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Scientific Learning’s New Software Improves Communication Skills In Kids With Autism

Scientific Learning Corp. (NASDAQ:SCIL) today announced the launch of BrainPro ® Autism, new software for at home use to improve language and communication skills in children with autism. BrainPro Autism consists of game-like exercises that improve these skills by exercising the brain while keeping the child engaged, supplemented with progress monitoring by a remote tutor who communicates weekly with the child’s team of specialists.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that appears in the first three years of life and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. As a result, children with ASD are often isolated and feel frustrated by their inability to communicate with others. Today, statistics show that as many as one out of every hundred children is born with ASD.

BrainPro Autism includes an innovative software program that incorporates patented technologies to improve communication skills, specifically expressive and receptive language, in children with ASD. The program also comes with a remote tutor who meets once a week remotely for an in depth session with the child’s team of behavioral, educational and medical professionals. BrainPro Autism tutors have, on average, 20 years of educational experience working with kids with ASD.

We now know from brain scans that the long pathways in the brain don’t form adequately in people with autism so, for example, the area that governs speech doesn’t connect with the area that controls auditory processing,” said Martha Burns, PhD. “What we do know is that brain training on the software can improve those connections so you would expect to see improvements in areas such as language.” In fact, a 2007 Scientific Learning study showed that after using the software, children with ASD improved their overall language ability by approximately one year.

BrainPro Autism was developed by neuroscientists at Oakland-based, Scientific Learning Corporation. The software is available online at www.brainsparklearning.com/brainpro/ or by calling 1-866-331-6579.

About Scientific Learning Corp.

We accelerate learning by applying proven research on how the brain learns. Scientific Learning’s results are demonstrated in over 200 research studies and protected by over 55 patents. Learners can realize achievement gains of one to two years in as little as eight to 12 weeks and maintain an accelerated rate of learning even after the programs end.

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