Want to Learn How to Train Brains?

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Is it your time to start a new career?  Perhaps you would like to add a new element to your practice?

At Cognitive Connections we are just getting ready to open up our annual Certification class to the public.  This is a 4 course program that trains you in learning the process at CogCon so you may become an Affiliate CogCon office.

Who is it Good For:

The program is great for Speech and Language Therapist’s, Occupational Therapist’s, Physical Therapist’s, Counselors, Teachers  anyone wanting to help others through their Cognitive concerns.

What Do You Learn:

An Introduction to NeuroCognitive Processing                                                                                                                                                        Pre-recorded Webinar  – 16 hours
Cognitive Connections Novice – CCCN

A precursor to the in-depth three seminar certification program. Here’s your chance to learn a developmental process that has been researched and developed to explore individualized cognitive remediation plans.

What you will learn:
• Identification of Developmental Learning Patterns
• Areas of brain functions and challenges
• BrainBased Learning Techniques
• Basics of NeurOptimal
• Basics of Cognitive Remediation
• Individualized Developmental Profile
• The Remediation Process
• Overview of Standardized Testing
• Overview of the Management Tools
-Daily Session Notes for Practitioner combined with take-home user-friendly client-based remediation activities
-Client Self-Evaluation Intake Form
-Daily Self-Report
-Supplement Analysis
-Test Reports


Designing the Individualized Cognitive Profile (ICP)                                                                                                                         Sept. 19,20,21    in Walnut Creek CA
Certification I –Certified Cognitive Connections Apprentice (CCCA)

Learn it, Do it, and Teach it…

Learn, discuss and teach the details and functions of  specific brain areas, how to best create an Individualized Cognitive Profile based on the standardized testing and how to remediate these concerns. In this intense 3 day program we will cover  the components and impairments associated with what we call our “Magnificent 7”

What you will Learn:

The Cognitive Components

  •  Prefrontal Cortex
  •  Temporal Lobes (Dominant vs Nondominant)
  •  Parietal Lobes
  •  Occipital Lobe

The Physiological Components

  • Basal Ganglia
  • Cingulate System
  • Deep Limbic System


Integrating the Magnificent 7, and Standardized Testing to create the ICP                                                                                                  Nov. 14, 15, 16  Walnut Creek CA

Certification II-Certified Cognitive Connections Professional CCCP

Now it is time to combine the developmental/cognitive tests into the report and office management tools to determine the design of the ICP and to create the specific remediation activities used in the cognitive retraining plan. A variety of activities and specialized therapeutic games will be highlighted within this course.

What you will Learn:

  • Administering the Standardized Tests used at CogCon
  • Understanding the results
  • Learn the remediation activities and games
  • Learn and compare the results to the Magnificent 7 the ICP and inserting them into the report form


Incorporating the Specialized Office Management Tools                                                                                                                               Jan 16, 17, 18 (2015)   Walnut Creek CA 
Certification III– Certified Cognitive Connections Mentor* (CCCM)

The specialized office management tools used at Cognitive Connections have been specifically designed by a management team to address the unique needs of our end users.

What you will Learn:

  • Creating reports
  • Develop the Individualized Developmental Profiles
  • Learn the Maintenance and record keeping of client symptoms and protocols
  • Graph progress
  • Customize your management tools.
  • Tailored marketing plan including; social media, medical referrals, consistent email advertising, and the use of unique online tools


*As a Mentor you will be given the opportunity to mentor a novice (CCCN). In this position you are compensated as you continue to grow and learn within your new knowledge base by assisting someone in their educational experience.


Join us in becoming an Affiliate office and learn an exciting, fun way of becoming part of a community of educators, healers, and friends.  ” Together we will encourage and develop strong, passionate, determined individuals that can independently live a life of joy and well-being.”  One Neuron at a Time…





The Ice Bucket Challenge…

Have you been challenged yet?

Ok…I have to say the Mom in me says…”if your friends were jumping off a bridge would you too”?

The Neuropsychologist in me says “this peer pressure is catering to our anterior cingulate system, the competitive part of our brain!”

The Business woman in me says “WOW, I wish I could have come up with a marketing plan that could have created this much of a ‘splash’ in my business!”

and the wife in me says…” Let’s let the husband get wet and I donate money ” 🙂


What other marketing launch has been this successful?  $70 Million dollars (as of today) for a condition that most people truly have no idea, what ALS stands for… Now, don’t get me wrong, I am all for donating to charities!  I used to watch the Jerry Lewis Telethon and beg my parents to please donate, as this fundraising campaign was one of the first to catch the attention of the populace.

