What is it?
How does LearningRX work?
First, participants take an hour-long cognitive skills assessment at a LearningRX center. This evaluates the individual against the seven core skills that LearningRX seeks to improve: attention, working memory, long-term memory, logic and reasoning, processing speed, visual processing, and auditory processing. The results are used to structure the program so that it bolsters weak skills and improves learning, thinking, reading, writing, remembering and problem solving.
Following the assessment, participants meet with a LearningRX director who explains the assessment results, and how certain strengths or weaknesses could contribute to success or failures.
After the training begins, participants meet with a LearningRX brain trainer for one hour daily for 12 to 32 weeks.
At the end of each training, participants take a second assessment to measure cognitive improvement.
Who is LearningRX for?
LearningRX offers the following age-appropriate programs:
- ThinkRx: The core program for all cognitive skills. A minimum of 12 weeks, ages 7+
- ReadRx: A reading intervention that also trains auditory processing
- ComprehendRX: A more advanced reading intervention to improve understanding
- MathRX: Focus on math concepts like calculation and problem-solving
- Einstein: includes ThinkRX, ReadRx, and MathRx
- LiftOff: Foundational cognitive skills and early reading for preschoolers through first grade
- StudyRX: Focus on test-taking tips and study strategies
- Brain Booster: Program for adults
- BrainSkills: A digital program used to supplement one-on-one training, and as a maintenance program for people who have completed in-person training
How much does it cost?
The cognitive skills assessment, required before beginning training, typically costs between $199 and $299, depending on the location.
The total cost of training varies by program and location. Some online reviews place the cost of each program between $2,500 and $4,000 with a total cost of around $10,000. Others estimate the cost at $80 to $90 per hour of training.
What studies have been done on LearningRX?
A small, randomized, controlled study of 39 children with ADHD or learning disabilities found that the ThinkRX program by LearningRX improved performance on all measures (general intellectual ability, memory, visual processing, auditory processing, logic and reasoning, processing speed, attention) after 60 hours of training. The greatest improvement was in long-term memory, associative memory, and logic and reasoning. The smallest growth was in attention and visual processing. LearningRX provided complimentary training services for the purposes of the study.
Whether positive results persist outside the world of training is a topic of ongoing research. Dr. Douglas Detterman, professor and founding editor of Intelligence journal, said of brain training, “It’s probably not harmful. But I would tell parents: Save your money. Look at the studies the commercial services have done to support their results. You’ll find very poorly done studies, with no control groups and all kinds of problems.”
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged LearningRX with “deceptive advertising” in March 2016. It alleged that claims made on the LearningRX website about the program’s ability to treat cognitive impairments from ADHD, autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, and concussions were not sufficiently supported. LearningRX settled the case by paying a $200,000 fine.
Where can I learn more?
Learn more at www.learningrx.com.
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