Tutoring simply attempts to reteach material that should already have been learned but was not. Before investing in tutoring, you should ask, “Why didn’t he learn this the first time it was presented?” Unless the answer is obvious (such as missing the school for an extended period of time), tutoring will likely be a frustrating and expensive choice. BFIT is radically different. We seek solutions to a different question: “How strong is his or her ability to learn?” In fact, testing designed to measure individual mental skills reveals that the majority of learning or reading difficulties among students is due to identifiable (and trainable) cognitive skill weaknesses. Our testing and training strengthen these key underlying mental skills that are essential for easy, fast learning across all subjects. If skills weakness is a root cause of your child’s learning struggle, tutoring simply cannot correct it.
BFIT focuses exclusively on training underlying cognitive skills that impact the ease of learning. We provide nonacademic training procedures that quickly strengthen the brain’s core mental abilities (i.e. processing speed, attention, memory, auditory and visual processing, and reasoning). These key skills are every student’s foundation for successful learning and, if overlooked, can create lifelong problems. Throughout training, students are paired with their own private brain trainer. Through this one-on-one relationship, each session can be individualised and adjusted to your child’s needs and progress. BFIT’s various training programs are designed to produce big improvements quickly.
We can help anyone who wants to learn, read, and think faster and easier. Our training exercises the brain in the same way that a fitness coach works your muscles, and results are similar – more strength to accomplish the tasks. We love to help anyone looking for an edge: students facing new challenges in preschool through college, career professionals, or those simply wanting to keep or refresh their mental edge for a fun, productive life. The training is truly life changing for students who struggle to learn, read, or pay attention. After training is complete, students regularly enjoy enhanced skills, improved grades, skyrocketing self-esteem, and increased confidence. This frequently leads to a restored love of learning.
In many cases, yes! At BFIT, our programs target and strengthen weak cognitive skills associated with ADD/ADHD. Based on neuroscientific research, attention is a cognitive skill set that can be improved and developed. Traditionally, schools attempt to help students with ADD/ADHD with accommodations such as removing distractions, reducing workload, or isolating students into quiet areas. This may allow better performance temporarily but does nothing to develop the cognitive skill of attention long-term.
Neuroscience shows that by targeting and stimulating the underactive region of the brain responsible for the characteristics of inattention, attention can be strengthened. Therefore, the correct approach is the opposite of the usual accommodations. Attention develops when a person performs a task requiring attention while exposed to structured, distracting stimuli. This kind of intensity and distraction is at the core of BFIT’s brain training exercises that are aimed at improving attention. Children and adults with ADHD benefit when the cognitive deficits associated with this disorder are strengthened. BFIT’s brain training—not accommodations—provides that opportunity.
The answer in most situations is NO. Children and teens (and even adults) who struggle to learn or read do so for a reason, and in the majority of cases that reason has to do with cognitive skills. In fact, studies show that 80% of all learning struggles are caused by weak cognitive skills and, while weak cognitive skills are not automatically strengthened by time, they can be strengthened. At BFIT, we assess every incoming client with the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Skills. This allows us to identify, target, and improve the specific weak skills that are at the root of reading and learning struggles. The result? Dramatic, measurable and lasting improvements in mental performance for our clients of all ages.
Many students do not bring sufficient cognitive skills to the task of learning to read quickly and efficiently. Even if the reading code (letter sounds and combinations) is taught completely and sequentially, a student with a severe auditory processing deficiency who cannot concentrate adequately works too slowly has poor memory skills, or cannot create good mental images will complete lessons very slowly or exhibit poor retention. When stronger cognitive skills are in place, however, students learn rapidly, read faster, and retain more as they read. PREP and BrainRX training (a revolutionary ‘sound-to-code’ accelerated reading program offered exclusively through BFIT’s Brain Training Centers) is integrated with, and provided in conjunction with, other cognitive enhancement training. Students immediately strengthen auditory processing skills, the most critical skills required to read effectively. Building a strong cognitive skill foundation ensures that students will have the tools required to efficiently learn and use the reading and spelling code in the specific program. The training is delivered through one-on-one training with a certified cognitive skills trainer over approximately 12 weeks. Beginning readers quickly establish good fundamental auditory and reading skills. Struggling students, upon beginning the program, see significant improvements quickly. Past frustrations and failures are naturally overcome. For these students, BFIT training truly offers a second chance at fun, efficient reading.