The ifocus™ System and Jungle Rangers game were developed through
a unique collaboration of scientists, researchers, doctors and concerned
parents who share a common vision: To help children reach their
greatest potential. In today’s world, too many children struggle to
do their best. And it’s not because they aren’t smart and it’s not
because they aren’t capable. It’s because there are more distractions
than ever and few opportunities to learn the useful strategies that
create greater focus and attention.
ifocus is a groundbreaking combination of science and fun.
The science comes from the most up-to-date techniques and proven
theories being applied in pediatric neuropsychology, along with the latest
insights on how behavioral strategies, nutrition, and exercise impact a child's
ability to pay attention. The fun comes from the core of the ifocus System, the
Jungle Rangers game. But beneath its fun exterior, Jungle Rangers has embedded decades of researched and proven cognitive exercises to improve attentional ability. Using proprietary adaptive learning technology, task based gaming principles improve a child’s performance as they play, and directly stimulate important neural pathways for focus, attention, and concentration. Each activity addresses a different area and is designed to improve an aspect of attention or working memory.
Require absorbing, storing, and manipulating information for progressively longer periods of time. These games build children’s working memory through the processes of short-term storage and management of information. Children are then asked to actively manipulate the information they have stored. Span games help develop goal directed thoughts and behaviors, logical reasoning and problem solving -- crucial for school readiness and academic achievement.
Continuous Performance Games
Require blocking out distractions. These games build upon multiple aspects of attention – focusing attention, selective attention, and sustained attention. Combined, these skills are often referred to as “executive function.” Continuous Performance games help develop the ability to shift attention, increase processing speed, and screen out distractions. This allows children to increase their ability to pay attention for greater periods of time, be less distracted by irrelevant information, as well as increase both their reaction time and accuracy of response.
Require storing and updating information. These games require children to monitor stimuli similar to a span game or working memory game, however, in addition to holding the information in mind it requires them to continuously update the information as well. These games drive the benefits of both Span Games - goal directed thoughts and behaviors, logical reasoning and problem solving, as well as Continuous Performance Games - increasing their ability to pay attention for greater periods of time, be less distracted by irrelevant information, increase both their reaction time and accuracy of response.
Cross Modal Games
Require absorbing, storing, and manipulating information for progressively longer periods of time while also requiring interactions between two or more different senses. Cross Modal Games build children’s working memory through the processes of short-term storage and management of information and active manipulation of the information being held in mind. In addition these games also require both auditory and visual senses to react to cross modal sensory input. Cross Modal Games help improve working memory and develop goal directed thoughts and behaviors, logical reasoning and problem solving -- crucial for school readiness and academic achievement.
Improvement Monitoring Dashboard
Provides information about how long children have played each game and how they are improving.
Each of the scientists, researchers and doctors on the ifocus team is a leader in their field, bringing the most up-to-date, research-based information, tools, and strategies to help children succeed.
Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D., Child Psychiatrist, Brain Imaging Specialist, and ifocus Scientific Advisor
- Daniel G. Amen, MD is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, brain imaging specialist, bestselling author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the CEO and medical director of Amen Clinics, Inc. (ACI) in Newport Beach, Fairfield, and San Francisco, California, Bellevue and Seattle, Washington and Reston, Virginia . ACI is the world leader in applying brain imaging science to clinical practice. ACI has the world's largest database of functional brain scans related to psychiatric medicine, now totaling more than 70,000 scans, and the clinics have seen patients from 90 countries. Dr. Amen is the author of 49 professional articles, 5 book chapters and 28 books, including four New York Times bestsellers, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Magnificent Mind At Any Age. He is also the author of Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Healing ADD, Healing The Hardware Of The Soul, Making A Good Brain Great, The Brain in Love, and the co-author of Healing Anxiety And Depression and Preventing Alzheimer's. A small sample of the organizations Dr. Amen has spoken for include: the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Harvard's Learning and the Brain Conference, the Million Dollar Round Table, and the Supreme Courts of Delaware, Ohio and Wyoming. Dr. Amen has been featured in Parade Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Men's Health and Cosmopolitan.
