“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
- 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.
Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a computer based technology that enables individuals to directly exercise and improve motor planning and sequencing.
Hand and foot sensors are used to objectively measure a user’s planning and sequencing performance during a variety of tapping exercises.
The format of the program provides a structured, graduated; goal oriented training process that can easily be used by children as well as adults.
For most students, the entire program can be completed over a 5 week period.
This program has been shown to improve:
- Attention & Concentration
- Motor Planning & Sequencing
- Language Processing
- Behavior (Aggression & Impulsivity)
- Balance and Gait
- Motor Skills
The ability to plan and sequence motor actions, rhythmicity and timing are important components of adaptive skills.
These skills include:
- Basic thinking
- Planning capacities
- Sequencing of actions and ideas.
Motor planning and sequencing problems are many times part of a variety of developmental and learning challenges including:
- Dyspraxia and motor problems
- Language difficulties
- Attention challenges
- Cognitive problems
- Sensory integration challenges.
IM-Home® is available to clients who want to continue their IM therapy in the comfort of their home.
It is especially for those clients who:
- Have limited time in their busy schedules to drive to the clinic.
- Live far from Thinkers.
- May benefit from extended sessions in order to meet their functional goals.
- Are looking for a more cost effective way to do IM Therapy.
IM-Home® is not meant to replace a patient’s time with their provider.
The IM Providers clinical judgment and assessment are critical parts of the patient’s therapy program.
IM-Home helps maintain that provider/client relationship in the following ways:
- The IM-Home is only sold to patients that are connected with an IM-Home Specialist.
- The IM-Home Specialist provides the client with a username and password to enable IM-Home use.
- The IM-Home Specialist establishes an individual home exercise program that the client is to follow.
- The client’s exercise scores and daily usages are reported to the IM-Home Specialist after every completed session so that modifications can be made before the next session.