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Brain training uses fun (but intense!) mental workout sessions to target weak skills.

Did you know that many struggles with thinking, learning, reading, memory, and attention are caused by weak cognitive skills?

At LearningRx, our brain training programs target those very skills. We do it through a series of intense (but fun!) mental exercises that work on the way the brain thinks, learns, reads, and remembers.

Best yet, our clients work one-on-one with their own personal brain trainers. You know those intense, fun mental exercises we just mentioned? As a LearningRx client, you’ll be doing them sitting across a table from your own brain trainer. The face-to-face aspect of our programs takes the training experience to a whole new level, and is a big part of what makes us so unique in the brain training industry.

LearningRx has been around for over 40 years and has graduated over 100,000 students!!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

At LearningRx, you’ll do fun, challenging exercises for your brain with the help of your own personal trainer.

To understand the impact of working with a personal brain trainer, physical fitness training provides a great analogy. Think about what it’s like to commit to working out daily at the gym with a personal trainer who customizes your workouts, holds you accountable, and encourages you beyond your comfort zone. Now compare that with the experience of purchasing a workout DVD with the good intentions of making time to work out when you feel like it. See the difference? That’s the difference a training relationship can make.

When it comes to working with a personal brain trainer (rather than simply purchasing a digital brain training game), comments like these from parents say it far better than we ever could:

“The trainer that our daughter had truly became a friend. She knew how to push her to her limits with time to laugh and recover. Would I recommend it to a parent? Unequivocally, yes!”

“Our trainers, Annie and Matt, were great! They were supportive and encouraging and they became like family. They truly cared about us and our success.”

“As he began training with Mrs. Gloria, things started changing immediately. Our son actually stated that for the first time, he actually felt that he had partners (Mrs. Gloria and Mrs. Diana) that were on his side to support him in every way.”

“We have watched Peter blossom. Peter’s trainers (he had two different trainers) were so patient with him and knew exactly what to do to motivate him.”

“His trainer had a huge, positive impact on him, too, building his self-esteem and reviving that love of learning that is essential to educational success. It has been a pleasure for us to work with the local LearningRx team.”

The client/trainer relationship is foundational to the LearningRx experience. Trainers not only customize sessions to maximize impact, they also provide accountability and encouragement throughout the process.

The one-on-one training relationship can truly be a game changer in the brain training experience. The face-to-face nature of the training relationship allows LearningRx brain trainers to:

  • focus on results by customizing each training session and encouraging students 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 fully engage, embrace challenges, recognize improvements, and celebrate gains.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

What are researchers finding out about LearningRx?

What difference does brain training make? Do our programs impact cognitive skills? Is brain performance changed? Do individuals and families benefit? The following research studies may answer some of these questions for you. At LearningRx, research on our programs is one of our top priorities. Read for yourself what studies are showing related to LearningRx brain training programs.

Carpenter, D., Ledbetter, C., & Moore, A.L. (2016). LearningRx cognitive training effects in children ages 8-14: A randomized controlled study. Applied Cognitive Psychology. doi: 10.1002/acp.3257
In a randomized controlled study, the effects of a one-on-one cognitive training program on IQ, memory, visual and auditory processing, processing speed, reasoning, and attention for students ages 8-14 were examined. Participants were randomly assigned to either an experimental group to complete 60 hours of cognitive training or to a wait-list control group. The purpose of the study was to examine changes in general intelligence and individual cognitive skills after completing cognitive training with ThinkRx, a LearningRx program. Results showed statistically significant differences between groups on all outcome measures except for attention. Implications, limitations, and suggestions for future research are examined. See the results of the study.

LearningRx Training Results: 2008-2015
In this preliminary preview of the next results report, pretest and post-test scores of more than 18,000 LearningRx students were analyzed. As a group, students made statistically significant gains in all cognitive and academic skills measured by the Woodcock Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities and Tests of Achievement. The average IQ gain was 14 points. Gains in cognitive skills ranged from 3.2 years to 5.0 years. Gains in reading skills ranged from 2.0 years to 6.3 years while gains in math skills ranged from 2.2 years to 3.5 years. See the results of the study.

