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Games That Help Enhance Cognitive Skills

December 9, 2014

inchimalsResearch shows that learning skills can be taught—and therefore improved. So if you are looking for some ideas this Christmas for games that will help your children’s learning skills while providing hours of entertainment, here a few affordable ideas to get you started:

For ages three years and older:
Inchimals—Good for teaching young children basic addition, subtraction and measurement skills while reinforcing their ability to count. Includes 12 wooden blocks and a spiral-bound, dry-erase notebook with 100 puzzles.

For ages seven years and older:
Kanoodle—two brain-twisting solitaire games in a pocket-sized case. Kids use combinations of colored connected beads to construct designs from the enclosed puzzle book. Because the game is portable, kids can Kanoodle anywhere.

Double Bananagrams—This award-winning word game needs no pencil, paper, or board. It’s great for travel and with 288 tiles, this version of Bananagrams can be played with up to 16 people.

For ages eight years and older, one or more players:
Bop It—This modern-day, handheld version of “Simon Says” stimulates social interaction plus thinking and motor skills. It also helps children listen and follow directions. Comes in many versions and makes an excellent family or travel game.

Looking for a tutor in the metro Detroit area? Optiminds offers customized tutoring programs for students, including students who are home schooled. We have earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about us by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or by visiting us at: optimindsct.com.

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Reading Fiction Can Help Us Empathize with Others

March 15, 2013

womanreading2Over the past decade, academic researchers have gathered data indicating that reading fiction activates pathways in the brain that measurably help the reader better understand real human emotion—improving his or her overall social skillfulness.

For example, in study participants who were asked to read about characters setting a new goal, researchers detected activity in the pre-frontal cortex—a part of the brain involved with setting goals.

In another study, subjects were asked to guess the emotional state of a person from a photograph of their eyes. Researchers found that the more fiction people read, the better they were at perceiving emotion in the eyes, and correctly interpreting social cues.

It seems that when we read fiction, we have the time and opportunity to think deeply about the feelings of others, really imagining the shape and flavor of alternate worlds of experience. Scientists see a significant relation between the amount of fiction people read and their empathic and theory-of-mind abilities.

Theory of mind is the ability to interpret and respond to those different from us—colleagues, employees, bosses, customers and clients. It helps us understand others’ points of view—to be empathetic, a trait that is essential in any collaborative enterprise, and certainly in today’s globalized economy.

If improving your reading is on your agenda this year, Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds offers customized programs to help readers of all ages improve their skills and comprehension.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ customized tutoring programs by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at: optimindsct.com.

Sign Up for Optiminds Summer Cognitive Camp

March 8, 2013

We know it isn’t even the first day of Spring yet, but we are already planning our Optiminds Cognitive Camp schedule for 2013.

Of course, our sessions will include our core areas of focus:

  • Cognitive Training
  • Math, Science, Language Arts, & Social Studies
  • Social Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • PCI© Reading Program
  • Orton Gillingham© Phonics
  • FAST© Phonics Program
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Using Puzzles & Games

And new for 2013, we will be including “Expressive Writing: Stories and Poetry.”

Cognitive Camp runs from June 24 to August 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. (No camp on July 4) Camp location is at Addams Elementary School at 2222 W. Webster Road in Royal Oak. Camp fees are $50/day and $200 /week.

We are also currently organizing a Cognitive Camp with Activities that would be a full-day program, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Addams Elementary. But we need a commitment of 10 students per week to make this happen. So if you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible. The cost: $100 a day or $400 for the week.

Some of the fun activities we hope to offer in the Cognitive Camp with Activities are:

  • Dancing
  • Cooking
  • Cheerleading
  • Crafts
  • Sports

Also new this year—Ask us about our Early Drop Off service.

We can’t think of a better way to keep your brain in shape over the summer!

You can register for Optiminds Cognitive Camp online by clicking on the “Cognitive Camp Registration” link on our home page at: optimindsct.com.  Or you can contact Jane Stewart Ph.D. at (248) 496.0150 or jstewart@optiminds.com. Please return your application with a $50 deposit to: Jane Stewart, 2127 Marywood, Royal Oak, MI, 48074.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ customized tutoring programs by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at: optimindsct.com.

