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We welcome you to learn more about how the brain works and how you can accelerate learning with brain fitness - the crucial brain foundations without which successful learning is impossible. Understanding brain fitness in the areas of Social-Emotional, Attention, Auditory, Visual and Sensory-Motor functions can help you to better appreciate the strengths and weaknesses in your child's (and indeed your own!) unique learning profile.

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Cheryl Chia

12

Years

of Brain Fitness Training

FIT BRAINS LEARN BETTER! A Chronicle of 12 Years of Brain Fitness Training at BrainFit Studio by Cheryl Chia (cheryl.chia@brainfitgroup.com) First Edition March 2013 Published by Brainfit Group Pte Ltd Designed by Timoer Design (meeawulan@gmail.com) Copyright 2013 Cheryl Chia All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in articles and reviews. Requests for permission should be addressed to: BrainFit Group Pte Ltd 193-197 Thomson Road, Goldhill Centre Singapore 307633 www.brainfitgroup.com ISBN: 978-981-07-5808-0 (hardcover) ISBN: 978-981-07-5799-1 (softcover) ISBN: 978-981-07-5800-4 (e-book)

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Table Table of of Contents ContentINTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION CHAPTER CHAPTER 1: 1: Neuroplasticity Neuroplasticity & & Brain Brain Fitness Fitness Training Training CHAPTER CHAPTER 2: 2: Social-Emotional Brain Fitness Auditory Brain Fitness

The brains ability to reconnect by rewiring itself throughout life. The brains ability to reconnect by rewiring itself throughout life.

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Our social-emotional brain fitness is the part of our brain Our auditory brain fitness is about how we process sound that causes us to develop feelings and attitudes towards any information in the brain, and is associated with our listening, activity or person. language, reading and comprehension abilities.

Unknown to many people, our sensory-motor brain fitness is CHAPTER 6: working continuously, supporting our daily lives and learning performance. Social Emotional Brain Fitness Our social-emotional brain fitness is the part of our brain that causes us to develop feelings and attitudes towards any CHAPTER 7: activity Fitness or person. Brain for Students with Learning

CHAPTER 6: Sensory-Motor Brain Fitness

CHAPTER 3: 3: CHAPTER Attention Brain Fitness Visual Brain Fitnessthrough our eyes.

Our attention brain fitness helps us to remain focused on a Our visual brain fitness determines our ability to quickly and task without being easily distracted. accurately interpret and understand information that comes

Difficulties CHAPTER 7: We explore the relationships between learning difficulties and Brain Fitness for Students the various brain fitness systems. with Learning Difficulties We explore the relationships between learning difficulties and CHAPTER 8: the various brain fitness systems. Brain Fit BabiesListening, language and reading skills, attention span, CHAPTER 8: emotional responses can all be shaped and motor skills and strengthened from the moment your baby is born. Brain Fit Babies Listening, language and reading skills, attention span, motor skills and CHAPTER 9: emotional responses can all be shaped and strengthened from the moment your baby is born. Brain Fitness in Seniors We can improve our brains at any age!

CHAPTER 4: Auditory Brain CHAPTER 4: Fitness

Sensory-Motor Brain Fitness information in the brain, and is associated with our listening, CHAPTER 5: Visual Brain Fitness CHAPTER 5:

Our auditory brain fitness is about how we process sound

Unknown to many people, our sensory-motor brain fitness is language, reading and comprehension abilities. working continuously, supporting our daily lives and learning performance. Our visual brain fitness determines our ability to quickly and Attention Brain Fitness accurately interpret and understand information that comes Our attention brain fitness helps us to remain focused on a through our eyes. task without being easily distracted.

CHAPTER 9: Brain Fit Seniors CHAPTER 10: We can change our brains at any age! Conclusion: Our Dreams for the Future CHAPTER 10: do. We have big dreams and big goals.do. We have big dreams and big goals.

Our brain is our most vital organ that controls everything we

Conclusion: Our Dreams for the Future

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Our brain is our most vital organ that controls everything we

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A better understanding of the brain is certain to lead man to a richer comprehension both of himself, of his fellow man, and of society, and in fact of the whole world with its problems.Sir John Carew Eccles (1903 1997, Neurophysiologist and Nobel Laureate).

