As part of National Dyslexia Awareness Month, LearningRx in Brookfield is offering complimentary reading skills screenings throughout October. The results of the screening can help parents decide which steps to take to strengthen a child’s weak cognitive skills. To schedule a screening, call 262-395-2250 or visit www.learningrx.com/milwaukee-brookfield.
According to the International Dyslexia Association, 15 to 20 percent of the population has symptoms of dyslexia. Without intervention, dyslexia can spiral into life-long learning struggles and self-doubt.
Kevin Pasqua, owner and executive director of LearningRx in Brookfield, says there are a number of signs parents should watch for:
- difficulty pronouncing new words
- weak letter sound discrimination (pin, pen)
- trouble distinguishing similarities/differences in words (no, on)
- difficulty transferring what is heard to what is seen and vice versa
- low reading comprehension
“In people with dyslexia, the cognitive skills that are usually weak include phonemic awareness and auditory processing. Without those abilities, fluent reading is nearly impossible,” explains Pasqua.
Cognitive skills are the underlying tools that enable children and adults to successfully focus, think, prioritize, plan, understand, visualize, create useful associations, solve problems and remember. LearningRx specializes in brain training that increases the speed, power and function of the brain to reduce or eliminate learning problems for people of all ages. Using game-like exercises and a 1:1 trainer-to-student ratio, the program capitalizes on the brain’s plasticity to rebuild neural connections, increase the processing speed of existing neural connections and find faster routes to process information.
A $1 million study funded by the National Science Foundation on the impact of LearningRx programs on middle school students found significant increases in cognitive abilities and higher scores on Virginia’s annual Standards of Learning Exam. Another study is currently in progress with college students in Texas.
“A cognitive skills expert can literally change a student’s brain to help him or her learn better and retain information. It’s not tutoring where a student studies a subject. Instead, it’s improving the underlying skills, like auditory processing and processing speed that are needed to learn and mentally perform. It’s really strength conditioning for the brain,” says Pasqua.
To schedule a complimentary reading skills screening, call 262-395-2250 or visit www.learningrx.com/milwaukee-brookfield.
About the Pasquas
Kevin and Jill Pasqua opened LearningRx in Brookfield in February 2013. For nearly 30 years, Kevin was an executive with Johnson Controls who led business divisions in Japan, the United States and Canada. Jill is a certified public accountant with 15 years experience and was with Johnson Controls before becoming an entrepreneur with her husband.
Two years before opening the LearningRx Brookfield location, the Pasquas experienced the positive impact of one-on-one brain training. Throughout grade school, their 10-year-old son had been an inconsistent learner. He was smart but had trouble in a number of subjects and struggled with reading and focus. After researching numerous options, the Pasquas decided to try the LearningRx approach. Their son completed an intense, 24-week LearningRx program that delivered dramatic results. He is now an avid reader who’s consistently in the top of his class and is confident in the classroom.About LearningRx
LearningRx specializes in treating the cause – not the symptoms – of learning struggles. The programs’ game-like exercises and 1:1 trainer-to-student ratios provide guaranteed dramatic improvement in as little as 12 to 24 weeks. With more than 80 centers across the country, LearningRx brain training can help anyone – from 5 to 85 – increase the speed, power or function of their brain.To learn more about LearningRx, visit www.learningrx.com.