dyslexia & Reading
Auditory processing is the cognitive skill the brain uses to hear, segment, and blend sounds—and it is foundational to successful reading. In fact, studies show that weak auditory processing skills are at the root of approximately 85% of all reading struggles. This is why interventions that use cognitive training techniques to target and strengthen auditory processing and other cognitive abilities get such tremendous results.
BrainRx® one-on-one brain training is a form of cognitive training that puts clients with their own brain trainers for challenging (but fun!) mental workouts consisting of game-like mental exercises. Children work with their trainers about an hour a day, with programs typically running between 12 and 32 weeks. In some cases, improvement in cognitive performance can be dramatic.
THE READING PROCESS FOR GOOD READERS VS. POOR READERS
OUR READING STRUGGLES & DYSLEXIA EXPERIENCE
In the last 7 years, more than 350 children and adults have come to Dots&Links with dyslexia and/or reading struggles. We measured the cognitive performance of these clients before brain training, and again after brain training, paying special attention to the cognitive skills associated with auditory processing.
Here’s what we learned:
Among the clients who came to us with reading struggles and/or dyslexia, the largest gains after BrainRx brain training were seen in auditory processing, IQ score, long-term memory, and broad attention.
Among these same clients, auditory processing skills improved an average of 27 score points following brain training.
After just six months of training, age-equivalent cognitive skill performance improved an average of 5.3 years.
IQ scores improved by an average of 13 standard points after LearningRx brain training.
Here’s what these improvements look like on a graph:
ADDITIONAL GAINS EXPERIENCED BY FAMILIES OF DYSLEXIA CLIENTS
To further measure the impact of brain training on real life, BrainRx surveyed parents of more than 100 kids with dyslexia who completed one of our programs. The experiences of individual clients can vary, but the consistency of reported improvements is worth sharing:
Many parents reported classroom improvements such as faster reading, improved reading comprehension, and stronger memory for details.
Almost half of the parents reported better grades after completing brain training, and more than half reported increased confidence in school.
Parents also reported more positive relationships with peers, more independence in completing homework, and increased participation and better performance in sports.
Cognitive Skills Training Offers Many Benefits for Reading Comprehension
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