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Reading Failure - something so obvious you might miss it!





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Near Point Acuity


From "The Roadmap From Reading Failure to Success" by Kathy Johnson, Pyramid of Potential

To be published December, 2014



Near point acuity is the ability to see clearly when something is close to your eyes, for example, reading a book. If
the acuity is poor, print will appear blurry. Obviously, this is very important for seeing the words on a page, and it
could cause reading failure. Yet, believe it or not, in most states in the United States, it is not tested. I have had a
couple of clients come in for an assessment wearing glasses. The mother mentions that the child was in remedial
reading for a couple of years before someone asked if they had ever had their eyes checked. As simple as that,
glasses helped!
Why then, did it take so long? Mostly because most of us assume that the pediatrician or Kindergarten screening
checks for vision. Yes, they do, but usually only for distance acuity. When we are 20 feet away from the chart, and
our vision is 20-20, it means that our eyes can see the chart clearly, and that we would be able to see the board
clearly. This is completely different than the ability to read a book.


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  1. It must engage and exer­cise a core brain-based capac­ity or neural cir­cuit iden­ti­fied to be rel­e­vant to real-life out­comes, such as exec­u­tive atten­tion, work­ing mem­ory, speed of pro­cess­ing and emo­tional reg­u­la­tion, as well as oth­ers dis­cussed through­out the inter­views with sci­en­tists in this book. Many sup­posed "brain train­ing" games fail to pro­vide any actual "brain train­ing" because they were never really designed to target spe­cific and rel­e­vant brain functions.
  2. It must tar­get a per­for­mance bot­tle­neck - oth­er­wise it is an exer­cise in van­ity sim­i­lar to build­ing the largest biceps in town while neglect­ing the rest of the body. A crit­i­cal ques­tion to ask is: Which brain func­tion do I need to opti­mize? With phys­i­cal fit­ness, effec­tive train­ing begins with a tar­get in mind: Is the goal to train abdom­i­nal mus­cles? Biceps? Car­dio capac­ity? So it goes for brain fit­ness, where the ques­tion becomes: Is the goal to opti­mize driving-related cog­ni­tive skills? Con­cen­tra­tion? Mem­ory? Reg­u­lat­ing stress and emo­tions? The choice of a tech­nique or tech­nol­ogy should be dri­ven by your goal. For instance, if you need to train your exec­u­tive func­tions but use a pro­gram designed to enhance speed of pro­cess­ing, you may well con­clude that this pro­gram does not "work." But this pro­gram may work for some­body whose bot­tle­neck is speed of pro­cess­ing (as often hap­pens in older adults).
  3. A min­i­mum "dose" of 15 hours total per tar­geted brain func­tion, per­formed over 8 weeks or less, is nec­es­sary for real improve­ment. Train­ing only a few hours across a wide vari­ety of brain func­tions, such as in the "BBC brain train­ing" exper­i­ment, should not be expected to trig­ger real-world ben­e­fits, in the same way that going to the gym a cou­ple times per month and doing an assort­ment of undi­rected exer­cises can­not be expected to result in increased mus­cle strength and phys­i­cal fitness.
  4. Train­ing must adapt to per­for­mance, require effort­ful atten­tion, and increase in dif­fi­culty. This is a key advan­tage of com­put­er­ized "brain train­ing" over pen-and-paper-based activ­i­ties. Think about the num­ber of hours you have spent doing cross­word or Sudoku puz­zles, or mas­ter­ing any new sub­ject for that mat­ter, in a way that was either too easy for you and became bor­ing or way too dif­fi­cult and became frus­trat­ing. Inter­ac­tive train­ing has the capac­ity to con­stantly mon­i­tor your level of per­for­mance and adapt accordingly.
  5. Con­tin­ued prac­tice is required for con­tin­ued ben­e­fits. Just as you wouldn't expect to derive life­long ben­e­fits from run­ning a few hours this month, and then not exer­cis­ing ever again, you shouldn't expect life­long ben­e­fits from a one-time brain train­ing activ­ity. Remem­ber that "cells that fire together wire together" - while the min­i­mum dose described above may act as a thresh­old to start see­ing some ben­e­fits, con­tin­ued prac­tice, either at a reduced num­ber of hours or as a peri­odic "booster," is a final con­di­tion for trans­fer to real-world ben­e­fits over time.
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"Maybe We Should Teach the Way They Learn"
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 

New York, NY


"Supporting ALL Diverse Learners in the Classroom"
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Coconut Creek, FL



"Towards Successful Inclusive Classroom Environments"
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 12:00pm through 

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:30pm
Teaneck, NJ



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Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach   Price: $169.99  Author: Kathy Johnson, MS Ed.  Format: DVD



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