Brain Training Associates

Brain Training Associates Cognitive neuroscience practice offering assessments and interventions to improve attention, memory, problem solving, critical thinking, and academics.

Dr. Michelle MacAlpine started Brain Training in 1998 treating children with developmental and cognitive disorders. Dr. Cherie Percaccio joined Brain Training in 2018 and took over as Director in 2019 when Dr. MacAlpine retired.

Dr. Michelle MacAlpine started Brain Training in 1998 treating children with developmental and cognitive disorders. Dr. Cherie Percaccio joined Brain Training in 2018 and took over as Director in 2019 when Dr. MacAlpine retired.

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ipI8hOGjVUsAn auditory processing disorder can significantly disrupt comprehension. People...
01/16/2021
Auditory Processing Disorder Simulation

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ipI8hOGjVUs

An auditory processing disorder can significantly disrupt comprehension. People with an auditory processing disorder can have trouble processing speech in background noise, trouble processing high frequency sounds in speech, timing deficits, and/or auditory attention deficits. This link give us an idea of what people with an auditory processing disorder experience. Can you answer the comprehension questions at the end? There is a simple assessment tool if you or your child is struggling with any of the auditory processing symptoms. Please contact www.braintraining.com today.

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11/21/2020

If the brain’s auditory map of speech sounds is imprecise, processing blends together and is not discriminated resulting in perception that sounds the same. This difficulty processing the rapid blending of sounds holds a child back from developing phonological awareness, and impacts reading achievement.

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Sensory Stories
09/08/2020

Sensory Stories

Many people have kids with Sensory Processing Disorder and don't know there's a reason for their behaviors (and believe it or not, many adults have it and don't know... that was me a few years ago! 🤯)

So... here's a post explaining it a little bit.

***SPD is complicated and can look different in every person who has it. This is a quick list of possible ways it can manifest... but it's important to note that the left/right sides are not mutually exclusive. Many people exhibit a mix of behaviors from both sides.***

You can find some more SPD resources at nicolefilipponeauthor.com

#positiveparenting #positiveparentingtips #specialneedskids #specialneedsparenting #specialneedsmom #specialneedseducation #specialneeds #spd #sensoryprocessingdisorder #spdawareness #sensoryprocessingdisorderparentsupport #sensoryprocessingdisorderawareness #autismacceptance #autismawareness #autismsupport #sensorystories

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08/24/2020

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Prewriting lines are the basis for forming letters or numbers. Children must be able to form these lines / shapes to be able to start to learn how to form letters. These lines also follow a developmental progression. Another tip: When you are working on prewriting lines with your child, make sure you draw the lines from top to bottom, and left to right to help start forming good formation habits! 😁 Ways to practice prewriting lines: draw dots for children to connect to form the line, use a highlighter for children to trace, children can form with crayons, play dough, paint, sidewalk chalk and more. Check out my store for some activities that use these strategies! 😁
Link to my store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Empowering-Ot-By-Dr-R

#occupationaltherapy #OT #cota #visualmotorskills #empoweringot #finemotor #finemotorskills #activitiesforkids #preschool #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofig #teacherspayteachers #schoolot #sped #elementary #specialneeds #specialeducation #distancelearningtpt #pediot #pediatricot #pediatricoccupationaltherapist #therapyplans #remotelearning #teletherapy #OTteletherapy #schoolbasedot #schoolbasedcota

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08/20/2020

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Take away messages from the study on the effect of masks on speech signals. (Please note this study focused exclusively on speech clarity with different masks and did not consider the efficacy of masks at blocking respiratory droplets).

• Face masks muffle speech and make communication more difficult, especially for people with auditory processing disorder (APD) or hearing loss, but there is substantial variation in sound transmission between mask types.
• Polypropylene surgical masks, KN95, and N95 masks offered the best acoustic performance.
• The 100% cotton masks in jersey or plain weaves had the best acoustic performance of homemade masks and were comparable to the surgical masks.
• Shields, transparent masks, and masks with clear windows had poor acoustic performance compared to both medical and cloth masks. They significantly reduce high frequencies, harming these important sound cues that are crucial for understanding speech.
• Remote microphone systems that pick up sound near the teacher’s mouth and transmit it to a child’s tiny earpiece receivers or hearing aids can be extremely beneficial in improving the sound quality reaching a child’s ears.
• Lapel microphones are best at not distorting sound. The sound is reduced the most when a remote microphone is placed in front of the talker. If a “boom microphone” like those often worn by singers is used it may be better to place it to the side of the mask.
• Shields strongly distorted speech. To preserve visual cues without destroying high-frequency sound cues, talkers can wear clear window masks and lapel microphones.
• Although face masks make verbal communication more difficult, amplification technologies (such as ear-level remote microphone systems) can help people with and without hearing loss to communicate more effectively during the pandemic.

https://www.auditorycenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Acoustic-effects-of-medical-cloth-and-transparent-masks.pdf

How many circles can you see?
07/08/2020

How many circles can you see?