Dr. Kimberly Kerns, Ph. D., Clinical Neuropsychologist, Game Strategy and Development Advisor
- Kimberly Kerns, Ph. D., is a registered clinical psychologist and pediatric neuropsychologist, and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria. Her clinical interests are in the areas of pediatric neuropsychology and child/family psychology, and her research interests are in developmental/child neuropsychology, . She has particular expertise in several aspects of cognitive processing including the areas of executive function, attention, and memory. Her research focuses on the development of executive functions in both typically developing and developmentally disordered populations, and the interplay between the development of executive functions and behavioral self-regulation. Dr. Kerns also has a primary interest in the development of interventions and rehabilitation tools and strategies for children with cognitive difficulties. Dr. Kerns has over 100 scientific publications, and has presented numerous workshops and colloquia to professional and lay audiences worldwide. She has also published cognitive remediation materials for children with brain injury and attention deficits that have now been translated into several languages. Dr. Kerns has held over 20 research grants in her areas of specialty, and is the creator of several new measures assessing cognitive processes in preschool and school age children. She holds memberships in the International Neuropsychological Society, National Academy of Neuropsychology, Society for Research on Child, as well as the American and Canadian Psychological Associations. Dr. Kerns received her BA, Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Chicago Medical School, University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Roxana Vernescu, Ph. D., Behavioral Strategies Advisor
- Roxana Vernescu, Ph. D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child & Family Studies at Nipissing University, Muskoka Campus, Ontario, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Memorial University, St. John’s Campus, Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Vernescu earned her Doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Memorial and has been recognized nationally and internationally for academic and research excellence. Her work focuses on cognitive remediation strategies for children with attentional difficulties and she maintains an active presentation and publication record. Dr. Vernescu has also held various senior-level positions in the Health and Social Services sectors, engaged in program implementation, evaluation, and quality improvement for children’s services.
Elizabeth Strickland, M.S., R.D., L.D., Nutrition Advisor
- Elizabeth Strickland, MS, RD, LD, is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with twenty-five years’ experience as a Pediatric Dietitian specializing in Complementary Nutrition Therapy for infants, children, and young adults with developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses and special health care needs. Ms. Strickland’s area of expertise includes Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. As the founder of ASD Nutrition Seminars & Consulting, Ms. Strickland provides Nutrition Therapy to private patients throughout the U.S., and has presented for WIC, ECI, Head Start, Department of Education, Autism State Associations, Parent Advocacy Groups, American Dietetic Association, and the International Nutritional Conference. Ms. Strickland recently published her first book, “Eating For Autism ... The 10 Step Nutrition Plan to Help Treat Your Child’s Autism, Asperger’s, or ADHD.” In addition to earning her BS in Dietetics at Louisiana State University and her Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia, Ms. Strickland has received additional postgraduate training at the University of Alabama Sparks Center for Developmental Disorders and the University of California Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Dr. Michael Wendt, Ed. D., Fitness Advisor
- Michael Wendt, Ed. D., is the Superintendent of Schools for the Wilson Central School District in New York and has served in the New York State Public School System for over 25 years. In addition, Dr. Wendt has worked as a writer, columnist, consultant, and radio host on the topic of educational issues. Over 15 years ago while writing his dissertation, Dr. Wendt began investigating the effects of exercise on children. With the award of the prestigious Carol M. White PEP Grant in 2002, Dr. Wendt expanded his focus to neurological executive function in children with a specific emphasis on the impact of physical exercise on classroom performance. His research and outcomes have been published and presented numerous times, and led to the creation of exercise programs for children and for children with attention issues in a number of school districts across the country.
Jason Leon, Jungle Rangers Game Producer
- Jason Leon has been producing video games for more than ten years. A gaming veteran, he has been instrumental in managing and building content for social, mobile, PC, and the casual space. Mr. Leon founded his own adver-gaming firm and was also a founding member of both the Emmy® Award winning VOD and broadband network Kabillion and the edutainment language-learning platform GoGoLingo. Since 2009, Jason has produced or engineered on Agile development teams for Masher Media, Inc., ToyBots, Inc., Acclaim Games, Inc., & DIMG-Playdom, Inc.
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