, the symptoms usually accompany the whole childhood and adolescence, even in adulthood many continue to suffer from the consequences.

Even though each child is unique, dyslexics usually start speaking later than other children of the same age and have reduced listening comprehension and vocabulary. They often confuse letters like “b” and “d” (or “p” and “q”) or the order of letters in a word. Concentration disorders are also very common.

Concentration disorders can occur due to cognitive overload. Since children with dyslexia have to work twice as hard to learn to read and write, they get tired more quickly and switch off earlier.

Since children with dyslexia need support and encouragement from their parents and educators, it is important to detect this disorder as early as possible. Understanding and helping the child is of great importance so that it can develop and integrate into school, enabling the child to keep up with others.

If dyslexia is not diagnosed and treated early, the negative effects of the disorder will increase. As children are left behind at school, they become frustrated and feel like failure. As a result, they often experience problems of self-esteem and emotional difficulties, as well as depression, anxiety and dropping out of school.

Dyslexia and the brain

Children with dyslexia have certain neurological abnormalities. Linguistic neurological connections are not correctly organised, which leads to difficulties in reading and deciphering words.

In order to read correctly, both an interpretation process and understanding and learning ability, called “lexical strategy”, are required. It is about how the brain receives a text in order to understand it. Dyslexic children have difficulties by combining the following aspects:

  • Deficits in speech processing.
  • Poor working memory.
  • Problems with processing speed.

CogniFit for dyslexia is a scientific tool for restructuring and treating cognitive processes and brain functions. Reading is a complex process. It is not just a matter of deciphering visual symbols, but rather of understanding the meaning of each word and the ability to relate these words in a sentence.

The dyslexic brain reveals cognitive abnormalities in three specific areas. These damaged neuronal connections are responsible for processing speech information and are improved by CogniFit dyslexia training.