So what is ALS?  “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”


  • ALS is not contagious.
  • It is estimated that ALS is responsible for nearly two deaths per hundred thousand population annually.
  • Approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. The incidence of ALS is two per 100,000 people, and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time.
  • Although the life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about two to five years from the time of diagnosis, this disease is variable and many people live with quality for five years and more.  More than half of all patients live more than three years after diagnosis.
  • About twenty percent of people with ALS live five years or more and up to ten percent will survive more than ten years and five percent will live 20 years. There are people in whom ALS has stopped progressing and a small number of people in whom the symptoms of ALS reversed.
  • ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries.
  • ALS can strike anyone.
  • The onset of ALS is insidious with muscle weakness or stiffness as early symptoms. Progression of weakness, wasting and paralysis of the muscles of the limbs and trunk as well as those that control vital functions such as speech, swallowing and later breathing generally follows.  www.als.org

The Ice Challenge has reached loads of movie stars… such as Mel B on America’s Got Talent as she got soaked with ice before a show! Even the past Presidents are taking the challenge and combining forces to eliminate this disease…so what are you going to do, accept this peer pressure, marketing campaign and fall into the clutches of a viral project that plays on our competitive nature?

No matter what you decide ice or no ice…donate to the ALS organization so that these incredible scientists can hopefully eliminate this disease that is affecting so many!




Neurofeedback and Small Children

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Ahhh…a good night’s sleep, do you remember the last time your child slept through the night?

Neurofeedback helps retrain cortical activity so that sleep is re-regulated. I know little people may look as if they just have excess energy, (some are even medicated for it!) but what if I told you that that extra energy may be due to trying to stay awake…The child may be trying to ‘not’ fall asleep during the day and wiggles and squirms to stay awake! This is probably because they are not rotating through their sleep cycles. If Neurofeedback could help them retrain this brainwave activity and they could wake up feeling more in control and less impulsive, wouldn’t that make life a little easier for you?

Many parents approach me with questions such as ‘how can I get my child to sit long enough for Neurofeedback’, ‘What if they pull off the leads’, or they will say things like; ‘my child is hypersensitive and won’t tolerate anything on their ears’. I have some parents of Autistic children that say their child ‘can’t pay attention to their parents voices how will they pay attention to this music’?

I have been using Neurofeedback in my office for 18+ years and had lots of different experiences with small children. I learned techniques of working with these wee-ones that now are second nature. I now teach other therapists, educators and parents how to help their children stay connected with the process in a way that allows an entire 33 min session to be completed without any struggle.

Neurofeedback has been one of the only process’ that will calm a baby in the womb. Our lives are so hectic and most Mama’s are so stressed to be a Professional, a Mother, a Wife and a Woman of her own accord. It is imperative that if you have stress through-out your pregnancy, that you drank throughout your pregnancy (or even at all), you have any traumatic event or your baby was born with any particular condition then you may want to look into this non-evasive method of anxiety/chronic stress reduction.

Do you have a child that won’t sleep? High-strung children have a tendency to not sleep, not focus, not listen, and not learn. Neurofeedback can retrain the brain to sleep and if all it takes is to help that child learn how to relax in a fun way, then you have helped your child for life!

BTW…Neurofeedback isn’t JUST for children you know! Mom’s and Dad’s have stress too! Let’s do a family package 🙂 Visit our site and leave us a message saying you want your FREE Children’s Relaxation CD and let’s get our kids sleeping well!!!! http://www.cognitive-connections.com

Autism and Neurofeedback


DR. LISE DELONG is a Neuroptimal trainer based in Walnut Creek, California who has done ground-breaking research with autism and neurofeedback. As Founder and Director of Cognitive Connections, she uses neurofeedback as a primary tool to help children struggling with ADD, ADHD, autism, Central Processing Disorder and other challenging neurological disorders. NeurOptimal Neurofeedback sat down with Dr. DeLong recently to discuss the recent unsettling CDC study that noted a significant increase of children diagnosed with autism in the United States. We wondered if brain training with neurofeedback could have a positive impact on this growing segment of our population.

NEUROPTIMAL  NEUROFEEDBACK: A new CDC study made headlines because it found that 1 in 68 children in US could be identified as “on” the autistic spectrum. Does this finding change anything? Does this finding make neurofeedback more important? Why?

DR. LISE DELONG: It most definitely does, it changes the urgency with which we find new and appropriate methods for detection and for remediation.  It changes the urgency for education and technology to change to accommodate these individuals.

There are very few techniques that have had the same overall consistent and therefore predictable outcomes as neurofeedback.  Neurofeedback brain traininghas the end effect of calming the central nervous system so any condition is more predictably addressed.  And in the area of autism, for these individuals to access specific areas of the brain for cognition they must be relaxed and calm, otherwise the higher function domains, such as language, reasoning and deduction are not accessible. 

NN:  Do you think this news will help people to better understand autism or does it just create more fear about it?

LD: I am positive there is fear around these stats…I am fearful!  As these numbers increase we as a society are basically losing our children and grandchildren to a condition that seems as if it could be preventable.  Something we are doing or have done is affecting our children’s brains, whether it is vaccines, environmental chemicals, a gene of prevalence or intolerance of nutrition and gut flora.  These are scary numbers and people should be scared into doing more about finding a cure.  In the past we have been afraid for Polio or Tuberculosis but we searched until we found a cure.  Until there is a hard fast way of reducing Autism, then we should all have some honest productive fear.

NN: Do you think of the number of children with autism really is increasing or is this just that doctors are more knowledgable and are diagnosing it more?

