Assessment - What we do

A simple, safe method of teaching the brain to focus.

 

We use a computerised system which, like most successful systems, utilises on a simple but effective interface. We monitor and measure the flow of healthy oxygenated blood to the frontal lobe of the brain, whilst the client participates in a cognitive activity such as watching a movie or playing a game. This creates a feedback mechanism that can be measured in real time, to assess how much attention the brain is paying to the task at hand. As long as the client remains focused on the activity, oxygenated blood flow is naturally maintained or increased (through a clever physiological mechanism known as Neurovascular Coupling) and the movie will continue to play.

 

The moment that the client becomes distracted and their attention wanders, even slightly, activity in the frontal lobe decreases which is followed almost instantly by a drop in the blood flow and the movie comes to a halt, alerting the client to their loss of focus. Only once they have regained their concentration and restored the blood flow, does the movie re-start.

 

By participating in a Brain Gain training program, the client ultimately teaches their brain to enhance the activation of their cognitive centres in the frontal lobe, as well as to maintain it for increasingly longer periods of time. The frontal lobe is responsible for our Executive Functions such as concentrating, learning, problem-solving, following of instructions and higher thinking, as well as also controlling many aspects of mood, behaviour, impulse control and social awareness. The beauty of Brain Gain is that it results in real, physical change in the brain which cements this process and leads to long-lasting results, unlike medication which wears off after a few hours.

 

Worth mentioning here is also the fact that a number of learning, behaviour-related and neurological disorders, including ADHD and many others, are shown by brain scans to have a generally low level of perfusion (oxygenated blood flow) within the frontal lobe. Without adequate blood flow, those people will struggle to access all the crucial activities controlled in that area of the brain – which might very well manifest as symptoms such as lack of focus, impulsive behaviour, restlessness, inability to follow instructions or complete tasks, and so on. Brain Gain works to directly address this issue.

 

The reality is that children of today are bombarded with activities and technology which affects their brains and actually wires them towards distraction, instant gratification and social unawareness. Add to that various other environmental factors such as being less physically active (video games are not a sport) and a generally poor diet, and it is no wonder that many kids battle in an environment like school which demands sustained attention, focus, and ‘socially-acceptable’ behaviour.

 

All the more likely then, is not every child who battles to focus or finish their homework, is suffering from ADHD, and certainly not every child requires medication.

 

Quite possibly, with a natural, affordable drug-free intervention such as Brain Gain, we can avoid the over-prescription of unnecessary drugs and simply teach the brains that never learned how.

Various assessment options are available

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Screening Assessment

Allow us to do a quick screening assessment to assess your ability to concentrate. Your performance will be measured against a group of individuals that do not have any concentration and focus problems, are of the same age group and gender and of average intelligence 

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Cognitive School Readiness Assessment

This assessment specifically assesses whether a child is ready to enter the formal school programme, in terms of his/her ability to concentrate and focus.

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Medication Challenge

Here we can measure the effectiveness of cognitive enhancing medicines. If you or your child is currently using cognitive enhancing medicines, this assessment will help you to determine the effectiveness of the medication.

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