What impact should I expect cognitive skill training to have on my child?
ANSWER: If cognitive skills weakness is at the root of your child's learning difficulty, the training will increase their speed and ease of learning.
We understand that parents come to our centers with all manner of expectations. Cognitive skills training does frequently lead to increased academic performance, soaring self-esteem, greater trust and independence, higher confidence levels, and more peace and fun around the home. We celebrate these byproducts of training when they occur, and they do happen frequently, but we encourage parents to focus on the specific gains in cognitive ability that can be measured. You can expect the training to cause your child to gain proficiency in specific mental skill areas that were deficient prior to training. You can expect those increased skill levels to make related learning tasks noticeably easier and more productive. You can expect your child to enjoy the training (at least after the first couple sessions-- many are still defensive at first, but quick, noticeable success wins their hearts and trust). You can expect to be encouraged by their progress as the program goes on. If the child has the support structure at home, is getting good instruction at home or in school, and enjoys succeeding, you can expect to see positive changes in their home, school and public life, with far reaching potential for learning.
Can I get this type training in my child's school? Why not?
ANSWER: Unfortunately, in most cases the answer is, "No." For a variety of reasons, schools generally do not address cognitive skill weakness effectively.
Most schools care about helping students with learning struggles, but many things work again them providing this type help effectively. First, schools are not set up to deliver training one-on-one, and one-on-one training is the most effective type for strengthening cognitive skills.Next, school schedules and ratings are built on teaching academic subjects. Nonacademic training is outside their norm, difficult for them to justify in their budgets, and beyond most administrators and teachers area of expertise. Even in areas such as sports, where individual training is recognized to be valuable, the "training" often devolves into group sessions and demonstrations by a "coach" delivered to 10 to 20 kids. Individual skill training (mental or physical) is rarely found in school.Also, the volume of students in public and private schools requires a group management philosophy that makes individual students part of a whole; be that a class, grade or performance group. This leaves little time or perspective to view a student's individual needs as primary, as is required with targeted and focused skill training.For the time being, cognitive skill training is not available in schools, and must be sought out from private training organizations like LearningRx.This answer helps. I would like to contact the center now.
What age range of students can benefit from cognitive skill training?
ANSWER: Students of all ages can benefit from appropriate cognitive skill training.
Our official age range for accepting students is 5 years old to adult. Basic levels of communications ability are required for the training. Children under 5 years of age can benefit from other types of developmental programs or tools. If you are concerned about a child under 5, please call the Center. We would be happy to direct you to appropriate help.Most of our students are school age. This is when students and parents recognize that something needs to be done to avert a lifetime of struggle. Students in early grades benefit the most from skill training. It enables them to face all their school years with strong learning skills. Older students benefit too though. It is truly never too late to strengthen underlying skills. Training for the struggling middle-school or high school student can often turn their school performance around quickly. Training the summer before going off to college could accelerate learning, reduce college stress, and shorten the time it takes to achieve a desired degree.Adult training is very effective. Overcoming a lifelong specific learning disability, achieving a competitive advantage at work, or simply becoming a better thinker are all within the grasp of adult students of LearningRx training.Even senior citizens are enjoying the benefit of stronger memory, and better mental clarity through LearningRx mental skill training.This answer helps. I would like to contact the center now.
Can you help students classified LD, ADD, AD/HD, Dyslexic, or Slow Learners?
ANSWER: "Yes!" Many times these classifications are the result of performance or behavior stunted by weak cognitive skills. The first step is to get a skill evaluation. It will reveal likely areas of weakness that can be pinpointed and strengthened.
At LearningRx, we do not have to minimize our expectations just because a child has been labeled one thing or another. Experience has proven that most students can benefit from cognitive training, and that many of their lives can be radically changed for the better. If your child has been diagnosed as one of the above, please call us. There is a great chance we can help. The first step is the call and evaluation. From there we can explore a training strategy that gives your child the greatest chance for success in the shortest amount of time.This answer helps. I would like to contact the center now.
What benefit does this training have for average or gifted students?
ANSWER: All students (struggling, average and gifted) rely on their cognitive skills to study and learn. In the average or gifted student, an increase in cognitive skill strength can translate into easier learning, faster learning and less stressful learning. In the competitive academic environment these students often find this "edge" to be very valuable.
