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Cognitive-perceptual training addresses the impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that result from a deficit in cognition or perception.

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What is Cognitive-Perceptual Training?

Cognitive perceptual training may be the help you need to overcome neurological trauma.

Individuals who have neurological deficits or trauma, whether mild or severe, may experience cognitive and perceptual difficulties. Cognitive perception includes, aside from the senses listening, seeing, smelling, tasting and feeling, the way in which we deal with information. While perception refers to ways of obtaining information from our environment, cognition describes processes such as remembering, learning, solving problems and orientation. Researchers have found that 75-90% of children with learning disabilities present with motor difficulties, which often are accompanied by perceptual deficits.

Cognitive and perceptual rehabilitation is indicated when a patient or client presents with deficits in these areas during medical, physical therapy, or occupational assessments. Difficulties may appear in fine and visual motor performance, motor planning abilities, and/or sensory integration. The individual may remember events incorrectly and have difficulty perceiving new information. In addition, he or she may have inappropriate responses to sensory input due to deficits in sensory processing.

Zone Psychology has partnered up with Neurotracker, Senaptec, Fitlight and Vizual Edge to provide a variety of cutting-edge technologies that not only train the eyes, but the brain as well. The biggest discovery in the history of neuroscience is neuroplasticity; the brain’s innate ability to adapt to environmental demands through functional reorganization, increasing pathway efficiency and growing new neural networks. In terms of cognitive demands, neuroplasticity is a major factor in any individuals potential. In principle the process is similar to how muscles improve to meet performance demands when put under physical stress. However, in the case of the brain, improvements can occur more sustainably, on a much shorter time scales and with much longer lasting effects.

Zone Psychology can utilize cognitive perceptual training to help you achieve your mental health goals.  Contact us for more information.

Neurotracker

Neurotracker is a cognitive perceptual training program that is designed to improve mental performance. Cognitive training is a form of exercise for the brain that is designed to improve mental abilities such as memory, attention, decision-making and awareness. Scientific studies show that Neurotracker is beneficial for assessing and improving performance for athletes, military personnel, healthy aging, people with cognitive related medical conditions, college students and children with learning difficulties. However, because Neurotracker improves high-level mental abilities, it can be used by anyone looking to improve their mental performance. Many factors affect our everyday ability to function well mentally. Stress and fatigue can impair thinking and reduce alertness. The natural effects of aging can slow down thought processes and narrow awareness. The cognitive challenges of daily life can make mental tasks feel overwhelming. NeuroTracker is a tool designed to help you overcome these challenges with increased alertness, awareness and attention for performing well on a daily basis.

Neurotracker emerged out of 20 years of neuroscience research to enhance mental performance. It challenges you to track multiple targets moving dynamically in 3D space. Training adapts speed and complexity in a way that maximizes your cognitive training at every step.

Functional brain scans reveal that Neurotracker training sustainably increases brainwave peak frequencies associated with heightened alertness and learning capacity. Peer reviewed research shows that Neurotracker training significantly enhances attention, executive function, working memory and processing speed.

It is helpful to a wide range of people from those with attention and impulse control problems, learning disabilities, autism, and aging. However, it is also frequently used by those seeking optimal performance – such as professional athletes. Some of the professional athletic and military organizations using Neurotracker include Manchester United, Golden State Warriors, French Rugby Federation, and the Canadian Special Forces.

What To Expect

Clients initially sit in front of a very large 3-D capable screen and put on 3-D active RF Glasses. The game reveals eight balls. Depending on the level of difficulty and the cognitive area of focus one wishes to train, between 1 and 4 balls (of 8, total) changes color indicating that they are targets to be tracked. The balls then move in the virtual 3-D environment, bouncing off the walls of the virtual box and each other for 4 – 12 seconds. The client then must identify which of the balls were indicated at the beginning of the round. It is much harder than it sounds!

As your skill improves, the game get gets more difficult by changing parameters such as the speed and angle of deflection. Initially, one plays the game while seated. Over time, advanced players may play while standing on a balance board, while engaged in other attention requiring activities, such as catching a ball.

Cognitive Areas of Focus

Selective Attention – The ability to focus on a specific thing, to the exclusion of distractions.

Sustained Attention – The ability to maintain that focus for an extended period.

Divided Attention – The ability to selectively attend to multiple loci at once, and quickly shift from one to the other.

Inhibition – The ability to ignore irrelevant stimuli.

Response Control and Attention – Controlling impulsivity, “drifting off” and “tuning out”.

Working Memory – The ability to retain and transform information over a short time span.

Processing Speed – Literally, the time required to consciously integrate perceptual stimuli.

Neurotracker systematically improves your Alertness, Awareness, and Attention by developing these cognitive processes. Not only has Neurotracker set a precedent for improving cognitive functions in high-functioning elite athletes and military personnel, it is also effective intervention for lower-functioning populations such as elderly people and children with learning difficulties.

