The PACE Story
In 1985 an informal symposium was held in Appleton Wisconsin, that has changed the
way we look at learning difficulties. Specialists in special education, clinical
and cognitive psychology, occupational therapy, central auditory processing, visual
processing, learning disabilities and memory research from a number of universities
and professional clinics met to ask and answer one question:
"How can we best help individuals experiencing learning difficulties so
that they can learn easier and faster?"
Led by Dr. Ken Gibson, a specialist in pediatric visual processing and his brother,
Keith Gibson, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, the symposium reviewed the existing
research on brain and memory function, visual processing, and learning theory.
For over 15 years, the two brothers had been gathering clinical experience with
both children and adults. They had observed that some patients seemed to attend
better and recall important facts more easily when they were given short but intense
periods of training. They now asked the question, what kind of learning has the
greatest impact in the shortest possible time?
The Gibson brothers developed a series of exercises which rapidly improved concentration
and recall abilities. Soon they were ready for the first test.
It was important to thoroughly assess each student before and after the training
to see how effective the procedures were. The initial results were outstanding.
Not only did the initial 35 cases register almost three years improvement in about
three months, but a year later, 98.7% of the test findings were at or above the
As in learning to ride a bicycle or play the piano, the ability had been reconfirmed
by use and was an active part of their mental tool kit. In addition, the grade scores
of the children confirmed that the training had translated into superior academic
Once the fundamental principles had been established, the program underwent 10 years
of review and experimentation. Other educational, psychological and medical specialists
were brought in and modifications were made as new research became available. It
was soon discovered that students with attention problems (ADD), dyslexia, memory deficits,
and other learning disabilities were benefiting.
Unlike other specific
learning disability programs that focus on behavior management or specific
academic skills, PACE seemed to improve the brain's processing ability. For the
first time in educational history, a complete program had been developed that would
do for mental abilities what exercise does for the body.
By 1995, all the effective components were in place. The program was dubbed PACE
for Processing and Cognitive Enhancement. It has rapidly become the leading cognitive
training program in the USA. Over 700 professionals in more than 350 schools, clinics,
hospitals, and training locations have participated in the development, testing,
and clinical use of the PACE program to date. PACE continues to collect data from
offices across the country and critically reviews the results to maintain quality
The purpose of the intense PACE program is to produce significant changes quickly
so that the student sees the changes and stays motivated to learn. The program is
now distributed world-wide by licensed therapists and educators and is available
for both adults and children.
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