Participants on earlier FundaMental™ courses say:

"What a great course and training material that you have developed. Very meaningful for training basic prerequisites for learning. Your material is super elaborated, and it is a gift to have it available for training."

 

"Really hope this course goes far and wide - benefitting the development of many children and young people !!"

 

"Amazing and inspirational course - my fingers have become my "second eye” - I see a lot more now. Looking forward to go deeper into the tactile modality of training – I am deeply convinced that it can really make a huge difference when it comes to enhancement of cognitive functions."

 

"A course with competent and dedicated educators who have developed a new and cutting-edge teaching material that can be purchased after the course."

FundaMental™ Tactile Training Material

FundaMental Tactile Learning Materials are divided into different kits. Materials can be pre-ordered for delivery at the workshop, allowing participants to implement training straight after the workshop while the course content is stil in fresh memory. For former course participants, there will be offered a brush-up/dust-off day, where the materials and all the training possibilities in the new material will be presented. All previous participants will receive a direct message with the option of pre-ordering when the next batch is ready for delivery.

A workshop level 1 covers materials in Foundation kit and Basic kit

 

FundaMental™ Material Kits (subject to change and further development)

 The material are divided into different sub kits:

 

FundaMental™ Tactile Foundation Kit contains the fundamental materials and training aids that enables you to train children in accordance with the principles and methods in FundaMental™ Tactile Training.

 

FundaMental™ Tactile Basic Kit contains the materials that constitute the core of the training units and elements.

 

FundaMental™ Tactile Extention to Basic Kit contains materials that extend the training opportunities in the basic set.

 

FundaMental™ Game & Multiuser Kit contains contains materials designed as games and materials that are suitable for working with several people at the same time.

 

FundaMental™ Tactile Complex Kit contains materials and units with a higher level of complexity, enabling enhancement of higher-level functioning and consolidation and transference of the earlier more basic training units.

 

 FundaMental™ Assessment Kit contains material, instruction and scoring material that is specifically designed for assessing cognitive abilities and needs for training.

 

FOUNDATION KIT contains:

  • Big tactile exploration box
  • Sorting and grouping frames
  • Small tactile boxes (2 pieces)
  • Eye band

BASIC KIT contains:

  • Attribution blocks
  • Composite Figures (including visual materials)
  • Progression Bricks
  • Transformation Bricks
  • Directions Arrows
  • Metal worktop (for magnetic materials)
  • Non-slip worktop
  • Organizing frames for Progression and Transformation Bricks
  • Visual material holders

EXTENSION TO BASIC KIT contains:

  • Spatial Orientation set
  • Rubber Attribution set
  • Magnetic geometric shapes
  • Tactile Pattern Stones Set (including tactile prints and visual materials)
  • Numeric Tactile Stones Set
  • Tactile print for Composite Figures

GAME & MULTIUSER KIT contains:

  • Tactile puzzle
  • Tactile Domino
  • Tactile noughts and crosses’ game
  • Tactile 4-in-a-row
  • Tactile Picture Lottery
  • Box with four hand openings
  • Two extra small tactile boxes

COMPLEX KIT contains:

  • Complex tactile puzzle
  • 3D analytical Geometric Shapes set
  • Analytic Tactile Alphabet set
  • 5- and 6-layer Complex Composite Figures

ASSESSMENT KIT contains:

  • Assessment test 1, including parallel test
  • Assessment test 2 including parallel test
  • Instruction and scoring tool

 

FundaMental™ Tactile Learning Workshop 2022

- Course in tactile training of preschool, primary school and special education children

Next courses:

Denmark: 12th-14th of October 2022. This workshop is  open for registration! You can find further information and link for registration here: https://neuroguide.nemtilmeld.dk/43/

Need a workshop in your home country - please contact us to discuss how you can become organizer of a domestic workshop: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Webinars and newsletter:

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Link to view an webinar introducing the method and materials can be found here

 We are happy to present the next international course in tactile-based training of children, which also gives you the possibility of obtaion a set of the FundaMental™ training materials.

fotoWhat is FundaMental™ Tactile Learning?
Tactile-based cognitive training differs significantly from mere sensory stimulation in the way that it emphasizes and supports an active and thorough information gathering and close interconnection between perception and cognition. The method is suitable for optimizing the interaction between bottom-up processes (where knowledge, concepts and thinking emerge from the sensory inputs) and top-down processes (letting knowledge, concepts and thinking guide the information gathering). The approach strengthens the sequential, structured and intentional information gathering and information processing and increases thoroughness in thinking and perception. By blocking vision, cognition is slowed down, which creates opportunities for a mediational dialogue that has the potential of developing attention, internalization, self-regulation and metacognition.

