Brain Training Category - Archive

aAre you ready to give your brain a workout? One of the best ways to boost your brain power is to stress your brain with intense mental exercise, kind of like you might work out a muscle. When you do this, it strengthens the brain’s core cognitive skills, which happen to be the same skills your brain uses to think and learn.

This six-minute video walks you through the first couple levels of a LearningRx brain training exercise. There are many more levels of this exercise that our trainers can get you to. And this is just one exercise! LearningRx brain trainers have more than a hundred exercises and levels to choose from as they customize every workout to give you a faster, smarter, more efficient brain.

Try it and see what you think! And if you can feel your brain working this much just from being prompted by a video, imagine what it would be like working face-to-face with a personal trainer who really knows how to push your brain beyond where you thought it could go!

Baby girl playing outdoorsWhen TV newscaster Diane Sawyer was asked the secret of her success, she said, “I think the one lesson I’ve learned is there is no substitute for paying attention.”

If you struggle with ADHD, however, that’s a lot easier said than done.

About 6 million children and teens have been diagnosed with ADHD, with an estimated four percent of U.S. adults struggling with the disorder as well.

The good news is that support and education help. Plus, there are things you can do. In fact, if you’re looking for something you can do to help yourself or a child who struggles, two studies on attention are worth, well, paying attention to.

Both studies indicate that attention can be trained. In other words, attention can be improved through exercises for the brain.

The first study, conducted by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, used fMRI technology to measure senior adults’ ability to filter out distractions. The question on the table was this: Could 8 hours of brain exercises improve senior adults’ ability to focus in the midst of distractions?

The eight hours of brain exercises included one-on-one mental workouts and group brain exercise programs.

“We used to think that with age, brain cells shriveled up, died, and that was that,” explains Paul Laurienti, lead scientist on the study. “Now we know that even an older brain can grow new, stronger connections.” Laurienti and his team discovered that the brain exercises did, indeed, improve participants’ ability to focus.

And on the opposite end of the spectrum, another study came to the same conclusion—that attention can be trained—this time through research done with 11-month old infants. After training, the babies were able to focus attention for longer periods of time, and also ignore distractions better.

Even more significantly, the trained babies also focused better in a real-world-setting, when they were playing with toys.

Sam Wass of the University of London’s Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, highlighted the relationship between attention and success when he said, “The connection is an intuitively obvious one: the better a child is at concentrating…the better that child is going to learn.”

How much can brain exercises impact brain performance and attention? LearningRx, a company that specializes in brain training, says that ADHD is the most common diagnosis with which people come to them for help. They team students with one-on-one with personal trainers for mental exercises that strengthen three kinds of attention. Improvements are measured scientifically by independent pre- and post-training testing, and they are often dramatic.

If you struggle with attention—or you love someone who is struggling—don’t give up. Learn about ADHD. Research your options. Get help. Life really can be easier and simpler.

October is ADHD Awareness Month, and Diane Sawyer was right. In the grand scheme of life, there really isn’t any substitute for paying attention.


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Which Will Make Your Child More Successful in School—Smarts or Grit? Even Better, Here’s How Your Child Can Develop Both.

TEDResearch shows that kids with lots of grit (and less mental ability) are more successful than kids with lots of mental ability (but less grit). In this video, researcher and psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth extols the virtues of grit, saying that “grittier” kids—those who try harder and don’t give up over the long haul—do better in school. For that matter, “grittier” adults do better in their jobs and goals, too. In fact, when it comes to success, Dr. Duckworth says “grit” is a better indicator of future success than IQ.

So how do we build grit in kids and adults? Dr. Duckworth says the best idea she’s heard so far is something called “growth mindset.” She quotes Stanford University’s Dr. Carol Dweck who says that  “growth mindset” is the belief that the ability to learn is not fixed, that it can change with effort. According to Dr. Dweck, when kids read and learn about the brain and how it changes and grows in response to challenge, they’re more likely to persevere when they fail.

LearningRx one-on-one brain training is one way to build both mental ability and grit. While the mental exercises strengthen the brain skills that determine mental ability (including IQ), the student/trainer relationship develops the kind of “growth mindset” described by Dr. Dweck.

Tanya Mitchell, Vice President of Research & Development at LearningRx, explains: “Our trainers work hard to expand the way our students see themselves, their brains, their potential. We help them understand that by challenging and growing their brains they can expand and change their futures. Even more importantly, we help them live that process, walking them through the experiences of trying hard, not giving up, using setbacks as stepping stones to success, and then seeing real life changes and benefits as a result of all their determination.”

