Brain training refers to cognitive training that uses intense mental exercises to target and work on the brain’s core cognitive skills. Strong cognitive skills are critical because they are the skills the brain uses to read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. They are also the skills that determine IQ.
The skills targeted by brain training may include: attention, long- and short-term memory, auditory processing, processing speed, and/or logic & reasoning.
Some companies offer a digital form of brain training via computer or video games. LearningRx, a pioneer and leader in the field, takes a very different approach, offering brain training in a face-to-face coaching/training relationship. LearningRx clients of all ages work one-on-one with personal trainers about an hour a day for 12 weeks (or longer, depending on the program), doing intense, fun mental exercises that work on the way the brain thinks, learns, reads, and remembers. In most situations, clients go through the LearningRx program once, with no need to repeat or extend training.
Because cognitive weaknesses are not necessarily strengthened by time, children who struggle with reading, learning, reasoning, remembering, or paying attention often grow into adults with the same struggles. Many of our clients are, in fact, adults of all ages and stages of life, from the college-bound, to career builders, to seniors.
To get a better understanding of what it’s like to do brain training with a personal brain trainer, compare it to working out daily at the gym with a personal fitness trainer who customizes your workouts, holds you accountable, and encourages you to go beyond your comfort zone. That’s a very different experience than buying a DVD with the good intentions of working out when you have the time and energy, right? That’s the difference a personal training relationship can make.
The face-to-face nature of the training relationship allows LearningRx brain trainers to do three critical things:
- focus on results by customizing each training session and encouraging clients to work past their comfort levels.
- focus on attitude by challenging clients to recognize and pursue their potential, learning to see failure not as something to be avoided at all costs, but as a temporary stepping stone to greater success.
- focus on confidence by encouraging struggling children and adults to engage, embrace challenges, recognize improvements, and celebrate gains.
- Struggling to focus and pay attention can impact many areas of life, whether the person struggling is a child or an adult. Keeping up in class or at work, completing school assignments, feeling confident on the job, following instructions, staying on top of the demands of life, and even driving safely are just some of the things that can be more difficult when an attention disorder is present.Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that impacts the ability to focus and pay attention. The term is used whether hyperactivity is a factor or not, and children and adults of any age can struggle with the disorder.