The BrainFit Advantage : Success secret of top performers in class

Most of us parents are continuously finding ways on how our children can enhance their learning abilities, how to hyper maximize learning.
Now that summer is here, find time to search for great learning institutions for their overall improvement.

When I got an invite from BrainFit Studio, I didn't think twice. I was intrigued. At first I thought it was something like a tutorial center but it is far different from those.
BrainFit Studio is the leading provider of the most up-to-date neuro-scientific-based brain fitness training program in Asia.
Founded by a team of therapists in Singapore in 2011 led by Ms. Chreyl Chia, current Director, who are passionate about maximizing human potential and transforming lives. It has since expanded across Southeast Asia and has presence in several countries like Malaysia , Thailand, Turkey, and the Philippines. Currently, they have centers located in Binondo and in Greenhills where this event took place. Makati branch is opening soon on April 1, 2014.

Having 3 kids is a no-brainer when it comes to teaching and helping them with school stuff....NOT! I'm having difficulty with my second daughter most especially. Though obviously she is older than my youngest son, she's always having a hard time concentrating in school and always the last one to leave the classroom. We always encounter jumbled letters and unfinished notes on her notebooks. I tried enrolling her the last time in special tutorial classes but she just got bored with all those Mathematics and Reading advances. They say our Brain is like a muscle that needs to be fit all the time, so I think my daughter just needed something like this, different but fun at the same time.
So how will I know if my daughter should really take BrainFit program ?
Our children will undergo some kind of an assessment, they call it The CogMap-- it measures and analyze the brain fitness level or cognitive skill of a student. They will be able to identify the areas that are needed to be addressed as well as take advantage of the strengths to achieve success and optimum performance.
In doing the Cognitive Mapping of all the 5 brain pillars, an appropriate program is recommended for each areas. These programs are SMART Moves, SMART Vision, SMART Emotions, SMART Attention, SMART Listening. Their computer-based programs derived from Scientific Learning USA.

Oh, their Headstart program are for kids aged 3-6 years old ( BrainFit Jr.) , while the SMART program are for 4 to 18 years of age.

In SMART Moves program, they have gym-based and writing activities for them to enjoy.
In the first activity, Children are required to trace patterns but not training them to write letters and numbers because they might think they are in some other school. Using a special pen -- the Vibrating pen -- they should create straight lines in 2 minutes. At first, it will be hard for them but eventually, after 5 sessions, one can expect better quality handwriting and can write faster without getting tired easily. All fun, no pressure here.
If they can't do it perfectly, 2 to 3 more trials are expected especially if it's their first time.

The next activity they showed us was the Trampoline exercise. In this activity, it will improve their upper and lower body coordination. They are asked to do legs and arms movements for 30 seconds. They have to follow a certain rhythm. Aside from upper and lower body coordination, they will have organized thinking, systematic, do more procedural activities better.
Someone asked about the relevance of gym-based task with academic performance-- they said that there were some research that a chemical in the brain -- Brain-Derived-Neurotropic-Factor-- is released whenever doing a physical exercise that will definitely help the Brain more denser, healthier and make the memory better.

As a result of this program, children will have better penmanship, less hyperactivity, better coordination of the body.

In the next room is the SMART Listening Program.
In this activity, they target some of the basic skills such as listening comprehension, listening memory, listening vocabulary and chronological processing skills. These are for reading and comprehension plus composition writing and such.

Children with reading problems is sometimes associated with an underlying cause of maybe a memory problem, sequencing skills or comprehension.
This program for 4 to 18 years of age has 7 activities in 10 minutes for an hour ( 20 sessions) with varying exercises. Once they have established good foundation in the basic skills area, they will level up in the reading part. Plus better memory, better comprehension skills, better oral reading. This is computer-based.

The next one is the SMART Vision.
This program can accommodate 3 children ages 4 to 18.

It simply engages the kids with a series of movement activities that will aim to strengthen their eye motor control, visual spatial organization, visual memory and visual motor integration.

Nico tried again the activity called Space Jumper. In this fun activity, the kid should say the directions posted on the wall--out loud--while jumping on a trampoline for 30 seconds. Hands and eyes coordination are develop here. Quick visual response plus distinguishing directions correctly.

The next activity Nico did was the Magnetic Maze. It's a simple connect the dots with a straight line activity. Most of the students are having a hard time to write clearly thus making it hard to have good grades in school. So in this particular activity, they can have, again, a good hand and eye coordination. Copying from a blackboard will be easier and faster to them.

One can improve in terms of less skipping while writing, reading or copying notes. More focused and attentive in doing tasks. Better preformance in subjects like math and chinese and most especially more accuracy in detailed work.

The last one they showed us was SMART Focus.
A 2-part program that is more on attention skills for 8 years old and above.
The first activity is for WORKING MEMORY.
It has 3 games with time limit, for the improvement of memory and some skills especially in math.
The second activity is PLAY ATTENTION.
It has 4 games that help sustain attention for longer period of time, learn time management skills and paying attention to moving objects.

One can retain sharp focus, better memory, less hyperactivity, will now able to stay longer in a class. Perfect for doing homework and assignments without the fear of having a boredom meltdown,lol!

Ms.Jeanette Yu-Co explained further the advantages of BrainFit training for our kids.

Everyone from a young child to an older individual can definitely benefit from this training. Contrary to what others used to believe, brain plasticity (changeability) is not limited to children. It is possible in any age! Although improvements are more easily achieved by younger individual because a young brain changes more rapidly with less effort.

Children with learning disabilities such as ADD or ADHD , dyslexia, language delays, autism and such can also benefit from this program and gathered very positive results.

Achieving success in school is as easy now as 1,2,3 so you might want to try their program this summer and call them to reserve a slot and for a free trial!

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3F 224 Ortigas Avenue

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Makati Branch
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108 HV Dela Costa St.
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