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What is the PACE Strategy?

First, an evaluation helps us determine if there are deficiencies in a child's processing skills. If a problem exists, a training program will be developed to meet that child's individual needs. Once enrolled, a child will work on specific goals with a professional trainer who will conduct carefully sequenced activities, strengthening weak areas to bring the learning system up to par. The training is designed to achieve maximum results in the shortest period of time.  

PACE Develops:

  • Attention
  • Auditory Processing
  • Comprehension
  • Logic and Reasoning
  • Memory
  • Processing Speed
  • Visual Processing

The PACE Program

PACE (Processing And Cognitive Enhancement) has been growing in popularity over the last several years because of one very important fact:
It makes rapid and permanent changes in a student's ability to succeed in school.

The PACE Program Works on the Six Areas of the Brain Which Govern Learning:

  • Processing Speed: How rapidly and correctly the brain can move through written material to find what it is looking for; how quickly the brain processes information.
  • Active Working Memory: The brain’s ability to make a protein print (called an engram) and retrieve that piece of information from its memory.
  • Visual Perception/Processing Skills: The brain’s ability to handle information from pictures, drawings and shapes. It deals with your ability to use maps, graphs, charts, or set up word problems. This helps the student in the area of math.
  • Central Auditory Processing: The brain’s ability to blend, interpret, and use the 43 sounds of the English language. Problems in this area are on of the best indicators of Dyslexia. Problems in this area result in difficulty concentrating, listening, reading, remembering, writing paragraphs and papers, spelling and following directions.
  • Word Attack: The brain’s ability to sound out words. This allows you to successfully sound out and pronounce any word in the English language regardless of the length or difficulty of the word.
  • Logic and Reasoning: The brain’s ability to break down complex projects into a sequence of steps. Students who are strong in logic and reasoning like to figure things out on their own. A short attention span makes this very difficult. Logic and reasoning exercises train the brain to focus, pay attention and concentrate. This helps with ADD/ ADHD.

How can PACE help a child who struggles with learning?

PACE is the proprietary process that is providing breakthrough results for learning challenged students across the country.  
What it does - PACE develops underlying processing skills critical to learning, including auditory and visual processing, attention, processing speed, phonemic awareness, logic and reasoning, and memory, through fun, but intensive activities that are done one-to-one with students. Building better learners, one skill at a time.  
Why we use it - We find it to be extremely helpful for students of all ages with learning disabilities, as well as with students, who want to be more efficient, get better grades, etc. PACE is a GREAT way to make maximum impact on a large number of critical learning skills in a short period of time.  
What we like about it - It's fun, well planned, and has everything needed in one organized system. Students and families love the success!  
We have found PACE and Master the Code to be exceptionally helpful in overcoming many of the issues our students face.  
PACE works on the underlying processing skills that are critical to efficient learning. Master the Code is a reading and spelling program that develops phonemic awareness, visual awareness for words, and an understanding of the phonetic code of the language.  
Together, these programs take the best research available and combine the elements in an easy to use, easy to deliver, and extremely effective package.

Here's a brief 10 Point Overview of the PACE Program. . .

  1. PACE is based on the best scientific research available and is continually modified to incorporate new scientific data.
  3. PACE targets and trains those skills that are most likely to have a meaningful impact on a person's learning and work performance. These skills include attention and concentration, memory, processing speed, problem solving, visual processing, phonetic awareness, and comprehension.
  5. PACE is provided individually to a student (child or adult) to achieve significant results quickly.
  7. PACE consists of sequenced procedures to challenge - not bore or frustrate the student.
  9. PACE is provided on a one-on-one basis to give the student immediate feedback (error correction and positive reinforcement).
  11. PACE will improve a student's self-esteem and confidence by allowing him or her to actually see the difference in his or her own performance.
  13. PACE drives new skills to the subconscious so they become habitual and automatic.
  15. PACE procedures appear to be non-academic so they are different from the schoolwork with which many students may have had negative experiences.
  17. PACE develops meaningful skills that are used in your students' daily activities so there is a high level of retention.
  19. PACE produces valuable results that are quickly seen - giving a high return for your students' time, money, and effort.

Many learning problems affecting a person's performance in school or work reflect, to some degree, a lack of cognitive skills; the skills needed to process information.  
Without these skills, learning success is incredibly difficult. What causes this lack of skills is debated. But our results show that by improving these skills, remarkable improvements of performance are possible.


PACE (Processing And Cognitive Enhancement)

In 1985, an informal symposium was held in Appleton, Wisconsin, that changed the way we look at learning difficulties. Specialists in special education, clinical and cognitive psychology, occupational therapy, central auditory processing disorders, visual processing, learning disabilities, and memory research from a number of universities and professional clinics met to ask and answer one question:  
"How can we best help individuals experiencing learning difficulties so that they can learn easier and faster?"  
Led by Dr. Ken Gibson, a specialist in pediatric visual processing, and his brother, Keith Gibson, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, the symposium reviewed the existing research on brain and memory function, visual processing, and learning theory.  
For over 15 years, the two brothers had been gathering clinical experience with both children and adults. They had observed that some patients seemed to attend better and recall important facts more easily when they were given short, but intense periods of training. They now asked the question, "what kind of learning has the greatest impact in the shortest possible time?"  
The Gibson brothers developed a series of recall exercises, which rapidly improved concentration and memory abilities. Soon they were ready for the first test.  
dynamic tutoring | learning difficultiesDynamic Results  
It was important to assess each student thoroughly before and after the training to see how effective the procedures were. The initial results were outstanding. Not only did the initial 35 cases register almost three years' improvement in about three months, but also a year later, 98.7 percent of the test findings were at or above the post-program level.  
In the same manner as learning to ride a bicycle or play the piano, the ability had been reconfirmed by use and was an active part of their mental tool kit. In addition, the grade scores of the children confirmed that the training had translated into superior academic performance.
A Global Educational Phenomenon  
By 1995, all the effective components were in place. The program was given the name "PACE" for Processing and Cognitive Enhancement. It has rapidly become the leading cognitive training program in the USA. Over 700 professionals in more than 350 schools, clinics, hospitals, and training locations have participated in the development, testing, and clinical use of the PACE program to date. PACE continues to collect data from offices across the country and critically reviews the results to maintain quality control.  
The purpose of the intense PACE program is to produce significant changes quickly so that the student sees the changes and stays motivated to learn. The program is now distributed worldwide, including in Sarasota, Florida, by licensed therapists and educators, and is available for both adults and children.