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About the BEATBats Program

The BEATBats™ Program is a non-academic approach focusing on the development of brain skills (cognitive skills) responsible for making reading and language development easier to adopt and to master.

This is therefore a development tool in support of the academic pursuit of every student – better readers – better choices – better life. 

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Who We Are

We are a South African Team of ordinary people determined to support children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to live the extraordinary lives they were intended to live.

As International Accredited Brain Skills Coaches, we have developed a world leading beat and synchronization tool kit. Something that is so simplistic yet so advanced and effective.

Sometimes all we need is a little push to become extraordinary. 

No-one forgotten or excluded. 

The COVID period has added immensely to our already strained education system across the continent.

Our aim - helping children develop a life skill resulting in a lifetime of benefit.

Why Staying on Beat is Important

Language is based on rhythm – every aspect of the spoken language is supported by a rhythm based delivery, making language easier to interpret and understand. (SOUND GRIPS)

Reading and therefore words are beat based. We are required to at school break words down into syllables; this is an exercise supported by vocabulary directed beat. (SYLLABLES) 

Did you know that individual differences in beat synchronization shows considerable variability in child populations, across all ages, and individual differences in beat synchronization are reliably related to reading development and the development of language skills. 

 

In short, not being able to stay on beat - not keeping rhythm - staying on beat,  will have a direct influence on a child’s and/or any individual’s reading and language development ability.

Further studies show that children with Developmental Dyslexia and ADHD show impairments in motor timing, rhythm detection and beat perception or rather beat synchronization.

Why Reading

Reading is a life skill.

Reading is the most fundamental skill that will lead learners to improved learning, more life choices and more career opportunities for life success.

Beat perception develops spontaneously in humans, and yet the ability to extract a beat from music or musical rhythm varies widely amongst children of all ages and phases of development.

At BEATBats™, we understand the influence that something potentially insignificant could have such a significant effect on the learning ability of a child.

 

A child’s performance relevant to the ability to read and to form strong language skills is critical, as this forms part of every aspect of learning, including math. 

The BEATBats™ Program were designed with the sole objective to support all categories of readers at all ages within the context of the most cost effective, intense and measurable language and reading skills development programme possible.

Who will Benefit 

The 1-2-3 Process

Skills We Focus On

The BEATBats™ program develops underlying brain skills (cognitive skills) for language development and reading by means of a well sequenced, focused and intense activity set, combined by sequenced loading and shifting techniques.

 

The earlier the brain skills are developed, the bigger the positive long-term influence will be on the individual’s life.

The program is therefore suitable for ALL children (irrespective of their home language or current reading level) from the age of 4 years and everyone in-between, up to the age of 104.

The program is designed as an in-school or after-school program for pre-, primary- and high schools.

STEP 1

We usually start off a school's program with a detailed assessment to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses (sample group).

STEP 2

The students start their BEATBats Program.

Sessions are done in-school or after-school. Teachers and Teaching Assistants are trained on the delivery of the program, while our team of specialists assists with overseeing the delivery and quality control of the program.

 

STEP 3

As part of our internal data collection and program improvement strategy, on completion of the BEATBats Program, a post-training assessment is done for the sample group of students.

During the BEATBats™ Program, we focus on the following skills:

Attention:

The ability to filter distractions and concentrate on relevant information.

Processing Speed:

The time it takes a person to do a mental task or tasks.

Planning:

The ability to “think into the future” and mentally anticipate the best way to carry out a task/activity.

Auditory Short-Term Memory:

The ability to remember auditory information over a short period of time.

Visual Perception:

The ability to interpret the information that the eye perceives from the visual stimuli in the environment.

Memory:

The ability to retain and manipulate new information and recover past memories.

Working Memory:

The ability to temporary store and manipulate information necessary for complex cognitive tasks.

Visual Short Term Memory:

The ability to temporarily remember a small amount of visual information.

Coordination:

The ability to efficiently and precisely carry out organized movements.

Spatial Perception:

The ability to evaluate how things are organized in space, and understand their relationship to their environment.

Motor Skills Development:

Support in the development of Fine and Gross motor skills including midline crossing. 

Shifting:

The ability to redirect attention from one information channel to another. 

Updating:

The ability to supervise the action that is being carried out in order to ensure that it is being properly completed.

Inhibition:

The ability to control impulsive responses, and create responses by using attention and reasoning.

Response Time:

The ability to perceive and respond to a simple stimulus.

Hand-eye Coordination:

The ability to do activities that require the simultaneous use of our hands and eyes.

Estimation:

The ability to estimate the future location of an object based on speed and distance. 

Perception:

The ability to interpret stimuli from the environment.

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