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  • Ricki Cassutt
  • Director of Community Outreach
  • Address: 565 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 116
    Chandler, AZ 85225
  • Ricki Cassutt is the director of community outreach at LearningRX. She wants to help parents who feel hopeless because their children struggle with learning difficulties.
Wednesday 06/23/2010
Brain training changes an individual’s capacity to think and learn

As a former school counselor, I have encountered numerous children who suffer from various learning difficulties.  As a result, I have explored countless options in assisting students who struggle with reading, math computations or just staying focused in the classroom.  What I discovered is a phenomenon called brain training. 

Brain training changes an individual’s capacity to think and learn.  Many assume intelligence potential is fixed at birth and learning disabilities are permanent.  This is not true!  The brain can be strengthened and IQ increased. 

Research has identified cognitive skills as the root source of learning.  Brain training describes a set of revolutionary new techniques developed by brain researchers and educators that test, target and strengthen specific mental skills.  If mental skills—such as auditory processing and memory—are strong, learning comes easily and naturally.  If skill weaknesses remain hidden, a student will face occasional or even chronic learning, reading and performance struggles.  Strengthening weak skills is the key!

A 2005 study in one of the nation’s largest school districts revealed that one year of small group tutoring added only one additional month of reading proficiency to student’s reading levels.  In contrast, brain training combined with reading instruction produced over 3.5 years of improvement in just 6 months.  Nothing else can do what brain training can do.  

Posted in Blogs on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:30 pm.

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