LearningRx Has Launched a New Product-Review Website!

LearningRx has launched LearningRxReviews.com to showcase the best brain-boosting toys, games, books, apps and blogs. The reviews are provided by several moms from LearningRx’s national headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “One day we were discussing which toys we should include in our annual Smart Mom’s Toy Box, based on the cognitive skills they targeted,” explains Tanya Mitchell, Vice President of Research & Development for LearningRx and mother of four. “We realized that this was the kind of information other parents would want to know when choosing toys. The website was kind of an organic development, and the idea quickly expanded to include other things, like books, games, apps and even blogs. We’ve agreed to only do positive reviews, so you know anything on the website is something we like!”

Companies who would like to send their game, toy, book or app for possible review can email [email protected] for preliminary consideration. Bloggers may also submit their parenting, education or special-needs focused website. Because the focus of LearningRxReviews is primarily on brain-boosting products, preference is given to anything related to learning struggles, special needs, cognitive skills, etc.

Do you have a product you’d like us to review? Leave a comment below!

Four Things You Might Not Know About ADHD

Although you probably know that ADHD is about attention struggles, there’s a lot more to this common learning disability. Here are four things that might surprise you.

1. ADHD is actually rooted in clusters of weak cognitive skills. Most of the students who came to LearningRx with a diagnosis of ADHD had, in addition to weak broad attention skills, weak long-term memory, processing speed and working memory.

Over a six-year period, LearningRx had 5,416 children and adults come in with the diagnosis of ADHD. LearningRx measured the cognitive performance of these clients before and after one-on-one brain training, and the largest gains were seen in IQ, auditory processing, long-term memory and broad attention. After LearningRx brain training, IQ scores improved by an average of 15 standard points, and broad attention skills improved an average of 24 percentile points.

The full results of the study can be found on page 25 of LearningRx’s 48-page 2016 edition of “Client Outcomes and Research Results.”

2. There are three types of attention. ADHD is now the generally accepted umbrella term for the three types of ADHD, including what used to be generally referred to as ADD. The three forms of ADHD are:

  • Inattentive Type – people with this disorder have trouble focusing, but they are not overly active and usually don’t display disruptive behavior (formerly called ADD).
  • Hyperactive/Impulsive Type – people are fidgety and can’t control their impulses, but they are better able to pay attention.
  • Combined Type – applies to people with poor attention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity.

An attention deficit could mean one, two, or all three types of attention: sustained, selective, and divided. Sustained attention is the cognitive skill that allows your child to stay on task for a long period of time. Selective attention is the cognitive skill that prevents the child from being easily distracted. Divided attention allows them to do more than one task at a time.

3. ADHD manifests differently in girls. When people think of ADHD, they often think of boys bouncing off the walls. While hyperactivity is a common symptom of attention struggles—especially among boys—it’s often accompanied by things like impulsivity and an inability to multitask. But for girls, ADHD tends to manifest differently, often as inattentiveness and disorganization. Because these symptoms aren’t as disruptive to class, ADHD in girls is often missed.

4. Unaddressed ADHD can lead to other issues. Here are some of the ways ADHD can impact life throughout school, college, and even into adulthood:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor grades
  • Difficulty getting into college
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Significant time-management challenges
  • Difficulty managing money
  • Chronic disorganization

If you’re concerned that your child may have a cognitive skills weakness, take our free online survey at  http://lsds.learningrx.com/.

 

About LearningRx
LearningRx, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the largest one-on-one brain training organization in the world. With 80 Centers in the U.S., and locations in 40 countries around the globe, LearningRx has helped more than 95,000 individuals and families sharpen their cognitive skills to help them think faster, learn easier, and perform better. Their on-site programs partner every client with a personal brain trainer to keep clients engaged, accountable, and on-task—a key advantage over online-only brain exercises. Their pioneering methods have been used in clinical settings for 35 years and have been verified as beneficial in peer-reviewed research papers and journals. To learn more about LearningRx research results, programs, and their 9.6 out of 10 client satisfaction rating visit http://www.learningrx.com/. To read testimonials from real clients visit www.learningrx-reviews.com.

Autism Support and Apps: See What LearningRx Recommends!

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Looking for reputable sources on autism? LearningRx recommends that you start your research on these organizations’ websites:

Interested in apps designed to help children with autism? Parenting magazine shared a list of 11 expert-recommended autism apps for kids. The apps are design to support the social and emotional needs of kids with autism, as well as promote literacy, memory and sleep.

Some of the apps are free, about half are available for both Android and iOS, and one lets you use your own family’s pictures or customized text or audio to customize it for increased communication. View the list here.

 

About LearningRx
LearningRx, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the largest one-on-one brain training organization in the world. With 80 Centers in the U.S., and locations in 40 countries around the globe, LearningRx has helped more than 95,000 individuals and families sharpen their cognitive skills to help them think faster, learn easier, and perform better. Their on-site programs partner every client with a personal brain trainer to keep clients engaged, accountable, and on-task—a key advantage over online-only brain exercises. Their pioneering methods have been used in clinical settings for 35 years and have been verified as beneficial in peer-reviewed research papers and journals. To learn more about LearningRx research results, programs, and their 9.6 out of 10 client satisfaction rating visit http://www.learningrx.com/. To read testimonials from real clients visit www.learningrx-reviews.com.

