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The 2018 Smart Mom’s Toy Box

2018 Smart Mom’s Toy Box

Choosing Toys that Build Cognitive Skills

Buying toys for your kids isn’t as simple as it used to be. Many of today’s children and teens are adding the newest smartphones, high-tech gadgets, and video games to their lists faster than you can swipe your credit card. So for many of you parents, buying toys can feel like you are simply stockpiling more useless junk that will sit in the toybox until it’s time to gather pieces for donations.

LearningRx has put together its annual list of brain-building games for the 2018 Smart Mom’s Toy Box. These pieces have been named best in class because kids love them and they build cognitive skills. Best of all, they’re all under $30 on Amazon.com! Read the list HERE.

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/

June 6 is National Higher Education Day

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Two parts to smart: Is your teen college-ready?

Here’s some unsettling information: Just because your teen can remember math formulas or the timeline of World War II doesn’t mean they’re ready for college. In fact, brain experts will tell you that there are actually two parts to smart – knowledge and IQ – and you need both of them to get into the top colleges and universities. So, what’s the difference? Find out here, along with what you can do to help them prepare for college.

Two parts to smart: Is your teen college-ready?

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/

 

7 Myths About the Brain that Might Surprise You

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  1. MYTH: You’re either left-brained or right-brained.
    This long-standing myth has been debunked. There is no evidence that people preferentially use one side of their brain more.2. MYTH: Cognitive decline is not impacted by choices or circumstances.
    We now understand that there are lots of things you can do that appear to fight cognitive decline: exercise, social interaction, good nutrition, brain stimulation and one-on-one brain training.

    3. MYTH: IQ cannot be changed.
    We now know the brain is “plastic,” that is, capable of changing at any age. And since IQ is simply a measurement of cognitive skills, stronger abilities translate into higher IQ.

    4. MYTH: Brain size determines intelligence.
    On average, the male brain is about 10 percent larger than the female brain, but it has nothing to do with intelligence.

    5. MYTH: Alcohol kills brain cells.
    It’s not that brain cells are being killed off by excessive alcohol consumption, it’s that the dendrites (which help cells communicate) are being damaged.

    6. MYTH: Some people are just destined to be bad at math.
    Struggles with math, called “dyscalculia,” are often caused by weak cognitive skills, which can be trained. Brain training works on the skills needed to learn, process and recall math-related information—such as visual processing, working memory and logic & reasoning.

    7. MYTH: Dyslexia is about reading letters backwards.
    Dyslexia simply means “trouble with words” and even smart kids can be dyslexic. In people with dyslexia, the weakest cognitive skills are often phonemic awareness and auditory processing, although other areas may suffer as well. Personal brain training can target and train these weak skills.