frequent questions
The Face of Autism
What is the scientific basis for Brainjogging?

Brainjogging’s success is completely dependent upon its roots in scientific research. The research behind Brainjogging is discussed in greater detail under Software, which you can find under Student Services at the top of any page. back to top

How does Brainjogging work?

The mechanics behind Brainjogging are also discussed in greater detail under Software, which you can find under Student Services at the top of any page. back to top

How is Brainjogging tailored individually to each student?

Brainjogging is a child-centered program that is entirely specific to your child. The ways in which Brainjogging is uniquely tailored to your child are discussed in greater detail under Software, which you can find under Student Services at the top of any page. back to top

How long will it take for recognizable changes in the brain to be seen in outward appearances?

It is not uncommon for parents and educators to realize changes in children within one week. However, we ask that you give the program 90 days. The longer your child is on the program, the greater the changes will be. back to top

How long will my child need to be on the program?

No two children are alike. It is impossible to determine exactly the time period during which a child will need to Brainjog. However, it is likely that your child will improve after every Brainjogging exercise. Like an athlete exercises to improve his body’s reaction time and coordination, so does Brainjogging improve the brain’s reaction time and coordination. Brainjogging improves the reaction time and flexibility of the thought processes required for “life” skills.

Please do remember that it has taken many years your child has spent years relying on his or her present behaviors. Your child’s behavior pattern has taken years to develop; it will not change overnight. However, committing to Brainjogging twice daily will help your child change his or her behavior. Brainjogging is the answer to parents of children with learning disabilities. back to top

Is there anything that may hinder Brainjogging’s effects?

Yes! Sleep deprivation and video games will hinder progress. All children need sleep; no program can overcome sleep deprivation. Additionally, video games will cause regression for most children; some children even develop autistic behaviors as a result of extended screen time. While Brainjogging enables many children to discontinue repetitive behaviors known as stemming, these children often begin manifesting stemming behaviors almost immediately after re-exposure to digitized media. back to top

How does Brainjogging help students with Dyslexia?

Developmental dyslexia is a disorder that is defined as an individual’s difficulty learning to read even though they have the intelligence, motivation and education necessary for successful reading.

Children with dyslexia have an inactive V5/MT area in the occipital lobe of the brain when compared to a control group (Eden 1998). Brainjogging focuses on activating this specific area of the brain. Within weeks, children with dyslexia see diminished effects of the disorder.

What is dyslexia? Are many children dyslexic?

Dyslexia has a prevalence estimated between 5% and 17% (Shaywitz 1998). Children with dyslexia often have difficulty reading and spelling isolated words more so than reading paragraphs and understanding overall plot. However, children with dyslexia may skip words or even entire lines when reading. They may look at only the beginning of a word and then guess at the remainder of the word or fill in words to make sense of a sentence. While children with dyslexia may not be able to read a sentence efficiently, they can often answer comprehension questions correctly.

Children with dyslexia may have difficulty learning to recognize letters of the alphabet when learning to read. They might confuse left from right, flip letters (for example, printing “b” instead of “d” or “p” or “q”) or jumble letters within words.As these students progress, they are often plagued by an inability to acquire adequate reading skills or by a tendency to read more slowly than expected. It is not uncommon for a parent or grandparent to have reported similar difficulties.

Brainjogging’s patented computer program is designed to retrain the brain of dyslexic students. Neuroimaging substantiates that there are phonological processing deficits and visual processing deficits among dyslexics (Eden and Zeffiro 1998). Brainjogging is designed to address these deficits. Dyslexia, more so than other learning disabilities, appears to be the most rapidly improved by Brainjogging. Brainjoggers with dyslexia also tend to have the greatest LTP when compared with Brainjoggers with other learning disabilities.

Brainjogging is the answer for students suffering with dyslexic characteristics! back to top

How does Brainjogging help students with Language Processing Disorder (LPD)?

Oftentimes, children with LPD may process speech at a slightly slower rate than others. Brainjogging has been found to increase processing speed, which decreases the difficulty children with LPD have in following spoken directions, multi-step directions or classroom lectures. After beginning Brainjogging, students report enhanced ability to focus. Teachers and parents often report students have greater communication and participation. Whereas students with LPD once lost track of oral lines of communication, Brainjogging allows them to no longer miss important lesson components or significant words in conversations.

Students who suffer from LPD often find themselves unable to comprehend verbal and written communication. They may misunderstand sentences with more abstract meanings; they seem to understand in a more concrete, literal sense. Sometimes, these individuals may be described as more “hands on” in their approach to learning.

My daughter’s teacher says she does not follow directions on worksheets, chapter tests or verbal instructions. Will Brainjogging help my child follow directions?

