Increase in Autism Rate and Treatments Focus of Autism Awareness Month

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A review of 49 LearningRx students with autism spectrum disorder shows brain training brought an average gain of 18 percentage points across seven key cognitive areas.

Autism awareness efforts this April come with alarming new statistics and some hopeful highlights too. The bad news: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 110 children born in the United States will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. That’s up dramatically from last year’s accepted rate of one in 150.

But hope is also a highlight of autism awareness efforts this World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd) and throughout National Autism Awareness Month (April): National brain-training company LearningRx is focusing awareness on how “brain training” is proving a valuable resource for people with ASD.

“Our brain training can dramatically improve life for many people with an autism spectrum disorder,” says LearningRx Vice President of Research and Development Tanya Mitchell. “We’ve seen incredible results for people who’ve tried many other treatments and therapies. Our programs strengthen weak cognitive skills and that can kick-start intense growth and open the world in a way not possible before.”

Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is an umbrella term for five different disorders including autism and Asperger’s syndrome. ASD is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop relationships and often comes with extensive cognitive and behavioral challenges. There is no “cure” for autism, but with highly individualized treatment, some people with ASD can become independent adults.

A review of 49 LearningRx students with ASD shows brain training brought an average gain of 18 percentage points across seven key cognitive areas. For example, before training the average child tested in the 31st percentile of his peers for logic and reasoning. After training, that average jumped 23.4 points to the 64th percentile.

“These test results usually simply confirm what parents already know,” says LearningRx Founder Dr. Ken Gibson. “That after our brain training their child is more confident, more socially adept, more willing to try new things and, in general, a faster thinker and better learner. Brain training is certainly not a cure-all for all autism, but it is one more proven, valuable tool we can use to help remove the limitations of ASD.”

About LearningRx

LearningRx specializes in identifying and correcting the underlying cognitive skill deficiencies that keep people from achieving their full potential. Personal brain trainers use intensive, one-on-one, game-like exercises to quickly enhance weak cognitive skills such as attention, memory, processing speed, and problem solving. More than 15,000 students have gone through the training since 1985 and graduates now see average gains of 4.12 years across nine essential cognitive learning areas. To learn more about LearningRx, visit http://www.learningrx.com .

EDITOR/PRODUCER NOTE: A mother and Autistic son, who have gone through this program, are available to discuss their results. Christina Sevilla, O.T., and brain trainer/owner is also available for interview, (303) 284-6105. Please contact melanie(at)howardpr(dot)com, or (303) 741-2904, for more information and research.

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