Moore, A. (2015). Achievement Outcomes for LearningRx Students: Math and Reading Achievement Before and After Cognitive Training.
This report summarizes the analysis of reading and math achievement outcomes for more than 6,000 students who completed a ReadRx or MathRx training program at LearningRx between 2008 and 2014. ReadRx students made statistically significant gains on tests of Word Attack, Spelling Sounds, Sound Awareness, and Passage Comprehension. The mean gain across reading achievement tests was 3.6 years. MathRx students made statistically significant gains on tests of Math Fluency, Applied Problems, and Quantitative Concepts. The mean gain across math achievement tests was 3.3 years. In a subset of students who provided state achievement test results, 91% percent of the students who completed the ReadRx program showed improvement on state reading achievement tests after the intervention. See the results of the study.

Moore, A. (2015). LearningRx Training and IQ Gains.
This presentation reports the changes in IQ from before and after LearningRx training of more than 18,000 students between 2008 and 2015. The average IQ before training was 97 and the average IQ after training was 111, resulting in an average IQ gain of 14 points. The presentation also reports on a subset of 40 students with double baseline testing, revealing a decline in IQ between the time of diagnosis and beginning LearningRx training and then a dramatic increase in IQ following LearningRx training. See the results of the study.

Some of the statistics on this page are based on the average pre- and post-test results of thousands of clients, without a control group. You may see more or less improvement in IQ and/or cognitive skills following your program.


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How did you get started teaching?

LearningRx is both a pioneer and leader in the field of brain training.

Our procedures consist of intense mental exercises that are also really fun to do. This is because our brain trainers know exactly how to encourage and challenge clients past their comfort zones and into the thrill of new accomplishments.

Here’s a little background on the development of the LearningRx procedures:

In the early 1970s, Dr. Ken Gibson, a pediatric optometrist and specialist in visual processing, became fascinated by the question, “How can we help people learn easier and faster?”

Determined to find the answer, Dr. Gibson began compiling experiences with children and adults. In addition to his own practice, he founded preschools and learning centers and worked with kids in those settings, too. He also began researching the latest developments in any field or science related to the brain, applying those developments to his growing body of work.

Soon he discovered an interesting pattern. He realized that students were paying attention better and recalling important facts more easily after being coached through short but intense periods of mental exercise. The doctor was intrigued. Could these results be replicated? Deciding to test his theory on 35 students who were struggling with reading, Gibson created a three-month program. Unlike any reading remedy that had been attempted before, the program wasn’t based on tutoring or reading instruction; instead, it consisted of mental workouts.

The results were far better than Dr. Gibson had dared hope for.

Eventually, Dr. Gibson compiled a series of specialized exercises that worked on specific cognitive weaknesses. With the help of other educational and psychological specialists, these exercises were tested and refined over an additional 16 years. Ultimately, they became the foundation of the LearningRx brain training system.

Today LearningRx is a pioneer and leader in brain training.

What types of students have you worked with?

We offer a variety of programs that target specific cognitive weaknesses

At LearningRx, we offer a variety of programs to meet the needs of our clients. Here’s a short description of each:

ThinkRx is our core program. Offered over a minimum of 12 weeks, this program works on all the core cognitive skills. Every client who is over seven years of age and in a full program trains with ThinkRx.

ReadRx incorporates ThinkRx with ReadRx. A powerful reading intervention, ReadRx trains the cognitive skills of auditory processing, as well as other skills that are critical to reading success.

ComprehendRx takes reading intervention to a new level, focusing on the cognitive skills that are critical for reading comprehension. This program works on many cognitive skills, including visual processing, reasoning skills, sequential processing, working memory, and metacognitive strategies.

MathRx trains the cognitive skills needed to efficiently and effectively develop numerical fluency, learn math concepts, solve problems, and perform calculations.

Einstein includes ThinkRx, ReadRx, and MathRx.

LiftOff is available to preschoolers through first graders and works on the foundational cognitive skills and early reading skills so important for early learners. These include auditory processing, attention, memory, processing speed, visual processing, and reasoning.

StudyRx helps clients develop stronger study skills. The program teaches clients 14 test-taking tips, 12 top learning strategies, as well as eight core study skills based on fictionalized stories of historical figures and the habits, skills, and perspectives that contributed to their success. StudyRx is currently being piloted in a few of our centers, and will soon be released across the LearningRx system.