Some parents say the “can do” mindset their kids take away from brain training is one of the unexpected benefits. Here’s what one mom, Donna, had to say about the differences she saw in her 9-year-old son: “Tristan enjoyed his trainer as much as the program itself. He learned things from her—perseverance, believing in yourself—that exceeded the program fundamentals.”

Another mother, Tracy, says that her 11-year-old daughter, Mattison, came away from LearningRx with a more positive attitude that is empowering her to approach difficult tasks saying “I can do it” instead of “I can’t.”

Amy, mother of Michael, 15, says her son welcomes challenges now: “Working one-on-one with his trainer, Michael developed a skill set to make school less frustrating. His attitude turned more positive, he welcomed challenges at school where before he found it easy to give up and hide. He is a much happier and confident child. Michael now has the ability to identify pitfalls, adjust and improve. We feel he can now achieve anything he desires!”

LearningRx brain training also improves the way the brain processes incoming information in school and life. After brain training, improvements in cognitive skills—including memory, processing speed, auditory processing, and logic & reasoning—can be scientifically measured and are often dramatic. In fact, a study of 6000 LearningRx clients showed an average increase of 15 points in IQ after completing the program.

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Award-Winning Science Journalist: Families Say Traditional Tutoring Didn’t Help, but LearningRx Made a “Major Difference”



Dan Hurley is the award-winning science journalist who, last year, wrote The New York Times article “The Brain Trainers” in which LearningRx was featured. His latest book, Smarter, has just been released. In the book, Hurley takes a look at the science and the methods associated with what he calls the “new field of intelligence research.” In the process, he devotes six pages to describing his visit to a LearningRx center and his conversations with various parents and students.

His observations are fascinating. After a couple paragraphs in which he points out the need for more published research (he also seems to find it odd that LearningRx is organized as a franchise, “like MacDonald’s”), Hurley dives into talking about two of LearningRx’s most important distinctives: the one-on-one training model, and the dramatic results experienced by LearningRx clients.

Hurley seems impressed with the one-on-one approach that LearningRx takes to brain training, observing that it offers definite advantages over digital products when it comes to motivating students and helping them persevere

But where this journalist really begins to shine is in telling the stories of the LearningRx parents and students he interviewed. He quotes parents saying they tried everything else under the sun, but nothing worked until LearningRx. He describes real-life gains, including making honor roll, better performance in marching band, increased confidence, and getting off ADHD medication. He tells the story of one teenager who, since LearningRx, got a job promotion and even landed his first girlfriend. He quotes another teen who says her grades shot up, her memory is better, and even tough classes are easier. He quotes a dad who says the cost of the program was a financial strain, but that it’s made a change in his son and that if it gives him a leg up in life, “you can’t put a price on that.”

Hurley also talks about the pre- and post-testing LearningRx does conducts on every student, and the fact that there is extensive pre- and post-results on more than 30,000 students. He also writes about Dr. Oliver Hill’s independent study of LearningRx results, and how those findings support the claims that LearningRx makes.

He adds that, searching online, he found a handful of complaints about us, but not that many, really, considering the number of franchises we have. He goes on to add, “But the families I spoke to all had positive stories, many of them insisting that traditional tutoring had been of little benefit but that the exercises practiced at LearningRx, as odd as they seemed, had made a major difference.”

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Real Life and Reading Comprehension


When you read a newspaper article at the breakfast table then think, “What did I just read?” it’s annoying. But what if the same was true at work when you read an important document before a big meeting? Or when your boss asked for your opinion of written text on the spot? Surely you don’t want to have to read something three times while he looks on!

Now imagine your child (or teen) going through the same thing at school. They read much slower than their classmates, or read quickly but have no idea what they just read. This is a common problem – even among “good” readers — and it’s about weak reading comprehension. In fact, 37 percent of fourth graders tested at “below basic” in their reading skills and one out of four eighth graders is functionally illiterate!

So how can a smart kid be a good reader but have poor comprehension? It’s simple: the reading skills we’re taught at a very young age are more about decoding, that is, putting the sounds together to understand the words. But reading comprehension isn’t about learning HOW to read but rather WHAT you’ve read.

Luckily, there is help. LearningRx has just released a groundbreaking reading comprehension program called ComprehendRx. It targets the seven core skills needed for reading comprehension and students graduate the program reading faster and with stronger tools to grasp, analyze and retain content. Your child will dramatically improve their understanding, retention and application, which will help them in school, college, work—and even reading the newspaper at the breakfast table!

