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Joined: Aug 14, 2008
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Posted Aug 14, 2008 at 6:38:51 AM
Subject: Some LD questions

Hi Everyone,
I`m working for a company that creates games for children aged 4-8 with LD (or a chance to be diagnosed as having LD). These games aim to improve basic skills (verbal, memory, visual-spatial-organizational etc) while being fun and enabling parents and therapists to keep track of the child`s progress.
All games are a product of academic research and state of the art technology, and are designed to focus on the weak points, giving help where it`s most needed.
We are trying to understand the North American market and answer some questions we are still debating:
• How many therapists and educational specialists operate in the LD field?
• How much does a treatment with such professionals cost (per session)?
• Is the treatment subsidized by the government?
• How much would you (as a parent) pay for a subscription based site with 15-20 “smart” games that complement the regular therapy?
We would really appreciate your help with our research, and hope one day we can return a favor and help you and your children as well…

Ilya Aggron,
Brightplay.com

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annette10dance
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Posted:Aug 14, 2008 9:33:57 AM

My son had a psycho-educational evaluation done at school. He shows low language scores and low memory scores. He is at risk for recalling learned material and learning new material. We went to Cooper Learning Center and the physician stated that my son might be on level 1 reading materials for a period of 1 to 2 years.

I asked the physician about board games, since my son plays the memory games and monopoly jr., really well and there is no indication of a memory problem.

He stated that board games are using a different part of the brain. The specific area is auditory memory and recalling sentences.

I'm not sure if I always saw a memory problem with my son. When he started learning his phone number at age 4, it took 2 years of constant calling and redialing our house phone using our cell phone. Should I have noticed a problem with memory and retrieval at that time.

But, again, I don't always see it. He does fine with video games, board games or any kind of game. The only place I see a problem, is with schoolwork and reading.

So maybe this part of the brain with games can overcompensate for the part of the brain that has difficulty learning? Can this learning disability be overcompensated by using the part of the brain that plays games? I sure hope you find a solution. Let us know what works.


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Ilya
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Posted:Aug 15, 2008 4:17:53 AM

Hi, thanks for your reply.

Studies show that games (video games included) do help in improving basic cognitive skills. Our purpose is to help children engage in activities that will be fun for them and encourage them to go back and play, while improving skills that will help them in other aspects of life (like school, work etc.). Our games are designed to address these specific skills, and we are sure they can make the change !

We would really appreciate you telling some more about your child`s treatment process and its costs.

Thanks a lot in advance

Ilya,
Brightplay

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annette10dance
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Posted:Aug 15, 2008 9:56:49 AM

Cooper Learning Center in Camden, NJ charges $65 per hour. It was $1040 for 16 sessions going twice a week.

The psycho-education evaluation was done by the child study team at school.

Cooper also does these tests. It would cost $1100 for a psychoeducation evaluation test at Cooper. The website is www.cooperchildrens.org Click on "Learning Center".


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