Category: Attention Skills

Build Your Brain Skills in 2019 With the S.M.A.R.T. Approach

 

Using Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-related goals

It’s possible for anyone to work on their cognitive skills—such as memory, auditory and visual processing, logic & reasoning, attention, and processing speed. Read some of our tips, such as how to use mnemonics to remember your grocery list and more that will help strengthen your brain skills in 2019. Learn more here:

Tips on building S.M.A.R.T. brain skills

October is ADHD Awareness Month!

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What better time to address your child or teen’s attention issues than ADHD Awareness Month?

Whether your child has an official ADHD diagnosis, or you’ve just noticed some attention struggles, it can be difficult to determine where to start to get them help. At LearningRx, we often hear from parents who want to avoid stimulant medication for ADHD, if possible. In addition, new studies are constantly showing that stimulant medication doesn’t work for everyone.

But there is some good news on the ADHD front. New research from our sister nonprofit, the Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research recently had a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment showing that LearningRx personal brain training created significant improvements for children with attention problems!

Read more here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6027847/

10 Myths About Learning Disabilities (and Why They’re False)

It’s not your fault. You’ve taken the advice of well-meaning experts, Googled a few topics, and heard that tutoring helped your neighbor’s daughter after she missed two weeks of school due to appendicitis. And you’re not alone. The myths you’ve believed about learning disabilities have been around for years (with no ill intent!) because we didn’t know better! But now, thanks to advances in science, cognitive remediation programs, and genetic research, we understand more than we ever have about the intricacies of the brain and learning. Here are 10 of the more common myths surrounding learning disabilities and why we now know they’re false.

https://media.learningrx.com/ten-myths-about-learning-disabilities-and-why-theyre-false-2/

May 7 is National Barrier Awareness Day

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Both visible and invisible barrier can limit the success of otherwise very capable children, teens and adults. From attention struggles and dyslexia, to dysgraphia (trouble with numbers) and memory issues, invisible barriers like weak cognitive skills can sometimes cause extreme frustration because the problem is often unknown. Kids and teens are blamed for being “lazy” or “dumb” when in fact they’re just as smart as their peers—or smarter! Adults are labeled as “unmotivated,” when the reality is that they’re struggling with a learning disability.

Worried that weak cognitive skills are making life harder than it has to be for you or someone you love? Take our free Learning Skills Discovery Survey to find out how to overcome your barriers: https://lsds.learningrx.com/

 

Who’s to Blame for a Bad Report Card?

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Report cards.

Seldom have two words caused such anxiety for both students and parents. For some, poor grades can reflect feelings of inadequacy (as a student or a parent), worries about being held back a grade, or fears of not getting into a good college.

Who’s to blame for learning struggles?

For parents, these feelings can manifest as blame: blaming their child, their child’s teacher, and/or themselves. And while many people assume that less-than-stellar grades are a reflection of poor teaching, lack of intelligence, student laziness, or poor parenting, these assumptions are almost always untrue.

The truth is that bad report cards are not a reflection of IQ. In fact, many struggling learners have higher-than-average IQ scores. IQ assessments measure an average of the combined strength of all our cognitive skills—the underlying tools we need to successfully focus, think, prioritize, plan, understand, visualize, remember, solve problems, and create useful association. These skills include things like attention, visual and auditory processing, memory, logic & reasoning, and processing speed.

It’s very common for a student to have an average or above-average IQ score and a learning problem at the same time. For example, a child who struggles with reading may have a severe deficiency in sound blending and phonemic awareness (two sub skills of auditory processing), and be well above average in other cognitive abilities. When you lump it all together, it’ll look like there’s no problem because the IQ score is average (or even above-average. In fact, that high score is masking what could be a serious problem.

What about genetics?

It’s not surprising that parents who struggled in school themselves often experience anxiety over their children’s report cards. Concerns may stem from parents’ hoping that their children get better grades than they did. Parents may also fear that they’ve somehow genetically passed on their learning struggles to their offspring.

Certainly, genetics can contribute to a small part of learning struggles (like some reading difficulties); but the majority of learning struggles are simply the result of weak cognitive skills. In a way that is good news, since weak cognitive skills can be targeted, trained, and strengthened. They are not “set in stone.”

So how do you strengthen weak cognitive skills?

Cognitive skills training (also known as “personal brain training”) incorporates immediate feedback, intensity and loading, among other features. The most effective brain training starts with a cognitive skills assessment to identify weak skills, then uses customized programs of fun, intense mental exercise to strengthen those weak skills.

Unlike tutoring, which is academics-based, brain training is skills-based. While tutoring can be effective when a student has fallen behind in specific subjects (such as history) due to an illness, injury, or family move, cognitive training targets the underlying skills needed to perform tasks (like reading) that make learning easier in any subject.

If your child is struggling in school, take the first step toward helping your child become a more confident learner by having his or her cognitive skills assessed. Cognitive testing usually takes an about an hour, and can pinpoint the weak skills that are making learning (and life!) harder than it needs to be. Click on the link below to find a LearningRx center near you and speak with someone about scheduling a cognitive assessment.