An additional strength of the method is that it becomes easier to observe and understand the child's cognitive processes, to identify areas in which the child has strengths and challenges and to clarify how the child can be supported in its development and learning.

 

Background
Children´s perception and thinking today are often dominated by fast and simultaneous information gathering and processing. This is partly an impact from the dominant digital and visual input children experience from early years development. The fast information processing dominates to a large extent at the expense of slower, more thorough and sequential ("one-thing-at-a-time") information processing. Both types of cognitive processing are important, but for many children the sidedness and the deficiency become barriers to learning and cognitive development.

Tactile-based cognitive training in FundaMental™ draws on inspiration from a lot of different resources and methodologies, including: Functional Learning and the behavioral and perceptual levels of cognitive functions (Waldon), mediated learning as cognitive enhancement interaction (Haywood, Vygotsky, Feuerstein), Systematic Concept Teaching and its role in cognition (Nyborg), active ecological nature of perception (Gibson), micro cognitive functions (Bright Start, Cognitive Enrichment Advantage, Instrumental Enrichment) as well as foundational neuropsychological understanding of perception, cognition and development.

 

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The course materials, content and progression are aimed at children of preschool age and primary school level as well as older children or adolescents with cognitive developmental problems at similar levels or processes. A prerequisite for working with the method is, that the child can use tactile examination with both hands. The program relies on integration of different sensory modalities, but explicitly draws on the strengths of using non-visual tactile perception.

 

Purpose and outcome of the course
The course will provide participants with the knowledge of how to work with cognitive training of children at preschool/primary school level or older children with a non-age-specific cognitive level using tactile training materials. During the course participants will get:

  • Basic knowledge of how different sensory modalities target different cognitive processes and functions
  • Knowledge of and experience with the potentials of working and training through the tactile sense
  • Knowledge of children's fundamental cognitive development, that is needed in order to design, organize and implement tactile-based cognitive training
  • Experience with mediation and tactile-based cognitive training, including experience in identifying cognitive functional challenges using tactile processes and materials
  • Knowledge of and experience with the training material FundaMental ™ - Tactile Learning, in order to start tactile based cognitive training with these or other materials.

The course does not include in depth training in working with mediated learning, and prior knowledge or subsequent training in mediated learning is recommendable. But the tactile way of working is excellent in showing mediated learning in practice, and therefore serve as a good introduction to this approach.

 

Registration and further information

Denmark (in english): 12th-14th of October 2022. Link for registration is here.

 

If you would like to organize a domestic course or webinar in your own country, please contact us to discuss this: Jens Wilbrandt, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or you can call phone +45 22 32 44 01 if you have any questions.

Course venue
The course venue is in Copenhagen less than 10 minutes from the airport with direct Metro connection. The course venue also has a hotel department which makes it convenient for international course participants. Link to the venue position can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/MJ15b1Y6rqth5uRP9 Link for the Cabinn hotel department can be found here: https://en.cabinn.com/hotel/cabinn-metro

Participants and eligibility
The course is open to both professionals and parents. If you intend to use the method primarily for training your own child but are unsure if your child can benefit from the method, please contact us before enrolling.

Course format
The course is a non-residential course (accommodation not included). It is conducted as a combination of presentation, demonstration, exercises and joint reflection. The course is an international course and teaching will be in easy to understand English.

 

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Materials
The course introduces you to the tactile training method and to the material FundaMental™ - Tactile Learning. The material set is not included in the course price but can be acquired subsequently. The course will also enable you to use other materials in tactile training without acquiring the FundaMental™ material set.

Course presenter and organizer
Course teachers during the entire course are Jens Wilbrandt and Lars Ask Røgilds, both experienced instructors and teachers.

Lars Ask Røgilds, Associate Professor in Education, MSc. and an expert in mediating learning in relation to children and adolescents with cognitive impairment. Lars has been an associate professor of pedagogy for 20 years, originally trained as a social pedagogue and subsequently graduated from the University of Copenhagen. He has many years of experience as an instructor in mediated learning and has achieved certificates in Instrumental Enrichment (IE), Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) and Bright Start.

Jens Wilbrandt has many years of experience in the special education field and is qualified in LPAD, DAYC, IE, Bright Start as well as CAP. He is an exponent of a development-oriented educational psychological approach and has many years of experience as a facilitator, lecturer and course teacher in the neuropsychological and educational psychological field. In addition to carrying out a wide range of continued professional development tasks, he works with dynamic assessment, cognitive training and counseling in relation to children and adolescents with extensive learning and development issues and in relation to both school, home and home care.