A therapeutic video game

Dolly Lowery couldn’t take it anymore. 

The Excelsior mom had spent 10 years taking her son to more than 1,200 appointments to treat his severe dyslexia — and nothing was really working.

So she made it her mission to find her own solution. During her research, she met a Florida-based physician, Dr. Nelson Mane, who specializes in treating children with ADHD, dyslexia and autism spectrum disorders using fine/gross-motor therapies. 

Using Mane’s experience and research and her own knowledge of technology and data, Lowery and a team of experts created a new therapeutic video game called BrainyAct.

Geared toward ages 6–15, BrainyAct guides kids through targeted, full-body exercises designed to improve balance, rhythm/timing, visual-motor perception, memory, planning, communication, handwriting and, ultimately, performance in school, including behavior and social skills.

BrainyAct taps into the power of neuroplasticity, the brain’s natural ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections in response to changes/challenges in one’s environment.

Its software measures a child’s movements and then provide customized activities to target that child’s specific learning needs.

Games are fun for kids because they use responsive motion-sensing technology and other interactive elements, such as those used in games like Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Sports.

BrainyAct is currently offered at Kinuu in on Highway 7 in Minnetonka (Kinuu is Lowery’s company name), where coaches facilitate sessions. 

Initial consultations cost $89 and can be put toward packages, which cost $1,995 and include 40 sessions, ideally scheduled two to three times per week for best results. 

New this month, Kinuu is launching a BrainyAct home option with similar pricing (plus an equipment rental fee). Virtual coaching — as well as optional online group sessions to help families connect — are both included in the home option. 

Though BrainyAct took years to fully develop, Lowery’s son was able to test-drive many elements of the game along the way — and experienced significant improvements in his coordination and reading as a result. In fact, he’s getting ready to graduate from high school this spring.

Learn more at kinuu.com

BrainyAct is offered at Kinuu’s center in Minnetonka (above) or parents can rent the equipment for home use.