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Rocket ABCs

Children ages 3-7 learn to recognize and sort upper and lowercase letters. 

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Rocket 123s

Children ages 3-7 learn to recognize and sort numbers. 

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Strong Mind Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt exercises the ability to view information from different perspectives. The images are rotated. More complex exercises include multiple images that rotate and overlap. To complete the exercises individuals must take the time to recognize connections and meanings to these rotated figural relationships.

 
 
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Strong Mind Puzzles

Strong Mind Puzzles is a game designed to challenge your brain. Individuals must use the voice in their head to match the goal and complete the game. This encourages deliberate rehearsal and enhances learning.

The rules, graphics, number of icons, and abstract images become more complex to challenge the individual.

 
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Build Your Own Puzzles (BYOPuzzles)

Build Your Own Puzzles is designed to strengthen concentration and memory and to catalyze creativity. These kaleidoscopic images give you an opportunity to rehearse visual imagery skills that enhance thinking and complex problem solving. In order to solve the puzzle, you must notice details and the relationship between the details. Details are then rotated, flipped, and mirrored to create complex kaleidoscopic patterns. You then need to visualize the conditions that create the new design.

 
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Strong Mind Estimator

The Strong Mind Estimator game presents mathematical puzzles that force the individual to guess based on the relationship between the whole and it’s parts. Excellent game to improve anyone’s estimation capabilities.

 

Strong Mind Mazes

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Strong Mind Mazes provides ample rehearsal to strengthen memory, concentration and problem solving. 


 
 

Rocket ABCs

Children ages 3-7 learn to recognize and sort upper and lowercase letters. This alphabet game uses 30 fonts which challenges children to recognize and learn letters. RocketABCs utilizes rotation, size, color, and shape/font differentiation to develop the foundation for mathematical thinking. 

 
 
 
 
 

Rocket 123s

Children ages 3-7 learn to recognize and sort numbers.  

 
 
 

Strong Mind Treasure Hunt 

Treasure Hunt builds the foundation for thinking Smarter NOT Harder.

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Treasure Hunt exercises the ability to view information from different perspectives. The images are rotated. More complex exercises include multiple images that rotate and overlap. To complete the exercises individuals must take the time to recognize connections and meanings to these rotated figural relationships.

The cognitive skills to complete these exercises include the ability to:

• Compare and contrast relevant information

• Recognize spatial details in negative and positive space 

• Require the use of multi-variables

• Give attention to details and accuracy

• Maintain focus & concentration

Without a part-whole perspective, we have a tendency to respond emotionally when individuals disagree with us, and we approach a disagreement as an all-or-nothing battle. Strong understanding of part-whole relationships allows us to not only view things from a different perspective but also break the whole into different parts and view each part from a different perspective. In this way, we have an opportunity to communicate more effectively and, it is hoped, negotiate a compromise, a win-win situation rather than an all-or-nothing battle.


 
 

 
 

Strong Mind Puzzles

 
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Strong Mind Puzzles is a game designed to challenge your brain. 

Individuals must use the voice in their head to match the goal and complete the game. This encourages deliberate rehearsal and enhances learning.

The rules, graphics, number of icons, and abstract images become more complex to challenge the individual.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Build Your Own Puzzles - BYOPuzzles

Build Your Own Puzzles is designed to strengthen concentration and memory and to catalyze creativity. 

These kaleidoscopic images give you an opportunity to rehearse visual imagery skills that enhance thinking and complex problem solving.

 
 
 

Strong Mind Estimator

 
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Strong Mind Estimator presents mathematical puzzles that motivate the individual to guess based on the relationship between the whole and it’s parts. 

When someone estimates they get close to the answer or exactly the answer without doing careful calculations. They do NOT make a wild guess. 

Why Estimation?

In real life it is important to estimate to avoid getting overcharged. 

Estimating is a great brain exercise. 

Estimating saves time and helps individuals make faster, smarter decisions. 

People who see the big picture and integrate the details into the big picture are good problem solvers. 

Estimating is a high level mathematical skill. It involves mental manipulation of mathematical concepts. 

Estimating before calculation helps to identify simple or silly computational errors. 

Mental manipulation is an important skill.

Rounding numbers and estimating sums are essential and transfer to many life areas.

An estimation is an educated guess about a quantity. It is an appropriate answer. It is an intelligent prediction of a complex computation.

 

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Strong Mind Mazes

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Dr. Markus has used paper and pencil Strong Mind Mazes clinically since 2003 with children, adolescents, adults, traumatic brain injured patients, corporate executives and NASA scientists and engineers. 

This is a game designed to enhance concentration, memory and problem solving. 

