October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month and local brain training center LearningRx Cedar Rapids North is offering discounted cognitive skills assessments throughout the month.
“Most people who have observed their child struggling to read probably know the basics: dyslexia isn’t really about reversing letters, it makes reading difficult, and even smart kids can be dyslexic,” says Courtney Axline, Director of the Cedar Rapids North Center. “But thanks to things like neuroimaging, there’s a lot of new research about the science of dyslexia – from its causes to how to essentially eradicate it.”
One piece of evidence that continues to appear in scientific studies is that the only proven solution to treat the root cause of dyslexia (i.e. weak cognitive skills) is with brain training.
Unlike digital brain training games, intensive, one-on-one brain training uses the brain’s plasticity to rebuild neural connections, find faster routes to process information and increase the processing speed of existing neural connections.
“Most parents don’t even know this type of ‘brain training’ exists,” says Axline. “This isn’t magic, it’s science. A cognitive skills expert can literally change a student’s brain through one-on-one training to help him/her learn better and retain information. It’s not tutoring – it’s improving the underlying skills, like auditory processing and processing speed – needed to learn and perform tasks well. It’s like strength conditioning for the brain.”
Throughout the month of October, parents or grandparents can bring their child in for a free brain skills assessment that will measure their cognitive skills. To schedule an appointment, call 319-393-0067 or visit www.learningrx.com/cedar-rapids-north.
LearningRx specializes in treating the cause – not the symptoms – of learning struggles. The programs’ game-like exercises and 1:1 trainer-to-student ratios provide guaranteed dramatic improvement in as little as 12 to 24 weeks. With more than 80 centers across the country, LearningRx brain training can help anyone – from 5 to 85 – increase the speed, power or function of their brain.To learn more about LearningRx, visit www.learningrx.com.