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Database: ES16

Created On Thursday, 13 June 2013 10:49 By José Jesús Delgado


ID Code (e. g. HU1):
ES16
1 – MIND/MENTAL FITNESS/MENTAL WELLBEING/MEMORY/COGNITIVE TRAINING PROGRAM / SERVICE /
ACTIVITIY NAME (IN NATIONAL LANGUAGE):
Smartbrain Pro, sistema interactivo de estimulación cognitiva
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Smartbrain Pro, sistema interactivo de estimulación cSmartbrain Pro, cognitive stimulation interactive system
URL
http://www.smartbrain.net/smartbrain/previo_es.html
LANGUAGE Spanish
AUTHOR
Educamigos company and Fundación ACE

2 - CONTACT DATA AND TYPE OF ORGANIZATION
ORGANIZATION (NAME):
Educamigos and Fundación ACE
ORGANIZATION (URL):
www.educamigos.com; www.fundacioace.com
COUNTRY:
Spain
TYPE (SME, Company, Community Centre, Health Centre, Educational Centre, Foundation,
Municipality, governmental institution, etc):
Company and Foundation
ADDRESS:
N/A
TELEPHONE: 934 146952
E-MAIL: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  Private  
  In this case, please indicate the territorial
scope of the organization:
N/A

3 - TARGET POPULATION
Age range:
From: N/A to N/A years Not defined
Older than: N/A years  
Gender: Unisex
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
N/A

4 - CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MIND FITNESS PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY (NB: Should the program, service or activity be included into more than one category, please select the most representative category for that PSA. But, REMEMBER: THE PSA MUST BE SELECTED ONLY IN CASE THAT MENTAL FITNESS / MENTAL WELLBEING IS INCLUDED IN ITS GENERAL AIMS OR GOALS. IF NOT, YOU SHOULD NOT SELECT IT. The characteristics below are the means, not the goal)
Providing cognitive/memory training
Other: N/A
COST FOR PARTICIPATION, FEES (in Euros):150 euro/user N/A N/A
(EXPECTED) DURATION OF THE Programme/Service/Activity: N/A
Begin (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A
End (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A or Number of weeks:N/A
Number of units:3 times a week
Hours per unit:20-25 minutes of daily training

5 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY PURPOSES
The main objective of any cognitive-stimulation practice is to develop the intellectual capabilities of the affected people and slow down the progression of cognitive deterioration, with the purpose of maintaining the remaining abilities as long as possible, and even restoring the abilities that have fallen into disuse.
Concurrently, cognitive stimulation also pursues other important goals such as: to maintain or improve quality of life, develop autonomy, and therefore self-esteem, promote activity and interpersonal interaction, compensate sensory deficits, reduce anxiety and confusion, maintain human dignity.

6 - RESOURCES
a.- Which materials were used?
The program can be used with any interactive and multimedia device: computer, television set, game console, smart phone, etc.
b.- Who conducted the program / service activity? (What role, what qualifications, etc.)
It is recommended its use together with an assistant or family member.

7 - METHODOLOGY USED (presentations, pair work, group work, peers, mentors, blended
learning, e-learning, etc.)
Smartbrain Pro works through the interrelation between two working profiles included in the program: tutors and users. This interrelation permits to adapt and personalize the use of the program in any kind of personal situation or need.

Tutor environment:
It is a tool that enables the tutor of the users (family member, caretaker or specialist in charge of the people carrying out the exercises) to define and manage the cognitive stimulation plans that will be executed by the users, and personalize and adapt them to any kind of personal situation or need.
With this tool tutors can define any personalized plan of psycho-stimulation, by combining different kinds of activities offered by the program, levels of difficulty, number of exercises for each activity, work time, language, etc.
Through the tutor environment they can also monitor the execution of the activities and the results obtained, and analyze them for adapting the work plans to the evolution of the users, etc.

User environment:
It is the user work area, where they present their personal exercises according to the psycho-stimulation plans defined by the tutors. Exercises are done by using a mouse or a touch screen.