LD: In my opinion, there are several factors at play, we have more professionals diagnosing the condition and their criteria isn’t always the same, Physicians, neuropsychologists, school psychologists, and even speech and language therapists.  Secondly, the ‘spectrum’ of issues to have the diagnosis has become broader, including mildly affected that may or may not have been included in the past.  But Ido believe we have more children with this condition.

NN: What would you personally like to change re: people’s perceptions about autism?

LD:  I saw a family in the airport the other day and this family was struggling with their autistic son that was obviously on ‘over-load’ throwing a fit and the parents were pretty distraught, embarrassed and exhausted.  I felt so hopeless when another family walking past said something under their breath but loud enough for all to hear… ‘if they would only discipline their children then they wouldn’t act like this in public’.  I hurt so much for this family and offered to help, as I tried to explain how other families ‘just don’t get it’.  I have seen mothers of autistic children cry and say that with  NeurOptimal, they no longer have to lock their child in their rooms at night for fear they will start a fire or play with knives’ because they are now sleeping instead.  I would love for the general population to literally live a 24 hr day in the shoes of a parent that gets NO relief, NO understanding and NO financial or emotional support for living 24/7 with an Autistic individual.

NN: What is the most important thing for people to understand about autism?

LD: I think from my standpoint as a Developmental NeuroCognitive Specialist, the biggest thing that I believe would make a difference in the general public’s perception and in the way the Autistic individual would understand and learn is their ‘speed processing skills’ are delayed significantly.  So in most cases, talking slower, enunciating and keeping things as visual as possible is going to be highly important.  This plays out when following rules, changing plans for the day, understanding what their role or responsibilities are in school or work.  When a person cannot understand the rules or what is expected of them, it may look as defiance when in actuality many of these children don’t know what they did wrong after being punished.

NN: How important is early intervention for mitigating the severely autistic children?

LD: From my perspective early stimulation is always important for any child. I do believe the sooner we can help a child with Autism with language based programming, whether that is through ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) or any other program that stimulates language, the better that child will learn in a more conventional method.  The nice part about early intervention is the professional typically finds the most appropriate method for that child and the methods of learning are usually different for everyone.

NN: What about children who are extremely high functioning and aren’t diagnosed until the age of 6 or later? Can neurofeedback help them?

LD: I believe Neurofeedback helps everyone, child, adult, elderly…even animals.  Neurofeedback is meant to help the individual regain easier access to different brain activities and states, e.g. be able to fluidly relax or focus appropriately.

As this occurs, sleep gets better and learning/comprehending also increases.  Also from my perspective, the individual gains overall improvement with all other therapies working from this balanced brain state. However, not ALL cognitive skills are being individually addressed with Neurofeedback.  Therefore, I create ways to reteach those areas that are not naturally regained after being physically relaxed and mentally focused.  These domains of learning may be somewhat ‘subtle’ which is why some children are not diagnosed until they are older.

NN: You’ve studied how neurofeedback helped to improve language skills in severely autistic kids. How do you think neurofeedback can help language skills in autistic children who are high functioning?

LD: Language is comprised of two broad areas ‘Expressive’ & ‘Receptive’ these two areas break down into the Content of Language, the Form and the Use of language.  Those have subcomponents such as Semantics (the meanings of words), Phonology (the sounds in words), Morphology (the structure of words), Syntax (the structure of sentences) and Pragmatics (the use and purpose of language).  Language is a complex form of communication that has effects on the individual whether they are listening, speaking, reading or writing.  So when we have a severely Autistic individual and we say we are teaching them language is generally the Expressive and Receptive, meaning can they talk and do they understand what is being said.  When we are working with a child with a higher capacity for understanding, then we are working with skills that are more subtle, such as the nuances of language, idioms, dual meaning words, correct sentence formation etc…

NN: What are some positive attributes of autistic brain function? What can the rest of us learn from the autistic brain?

LD: The brain is very complex and it makes no difference what the condition is, we all have areas of the brain that supersedes other areas.  It has been found that babies create neurons at an alarming fast rate 250,000 per minute but with autism they have been known to have 67% more neurons in the prefrontal cortex than their neuro-typical peer. This appears in a study published November 2011 in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, by a researcher named Eric Courchesne.  Typical children natural go through a ‘pruning’ effect with the Neurons only keeping the ones they are using that form neuronal connections, but with Autism they do not eliminate these at the same rate, therefore they are not making neuronal connections.   It is hypothesized that the number of neurons in specific areas of the brain may help create ‘exceedingly’ talented musicians, or mathematicians, however, that same individual may not be able to follow a simple direction, or speak.  I have known many individuals with Autism that have loads of positive attributes and some people that have no ‘disability’ that are just mean. 

 NN: What’s the most important thing you can recommend to a parent with an autistic child?

LD: Don’t lose sight that they are children, and they are your children.  The world offers a lot of different programs and techniques, know that they don’t all work for everyone and sometimes they work in conjunction with other programs.  Keep laughing it keeps the family unit stronger.  Stay strong as the community is starting to learn more about the condition they will also gain insight, tolerance and hopefully patience into your lives.  As a village of people most of us couldn’t do what you do in a day and please know many people are aware of your hardships and commend you for your internal energy and mental strength.

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