Average students are defined as such because they perform at a level comparable to their IQ test scores. IQ scores are averages of several individual skill test scores. One child with a 110 IQ might be very strong on Logic but poor on Auditory Processing. This "average" student might work hard and be clever enough to keep up in spite of the auditory weakness. He compensates to get by. If this average student were to strengthen his weak auditory skills, he would have the capacity to easily excel in school.Gifted students already have strong mental skills. They have the opportunity to refine their strengths with good cognitive training. Struggling students benefit most from building up their weaknesses. Gifted students benefit greatest from enhancing their strengthens. It is with their mental strengths that gifted children compete for scholarships, first rate schools, and notable academic achievement. For the gifted student, skill training is like tuning a concert quality instrument. It gives them the edge in the highly competitive and demanding academic world in which they compete.This answer helps. I would like to contact the center now.
Is the training offered to and effective for adults who struggle with learning or reading?
ANSWER: "Yes", and it is very effective. People don't "grow out of" cognitive weaknesses, but many adults compensate in a variety of ways. This compensation often leads them to avoid difficult or uncomfortable activities. Strengthening life-long cognitive skill weaknesses can open whole new horizons of learning and success for adults.
Adults who seek out help are often highly motivated and make great trainees! The rapid results are very encouraging to adults who have struggled with hidden learning or reading for years. Liberation from these struggles is sweet.Imagine the feeling of reading your first complete novel, or taking a world politics or economics class just for the fun of it!Adults know firsthand the costs of learning and reading weakness. Increased learning capacity can transform directly into career and income opportunities for the adult with weak learning skills. At LearningRx, we believe you are never too old to enjoy the benefits of better, faster, and easier learning.This answer helps. I would like to contact the center now.
Will this training help resolve motivation or behavior problems?
ANSWER: Stronger cognitive skills make learning easier. This easier learning often reduces the frustrations experienced by struggling students. Reduced frustrations often lead to higher motivation and better attitudes toward school - but - motivation and behavior is effected by many other factors at home and in school. As a result, we cannot guarantee improved behavior.
Poor behavior and low motivation are common among struggling students. Many mistakenly blame the poor performance on these two scapegoats, but more often, bad behavior and low motivation are defenses against the shame of failure in the life of a struggling student. Think about the kindergarten or first grade students you've known. Do you know or remember any who weren't excited about learning. Most who find it difficult to learn lose their motivation because learning is such a daily struggle. In the absence of the natural encouragement of success, behaviors often become the victim.At LearningRx, we train cognitive skills. As such, we cannot claim nor guarantee increases in motivation, self-esteem or improved behavior. The happy truth, though, is that many students do display improvement in all these areas, because, for the first time in a long time, they are enjoying success in learning. This answer helps. I would like to contact the center now.
I heard you guarantee results. What are the guarantees, and how can you do that? Isn't every student different?
ANSWER: "Yes, we do guarantee results.", and "Yes, every student is different." Cognitive skills strength is measurable. Students all test at different and unique cognitive skill levels, but the training has proven to be effective in almost every circumstance. Our guarantees are based on years of proven effectiveness across a wide variety of students.
Cognitive skills training is powerful and effective. The history behind the training offered at LearningRx has been developed and proven over the last several years nationwide. Test score results are very consistent in reporting gains in weak underlying skills, and in overall reading skill and proficiency. (see the "Results" link to the left.) These results were achieved by trainers and program providers in a wide variety of geographic locations, with students of all ages, skill levels and socioeconomic situations. We guarantee a 2-year gain in at least one skill pre-testing under age level, and a 3-year gain in auditory skills when pre-testing below age level and when the student completes the prescribed training. A substantial degree of parental involvement in the training is also required. Cognitive skills respond to correct training. It is science as well as technique. over the past several years. We are able to guarantee results with confidence because our actual gains consistently average twice what we guarantee. The training really works and we are fully dedicated to helping you and your child.This answer helps. I would like to contact the center now.
I have other questions. What should I do?
Contact one of our Center locations to learn more:
225 E. Amherst, Suite B, Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: (903) 534-0700
1809 NW Loop 281, Suite 107, Longview, TX 75604
Phone: (903) 295-4044