Brain Booster programs are offered in two formats. The first is for adults who do not have a need for a full program, and instead are interested in doing mental exercises with a trainer at their own convenience. The Brain Booster program for adults is offered in 12, 18, or 24-session segments. Brain Booster is also offered to clients who have completed one of our other full programs and are interested in additional one-on-one training.

BrainSkills is a digital brain training program that can be used to supplement the one-on-one training that is the cornerstone of all of our programs, or as a maintenance program for those who have completed one of our full one-on-one programs.

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This page shares real testimonials posted by actual LearningRx clients. LearningRx does not edit or modify these testimonials in any way. They represent the exact words of our clients, and may report improvements that we do not claim or promise. Results vary, and some results may not be typical. You or your child may or may not achieve the same improvements.

Customer Reviews
Rated 4.9/5 based on 29 reviews
Amber Mashay
Feb 15, 2017

I love working at LearningRx. I love hearing from current and former parents and students how LearningRx made their lives so much easier. I can't wait for my children to be old enough to go through the program and improve their skills and have the absolute best advantage in school and life!

Feb 09, 2017

Tegan was having a lot of difficulties in school. We were trying everything but nothing was working. Tegan's doctor recommended Learning Rx and we decided to give it a try. During the program Tegan has grown in his reading and confidence in his schoolwork. The staff at Learning Rx has been wonderful and accommodating. I would recommend Learning Rx to anyone who is struggling and needs to strengthen their brain.

Jan 26, 2017

The improvement we see in our daughter is amazing. She has developed so much more cofidence in herself and overcome so many obstacles since being in the LearningRX program. The staff was always helpful and the trainer she was paired up with went above and beyond to adjust to our scheduling needs. Program is recommended without a doubt.

Jan 12, 2017

The staff is wonderful and really concerned with helping my son achieve his full potential. We are midway through the program and seeing results! Can't wait to see where he goes by the end.

Jul 14, 2016

this was an amazing program for my son and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to help their child improve their attention and learning skills

Jun 30, 2016

My son has made significant improvements with his school work as well as at home. He has gained confidence with learning and loves coming to LearningRx.

May 30, 2016

The new owner is amazing!! Super friendly staff, very welcoming and knowledgeable.

May 30, 2016

The new owner is amazing!! Super friendly staff, very welcoming and knowledgeable.

May 27, 2016

All the staff is super sweet and we loved meeting them at our Disability Awareness Night!!

Jan 05, 2016

If your child needs a positive place to learn what all he/she can achieve if given the right skills - Learning Rx is the place for you! It is a gift our son will use always.

Dec 16, 2015
Sharline Martin
Aug 20, 2015

Lex is a smart kid. In first grade, he was struggling in the classroom environment at school. He required lots of 1:1 attention, and repeating of lessons. He was attending 90 minutes of tutoring a week at school. Homework was a struggle in the evenings, taking a lot of time and energy. Lex was not displaying any behavioral issues, but instead struggled with learning alongside his classmates, and at the speed lessons were being taught. He is a different type of learner. When LearningRx promised to address the cognitive weaknesses that Lex had, which would in turn make learning easier, we were anxious to get started. We began training on 4/6/15. We saw early on results in that Lex was able to focus, and stay on task longer. Homework became easier, online reading tests at school showed marked improvement and he was able to focus better in martial arts class. Next we started to see his confidence growing. By the end of June, about 10 weeks into training, Lex had shown significant progress in reading, ability to focus, less hesitation in his school work and his confidence was soaring. By August, as we wrapped up Lex’s training program, we are astounded by his progress in reading. He will now read a chapter book, whereas four months prior, he could not complete the reading of a beginner, level one reader. His memory has also improved greatly. We are extremely impressed that Lex was able to memorize the presidents. He was also the first student to memorize the rules of sparring at martial arts. This would never have happened before his training program. We also notice Lex’s short term memory working better. He remembers where he left his glasses, instructions that were given to him the day before, etc. His trainers have been working on logic and reasoning as well, but will need to continue to work on this with him. We are most impressed by how Lex’s confidence has grown during his training plan. When we started in April, he was very unsure of himself and would get down on himself when doing school work. He now attacks his work confidently. He knows he can do it! The trainers have pushed him, but he always leaves feeling very good about himself and the work he has done.

