At Cognitive Connections, we find many people have concerns with listening skills. Did you know most men start to lose their ability to discriminate the tiniest sounds (phonemes) in a word around 25 years old. Whereas, women start to lose this ability during peri-menopause, when they no longer need to distinguish between their babies cries.
We have found that using EEG Neurofeedback (and for us, specifically NeurOptimal ) will allow the body to be as relaxed as possible while allowing the brain to be as focused as it can be. This sets a platform for learning new information. When the brain is unable to learn this information on its own, a remediation process can help with learning. We use games, table-top activities, songs and rhythm to create a new learning environment so the brain can make this new connection.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a condition in the brain that happens when the brain is unable to decipher the auditory information the ears actually hear. This interpretation of auditory information can have a ‘break-down’ from what the ears hear and what the brain perceives. This means the ‘mechanisms for hearing’ may work fine, but the brain misinterprets the signals. The remediation process can consist of FUN games that will assist in helping that brain process this information in a different way for comprehension and performance. We focus on four basic areas of Central Auditory Processing; Auditory Discrimination, Auditory Association, Auditory Reception and as you will learn more about today, Auditory Sequential Memory. I will suggest a few ‘remediation’ games should you decide this is a problem in your life.
Auditory Sequential Memory: the number of random digits an individual can recall from working memory. The longer the series of numbers the stronger the ‘rote memory’ that brain can hear and retain. Therefore, this is the area that makes someone appear smart, or sadly, appear as if they know very little about a topic. It either allows you to memorize a great deal of information (to pass tests) or it inhibits someone from storing this information in short term memory for recall. This is important because we need to ‘hold’ information in our working memory so we can postulate, deduce, and reason with the information before making a decision about it. All of our ‘story problems’ require a healthy working memory to be able to solve math problems.
A typical adult has a 7-10 digit Auditory Sequential Memory, most children have attained this by age of 10-12 years old. If you think you or your child’s Sequential Memory needs assistance you might want to try some of the following games. They can all be found online and purchased relatively inexpensively, some may even be found used on E-bay. Of course, most of us were raised with family games that increased this ability, such as; “I am going on a picnic and I am going to take…” (then you must remember each person’s item and add to the list), or perhaps the handheld game of ‘Simon’.
Games for increasing Auditory Sequential Memory
Brain Fitness Pro /Jr. by Mind Sparke
Sequencing in a Flash
There are many other Web-based, Board, Card, Hand-held, iPad and Android games that will ‘exercise’ the brain in a way that will increase the number of digits a brain can retain. For an individualized Cognitive Plan for yourself for Peak Performance or for your child, please contact http://www.Cognitive-Connections.com or 317-888-7420.