Gibson Test of Brain Skills
The comparison between the before and after cognitive skills tests was… surprising. According to myBrainLab, even though they expected to see improvements in his cognitive skills, especially the weak areas, they were not expecting these results.
Before starting the training, Aristotle took a preliminary Gibson Test of Brain Skills so we had a baseline measure of his cognitive skills. From that test we identified two areas with significant weaknesses – Working Memory and Long-term Memory. As you can see, his working memory was in the 61st percentile rank and his long-term memory in the 29th percentile rank – the latter being a major concern for me.
After the 60 hours of brain training – which focused on his cognitive skills across the board with a heavier weighting on his weaknesses – he got the following results in the follow-up cognitive skills test:
Yes. I was blown away. But apparently, so were the staff at myBrainLab. As I mentioned earlier, they expected improvements but clearly not this much – especially not after only 60 hours of training. Well, I’m certainly not complaining, and I am well beyond pleased with the results. Suddenly all those painful weeks of brain training that had me wondering if it was all worthwhile were no longer in question. I would definitely do it all over again if I had to.
The Significance of the Results
Even though the results were wonderful, and we couldn’t be happier, we have been trying to figure out why Aristotle improved so much more than was expected. We believe that his preliminary test was probably not a true depiction of his working memory and long-term memory percentiles. Based on what his assessor had observed during the preliminary test, Aristotle did struggle through the working memory and long-term memory components. It would seem that the blow to his confidence in finding that the test was much harder than he expected may have led to his significantly reduced score.
This was confirmed during the course of his brain training – we saw how easily Aristotle’s confidence crumbled when the going got tough. Mistakes would lead to more mistakes which would upset him and that became a never ending spiral.
Benefits of the Brain Training
In terms of quantitative benefits, we can see that his working memory and long-term memory have both improved significantly – although exactly how much it has really improved is still up for debate since our baseline measures may have been skewed by his confidence level. It has also helped him to even out the disparity between his auditory and visual memory.
The most significant benefits I have observed coming out of the training is Aristotle’s overall confidence and attitude. At the time when I wrote the preliminary review, getting Aristotle to attend his training sessions was extremely difficult, especially when his previous session had been particularly difficult. He was most trying and terribly disagreeable – so much so that there were times when I wanted to throw in the towel myself just so I wouldn’t have to deal with his horrid behaviour. Somewhere along the way, he started to improve. There was a marked change in his demeanour and attitude that was noticeable to all of us – his trainer, myself, and even his teacher at school.
Was it all because of the brain training? Well, as Adeline from myBrainLab believes, it is a combination of everyone working together – the team at myBrainLab, myself and other members of the family, and his teachers at school. Aristotle’s trainer kept an open dialogue with us so we were usually aware of how Aristotle was doing in his training – both the good days and the bad days. Having Aristotle work closely on a one-to-one basis with his brain trainer helped us identify problem areas that we didn’t really understand before. Once I understood them, I could take the necessary measures at home and communicate with his teacher at school, if necessary. This working synergy between Aristotle’s trainer and me, then me to Aristotle’s teacher and back again, was extremely propitious – it gave me an insight into my son’s mind that I haven’t known since he was little and I was the omniscient mother.
There is an analogy that I read once that I feel best describes this:
I dreamed I stood in a studio and watched two sculptors there. The clay they used was a young child’s heart and they fashioned it with care. One was a teacher – the tools he used were books, music, and art. The other a parent, worked with a guiding hand and a gentle, loving heart. Day after day, the teacher toiled with a touch that was careful, deft, and sure and polished and smoothed it o’er. And when at last, their task was done they were proud of what they had wrought. For the things they had moulded into the child could neither be sold nor brought. And each agreed they would have failed if each had worked alone. For behind the parent stood the school, and behind the teacher, stood the home.
If you want to get the best results out of any program – or school – it has to be a team effort. We cannot expect any one party to do everything.
The Team at myBrainLab
I have always believed that it is the people make all the difference – and the staff at myBrainLab have my utmost respect, especially Aristotle’s trainer because I know it cannot have been easy handling my son when he’s in a foul mood. If he was at all relieved to see the back of my son, I must say that it did not show and while this is the kind of professionalism I believe should be embodied in any service industry, I really did not expect to see it given the many disappointments I have experienced at numerous local establishments. For that, I feel the staff at myBrainLab should be commended.
The BrainRx program was very rewarding and I would definitely recommend it. Even though it was primarily for my son, I felt I had gained a lot of insight into some of the issues we have been having with Aristotle. I definitely see a changed boy coming out of the program.
Was there anything bad? Yes, it was tough bringing Aristotle to the center three times a week, especially on the days when Aristotle “wasn’t in the mood” to train his brain. That said, it was certainly worth it in the end.
- About myBrainLab
- More about BrainRx and Dr Ken Gibson
- The Gibson Test
- Preliminary Review: myBrainLab and BrainRx
Disclosure: we were invited by myBrainLab to take the test and try their brain course but rest assured that this has not influenced our review in any way. This review is based on our personal experience with Aristotle and it should be noted that results of the brain training will vary from individual to individual. To ensure that optimum results are achieved, myBrainLab recommends that parents work cooperatively with their child’s brain trainer.