Aug 13, 2015

Thank you so much for all of your work with Jenna! When she first started at LearningRx, Jenna was extremely frustrated at school and feeling very defeated. She had stopped putting her best effort into school work because she just “knew” that she wasn’t going to do well. Since coming to LRX, Jenna’s attitude, perspective and self-esteem have improved so much. In fact, this was the first improvement that we noticed. She really loved being able to watch herself progress through the levels of the program – it finally gave her a sense of accomplishment. We’ve also noticed great progress in her reading and spelling which have always been extremely challenging for my dyslexic daughter, despite 3 years of dyslexia therapy. We are really looking forward to seeing how she progresses once school resumes. LearningRx is definitely the “long game’ in Jenna’s educational journey, but it has given us the best progress and long term hope for her academic performance and the impact on her self image & self esteem.

Julie Rippamonti

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a tutor in your area of expertise?

Is brain training similar to tutoring?
Not at all. While both are effective, brain training and tutoring are actually different solutions to different problems.

From kindergarten through grad school, students typically struggle because of one of two problems:

  1. New information wasn’t grasped because it was presented poorly (or missed entirely)
  2. Weak cognitive skills are making it hard to grasp new information (even when it is presented well)

Tutoring works on the first problem; LearningRx brain training works on the second.

There are definitely times to hire a tutor. For example, if your child didn’t learn classroom content because he or she was home with the flu, because a teacher on maternity leave was replaced by a string of substitutes, or because construction workers nearby were operating jackhammers all month long, hire a tutor. In other words, if identifiable circumstances have interfered with the delivery of information to your child, hiring someone to redeliver that information makes sense.

There are also times to hire a one-on-one brain trainer. For example, if your child is struggling in school in general—struggling in more than one class, or struggling over the course of several school years— help from a brain trainer can make a real difference. This is because brain training targets the cognitive weaknesses that are keeping your child from repeatedly grasping new information when it’s presented in class.

What questions should students think through before talking to tutors about their needs?

Brain training trains the cognitive skills the brain uses to think and learn.

Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. Working together, they take incoming information and move it into the bank of knowledge you use every day at school, at work, and in life.

Each of your cognitive skills plays an important part in processing new information. That means if even one of these skills is weak, no matter what kind of information is coming your way, grasping, retaining, or using that information is impacted. In fact, most learning struggles are caused by one or more weak cognitive skills.

Here’s a brief description of each of your cognitive skills, as well as struggles you may be experiencing if that skill is weak:

What it does: Enables you to stay focused and on task for a sustained period of time
Common problems when this skill is weak: Lots of unfinished projects, jumping from task to task

What it does: Enables you to stay focused and on task despite distractions
Common problems when this skill is weak: Easily distracted

What it does: Enables you to remember information while doing two things at once
Common problems when this skill is weak: Difficulty multitasking, frequent mistakes

What it does: Enables you to recall information stored in the past
Common problems when this skill is weak: Forgetting names, doing poorly on tests, forgetting things you used to know

What it does: Enables you to hang on to information while in the process of using it
Common problems when this skill is weak: Having to read the directions again in the middle of a project, difficulty following multi-step directions, forgetting what was just said in a conversation

Logic & Reasoning
What it does: Enables you to reason, form ideas, and solve problems
Common problems when this skill is weak: Frequently asking “What do I do next?” or saying “I don’t get this,” struggling with math, feeling stuck or overwhelmed

Auditory Processing
What it does: Enables you to analyze, blend, and segment sounds
Common problems when this skill is weak: Struggling with learning to read, reading fluency, or reading comprehension

Visual Processing
What it does: Enables you to think in visual images
Common problems when this skill is weak: Difficulties understanding what you’ve just read, remembering what you’ve read, following directions, reading maps, doing word math problems

Processing Speed
What it does: Enables you to perform tasks quickly and accurately
Common problems when this skill is weak: Most tasks are more difficult. Taking a long time to complete tasks for school or work, frequently being the last one in a group to finish something