Following written directions is particularly difficult for children with LPD because directions are to be followed sequentially. In addition, children with LPD do not always grasp the importance of specific direction words within the greater context of a series of directions. Therefore a student with LPD may misinterpret directions’ meaning or do only part of an assignment without realizing that he or she has entirely neglected another part of the assignment. Reading and writing are often difficult for students with LPD because they attach significance to words, rather than to phrases or complete sentences. This causes students with LPD to struggle with interpreting and conveying thoughts through a print medium.

Brainjogging is designed to enable students to close the delayed processing speed gaps and understand “direction” words. Research presented by the University of Arizona at the 2009 Learning Disability Association Conference confirmed delayed processing speed to be the commonality among students with reading difficulties (Urso 2008). By enhancing these students’ cognitive processing speeds, students with LPD overcome many of the everyday difficulties in academic arenas. With continued use of Brainjogging, they can follow speech and respond appropriately to it. In addition, they are pleased to become more proficient in their ability to follow written directions. back to top

How does Brainjogging help students with ADD/ADHD?

Students with ADD/ADHD suffer from an inability to attend to one thing at a time, especially for a prolonged period of time. Brainjogging increases attention levels by forcing students to narrow their focus and attend to the letters appearing on their computer screen. In order to replicate the letter sequences during the letter flash exercises, students must focus their attention and respond to the flash stimulus. They receive positive reinforcement in the form of moving on to the next level when they correctly replicate the letter sequence.

Our staff also provides students with ADD/ADHD with strategies for time management and prioritizing tasks. Students learn how to break large tasks into smaller, more manageable tasks. Over time, we build students’ planning abilities in addition to their cognitive processing speeds. back to top

How does Brainjogging affect Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

"Autism has been our greatest challenge and produced the most amazing success stories. We've yet to have a child who hasn't improved significantly, within weeks. The saddest aspect of treating autistic children is the number of treatments parents have already tried. By the time they arrive at our door and hear our success rates, they do not believe it could possibly be true. Then, when they see the results for themselves, they are upset that they did not know about us sooner."
- Shirley Pennebaker, M.Ed.

Children with ASD have some brain responses that are too small or that are completely missing. With new tools, such as Independent Component Analysis software, researchers have begun to realize why this occurs. Researchers have come to believe that in people with ASD, there is no coherence or reorganization among the neurons that permit individuals to focus.

Brainjogging has had unprecedented success with children on the Autistic spectrum. Among Brainjogging’s many success stories are those of nonverbal children becoming verbal; children obsessed with repetitive behaviors breaking out of their behavioral ruts; children that formerly exhibited anti-social behaviors displaying interest in siblings’ play activities and sustained relationships; and children increasing their learning potential in regular academic environments without the need for specialized personnel.

Please do keep in mind that video games will hinder progress, particularly for children on the spectrum. While these children may discontinue repetitive behaviors known as stemming as a result of Brainjogging, if they are exposed to digitized media, these children often begin stemming immediately. back to top

How does Brainjogging affect processing speed?

Brainjogging affects processing speed by literally enhancing the speed by which neurons communicate with one another. The ways in which Brainjogging affects processing speed are discussed in greater detail under Software, which you can find under Student Services at the top of any page. back to top

Is Brainjogging effective with high school and college students?

A successful collegiate academic career hinges on students’ ability to be productive without receiving constant reminders from family and teachers. Even more so in college than in high school, students are responsible for their academic success. College challenges students with heavier workloads, including writing several papers; large quantities of reading materials; and exams with varied formats.

The increased scholastic demand of high school and then college is often staggering for typically developing individuals; a learning disability compounds the stresses of this demand.

Parents and students alike are often anxious about a child, particularly one with a learning disability, leaving the safety net of the home environment and teachers a parent can reliably contact. Students will find that college confronts them with more work and higher expectations related to quality and accountability; students must plan and prepare accordingly. Brainjogging is the answer. Brainjogging not only helps students assimilate new information but also enhances their cognitive processing speed. As students’ cognitive processing speeds increase, it becomes easier for them to assimilate and understand new information. The combined impact of constant exposure to academic material increases students’ understanding of said material while simultaneously improving students’ spelling. By enhancing cognitive processing speeds, Brainjogging bolsters students’ ability to survive and thrive in their new academic environment.

In addition to fostering students’ academic success, Brainjogging promotes accountability. Students must Brainjog at least twice a day. Adding Brainjogging to students’ daily schedules encourages them to organize their time and use it wisely. Better grades within weeks encourage students to continue Brainjogging. In turn, continuing Brainjogging continually enhances cognitive processing speeds, spelling and understanding and retention of material. Brainjogging also continually reinforces the necessity of time maintenance.

College students need to understand that they are responsible for their own scholastic success. Brainjogging not only contributes to students’ ability to succeed in a demanding collegiate environment, but also teaches children to shoulder that responsibility themselves. Brainjogging is the answer for high school and college students! back to top