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.

There’s Hope! 10 Pieces of Research That Show Your Child’s Brain Function Can Improve

It’s easy to feel hopeless when you’re starting your daughter’s third hour of homework, or your son’s PSAT score is so low that you’re just assuming he’ll live in the basement after graduation.

But your child’s (or teen’s) learning struggles don’t have to be set in stone. In fact, a new study found that even IQ can change—quite significantly! How about 21 points?

If you’re in desperate need of hope that things can change for your child (and your family!), read on. We’ve got 10 pieces of research that are sure to brighten your day in the form of a light at the end of the tunnel.

  1. IQ can change.

    A first of its kind study published in The Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology has found a one-on-one cognitive training program improved cognitive skills and IQ scores by 21 points in students ages 8 to 14. The ThinkRx® training program, created by leading researchers and experts at LearningRx, significantly improved an average IQ and seven cognitive skills: associative memory, working memory, long-term memory, visual, processing, auditory processing, logic and reasoning and processing speed. [Source]

  1. Childhood music lessons improve attention skills. 

    When researchers at the University of Vermont College of Medicine looked at the brain scans of 232 children (ages 6 to 18), they found that the cortical thickness in the brain of those who played a music instrument matured faster. This area of the brain is associated with motor planning and coordination, visuospatial ability, and emotion and impulse regulation. The more a child trained on an instrument, the faster the cortical organization in attention, anxiety management and emotional control. [Source]

  1. ADHD is rooted in clusters of weak brain skills. 

    A new report explains that learning struggles are rooted in clusters of weak cognitive skills. About 30% of clients were diagnosed with ADHD before enrolling in LearningRx. Most of those students, in addition to weak broad attention skills, had weak long-term memory, processing speed and working memory. But cognitive skills can be targeted with personal brain training, which incorporates immediate feedback, intensity and loading, among other features, to train those weak skills. Over a six-year period, 5,416 children and adults (mean age 12.3) diagnosed with ADHD went through LearningRx programs. The cognitive performance of these clients was measured before and after 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. [Source]

  1. Breakfast can change improve brain function. 

    There are countless studies linking poor nutrition to brain fog, attention struggles, low grades and slow processing speed. While eating healthy foods—like salmon, sardines, walnuts and blueberries—is great for your brain, so is the mere act of eating breakfast. Eating breakfast has been shown to boost academics by improving memory and neural efficiency. Adding a school breakfast program has been shown to increase standardized test scores. Research has found that breakfast eaters do better on specific cognitive tests, including immediate memory recall, than those who skip breakfast. Other studies have found that skipping breakfast may lead to a shorter attention span, difficulty concentrating and memory problems. [Source]

  1. We can create new connections in the brain.

    A Randomized Control Trial (RCT) testing LearningRx’s ThinkRx personal brain training program has been completed and analysis of the brains of the students found significant physical changes. In the study, 30 high school students were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: ThinkRx, digital training, or study hall (control) for a 15-week training period. All students underwent cognitive testing and MRIs pre- and post-training. Analysis of cognitive testing scores found that training groups scored significantly higher than controls on multiple tasks, with the most significant gains occurring in auditory processing. fMRI analysis of resting state connectivity with the auditory cortex by Neuroscientist and Research Fellow at LSU Health Sciences Center Dr. Christina Ledbetter revealed:

  • Significant changes in the resting state connectivity with multiple cortical regions involved in cognitive processing occurred following cognitive training
  • An increase in global network efficiency occurred following cognitive training
  • Network changes in the brain correlated to auditory processing gains [Source]
  1. Quality sleep can improve math and language performance.

    Researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University found a link between sleep efficiency (quality of sleep) and academic performance in math and languages. Controlling for variables like socio-economic status of the parents, the researchers studied 75 children between 7 and 11 years old. The results showed a significant performance variable related to a good night’s sleep: 7% for English, 8% for French and 14% for math. [Source]

  1. Personal brain training boosted state reading achievement test scores.

    A study of LearningRx’s ReadRx personal brain training program results found that after training, the group of students made statistically significant gains on tests of Word Attack, Spelling Sounds, Sound Awareness and Passage Comprehension. Additionally, 91% of students who completed the ReadRx program showed improvement on state reading achievement tests. For the group of 65 students in the study, the mean gain across reading achievement tests was 3.6 years. Prior to training, the mean percentile for the group was 33. After training, the group jumped to the 47th percentile in reading. [Source]

  1. Just a single session of exercise can change a child’s brain’s function.

    A consensus statement from researchers in eight countries says that exercise is vital not only to a child’s physical and mental health, but also academic performance. Just one session of moderate exercise has been shown to have an “acute benefit” on academic performance, cognition and brain function. [Source]

  1. Even oppositional behavior can been reduced.

    A survey of parents of 226 school-age children who had been previously identified as having oppositional behavior and academic difficulties, found that many reported significant improvements in behavior and academics following LearningRx personal brain training. The study consisted of three groups: 77 students who completed 60 hours of ThinkRx cognitive training; 69 students who completed 120 hours of ReadRx cognitive training, and a control group of 80 students who didn’t undergo any training. The results showed:

  • Both treatment groups saw a reduction in academic difficulty
  • The control group saw an increase in academic difficulty
  • Both treatment groups improved on ratings of oppositional behavior
  • The control group’s ratings of oppositional behavior worsened [Source]
  1. Learning a second language improves your brain.

