Vektor is a recently developed training tool that uses the principles of neuroplasticity to develop a child’s working memory and mathematical skills. It has been created for younger students (typically 6 – 8 year olds) by leading game developers and some of the same neuroscientists who were responsible for the development of Cogmed, at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
The Vektor training is in the format of an adventure where your child becomes the hero and must save stranded animals. This gentle approach to learning is particularly suitable for younger students and for those who struggle in learning. The training uses aspects of numeracy, such as the number line, mental maths facts and spatial awareness to initially consolidate the concepts and then develop the speed and accuracy of the child ‘s engagement. The working memory activities are gradually introduced as the training progresses and whilst some are similar to those used in Cogmed, others have a format more appropriate for younger students.
We recommend the Vektor training for the following reasons:
- The commitment of the developers can be seen in the way that they have made the training available, free of charge, to students globally.
- Studies are already showing the success of combining the numeracy and working memory training.
- The Vektor training is often perceived as an enjoyable experience rather than doing brain training or remediation.
- The training is structured and explicit. Daily sessions are timed so that there is the opportunity to spend more time on areas of difficulty and the session will cut out after thirty minutes. The duration of the training is 8 weeks.
- The training requires ongoing adult support rather than it being handed over to the child once they can operate the program.
- The numerical skills that are developed in the training, such as the use of the number line have application in learning and the curriculum.
- Progress can be monitored by the student, the adult support-person and the CDN coach.
- Success in the Vektor training will strengthen a child’s academic self-esteem, working memory capacity and mathematical competency. It will also position a child well to engage in remediation in areas of need after the training.
- Commitment to this training can be ongoing as it is an app that works at the level of the child’s success and needs.
For more information about Vektor or if you would like to trial the training please go to: https://cognitionmatters.org