Brain Games for the Season
A quick game that helps build attention and focus, plus visual discrimination, while following multiple, simple directions.
A fun game to practice and build memory of basic math facts up to 12; mostly adding and subtracting.
Helps build strategic planning, visual discrimination, and attention skills. Start with big puzzles (24 pieces or less) and gradually build up.
The games you want to look for are those that help practice and teach the following cognitive skills:
Attention Skills: The ability to attend to incoming using sustained (focused), selective (regardless of distractions) and divided (multi-tasking) attention.
Memory: The ability to store and recall information both in short-term or working memory and in long-term or stored memory.
Logic and Reasoning: The ability to reason, form concepts, and solve problems using unfamiliar information or novel procedures.
Auditory Processing: The ability to analyze, blend and segment sounds which is the crucial skill needed for learning to read.
Visual Processing: The ability to perceive, analyze, discern/discriminate and think in visual images.
Processing Speed: The ability to perform simple or complex cognitive tasks efficiently and effectively.
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