Category: Resources for Parents

National Youth Sports Week

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An estimated 45 million kids in the U.S. participate in youth sports every year, and they’re starting younger than ever. Gymnastics classes are available for kids still in diapers and the SoccerTots® franchise caters to kids as young as 18 months.

National Youth Sports Week this July 20 – 24 is designed to draw attention to the rewards of participation for kids of all ages. And now a new study suggests another benefit: sports may actually make kids think faster. The study in the Journal of American College of Sports found that athletes appeared to have a faster processing speed than non-athletes, likely due to regularly making split-second evaluations and decisions.

A New York Times piece on the study notes that it’s possible that the athletes always had advanced processing abilities and that’s what made them better athletes, rather than the athletics turning them into faster thinkers. Either way, the study shows that better athletes have faster processing speed.

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5 Tips for Finding Good Brain Training Resources

brain training websiteAnytime a great new idea comes on the scene, it is inevitably followed by a herd of experts all claiming that they have the best resource for you. But how can you tell which one is telling the truth?

Brain training is no exception to this principle. It’s new, it’s exciting and it is yielding amazing results in people with learning struggles. There are lots of new brain training resources popping up every day, and their claims are not always consistent, or easy to understand. When it comes to your child’s future, you need a clear answer. So what do you do? Here are five tips that we hope will help you decide which resources to pay attention to and which to take with a grain of salt.

Tip #1: Investigate.  Search for information. Check out the reputation of the resource in question. Anyone can make a program sound great with clever marketing copy. But real results are hard to fake. So, take into account the background and credentials of the company. Call the company and ask to be connected with real people who have been helped by their program. Search around to find out whether your resource is credible.

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