The human brain can become faster, smarter, and more efficient even as we age. Modern brain science proves that the brain is capable of changing and improving throughout our entire lives.
The brain trainers at LearningRx see evidence of that everyday. Students who complete brain training see remarkable improvement in memory, attention, processing speed, logic and reasoning. Basically, they get smarter.
LearningRx is celebrating the amazing capabilities of the human brain by hosting a free brain health workshop “Brain Power Hour” at both centers in Nashville-Brentwood and Murfreesboro on Saturday, March 14 from 10 am to 2 pm. (It’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday, so come celebrate with us!)
During LearningRx Brain Power Hour, families will sample brain foods such as antioxidant-rich smoothies, power-punching nut mixes, and memory-boosting chocolate treats. Students of all ages will have an opportunity to play brain games to test their memory skills, attention ability, and processing speed. There will be giveaways and educational seminars with tips on maintaining brain health.
The event marks Brain Awareness Week (March 16-22), a public education campaign to increase awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, created by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.
Here are some of the most important brain-related research discoveries of the past year in child cognitive development:
1. The brain’s process of reorganizing connections begins earlier in girls than in boys. As we grow older, our brains reorganize, reducing the connections in the brain. Brain function actually improves during this pruning process and it occurs earlier in females than in males.
2. Reading is a multiple component task causing difficulty for children with dyslexia. Compared to their non-dyslexic peers, children with dyslexia have trouble identifying strings of letters, programming eye movements and synchronizing speech output.
3. Brains of children with nonverbal learning disability differ from those with high-functioning autism. Researchers have discovered evidence that the brains of children with a non-verbal learning disability actually develop differently than other children—even those with high-functioning autism.
4. Early spatial skills and knowledge of written letters predicts math competence. It’s not oral language skills that predict math according to longitudinal research out of Finland.
5. Moderate to vigorous exercise boosts teens’ grades. The more intensive the exercise, the greater the impact on test results. This is especially true when it comes to girls and science.
We’re excited to partner with LearningRx to give away a free game from the LearningRx Smart Mom’s Toybox—“Ooga Booga” by Blue Orange ($12.99 value) for ages 6+ which helps improve attention, memory, sequencing, auditory processing, and phonemic awareness. Additionally, the winner will receive a copy of the book Unlock the Einstein Inside: Applying New Brain Science to Wake Up the Smart in Your Child by LearningRx founder Dr. Ken Gibson.
Additionally, Nashville Moms Blog readers who use the discount code getsmarter will receive 50% off a cognitive skills assessment at LearningRx (Nashville-Brentwood or Murfreesboro) now through March 31, 2015.
Bridgette Butler is co-owner and director of LearningRx Nashville-Brentwood. LearningRx brain training specializes in treating the cause—not the symptoms—of learning struggles. Contact the Nashville-Brentwood center at 615-953-8899 or www.learningrx.com/nashville-brentwood or the Murfreesboro center at 615-867-8717 or www.learningrx.com/murfreesboro.