The Leadership Benefits of Reading

February 8, 2013

Deep, broad reading habits are often a defining characteristic of our greatest leaders.

Steve Jobs is said to have had an “inexhaustible interest” in William Blake. Winston Churchill won his Nobel prize in Literature, not Peace). President Harry S. Truman read every book in the library named after him in his hometown of Independence, MO, before he died in 1972.

Many business titans are or have been avid readers, believing that reading cultivates the knowledge, habits, and talents to improve their organizations, as well as their own personal effectiveness.

A larger vocabulary, more world knowledge and abstract reasoning skills are just a few of the leadership benefits of reading. Reading is one of the quickest ways to acquire and assimilate new information; and reading a wide variety of things is good for creativity, exposing leaders to insights in other fields that might lead to innovations in their organizations.

Reading novels can improve empathy and understanding of social cues, allowing a leader to better work with and understand others. Reading can also increase verbal intelligence, making a person more adept and articulate when communicating with others.

You might want to try reading one book this year in three areas outside your comfort zone. If you are working on a problem in one field, seek out books in other fields to see if there are applications that might cross over to your profession. Share favorite books with co-workers to encourage discussion and new ideas.

If improving your reading is on your agenda this year, Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds offers customized programs to help readers of all ages improve their skills and comprehension.

To learn more about Optiminds brain training and tutoring programs, call us today at (248) 496-0150 or email Dr. Jane Steward directly at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at www.optimindsct.com.

Optiminds Cognitive Camp—2012 Schedule

March 6, 2012

We are pleased to announce the Optiminds Cognitive Camp schedule for 2012. Weekly camps will begin on June 25, 2012 and run through August 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be no camp on July 4.  

Here’s what’s new for 2012: 

We have a new location at: Addams Elementary School, 2222 W. Webster Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073.

We have new lower pricing–$50/day and $200/week. A $50 deposit is required with your application.

Optiminds Cognitive Camp sessions are available by the day or week. Following is a sampling of areas to be covered in camp sessions:

  • Individualized Cognitive Training
  • English and Language Arts
  • Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Social Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • PCI© Reading Program
  • Orton Gillingham© Phonics
  • FAST© Phonics Program
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving Using Puzzles and Games

Optiminds Cognitive Camp is a fun way to keep your brain in shape over the summer! For more information contact Dr. Jane Stewart, Ph.D. at (248) 496.0150 or Melanie Leavitt Weiss at (248) 417.1416.

Click on this link for the Registration and this link to view the Optiminds Cognitive Camp Flyer. 

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has been helping to improve the study, reading and cognitive skills of clients of all ages. Find out more about Optiminds brain fitness programs and cognitive skills training by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. And be sure to visit our website at www.optimindsct.com.

Coming Soon: Optiminds© Cognitive Camp 2011

April 20, 2011

“My child improved so much we had to  rewrite the IEP goals in the Fall.  He loves going to camp. This will be his third year.”—Suzanne, a camper’s mother

If you are looking for a fun way to help your children keep their brains in shape over the summer, it’s time to register for the 2011 Optiminds Cognitive Camp.  Held at the Birmingham Covington School, the camp offers individualized programs that are customized by skill level.

The upcoming session of our Cognitive Camp is June 28 through August 13. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Here is a sampling of what’s in store for campers:

  • Handwriting—Manuscript & Cursive (NEW for 2011)
  • Math, English, & Language Arts
  • Pre-learning in Social Studies & Science
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Individualized Cognitive Training
  • Social Skills
  • PCI©Reading Program
  • Orton Gillingham© Phonics
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Using Puzzles & Games

Camp fees are $55/day and $220 /week.  A $55 deposit must be included with Registration.

Birmingham Covington School is located at 1525 Covington Road, Bloomfield Township.

Optiminds is a Cognitive, Professional Brain Training Skills Center owned and operated by Jane Stewart, Ph.D.

Visit us at: www.optimindsct.com, give us a call at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: jstewart@optimindsct.com.


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