John M. Talmadge, M.D.

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SMART Training for Teens

The Center for BrainHealth has created an exciting opportunity for Teens this summer – Teen SMART Camp!
Teen SMART Camp is a great chance for your children or grandchildren to boost their frontal lobe functioning and gain important strategies for learning.
For questions and registration, please contact Lindsay Gehan at Lindsay.Gehan@utdallas.edu or 972.883.3310

Over the last six years, BrainHealth researchers have trained more than 27,000 students in SMART through research grants. Results have shown significant changes in frontal lobe regions responsible for higher order thinking and problem solving after only 10 hours of training. SMART has shown substantial improvements in academic performance in those who have participated to date.
SMART is a series of seven cognitive strategies that can be applied to any learning context. As students’ progress through these steps, they learn to discard unsuccessful and superficial learning styles and to adopt a more robust, focused, and deeper-level strategic learning approach. Upon completion of the SMART training, students can apply the methodology to any subject and have been shown scientifically to do so over an extended period of time with success.
This summer’s teens will begin SMART Camp by receiving comprehensive strategy instruction, teaching them to use their brains more efficiently to improve learning. SMART campers employ their new strategies in a variety of fun learning activities involving academic content as well as personally-relevant materials such as their favorite song lyrics, television shows, magazine articles, or movies, emphasizing organizational and motivational skills. The training is designed to help the teens apply their newly learned strategies to everyday situations. Each camper works on an individual and a group project over the course of the camp to practice planning, goal setting and time management.
The brain is primed for higher order reasoning beginning in adolescence. As a result, this SMART program is offered for students who will enter the 7th through 12th grade in Fall 2015.
SMART Camp has a maximum enrollment of 20 students and are filled on a first-come, first serve basis. The full payment amount is due before the camp begins.
Schedule:
June 22-26th 2015 – The day will start promptly at 9:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm.
SMART Camp takes place over one week at the Center for BrainHealth.
Please contact Lindsay Gehan at Lindsay.Gehan@utdallas.edu or 972-883-3310 for more information

Change Your Brain

And now…a word or two about good science and having a healthy brain. We offer a range of programs at the Brain Performance Institute to help people of all ages and conditions improve and extend peak brain performance throughout their lives. By evaluating brain fitness and applying proven brain-training methods, the Brain Performance Institute will train individuals to think smarter and exploit their greatest natural resources — their brains.

BRAINHEALTH PHYSICALS
A unique cognitive assessment that measures cognitive reserve in pivotal areas of higher-order mental functioning, all of which rely on robust frontal lobe function. It is just as essential to measure and monitor brain fitness as it is to measure and monitor physical fitness. Get a benchmark of your brain’s health.

HIGH PERFORMANCE BRAIN TRAINING
The high performance brain training program, Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART®Winking, was developed by Center for BrainHealth cognitive neuroscientists and is based on more than 25 years of scientific study. The training program targets improvement in the frontal lobe of the brain and is based on cognitive neuroscience principles of how to build strategic thinking, advanced reasoning and innovative problem-solving skills. SMART sessions include personalized training materials and integrated practice sessions.

I joined the staff at The Center for BrainHealth and BPI after extensive contact with the scientists and clinicians there. Over a period of months I found myself returning at least once or twice weekly to attend a lecture, to discuss research, or to interact with my friends on The Warrior Team, a powerful resource for veterans. I remember the day in November 2014 when I spoke with Dr. Sandra Chapman, the CEO, and she asked me whether I was enjoying my visits. "Are you kidding me?" I said, "I want to be more than a visitor—I want to work here!" Needless to say, I was both honored and extremely delighted when, early in 2015, I got the call and the invitation to be Senior Medical Advisor for CBH and BPI.