The Play Attention training system is extraordinarily powerful because it utilizes Edufeedback. Edufeedback is the integration of feedback technology with proven educational methodologies and behavioral shaping techniques.
In other words, Edufeedback allows Play Attention students to see attention in real-time by controlling cognitive video exercises by attention alone! This builds the cognitive skills and behaviors that support Executive Function. Edufeedback also allows students to see a direct correlation between attention and behavior; fidgeting makes the Play Attention games stop if attention wanes.
Practice Makes Perfect
To increase concentration, one must practice the skills of concentration. To increase performance at school or work, one must practice the associated cognitive skills. Through repetition and consistency, one gains proficiency and permanency. This is the basis of Edufeedback.
Academic and professional success relies heavily on good focus/attention, visual tracking, time on-task, short-term memory sequencing, and discriminatory processing (more skills info). Without these skills, everything from reading comprehension to remembering simple instructions is very difficult. Therefore, to increase competency and insure transfer of the skills, practice must allow repetition of these skills until they can be performed at will. Edufeedback allows the user to practice and see in real-time how they are progressing in improvement of their focus and attentive state.
Why Edufeedback Uses a Video Format
Children and adults with attention related problems can easily play off-the-shelf video games, or watch a 3-ring circus without moving a muscle. That's because these video games and high-energy activities are extremely over stimulating. Unfortunately, while these activities may be fun, they teach nothing about attention, and may actually promote diffused attention over focused attention.
Focused attention is essential for learning and concentrating. Classrooms, work environments and home settings cannot produce such a highly stimulating environment, and therefore cannot compete. Listening, reading and writing are not stimulating enough for many to sit still through.
Play Attention provides auditory tones and graphics in the form of low-stimulation video games to help promote focused attention. Behaviors and movement are monitored by the coach so that the right results can be achieved.
Poor Attention Makes Learning Difficult
The following diagram illustrates how we learn:
The teaching method is the series of actions that includes content and organization of teaching materials. It encompasses both how and what is learned, the teacher's and learner's attributes, and the learning environment. Examples may include use of preparatory sets, computerized instruction, repeating instructions, or providing an example, etc.
The learner's attributes include the learner's entire schema: all existing knowledge, metacognitive skills, disabilities, and memory capabilities.
The Learning Process
The learning process demands that the student pay as much attention to the teaching method as possible in order to assimilate the data provided. If this occurs, then cognitive processing of the data can occur which leads to integration and organization with prior information in the learner's schema. A person with an attention challenge is usually deficient in several skills necessary to learn - attention is only part of the problem. Poor attention impedes the transfer of information from short term memory to long term memory. Forgetfulness is the outcome.
Cognitive outcomes are actual changes in the learner's knowledge or memory system including acquisition of information, procedures, and strategies. This includes understanding of information. Compare this to memorizing multiplication tables. This can be very difficult when a student cannot pay enough attention to class work.
Outcome performance is the learner's performance or actual behavioral changes including retention and transfer behaviors related to new tasks. Compare this to using your multiplication tables at the grocery store. This can be very difficult if your attention is wandering.
Edufeedback helps strengthen the learning process, cognitive outcomes, and outcome performance by providing a method to increase neural pathways that are under-developed making attention a challenge. This promotes better academic performance, work-related performance, social performance, and better self-esteem.
Learning Is Difficult For AD/HD Students
Attention problems seldom occur by themselves. When attention is weak, students are also typically weak in other skills. These include:
Time on Task
Time on task is the ability to start and complete an assignment within a given amount of time. Homework is a good example.
Visual Tracking is the ability to follow a moving object with focused attention. Watching your boss while at a staff meeting is a good example.
Short Term Memory
Short term memory helps us perform tasks, take multiple step directions, and remember names for a short period of time.
Discriminatory processing means that a student can filter out distractions while paying attention to the teacher. Increasing this ability, reduces the effects of distraction at home, school, and the workplace.
Play Attention uses Edufeedback to enhance performance in all these skill areas as well as improve behavior and increase attention.