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  • Writer's pictureEmily Wagner, MS

The KoolMinds BrainWorks Program: Improving Your Child's Cognitive Skills

Updated: Apr 16

You want to set your child up for academic success, making it easier for them to think faster, read better, and learn easier. Every child has a set of learning skills that helps them process and retain new information. But what happens when these skills aren't as sharp as they could be?

KoolMinds BrainWorks Cognitive Skills Program is an evidence-based program that improves your child's learning skills and helps those with learning disabilities. Children who complete this program begin improving almost immediately, setting them up for life-long learning success.

Why Choose KoolMinds BrainWorks?

Traditional tutoring works best for children with a strong learning foundation. For those who haven't quite built up their learning skill set yet, tutoring can become frustrating and discourage them even more. So, how do we improve these skills?

It helps to think of the brain like a muscle — to get stronger, you need to train muscles with exercise and weightlifting. The brain needs the same training, which can be done with programs like BrainWorks.

Cognitive skills your child will learn in this program include:

  • Focus and concentration — Giving appropriate attention to the task at hand until it's complete

  • Processing speed — Adjusting and improving the pace needed for taking in new information, making sense of it, and responding to it; children who have reading difficulties often have weak processing speed

  • Working memory — Processing and transferring new information from short-term into long-term memory

  • Directional orientation — Identifying structures in relation to one another; for example, children with dyslexia have low directional skills, as they see "d" instead of "b"

  • Tracking — Improving the eyes' and mind's ability to gather needed information, like following a line of text in a book

  • Cross-patterning — Engaging both sides of the brain to activate communication pathways and improve processing abilities

  • Figure-ground — Helping the brain focus on the important "figure" while ignoring distractions in the background; this helps children with concentration

  • Visual-spatial awareness — Recognizing space and where objects sit within it; visual-spatial awareness helps us understand where we are in our physical and emotional world

  • Auditory discrimination — Telling the similarities and differences between sounds or parts of language

Many of the skills listed above are weaker in children with learning disabilities or conditions that affect their memory, cognition (ability to think), and emotional regulation. Children who benefit most from a cognitive skills program include those with:

  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

  • Visual and auditory processing disorders

  • Dyslexia

  • Dyspraxia

  • Aphasia

  • Memory, math, and reading challenges

The KoolMinds BrainWorks Program at Bridging the Gaps Dyslexia Center

At Bridging the Gaps Dyslexia Center, we've partnered with KoolMinds to offer our students the BrainWorks Cognitive Skills Program. The first step is to complete our free BrainWorks cognitive consultation to determine whether the program is a good fit for your child's needs.

There are 2 program/pricing options to choose from:

  • Purchase the at-home video program kit to complete with your child (this requires a 45-minute to 1-hour commitment for 4 to 5 days of the week)

  • Purchase the program and pay one of our BTG staff to complete 1-on-1 instruction with your child

To take advantage of all the benefits the at-home program has to offer, it's important to make it a learning priority. Alternatively, we can offer instruction at our center in Greeley for busy families. Keep in mind, the at-home program is available at a steeply discounted rate.

To learn more about our screening and service pricing, click here.

Limited scholarships are available. Please contact Sue Bridgman at to apply.

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