    Research from the National Endowment from the Arts found that children who learn a second language tend to perform better on IQ tests and standardized tests than children who only know one language. The study also cites sharper memories and listening skills, as well as greater cognitive flexibility, better problem solving and higher order thinking skills. [Source]

To learn more about how one-on-one brain training might help your child, visit www.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.

Helping Your Teen Excel in High School

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It’s time to head back to school, and if you have a teen (or two) in high school, you’re probably already thinking about ways to help him or her survive mentally, emotionally and academically. Even if it’s not your teen’s first year, high school can be scary, stressful and dramatic.

In addition to the physical changes (and raging hormones!) associated with puberty, for most teens, high school is the start of dating, building deep friendships, planning for college and figuring out where they fit into the world. It’s a perfect storm of social chaos (e.g., gossip, hurt feelings, peer pressure and popularity contests), academic challenges and a quest for independence while still living at home.

To help you help be a supportive parent, we’ve put together some tips to help your teen excel. Remember, if they think high school is hard, just wait until they get to college! The better you can prepare your high schooler now—in terms of independence, academic excellence, accountability, confidence and resiliency, the better.

  1. Get them a padlock to practice on. If this is your teen’s first time user a locker with a padlock, they may be feeling worried about not being able to open it fast enough—or at all. It’s a small gesture, but one that can go a long way to build their confidence.
  2. Encourage them to sign up for a club or sport. Feeling like you’re part of a team or group with common interests is a great way to build confidence, make friends and boost your academics and/or fitness levels.
  3. Host sleepovers or parties. The girl who throws the sleepover is rarely the one to be left out of things. For older kids, you may be willing to host a coed movie night or pool party. Just be sure everyone understands the rules in advance!
  4. Remind them that they’re not alone. Teens of both genders can be very dramatic and think they’re the only one experiencing something. Help ease their feelings of loneliness or sadness by reminding them that other teens are going through the same thing.
  5. Enroll them in personal brain training. If your teen struggles academically, take them to a one-on-one brain training center for a cognitive skills assessment. The assessment will tell you which cognitive skills—like attention, logic & reasoning, memory, processing speed, and visual and auditory processing—are weak. Once these skills are identified, a customized brain training program is created to help target those skills. The results can be life-changing!
  6. Get involved at the school. Too often, teens suffer because their parents aren’t involved in their education. Volunteer at the school when you can, even if it’s only working the concession stand at football games or helping to raise money for new band uniforms.
  7. Encourage them to take leadership roles. Being involved in a lot of clubs and sports looks good on college applications, but leadership roles are even more impressive. Encourage your daughter to run for Student Council president or your son to offer to be team captain in Mathletes. Leadership roles build confidence, help them get to know more people and earns them respect among their peers and teachers.
  8. Review their school-related papers, assignments and homework each night. Even seniors miss assignments, forget to do homework and wait until the last minute to write papers that count for a quarter of their grade. By staying involved and asking questions, you’ll help your teen stay on top of things and plan their schedules accordingly.
  9. Download apps to help with time management and organization.
    With so much going on—tests, assignment deadlines, college applications, after-school activities—teens can always use a little help with organization and time management. Forget the “Trapper Keepers” of your generation and consider instead free or low-cost apps. You can read recommendations and reviews online or ask the most organized people you know (adults included!) how they stay so organized.
  10. Talk about personal responsibility. No one likes it when they mess up, but constantly blaming others for your mistakes doesn’t add to your character or credibility. Talk to your teen about peer pressure, risk-taking and taking responsibility for their actions. Help them understand why you or the coach or the school has consequences and that the rules are for everyone.

 

About LearningRx
LearningRx specializes in one-on-one brain training. We train cognitive skills through game-like exercises that are both fun and challenging—and we do it with a unique personal trainer approach. LearningRx’s customer satisfaction speaks for itself with an average rating of 9.5 out of 10. With 80 centers across the country, LearningRx is a pioneer in the one-on-one brain training industry. Learn more at www.learningrx.com and find testimonials from past clients at www.learningrx-reviews.com.