Reading Struggles? Here’s 4 Tips for Improving Standardized Reading Achievement Test Scores

Just because your child is smart doesn’t mean they’re going to ace the ACTs or SATs. There are lots of factors that contribute to test performance results. Here are four of the most important with tips on how to help.

Poor nutrition

To keep cognitive function at its peak, the brain needs “good” fuel. Add the wrong kind of fuel (like processed sugars) or not enough fuel and it’s not going to perform well. Children’s brains burn through energy very, very rapidly and needs consistent fuel. Feed them meals balanced with a portion of healthy carbohydrates, protein and fat. Look for ways to incorporate healthy “brain foods” into your family’s diet on a regular basis. Beans, olive oil, walnuts, blueberries and omega-3-rich fish like wild salmon, mackerel and tuna.

Anxiety

Whether genetic or situational, extreme worry can cause physical responses in the body that hinder a child from performing well on a test. Teach your child relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing or visualization (where they picture themselves doing well on a test). You can also go over material with a child the night before a test to help them feel prepared.

Lack of sleep

Sleep deprivation is known to decrease everything from attentiveness and response time to short-term memory and performance. The Nemours Foundation recommends 10 hours of sleep for kids 6 to 9; 9 hours for 10- to 12-year-olds; and 8 to 9.5 for teens. Here’s a handy chart to help you determine what time your child should go to bed.

Work to create relaxing routines (warm bath, time to unwind, reading) and try to stick to a schedule. Encourage your child or teen to go to bed at the same time each night and avoid foods that contain sugar, food dyes or caffeine.

Weak cognitive skills

Standardized tests don’t just quiz kids on what information they know; they also require them to have strong cognitive skills.

While knowledge is the information you acquire and memorize—such as math formulas—cognitive skills are the tools you need to learn, understand and apply to those math formulas. They include auditory and visual processing, comprehension, logic and reasoning, processing speed, memory and attention. When taking timed tests, one of the most important cognitive skills is processing speed.

reading-achievement-graphA study of LearningRx’s (www.LearningRx.com) ReadRx personal brain training program results found that after training, the group of students made statistically significant gains on tests of World Attack, Spelling Sounds, Sound Awareness and Passage Comprehension. Additionally, 91% of students who completed the ReadRx program showed improvement on state reading achievement tests. The results have been published in LearningRx’s 48-page 2016 edition of “Client Outcomes and Research Results,” which can be downloaded here: http://www.learningrx.com/our-programs/learningrx-results/. 

 Enroll your child in a one-on-one cognitive skills training program to target the fundamental learning tools needed to excel on all types of timed tests. Visit www.LearningRx.com to learn more.

 

About LearningRx
LearningRx, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the largest one-on-one brain training organization in the world. With 80 Centers in the U.S., and locations in 40 countries around the globe, LearningRx has helped more than 95,000 individuals and families sharpen their cognitive skills to help them think faster, learn easier, and perform better. Their on-site programs partner every client with a personal brain trainer to keep clients engaged, accountable, and on-task—a key advantage over online-only brain exercises. Their pioneering methods have been used in clinical settings for 35 years and have been verified as beneficial in peer-reviewed research papers and journals. To learn more about LearningRx research results, programs, and their 9.6 out of 10 client satisfaction rating visit http://www.learningrx.com/. To read testimonials from real clients visit www.learningrx-reviews.com.

New Research Indicates Cinnamon Can Improve Your Memory and Ability to Learn

New research published in “Neuroimmune Pharmacology” indicates that in mice, poor learners improved their memory and learning ability after eating cinnamon, and they think the results will transfer to humans. How does it work?

According to the study, the cinnamon alters the proteins associated with poor learning. Metabolizing cinnamon turns it into sodium benzoate, which increases a good protein (CREB) and decreases the bad proteins (GABRA5) that affect the brain.

One caveat: Not all cinnamon is created equal. In the U.S., you can get Chinese cinnamon, which has a molecule associated with liver damage, or the Ceylon cinnamon, which is purer and better for you.

Ready to add the versatile spice to your cuisine? Check out these “25 Ways to Use Cinnamon” on the Cooking Channel.

To read more about the research on cinnamon, click here.

If you’re looking for a more intensive boost to learning, consider enrolling your child in LearningRx one-on-one brain training.

 

About LearningRx
LearningRx, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the largest one-on-one brain training organization in the world. With 80 Centers in the U.S., and locations in 40 countries around the globe, LearningRx has helped more than 95,000 individuals and families sharpen their cognitive skills to help them think faster, learn easier, and perform better. Their on-site programs partner every client with a personal brain trainer to keep clients engaged, accountable, and on-task—a key advantage over online-only brain exercises. Their pioneering methods have been used in clinical settings for 35 years and have been verified as beneficial in peer-reviewed research papers and journals. To learn more about LearningRx research results, programs, and their 9.6 out of 10 client satisfaction rating visit http://www.learningrx.com/. To read testimonials from real clients visit www.learningrx-reviews.com.