The brain works like the body: use it or lose it. The good news is that mental exercises can not only prevent the losses but raise cognitive function and IQ, in a short amount of time.
Denver, CO (Vocus) May 8, 2010
Millions of American children will lose about 25% of their reading skills and approximately 2.6 months of math computation skills this summer (according to the U.S. Department of Education and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management). If that wasn’t bad enough, teachers typically spend 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching or re-reviewing material that kids forgot over the summer break (Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning).
To prevent these typical summer-time losses, known as “Summer Brain Drain” or “Summer Slide,” (which occur when kids do not engage in educational activities), LearningRX is offering tips and lists of games and activities for parents. LearningRX is also offering their own 3-month, hour a day, summer program for kids of all ages.
“The brain works like the body,” says Christina Sevilla, O.T. and co-owner of the Denver LearningRX, “use it or lose it. The good news is that mental exercises can not only prevent the losses but raise cognitive function and IQ, in a short amount of time.”
Sevilla says that reinforcing cognitive skills (tools that enable kids to successfully focus, think, prioritize, plan, remember, visualize and solve problems) is the answer. Her tips for summertime (available from the http://www.learningrx.com website) include:
- BOARD GAMES such as Simon (for auditory processing, memory), Uno (for logic and reasoning), Speed Cards (for visual processing and attention), 20 Questions (for memory, logic and reasoning);
- ONLINE GAMES and websites such as http://www.primarygames.com, http://www.funbrain.com, http://www.thekidzpage.com/freekidsgames);
- PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES that energize mind and body (e.g., counting while dribbling a basketball or jumping rope, or working math and geography facts while on a Trampoline).
LearningRX also offers tips to choose a fun and educational family trip this summer to incorporate learning opportunities (including hands-on activities, brain-boosting car games, reading, research and more).
Recent studies also show that the brain is capable of remarkable change and growth. "Until the 1990s, scientists believed the brain was stagnant," explains Sevilla. "We now know that the brain is capable of growth at any age, and that intensive one-on-one cognitive skills training can treat the root cause of learning struggles like ADHD, dyslexia or memory issues. These do not have to be lifelong labels. It's also good news for anyone who wants to strengthen their cognitive skills, increase their IQ, reduce medications, and become a better learner – whether six or 106 years old. Cognitive skills training does for the brain what physical exercise does for the body."
In fact, LearningRX shows results to prove this theory. The results of a recent independent research study funded by the National Science Foundation were presented to Congress last week touting the benefits of LearningRX’s programs and the profound effects they could have on the country’s educational system.
LearningRX’s 3-month summer program, where kids can drop in for about an hour a day each day, and still get to enjoy their summer fun, commences in June. For more information about it, cognitive skills testing, Summer Brain Drain, ADHD, dyslexia, autism or age-related cognitive decline, contact Christina Sevilla at LearningRx, Denver, at (303) 284-6105 or christina(at)learningrx.net.
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 in as little as 12 to 24 weeks. Other benefits include improved confidence, self-esteem and overall achievement. The company guarantees improvement for all people with deficiencies who complete the training. To learn more about LearningRx, visit http://www.learningrx.com.
Downloadable .pdfs and research materials are available online. For more information, video, photographs, or to schedule an interview with Christina Sevilla or a Learning RX parent and student, please email Melanie(at)HowardPR.com or call (303) 741-2904.