RECOGNIZE THESE SYMPTOMS?
Struggling in school can be one of the most painful experiences for young students and their families. Many of the parents we meet in San Antonio, Texas have school aged children who are bright, creative, and happy. Though, no matter how hard they seem to try, they struggle to keep up in school.
Struggling in school can look very different depending on the individual child, though in our years of experience, we've observed some patterns. Does your child:
- Get bad grades (even after studying and/or tutoring sessions?)
- Feel anxious or overly nervous before school exams?
- Struggle to complete or understand homework assignments?
- Try to avoid school with excuses and fake ailments?
- Get upset when he/she takes too long to complete school work?
- Cry, scream, break pencils, or crumple paper in frustration?
Most of our parents feel just as frustrated and sad about these results as their children. Helping your child deal with these issues can feel like an emotional burden. After all, we want our kids to excel, feel confident, and perform to the best of their abilities. Why do some students struggle more than others? Is this merely a comprehension gap? Is there any hope to change the score?
DID YOU KNOW?
Studies have found that most learning struggles are caused by weak cognitive skills.
Most people don't realize that cognitive skills and educational content are two completely different things. Our schools are usually focused on educational content, and cognitive skills are largely ignored or pushed to the back burner.
What does this mean for your child?
If you're like most of our parents, you've probably worked with your child on studying more educational content or hired a tutor to help him/her review classroom material. This isn't a bad thing to do. In fact, tutoring can be a great solution for many children who need a little extra help with topics like history and science. Though, if your child's struggles are caused by cognitive skill weaknesses, more tutoring might not be the best solution. Reading more and more content isn't going to help strengthen auditory processing skills (often found in children who struggle with reading comprehension.), It also won't help selective attention skills (essential focus skills necessary for learning challenging subjects.)
Cognitive skills are the core areas that help us read, listen, comprehend, focus, and solve problems. Without a strong foundation in each of these areas, children will likely struggle to absorb the information they need to become successful students.
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
The good news?
Cognitive skills can be assessed and improved. Our groundbreaking training has made great strides by working 1 on 1 with students.
In fact, among 2,003 clients who came to LearningRx with learning struggles or disabilities, the mean age was 13 years old, and the largest gains were seen in auditory processing, long-term memory, logic & reasoning, and broad attention. Long-term memory skills improved an average of 22 percentile points after brain training programs. The average gain in age-equivalent cognitive skills performance was 3.3 years.
What does this mean for every day life?
Reading fluency and reading comprehension improved. Students were able to read their homework questions, understand what was being asked of them, and complete the homework without frustration. During important exams, the students felt a renewed sense of confidence in their ability to use the given information and pull from the facts they'd learned in the past to tackle challenging problems. It meant increased attention spans and less distractions, which resulted in more thorough answers, higher confidence, and better grades.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Our thorough one hour Cognitive Skills Assessment is the essential first step in our brain training process. This gives us and your entire family a clear picture of what your child's strengths and weaknesses are. Most of the families who visit us in our Northeast San Antonio training center are astounded by the results and energized by the telling information. It's much easier to improve when you know what to work on!
After the analysis, our brain trainers work 1 on 1 with you and your child to develop the best course of action based on your child's strengths and weaknesses. Our programs are designed to challenge our students with mental exercises that target the areas they're struggling with the most. Our students have commented about how "energized" they feel after their brain training sessions and how much confidence they've gained after working with our passionate, encouraging trainers.
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A MESSAGE ABOUT COGNITIVE SKILLS
Gina Cruz, Owner of LearningRx San Antonio Northeast, discusses the impact school struggles can have on students. Frustration, hopelessness, and "stinking thinking" can be the result of the inability to focus on important tasks.
Even more disheartening is the frustration families feel from not understanding the root cause of the issue. Once we've assessed the cognitive skill issue, our families are more informed about what causes the student to lose focus in the first place. Learning your individual cognitive strengths and weaknesses can be one of the most empowering experiences you can have as a student. Once we know what needs improving, we can create a brain training plan that serves your growth.
READ THE VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
If your child struggles with focus and attention and they’re labeled the bad child - maybe they’re not listening or following directions - not turning in their work - causing distractions or disturbances in class. You know, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are reasons behind why your child may not have focus and attention - why they may be appearing not to be a good listener - not to be following directions. So many times it looks like weak processing speed. Maybe they’re not processing those directions fast enough. Maybe they are playing with something in their desk, or they’re doodling, or they’re looking out the window or talking to a friend. Again, that goes back to processing speed or working memory. Maybe they forgot what the teacher said. Maybe they honestly forgot the directions that you gave them. You know, there are many emotional consequences to being labeled a “bad child” and it’s really not about being “bad.” There are underlying causes and weaknesses many times that are causing things to look like someone is “bad” or misbehaving. But we have to really look at the root cause. When you think that you’re bad - when you think that you can do nothing right - and you’re being told that over and over again, you will become what you’re told that you are. And we don’t want that to happen. As you can see, bad is not bad. There are underlying issues that may be causing that, but we have a solution for you. The brain can be changed. You can increase the brain’s cognitive skills or cognitive functions, like processing speed, like short term or working memory - so that focus and attention can increase. And that child can go from someone that is thought to be a bad listener and not following directions to being a great listener, and following directions, and staying focused and attentive in class and at home. Do you want to stop having to say, “Take out the trash. Make your bed. Clean your room.” You can stop saying those things by improving the foundational skills that are causing your child not to remember or not to listen. It can be so frustrating having to repeat yourself over and over again to your child. It doesn’t have to be that way. With one on one brain training we can directly address the root cause of weak attention skills and lack of focus by improving the foundational skills that are responsible for being able to pay attention. Imagine what that’s like if you are that child hearing those negative comments over and over again and you really, simply cannot help it. I’ve had so many students here where that is the case. And they come in to our center defeated, deflated - feeling bad. When really, they’re not bad at all. And what we end up seeing are students with their self esteem improved and that “bad” stigma off of them. And they feel great. They feel like they can conquer the world. They love to hear the praise their teachers and parents are giving them and not feeling like they’re bad any longer. And you wouldn’t believe the kinds of changes that we have seen and how much they just brighten up and smile and enjoy learning at that point because they’re able to. They’re able to pay attention and listen. If that sounds like something that is a part of your life as a parent or if you’re a teacher and that sounds like a student in your classroom, we’ve seen students just like that here at LearningRx. We can help. We are the place to go to improve attention skills. Whether your child has been identified with ADD or ADHD or not, they just have an attention weakness, we’re the place to come to. So all you have to do is fill out the information below with your name, phone number, and email address and we’ll send you the attention and focus packet so that you have a way to improve these skills at home. So if you’re ready to see your happy child again and have that happy, easy family life that you once had before, we can help you make that dream a reality.
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