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Do Weak Cognitive Skills Contribute to Bullying?

Bullies tend to prey on kids who stand out or who struggle with social skills.  Oftentimes, the weak cognitive skills associated with several learning struggles (ADHD, dyslexia, general learning disability, for example) contribute to the perception of an individual being “different” or “weak” and can, in turn, contribute to being victimized. In some instances, especially…

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Red Flag Phrases at Parent/Teacher Conferences

As a parent, how do you know which struggles or behaviors are just a “normal” part of the learning process vs. an indication that there’s a deeper issue? One way is to listen to cues from the teacher at your next parent-teacher conference. Some key phrases can serve as red flags that a cognitive skills…

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Back to School Special

According to a study conducted by the Department of Education, one in five kids struggle learning educational content.  Of those, 80% are directly linked to weak cognitive skills – the skills the brain uses to think, read, remember, pay attention and process information efficiently enough to be successful. If your child is one of the…

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Activities to Strengthen Focus and Attention

Have you noticed your youngster’s attention isn’t as long as you think it should be?  The length of time your child can sustain his/her attention is naturally lengthened as they age and through the activities in which they participate.  Nevertheless, it can’t hurt (and may even help!) to purposefully engage in some of the following. …

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Family Fun Night

It’s good to have a standing night of the week where you can be together as a family.  You have seven choices; choose the night of the week that works for your family.  While Friday or Saturday is the most common night, it might be another night for your family.   If you don’t yet…

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How to Improve Memory

Unfortunately, if you are reading this, you are human, and humans decline cognitively as they age.  Memory loss is the number one complaint.  There are a myriad of factors that contribute to this:  genetics, aging, medical conditions, diet and lifestyle. Age related cognitive decline is a proven, scientific fact, but there are ways to slow…

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Why Brain Training?

Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Reviews Brain Training Results Even though he was wearing a helmet, Drew was in a bike accident and suffered a serious traumatic brain injury. After a month-long coma, his long recovery included a long hospital stay, physical and occupational therapies.  He and his wife, Emily, sought brain training to help with…

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Helping your Middle Schooler Have a Great Year!

Encourage participation. The more involved your child is in school and after-school activities, the more likely he or she will be to find friends, familiarity, and acceptance among different peer groups. Stay engaged. Parental engagement tends to drop off dramatically in middle school even though studies show it improves academic achievement. A study from the…

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Preventing Middle School Nightmares: Trauma-Free Transition Tips

P Does the thought of sending your child off to middle school make you anxious? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Many adults have middle school memories of social awkwardness, hormonal upheaval, and the added pressure of more responsibilities with a growing need for more independence. Now think of your child experiencing these same anxieties!…

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Why Brain Training?

(Cognitive Development) In January of 2009, the parent company of Metro Learning Solutions, LearningRx, was a new entity.  After spending 25+ years compiling results and refining their cognitive development program, it was clear that the results were robust and LearningRx opened their model for franchising. A center opened in Minneapolis and that is where this…

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