Brain Games for the Season
Everywhere you look these days it seems that there is information about building our brain’s capacity and skill. “Change your brain and you’ll change your life,” they say. Could it be true? Dr. Amnon Gimpel, who wrote Brain Exercises to Cure ADHD, thinks so. He believes that specific targeted brain exercises can actually be effective in stimulating permanent brain growth and development. Well, if we can build stronger cognitive skills, it is surely reasonable to believe that our academic skills can become stronger, too. This is really exciting, especially for those of us helping students of every age with special needs!
Can you guess the best way to exercise the brain? Did you guess play games? If so, you are right. How fun is that? There are so many brain games that you can play; new ones as well as those tried-and-true old ones. There are hands-on games, online games, app games, and even leisure mental games (like the ones you play on a long drive). Soon, you will become a pro at including this new approach to building your child/student’s brain into your regular activities.
Another fun dice game to match picture designs with 1 to 6 dice, which also requires logic and reasoning, plus patience, to let the “dice roll as they will”.
Also quick, this game primarily builds visual processing skills plus attention and focus.
Use any type of cards to create your own matching game to build short-term memory and attention.
A 3-D version of a jigsaw puzzle requiring strategy along with all the other brain skills described above.
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