IntroductionBrainFit Studio is a 12-year-old company built by the hopes and joys of children and their parents, whose lives have changed dramatically through the understanding of how brain fitness training works.Most of us understand the importance of physical fitness for good health. Unfortunately, many are less familiar with the importance of brain fitness in determining our ability to pay attention, have good memory, be less careless and more motivated in learning. Many people think of our brains in 2 ways either it is normal/ smart or abnormal/ challenged. Hence when a normal, bright child underperforms in school, we usually attribute it to laziness or a negative attitude towards learning. That is far from the truth. Brain fitness is very much like physical fitness. We do not think of people as either fit (competitive sportsman standard) or unfit (complete couch potato). Most of us fall between these two extremes. We may have good running stamina but poor flexibility. We may have strong arm muscles but a flabby tummy. Brain fitness should be understood like physical fitness. Most of us have brain fitness that lies between normal and abnormal. We may have strong communication skills but poor attention span. We may excel in solving visual problems, yet fail to remember information well. These gaps in brain fitness can create underperformance in learning, which is not a result of laziness or bad attitude.

Recent discoveries from brain research have brought us powerful new insights on the potential of the human brain to learn and improve, at whatever age we may be. This awesome potential of our brain to make new connections and learn, known as neuroplasticity is the basis behind our work here in BrainFit Studio. As we celebrate our 12th anniversary of the company, this book commemorates our journey with neuoroplasticity, the lessons we have learnt and the many success stories we have experienced. We welcome you to learn more about how the brain works and how you can accelerate learning with brain fitness, the crucial brain foundations without which successful learning is impossible. Understanding brain fitness in the areas of SocialEmotional, Attention, Auditory, Visual and Sensory-Motor functions can help you to better appreciate the strengths and weaknesses in your childs (and indeed your own!) personal learning profile, unique for each individual. Our brain is a highly complex organ and there is still much to be learnt about it. What we have done here is to simplify this complex information to help parents better understand your child. Learning about brain fitness can help to shed light on the many questions parents often ask us: Why does my child put in so much effort yet school results are not great?, Why does my child excel in one subject but not another?, How can I build more motivation and enthusiasm for learning in my child?. These are all important questions. By sharing our lessons on brain fitness and neuroplasticity, we hope to answer some of these questions and bring home the message about the importance of brain fitness in impacting learning, behaviour, and performance. Enhancing and strengthening your childs brain fitness for learning is perhaps the best gift that you can give to your child. Teach him how to learn and enjoy the process of learning. Trust that your child once given the foundations to explore, acquire and retain information; will crave for more. This is the true meaning and goal of education.

Cheryl Chia Paediatric Physiotherapist Founder and Director BrainFit Studio

...By sharing our lessons on brain fitness and neuroplasticity, we hope to answer parents questions and bring home the message about the importance of brain fitness and its capability to accelerate learning...

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Every man can, if he so desires, become the sculptor of his own brain.Santiago Ramon y Cajal (1852-1934, Neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate)

...My initial focus on brain development in infants shifted to that of schooling children when I returned to UQ in Australia to pursue my Masters degree in Paediatric Physiotherapy....

BrainFit StudioWe were founded in 2001 by a group of therapists passionate about unlocking human potential and enhancing lives through brain fitness training. Previously known as TherapyWorks and KidzGrow, we renamed ourselves first Brain Revolution and then BrainFit Studio, to better represent the work that we do. BrainFit Studios initial focus on helping children with learning difficulties has also expanded to help any child, with or without a learning difficulty, accelerate learning with brain fitness.As a founding member of the company, my personal journey with the brain started after my undergraduate studies in University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. Equipped with my Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy, I returned to work in KK Womens and Childrens Hospital in Singapore, which had awarded me the scholarship for my undergraduate studies. As a young graduate in the hospital, I was tasked with caring for the developmental outcomes of premature infants in the neonatal ICU, whose often delicate brains were vulnerable to neurological insults. Those were rewarding years as I leant tremendously about early brain development and the