Chess is a great educational and therapeutic resource for many people. We believe that it is especially useful for certain problems or disorders that affect certain cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, concentration or calculation, among others.
We put at your disposal a platform from which people diagnosed with ADHD can perform different exercises that will help them improve some cognitive skills that, ultimately, will help improve their ability learning and self-esteem.
A brief history
A few years ago, some people told me that their children, of similar ages to mine (at that time 6 years), had been diagnosed with ADHD ( Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity ).
As many of you already know, ADHD is a disorder that affects mostly school-age children and that can manifest itself in multiple ways. Difficulties in maintaining attention , concentration problems or impulsivity , are perhaps some of the most frequent consequences, which usually entail certain learning difficulties for children in schools.
For a long time I have been linked to the world of chess from different approaches, both at the level of competition, as well as teaching and dissemination of chess for people who wanted to learn chess in a more methodical and orderly way.
However, educational chess has been the project that has fulfilled me the most on a personal level for several years. There is consensus about the benefits of educational age , specifically those that the practice of chess can suppose as a very suitable instrument to stimulate concentration, attention, memory, calculation, spatial vision, or abstract reasoning capacity, among many other capacities.
In the development and evolution of the ADHD & amp; Chess we have worked and currently collaborate experts in many disciplines , from psychologists to experts in training and educational chess. All of us are at your disposal to help you resolve any questions that may arise.
In this context of the use of chess as an effective tool in the educational field, the ADHD & amp; Chess , with one main objective: help people diagnosed with ADHD through chess practice , taking advantage of the great potential of chess as an educational weapon.
Educating people, not champions . In fact, we do not have among our main objectives to teach how to play better chess, nor to make our students great champions. For that, there are many other courses that we can recommend. However, what we do intend is to make the most of these virtues that chess can have in the educational and therapeutic field.
It is not difficult to imagine that, if we spend a certain time each day doing exercises of any kind, and in any discipline, little by little we will improve our ability to carry out these exercises. Some areas of our brain have a certain plasticity and, similar to the adaptation that the muscles of our body experience when we train in a gym, perform certain exercises that train our brain in a planned and systematic way , will end up translating into tangible improvements in certain cognitive abilities.
We do not promise miracles . In the development of this project we have collaborated many professionals to develop different types of exercises based on chess. Specifically, these exercises will help to improve the cognitive abilities of our students, especially those related to memory, attention, concentration, calculation, spatial vision and abstract reasoning. All this, aimed at people diagnosed with ADHD and who have, or may develop, a certain taste for chess. In most exercises, it is not necessary to have any specific level of chess, beyond the knowledge of the rules of the game.
We have developed a work methodology that translates into Training Plans , each of which contains a certain number of exercises of different types. You can hire the Training Plan that best suits the time available and the needs of the student. The parents, teachers or tutors , can track the activities of the student on the platform and thus monitor their progress in the different activities that are proposed.
We are convinced that continued work in carrying out the exercises proposed in our Training Plans will lead to a progressive improvement in the cognitive skills that are being worked on. Of course, adapting to the rhythm of the student and their real abilities. Making the most of the virtues of chess as an educational tool, and transferring the benefits of chess as one more additional help in the treatment of people diagnosed with ADHD .