C8 Sciences’ Executive Function Training Program Debuts New Software Features for Children with ADHD in the Classroom

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Improved student experience and heightened functionality just two of the many results v2.0 of neuroscientist-created ACTIVATE™ cognitive brain training program yields.

ADHD in the Classroom

ACTIVATE™ - Cognitive Training for ADHD

By paying close attention to feedback from educators and parents, C8 Sciences has been able to make changes to ACTIVATE™ that promise to push cognitive brain training into a new frontier.

C8 Sciences, developers of neuroscience-based cognitive assessment and development products including the game-changing ACTIVATE program, has announced the next generation of this peerless executive function protocol. Version 2.0 of ACTIVATE™, builds on the original program by providing enhanced graphics, better games and modified assessment strategies.

“By paying close attention to feedback from educators and parents, C8 Sciences has been able to make changes to ACTIVATE™ that promise to push cognitive brain training into a new frontier,” says Matt Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Product Management for C8 Sciences. “The development of ACTIVATE™ is based on the latest scientifically-validated research, ensuring the program is up-to-date when it comes to treating the executive function disorders that accompany ADHD, autism and other learning difficulties. This new version of ACTIVATE™ has been improved in six key areas.”

These key areas, encompass new games, improved graphics, increased motivation, redesigned National Institutes of Health (NIH) tests and increased flexibility. Further, ACTIVATE™ 2.0 complements the reputation set forth by the original software implementation by yielding three key benefits including improvement in eight core cognitive capacities, enhanced achievement and faster inclusion.

C8 Sciences' studies have shown that children with executive function disorders tend to thrive on the option of choice – by adding two new games to the ACTIVATE™ software protocol, C8 Sciences has increased the program’s intrinsic motivation while addressing a new area of cognitive brain training known as Spatial Working Memory. In partnering with some of the industry’s leading game designers to improve game graphics and make them more appropriate for a broader age range, C8 Sciences representatives say these improved games lead to a more engaging experience for students.

The new version of ACTIVATE™ also comes fully loaded with redesigned NIH Toolbox assessments, complete with larger on-screen graphics and clear, concise instructions. While NIH tests continue to be a vital element in the ACTIVATE™ software, C8 Sciences' professionals are finding more can be accomplished with less – the new version of ACTIVATE™ reduces the number of assessments down to the three that provide the “clearest insight into student growth.” The net result, according to company reps, is less time spent testing and more time spent learning. With this comes increased flexibility, allowing teachers the freedom to test whenever they like rather than forcing educators and students to approach the NIH assessments at a fixed time.

In retaining the “legacy” begun by the original ACTIVATE™ software, the new version improves the eight core cognitive capacities of working memory, cognitive flexibility, sustained attention, speed of information processing, multiple simultaneous attention, pattern recognition, response inhibition and category information. Further, C8 Sciences has found that by improving a student’s ability to pay attention, remember their lessons and regulate their intrinsic motivation, greater academic success can be achieved inside and outside the classroom.

By following the training materials found within the folds of the ACTIVATE™ program, teachers can also more quickly introduce special education students into mainstream classroom instruction – a quantum leap of progress in this critical area.

Like its predecessor, this new version of ACTIVATE™ continues to be strongly influenced by forward-thinking research developed at Yale by Dr. Bruce Wexler. This research is what lead the NIH to award a prestigious $4 million grant to Dr. Wexler to study the use of ACTIVATE™ in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, executive function impairment, and working memory.

For more information on C8 Sciences and its innovative ACTIVATE™ program, visit http://www.c8sciences.com.

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