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05/02/2020
In 2020 the CDC determined 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.Boys are four times more likel...
04/02/2020

In 2020 the CDC determined 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

We all could use some homophone humor today!
03/24/2020

We all could use some homophone humor today!

Anyone have any apropos quotes from books?
03/21/2020

Anyone have any apropos quotes from books?

Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions
03/04/2020
Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions

Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions

Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers. Instead poor connectivity between 'hubs' within the brain is much more strongly related to children's difficulties.

Helping Hand Educational Services
02/12/2020

Helping Hand Educational Services

A great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about dyslexia is the book “Overcoming Dyslexia” by Sally Shaywitz. She outlines characteristics of dyslexic learners from preschool through adulthood. Below, I’ve listed a few characteristics of kindergarten and first grade children with dyslexia.

Difficulties are as follows:

🔸Failure to understand that words come apart, and that words can be broken down and sounded out
🔸Inability to connect letter names with letter sounds, or sound/symbol recognition
🔸Inability to read common one syllable words or to simply sound out words such as mat, cat, hop etc.
🔸Reading errors that have no connection to sounds of the letters within the word, example “big” read as “goat”
🔸A major dislike of reading, complaints about how hard reading is
🔸A history of reading difficulties in parents or siblings

Strengths are as follows:

🔹Curiosity
🔹Great imagination
🔹Ability to problem solver
🔹 Surprising maturity
🔹Enjoyment in solving puzzles
🔹Talent at building models
🔹Excellent comprehension of stories read to him

Please message me if I can help you with any questions you may have.🌸

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01/29/2020

https://www.facebook.com/304331600036560/posts/777729429363439/?substory_index=0

This is my most widely shared post. And rightly so, it’s an important one. These are “prewriting patterns”, with the average (not prescribed) age at which children are developmentally ready to achieve these patterns listed below them in years and months. Being able to process visual information and produce a movement in response (e.g. copying these prewriting patterns or letter formations), is known as “visual motor integration”. ⠀

Note that an X is not typically achieved until 4 years 11 months, and a triangle at 5 years 3 months. If a child can’t form these basic shapes...then they probably won’t be able to form letters. ⠀

It is quite concerning then that there are 3 year 7 month olds starting formal schooling, where they’re expected to write. Not only are their visual motor integration skills not developed enough, their hands are also physically under-developed. In addition, recognising letters, understanding phonics and beginning to read are all needed in order for a child to write meaningfully, skills which children starting kindy typically don’t have. We also know that when a child learns something that doesn’t hold meaning, it‘s unlikely to stick. ⠀

So if you have a 3-4 year old who spontaneously asks or attempts to write letters, that’s great; otherwise, there is no need to initiate or worry about this. Unfortunately there is a misconception, particularly with the way that the current curriculum stands, that earlier is better. Earlier is not always better.⠀

Source: Beery Buktenica Test of Visual Motor Integration, 6th Edition


#visualmotorintegration #vmi #letterformations #prewriting #writing #kindy #schoolreadiness #earlierisnotbetter #toomuchtoosoon #letthembelittle #letthemplay #prewritingskills #foundationskills #phonics #phonologicalawareness #earlyliteracyskills #literacy #earlyreaders #reading #occupationaltherapy #paediatrics #paediatricot #kidsofperth #perthkids #schoolbasedtherapy #teacher #teachersofinstagram #australiancurriculum #schoolholidays #knowledgeispower

I love this graph!!! We all need to be slightly uncomfortable to learn and grow - push past your comfort zone!
01/16/2020

I love this graph!!! We all need to be slightly uncomfortable to learn and grow - push past your comfort zone!

Did you know that we currently offer autism screenings using the Childhood Autism Rating Scale? This year we will also o...
01/10/2020

Did you know that we currently offer autism screenings using the Childhood Autism Rating Scale?

This year we will also offer play-based assessments using the Austim Diagnostic Observation Schedule. The ADOS is the gold standard for a diagnosis of ASD.

If your child is more than 2 years behind in math skills, especially if they also have reading comprehension or fluency ...
01/09/2020

If your child is more than 2 years behind in math skills, especially if they also have reading comprehension or fluency delays, please have them assessed by a qualified clinical neuroscientist specializing in rehabilitation.

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Dr. Cherie Percaccio is a cognitive neuroscientists dedicated to improving cognitive and academic skills in children and adults who have a sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, brain injury, genetic error, encephalopathy or neuropathy or academic delay.

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