Good news... You can change your brain!
Adaptive Brain Training 101
This is good news! It means that the brain has the ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections all through our life. Not only can the brain compensate for injury and disease, but, it can adjust in response to new situations or environments.
The brain is the main organ of the human nervous system. It manages most of our bodies' activities, processes information received from outside and inside the body, and is the center of our emotions and cognitive abilities (thoughts, memory, and decision-making). The brain can learn and improve. This capacity for change is called neuroplasticity. To illustrate neuroplasticity, imagine pushing a coin into a lump of clay, making an impression of the coin on the clay. In order for the impression to appear, changes must occur in the clay -- the shape of the clay makes adaptive changes as the coin is pressed into it. Similarly, the neural circuitry in the brain must reorganize in response to experience or sensory stimulation.
Adaptive Brain Training takes neuroplasticity into the specific realms of mental, behavior, and emotion health, by utilizing targeted education, Thomistic ideas of the nature of human beings, and psychological intervention methods to bring about positive results for conditions that may typically are treated with pharmaceutical drugs and modern secular interventions which often fall short of any appreciable outcomes.
How This Works
When we learn, the brain activates a vast network of nerve cells known as neurons. When an experience, behavior or learning task is completed, the neurons continue with their regular brain function, however; they will now have retained information (neural memory) from the new experience, behavior or learned task. This renders the experience, behavior or learned task much easier to “do” the next time. By deliberately singling out certain areas of the brain that are associated with experiences, behaviors or learning, it is possible to train (or retrain) the brain to increase its effectiveness in these areas.
Using mental, emotional, behavioral interventions (i.e. psycho-education, distress tolerance, emotional regulation), the traditional understandings of humans and human nature, and specially designed exercises such as The Tomatis® Method neurosensory stimulation sound therapy, we can help facilitate the brain's own innate work of rapid optimal growth and reinforcement of neuronal connections within the totality of the cerebrum.
Our brains are remarkably sensitive to a wide range of experiences. This is especially true during primary stages of development when sensory, motor, and language experiences, stress, caregiver and peer interactions, drugs, diet, microbiome, and immune system all impact brain growth and consequently shape our personality and behavioral style. At the same time, the brain can adapt and change. All of the brain’s cognitive abilities can be drastically improved through proper brain training or retraining; be it emotional regulation, memory, processing speed, attention, sensory processing, or reasoning. And, the positive results are usually never temporary as the brain’s capacity for optimization works exponentially, facilitating future brain function and learning capacity.
Research is clear. The brain is adaptive.
And, the modern brain is under siege from many areas (mass media, personal electronic devices, unrelenting noise, stress, toxins, genetic mutations, etc.). If you or your child are experiencing emotional or behavioral problems, difficulties with attention, learning, memory... Adaptive Brain Training can be an effective course of action for improving overall functioning.