To learn more about ComprehendRx, click HERE

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LearningRx Announces New Reading Comprehension Program


We read for meaning. But for some kids (and even adults), reading comprehension is a struggle. 

For some, decoding the words on the page takes so much energy that fully comprehending the meaning of the words takes a back seat. For others, the meaning is grasped but not retained. In fact, research by the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows that one out of four eighth grade students, when asked to read age-appropriate material, can’t understand what they just read.

After several years in development, LearningRx is releasing a groundbreaking reading comprehension program called ComprehendRx. ComprehendRx incorporates the research and personal brain training techniques that have made LearningRx the largest one-on-one brain training company in the world. ComprehendRx begins where typical reading programs (which focus on decoding) leave off, targeting seven core skills critical for reading comprehension. Students not only read faster, they have stronger tools to grasp, analyze and retain content. The result? Dramatically improved understanding, retention and application.

For readers who lack reading speed, who read well but can’t remember what they’ve read, or who have to read something more than once to grasp the meaning, ComprehendRx offers a proven, life changing solution. Click on the link to read more about how ComprehendRx improves reading comprehension.

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Changing Lives, One Brain at a Time

miaA life changing realization came to Mia Tischer while she was training for a marathon. It dawned on her that if the body could be trained to enhance physical performance, why couldn’t the brain could be trained to enhance mental performance?

Shortly after that realization, Mia made the decision to partner with LearningRx, a brain training franchise, opening a brain training center in Naperville, Illinois.

“My background is in social services working with adults and children with disabilities,” Tischer said. “I have a passion for helping others who are struggling.”

According to Tischer, the range of people who are benefitting from her services is impressive. “We help kids and adults with learning struggles, autism, ADHD, dyslexia and more,” she explains. “We also help high-achieving students and successful adults looking for a competitive edge at school or on the job. Finally, we help seniors wanting to stay sharp, victims of strokes or traumatic brain injuries seeking to regain lost brain function.”

She adds, “As a culture, we value physical fitness. I want to build a culture of brain fitness.”

Read the rest of the article to learn more, including why Tischer says that, from her experience, “tutoring is a Band-Aid.”

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TBI Victim on the Road to Recovery with Brain Training


 “My name is Sally Francklyn and I have a traumatic brain injury.”

In their recent coverage of well-known freeskiier Sally Francklyn, ESPN describes the young woman as a writer, skier, and much-loved personality in the freeskiing industry. Sally, who had recently landed a position as a public relations spokesperson for ski gear icons Nordica and Arc’teryx, was backcountry skiing with friends in March of 2012 when an 800-foot slide into a rock wall shattered her helmet and left her with a traumatic brain injury. Doctors were unsure if she could survive.

Eighteen months after the debilitating accident, Sally writes about her ongoing recovery, crediting rehabilitation caretakers, therapists and trainers—including her LearningRx brain trainers—for the progress she’s made so far.

“We helped improve her memory, her ability to think, her ability to pay attention,” explained LearningRx President Dean Tenpas in an interview with ESPN. Sally worked one-on-one with a LearningRx brain trainer. LearningRx brain training uses intense mental exercise to stimulate the brain to strengthen, rewire and even create neural connections. For many LearningRx clients with TBIs, the results are life changing.  

Sally’s goal is to get back on the slopes in 2014.

“I can ride a bike with my dad now,” Sally writes, “and last spring I put my skis on again for the first time and walked around on snow-covered flat ground.”

ESPN’s coverage of the Sally’s ongoing story includes a video as well as a published account of the accident and recovery in her own words. ESPN will also be airing a video series in which Sally interviews other people in the ski community who have suffered hardships and managed to fight through them.

Watch Sally’s video and read about her story here.


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Mom says, after brain training, her son thinks quicker and has a much “better handle on life.”

LearningRx Reviews - Matthew: Student-of-the-Year“I was at the end of my rope.”

Those are the words of one mom, Jackie, after years of seeking help for her son. She explains, “We had him evaluated by psychologists. He had years of occupational therapy. We tried everything from brushing to joint compression. He started to be medicated and we saw some improvement in focus and attention, but many issues continued to be a problem. It was like putting a Band-Aid on something, but the underlying problem was always a problem.”