Effective problem-solving and decision-making is based, at least in part, on the number of variables a problem solver or decision maker is capable of evaluating. 

With deliberate rehearsal, individuals can learn to increase the number of variables that they use to make a decision. This skill reduces impulsivity and encourages the mental manipulation of ideas. Individuals develop a filter to think before they act or make a decision. 

With over 4,000,000 maze variations, Strong Mind Mazes provides ample rehearsal to strengthen memory, concentration and problem solving. There are 5 Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Accelerated, Advanced, and Expert. Within each Level there are 25 Mazes of increased difficulty. A wide palette of colors, patterns, and graphics promote play and learning.

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Clinically Applied Neuroscience - Teachable Intelligence

TEACHING EXPERIENCE 
Since 1983, Donalee Markus and her Designs for Strong Minds™ associates have been maximizing intelligence for individuals and corporations throughout the World. An innovative program of exercises, Designs for Strong Minds™, uses game-like, context-free exercises to filter out emotional influences, which allows the participants to work solely on cognitive skills.


MY TEACHING STYLE 
Designs for Strong Minds™ maximizes intelligence by making students aware of the ways in which they think. Designs for Strong Minds™ uses context-free materials and mediation to maximize intelligence and the capacity to learn. These brain exercises develop visual imagery skill. Visual imagery is the ability to create pictures in your head. Visual imagery is the foundation for abstract thinking and mathematics. With these visual imagery exercises your students will develop skills to:

  • see pictures in their head

  • attend to details

  • recognize how the details contribute to the whole picture...see how the pieces fit together 

  • identify relevant information necessary to complete the goal

  • develop planning behavior 

  • suppress impulsivity

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Testimonials

Success with MIND MAZES

Testimonial of a Post-Concussion High Functioning Computer Scientist

Date of Birth: 1986

Date of Injury: TBI 2008

Date of Treatment: April 2016

For reference, you may remember when I was playing the paper version of Mind Mazes I wasn't satisfied because of how much of a logical conversation I had to have with myself. I had to very consciously think through what the options were for matching each time. I had to think very methodically about each shape in an order to see if I could connect with a line. I felt like I often got into a repetitive and non-constructive pattern. I'd continue to ask myself the same questions for two patterns, not quite remembering the other options I had already gone through, which ones I already determined matched, if it for sure wasn't a match. I generally would force myself to give up after a while, just look at another set of patterns for matches, but not really certain I'd ruled out the option of the two I'd been focused on.

Great news is that at least for this game I've broken that behavior. I played the app periodically while in Chicago on Saturday after our Friday appointment and got to level 50 before getting home Saturday night. I continued to play for 10-15 minutes a few times a day and had gotten to level 125 by by about the end of the week, so playing the app in total for about a week or less. I continue to play level 125 once a few times a day and am averaging about 1 minute or less to finish. It just feels right now.

It all seemed to "click" around levels 30-50 the Saturday after our appointment. At that point I started to better understand what I expected of myself, why I was frustrated by what I described above, even though you felt like I was doing fine, having a conversation with myself, going through logical steps, etc. When it "clicked" it’s almost like my subconscious took over the processing. I didn't really need to go through a conscious logical process. I would just look at two shapes and "know'' if they shared two characteristics. If I stopped to think I could quickly describe (to myself in my head) what two characteristics matched.

Sometimes I'd get caught up with one or two of them and spend a minute fixated, but for the most part just move from pattern to pattern. Also great is that I can count on one hand the number of times I made a mistake caught during submission.

This is the first time doing your puzzles I've gone at the speed I expect of myself. Where I don't feel like I need to logically think through what process to follow to get the right answer. I don't know if I'm saying this right but it sounds like my subconscious almost just takes care of it. It's kind of crazy that my brain still expects this level of processing, that I get frustrated not having it, after 8 years of being level-set backwards after the accident. I guess that's just how the brain works though.

I'm currently living in Denver, Colorado, as a mixology instructor. A student asked about "my story" I told her how depressed I was and going to you changed my life and the impact you had on me and how happy I have been since. I felt like I had to share that with and give you an update on my status. I'm just enjoying life right now and am excited about this new adventure I'm on.

Thank you again.

Thomas Z.

 

Rocket ABCs and 123s

Great for speech therapy as well

I am a speech therapist, and I downloaded this app and the Rocket 123s. I have been using them for an adult patient with a reading impairment (alexia) and a vision impairment (field cut). It has been fantastic. The format is simple enough that she can understand what she’s supposed to do and the graphics are well done but not too immature for adults. She really enjoys it. If I were working with a child learning his/her letters, I would definitely recommend it as well since teaches them to identify the letters in a variety of contexts/orientations.