There is no limitation of the number of tutors and users than can use Smartbrain Pro, according to the kind of licence of use contracted.
When Smartbrain Pro is used as a therapeutic tool for treating cognitive impairments, tutors and users are normally different persons. The same tutor can manage one or several different users.
When Smartbrain Pro is used as a brain-training tool to prevent cognitive deterioration, tutors and users can be the same people.
In both cases, the use of Smartbrain Pro by tutors and users is very simple and intuitive, by mouse-clicks or through a touch-screen, and requiring no specific computer skills or knowledge

Smartbrain Pro does not require specific computer skills:

Smartbrain Pro has been carefully designed in order to be very simple and intuitive to use, requiring no specific computer skills or knowledge from tutors or users.
The user receives the instructions for carrying out the exercises by means of short, clear and simple audio files recorded in their mother tongue with the voice of an adult person.
The response options are displayed by using photos, images, words… and without drawings, to make the user feel that they are being considered as adults.
After some time without any response from the user, the system repeats the instruction in case that the user has immediate-memory problems or has misunderstood the exercise.
The user select the correct answer by mouse-clicks or touch-screen
The correct answers are indicated by congratulations and the wrong answers through positive feedback, always avoiding negative remarks.

8 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
It is an interactive and multimedia system, available in CD format and designed for several purposes. On one hand, it enables to train basic cognitive abilities (memory, attention, orientation, language, recognition, calculation and executive functions) of healthful adult people that start to perceive a reduction in their cognitive performance; also, it can be use as treatment of cognitive stimulation in pathologies that cause cognitive deterioration, such as degenerative neurological processes or subsequent brain damage. on the other hand, the program consist of a tutorial area from which tutors can decide the characteristics of each stimulation session in a personalized way, and an area for doing the exercises, where the user can carry out the stimulation plan designed previously.


Smartbrain Pro consists of more than 14,000 exercises classified into seven categories:
• Memory
• Language
• Calculation
• Orientation
• Attention
• Recognition
• Executive capabilities

Two options for using Smartbrain Pro: with a CDROM and through the Internet.

CDROM Smartbrain Home
It is the ideal option for the individual use of the program at home, by people who has been recommended to carry out cognitive stimulation activities and prefer doing them at home, with or without the help of a family member or caretaker acting as tutor and with two purposes:
- Mental-training system: for mentally healthy people wishing to train their brain to prevent losses of memory or other cognitive abilities as a consequence of aging, lesser intellectual activity, retirement, etc.
- Therapeutic tool: for people suffering from a cognitive deterioration (Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, brain damage, etc.) and who are wanted to complement their medical treatment by using cognitive stimulation exercises, so maintaining longer their autonomy and quality of life.
The CDROM Smartbrain Home allows installing the program in any Windows PC and using it with several different and replaceable users, defining for them their respective and personalized stimulation plans.

CDROM Smart brain CDmulti
It is the ideal option for using the program with multiple different users who are wanted to undertake cognitive stimulation, at residential homes, day-care centres, socio-sanitary centres, etc. with or without the aid of one or several caretakers or specialists acting as tutors.
There are four options that allow adapting the use of the program with different numbers of users: CDMulti5, CDMulti10, CDMulti20 y CDMulti50.

Smartbrain Web
It allows the on-line use of the program, through the Internet, with an unlimited number of tutors or users.
This option is ideal for people or organizations that need have access to the program at several different computers and/or locations, with two possible purposes:
- Mental-training system: for mentally healthy people wishing to train their brain to prevent losses of memory or other cognitive abilities as a consequence of aging, lesser intellectual activity, retirement, etc.
- Therapeutic tool: for people suffering from a cognitive deterioration (Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, brain damage, etc.) and who are wanted to complement their medical treatment by using cognitive stimulation exercises, so maintaining longer their autonomy and quality of life.

Smartbrain Games – Mental training system for all ages:
In addition to Smartbrain Pro, this system also offers Smartbrain games, whose purpose is to be an interactive tool for mental training, useful for people who mentally healthy and wanting to do exercises to reinforce their cognitive kills and prevent their loss due to age or a lesser intellectual activity.

9 - ADDITIONAL COMMENTS / CONCLUSIONS / RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OUR
MATERIAL/COURSE
N/A

10 - RELATED REFERENCES (BIBLIOGRAPHY AND/OR INTERNET LINKS)

www.educamigos.com
www.fundacioace.com

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