Jackie’s 9-year-old son, Matthew, had been diagnosed with ADHD, sensory integration dysfunction, and oppositional defiance disorder. His mother says he was miserable, anxious and depressed. She adds, “It was affecting his social relationships and his behavior in school. At home he was volatile, disruptive and incredibly difficult to deal with. I was beyond myself in frustration.”

Still searching for help, Jackie visited a dyslexia website and found a link to LearningRx. There she discovered a video of a news story about two kids with ADHD who had been helped so dramatically by LearningRx brain training programs that they were no longer on ADHD medication.

Jackie remembers her response after watching the video: “I sat there and cried because I thought, ‘There could be something I didn’t know about that could help my son.'”

LearningRx uses intense mental exercise—done one-on-one with a brain training coach—to stimulate the brain to change in ways that improve thinking, reading, learning, attention and more. Testing before and after the program measures changes in brain performance (in fact, LearningRx brain training is proven to raise IQ an average of 15 points!).

Clients and their families tell stories that support the statistics—even if getting started is hard. In the beginning, Jackie says the brain training sessions were difficult because they forced Matthew to face things that were hard for him. Even Matthew admits, “I hated it. I would storm outside. I would have fits, hide under a table.”

What kept the family returning week after week? Matthew’s relationship with his brain trainer was one of the keys. Matthew explains, “Adam is a really fun guy. He’s not like the kind of guy who is all serious. He jokes around. He still made me do it, but we had fun.”

The LearningRx results for this family were life changing. Jackie reports that “we have absolutely no oppositional behavior from our son anymore.” She says Matthew is having much greater success in life, not only academically but socially, too.

“Socially, he’s so much more accepted now because he gets the rules of how to act around other people, how to be accountable, how to not demand. He’s polite, cooperative. He has such a better handle on life.” She adds that her son is thinking quicker now, and is more capable of articulating this thoughts and feelings. “That’s helped his behavior tremendously, because now he can say what he feels and not just explode physically. His brain is able to connect the dots so much better.”

Matthew says he went from failing classes and being bullied, to getting As and Bs and having “a bunch of friends.”

Jackie says the six months Matthew spent working with a LearningRx brain trainer “changed his life. How do you say thank you for that? It’s one of the best investments we’ve ever made for our son.”

Watch Matthew, Jackie and others share their LearningRx reviews on video:

  • This family’s video testimonial won the LearningRx 2013 Student of the Year Video Contest. Watch Matthew’s and Jackie’s video here.
  • Kaiya, 13, struggled so much with reading and math her mother says that, before LearningRx, it was a struggle to get through each day. Since LearningRx, Kaiya is no longer behind in math, her grades and her confidence have soared, and she’s the first (instead of the last) to catch onto new choreography in her dance classes. Kaiya was a finalist in the LearningRx 2013 Student of the Year Video Contest. Watch Kaiya’s video here.
  • Candy, a college grad, woke up from a routine knee surgery and found that her memory had been erased—she didn’t even remember attending the Ivy League school where she obtained her degree! Before brain training, Candy’s cognitive skills were so weak that doctors told her family she would never be able to hold down a job or live on her own. Since brain training, Candy went back to school, earned an MBA, manages her own finances and is preparing to make a career move to another state! Candy was a finalist in the LearningRx 2013 Student of the Year Video Contest. Watch Candy’s video here.

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Benefits of Brain Training

iStock_000012892503XSmallHere’s what one mom recently blogged about LearningRx:

“Moms get to brag. It’s part of our reward for giving birth and then spending years wiping jelly fingerprints off coffee tables.

“So, I found out this weekend that my brilliant daughter + LearningRx Brain Training = $6000 in a college scholarship!

“Apparently my kiddo’s excellent grades in high school made her automatically eligible for a $6000 President’s Scholarship at the college she’ll be attending in the fall. I’m so proud of her. I didn’t even know this scholarship existed! What a surprise and a blessing.

“My daughter has always been smart, but before LearningRx she was struggling with her memory and it was impacting her grades…”

In her blog, this happy mom describes several ways brain training impacted life for her daughter–in addition to the grades and the scholarship.

She adds, “I already was thrilled with what brain training did for us—and now I’m even making money on the results! What’s not to love?”

College scholarships are just one of several ways that LearningRx brain training can pay for itself—and then some! For example, studies have found that, on average, people with higher IQs of just 10 points make between $9,000 and $18,000 more in income every year throughout their careers. Because LearningRx brain training raises IQ an average of 15 points, the increase in lifetime earnings can be significant.

You can read the entire blog post here