Brain Skills

To respond with the “right” answers we must comprehend the information required for the answers, remember what has been taught or said, and judge what information needs to be retrieved from our memory. Problem solving skills and creativity enable us to look from the big picture and bring new ideas to the table.

Note: The areas labeled do not actually represent the specific areas of the brain involved.

Click on the differently coloured sections of the brain to learn more about the brain skills.

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What is Cognitive/Comprehension?

Comprehension is the ability to receive and process information. The comprehension score is a composite of nine different cognitive tests. Comprehension is critical for understanding and following routines, directions and written or verbal instructions. Comprehension levels directly affect daily life and work.

Comprehension tests:

  • Visual closure-eye tracking
  • Visual conceptualization-organization
  • Constancy of objects in space
  • Spatial conservation-ability to apply what is learned
  • Comprehension of abstract relations
  • Comprehension of numerical progressions
  • Vocabulary concepts
  • Comprehension of verbal relations
  • Comprehension of extended verbal information-listening comprehension

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What is Memory?

Memory is defined as the ability to commit information to storage for exact retrieval. Poor concentration and attending skills may affect memories. There are six tests on our memory assessment. One assessment scores awareness of details in the environment. Another is the measurement of incidental, peripheral or short-term memory. Excellent long-term visual memories help a person remember what they've read or studied for several days. Efficient long-term auditory memories help a person accurately recall what they heard. Underdeveloped auditory memories can lead to communication breakdown. Memories are used life long and effect many areas of our lives. One of Breakthrough's original goals was to find ways to not compensate-but develop memories. We are excited to see so many people have life changing breakthroughs in these areas.

Memory tests:

  • Visual memory for details
  • Auditory attending
  • Auditory sequencing
  • Inferential memory

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What is Problem Solving?

These tests indicate how well one can use information or facts to achieve a defined outcome. These skills indicate weaknesses or strengths in the following areas:

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Application of arithmetic facts
  • Speed of word recognition
  • Form reasoning and logic

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What is Evaluation/Judgement?

It is the ability to make judgments, to plan efficiently, to make good decisions, and to have foresight. Often a low score in one of these areas shows up with letter reversals or omitting small words in sentences while reading or writing. Areas assessed are:

  • Visual discrimination
  • Judgment of similar/ matching concepts
  • Judgment of arithmetic similarities
  • Judgment of correctness of facts

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What is Creativity?

These scores reflect specific mixes of creativity such as fluency and the ability to produce a variety of unique responses verbally or written. Whereas problem-solving skills help a person 'zero-in' to determine answers, creativity skills enable a person to 'expand out' to new or unique possibilities.

Creativity tests:

  • Creativity with space and shapes
  • Creativity with math facts
  • Creativity with words and ideas

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