June 15th is National Brain Training Day!

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National Brain Training DayJune 15th is National Brain Training Day! On June 1st, LearningRx, the country’s leading personal brain training company declared June 15th National Brain Training Day. The day was declared with two purposes in mind. First, to dispel myths around cognitive skills training. Secondly, to raise awareness of the phenomenal gains the right type of brain training can bring.

“LearningRx brain training can dramatically improve learning and reading skills for almost anyone,” says LearningRx Vice President of Research and Development Tanya Mitchell. “Every day we see our brain training bring measurable, dramatic gains that result in faster, more efficient thinking. Our graduates consistently enjoy better reading skills, improved grades and increased confidence and self-esteem.”

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4 Steps to Becoming a Better Reader

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Young GirlHow do we learn to read? It isn’t as simple as you might think. In a recent article, Sabra Gelfond, Speech-Language Pathologist and Executive Director of the National Speech / Language Therapy Center, compared the way we learn to read to the way a house is built. There are four major steps to both, she points out, and in both home-building and brain-building, laying a strong foundation is critical.

Learn to Read: Building Readers, Step by Step

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QUIZ: Do You Know the Difference Between Brain Training and Tutoring?

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brain training or tutoringDoes your child need brain training or tutoring? What’s the difference? Do you know? Take this short quiz, and see if you can tell the difference. Get a piece of paper, read through the two scenarios in each question, and write down which story is like brain training and which story is like tutoring.

Brain training or tutoring? Question #1

a.) An 9-year old boy is going out for soccer. He gets on to the team, but he starts to have trouble aiming the ball in the direction he wants it to go when he kicks. His coach pulls him aside and shows him how to control the angle of his kick, and tells him to go home and practice it. The boy practices his kick, and improves.

b.) Another young boy wants to play soccer, and tries out for the team. He cannot run as fast as the other boys, and is badly uncoordinated, so he doesn’t make the team. The coach suggests some weight training and balance exercises, and tells the boy that if he does those things faithfully, and runs every day, he will have a better chance to make the team next time. The next year, the boy comes back stronger and faster, and makes the team.

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Please Stop Talking

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Bored child in school classroomPlease stop talking. That’s what your child who is a kinesthetic learner is thinking – more often than you realize. Please just stop saying words, and let me do something. Let me please get up out of my chair. I’m going crazy here! Some teachers or parents may think a child is being stubborn, impatient, or a know-it-all, when really they just want you to get the message: they learn by doing, instead of listening.

If you have a little boy who would rather tear his truck apart than drive it around the living room carpet, he’s probably a kinesthetic learner. Does your daughter’s teacher complain that she’s always getting up to sharpen her pencil or ask to go to the bathroom? Don’t worry – it’s not ADHD, she’s a kinesthetic leaner. Does your high school student fall asleep on the couch with his textbook on his face? Kinesthetic learner.

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7 Essential Paths to Brain Fitness During the Summer

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SummerChances are, now that summer’s here, you aren’t thinking much about brain fitness (if you think about it at all). No, you’re thinking about playing tag, eating watermelon, or lying on the beach in the sun doing absolutely nothing, and I don’t blame you. But activities that boost physical and brain fitness during the summer can help you (and your family) enjoy the long summer days even more, and be ready for next fall – when cooler weather and challenging classes will require more of both the brain and the body.

Brain Fitness: It’s About Your Health

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