Senaptec

Senaptec is synonymous with Sensory Performance. Sensory Performance helps individual at all ages improve their cognitive-perceptual abilities and improve their lives. Parents love how Senaptec sensory tools help not only in sport but also in the classroom. 80% of the brain is dedicated to sensory processing. Working the senses is the best way to promote brain health and maximize performance. Nothing beats Senaptec for the senses. The Senaptec solution promotes healthy brains. About 80% of your brain is dedicated to processing sensory information. When your brain is injured or your senses misaligned, you suffer. Our tools help identify the areas that need help and give you the capability to implement transformative therapy. When you train your senses, you promote a healthier brain. Zone Psychology uses the Senaptec sensory solution today to address a multitude of conditions including: strokes, traumatic brain injuries, autism, multiple sclerosis, and ADHD.

The Senaptec Sensory Station is a state-of-the-art sensory evaluation and training device designed to assess the visual and sensory performance of an individual. Each individual is tested on 10 cognitive and sensory performance skills using a custom app that communicates directly with high definition and touch screen monitors integrated within the unit. Individual results can be compared instantly to a normative database by age, gender, and condition to produce a customized Senaptec Sensory Profile. Every Senaptec Report identifies areas for improvement and recommends a course of action, which may include an eye care practitioner or personalized training plan.

In 25 minutes, the Sensory Station assess individuals on 10 visual and sensorimotor skills and immediately provides a report comparing to other players at their competition level and position. The report reveals the individuals’s strengths and areas for improvement. With these results in hand, now you’re ready to make improvements! The Sensory Station knows your strengths and weaknesses and serves up the training modules that are most beneficial for improvement. As they get better at the skills, the training adjusts automatically to always be challenging and promote improvement. The training session are preferably  performed at our offices but can also be done at home or while travelling on their own tablets.

Senaptec Strobe

The Senaptec Strobe is a training product that can help enhance sensory skills. It does this by taking away varying amounts of visual information that an individual typically uses to make decisions about when and where to react, forcing an athlete to become more efficient with the information that they are given. 

Fitlight

Practitioners can use the Fitlight Trainer (for cognitive perceptual training) to rehabilitate clients from injuries as well as utilize the system for more complex diagnoses.

The lights can be positioned by the practioner to improve visual processing, impulse control, range of motion, strength, coordination, or proprioception. By varying the position of the lights, the therapist can also target static and dynamic balance. The Fitlight Trainer can be programmed to increase the repetitions as desired, and the degree of difficulty as the patient improves.

The data collected from the system gives the psychologist tangible information that can be used to increase or decrease the exercise load, and also assist in determining the rate of recovery. This is all done under the control of the Fitlight Trainer program as defined by the therapist for the specific injury or condition being treated.

For Neurocognitive Disorders

Challenges in sensory processing are common amongst individuals with cognitive related disorders. Training with light and sound stimuli offers stimulation to those with difficulties in sensory processing. The Fitlight Trainer provides a new, dynamic and visual learning framework to enhance sensory and motor skills, identification and focus, and reactivity.
 

It allows users to engage in functional and social learning by providing motivational exercises for the enhancement of mental capacity, perception, and concentration.

Vizual Edge

The Vizual Edge Trainer delivers a series of training sessions to improve the speed, coordination, and efficiency of your eye-movements which equates to improved timing, balance, eye-hand coordination, reaction time, positional and spatial awareness, and recognition. Typically, training takes place 3 times per week for 10-15 minutes per session.

Utilizing technology previously reserved for professional athletes, the Edge Trainer is now available to individuals of all skill and cognitive levels. Through an interactive online platform, you can train and perfect your vision from the comfort of your own home. As a result of intensive scientific research, three decades of progressive development, and thousands of case studies, the Edge Trainer is the leading solution for evaluating, training and perfecting the core six visual skills.

Each individual will receive a custom training program based on their visual processing strengths and weaknesses. Training plans will be dynamic as individuals improve and progress through their training. 

Personalized Training Program

EVALUATE: 

Evaluate an individual’s proficiency in the six core visual skills (Convergence, Divergence, Depth Perception, Alignment, Tracking and Recognition)

ANALYZE: 

Analyze results and develop personalized training plan.

TRAIN: Progressively and systematically train the 6 core visual skills for optimal improvement.

The Vizual Edge Trainer combines 3D technology with decades of clinical research in sports vision. The Edge Trainer exercises are specifically designed to sharpen neural pathways between the eyes and the brain, enhancing an individuals’ ability to optimize their performance. With 80% of sensory information rendered through the ocular system, vision training is an essential part of any training regimen.

The Lasting Impact of Vision Training

Vision training is a method of teaching your visual system how to efficiently perform foundational visual skills. It consists of improving the neural pathways that are used for vision. Once the skill has been learned efficiently and is functioning at an automatic level, there is minimal maintenance training required and the skills will not digress. Once the skills are established, you can, however, continue to fine-tune and enhance the foundational visual skills. 

The Vizual Edge software provides specific targets to develop the foundational visual skills for lifelong efficiency and also provides a platform for enhancement and visual readiness. Vizual Edge specifically targets an athlete’s eye movements, eye teaming skills and visual recognition speed. Developing these visual skills will give the client a competitive advantage that will last.

No Referral Required

You don’t need a doctor or psychologist referral to get a neurofeedback assessment done.

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