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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most-asked questions


Is there an age limit on changing the brain?

Absolutely not! The science of brain training is based on neuroplasticity, which refers to the brain's lifelong ability to change. No matter how old you are, your brain can strengthen existing neural pathways and even create new ones. Our students include people of all ages (from the age of 6 to 86) and from all types of academic and professional backgrounds. 

 

How do your programs work?

Our research-based programs are completed over 12 to 32 weeks, and takes place at one of our centers, on a one-on-one basis with a certified BrainRx brain trainer. The personal training aspect of what we do is the key to our dramatic results. No other program in existence today comes close to matching our approach - or our results.

 

Can you give me a reason to feel more confident abut this school or university year?

Yes! If your child struggles with learning, reading or attention difficulties, or just wants good grades and achievement to come a bit easier, BrainRx can help. Brain science proves that differences in individual cognitive skills are often the reason that one student excels without much effort and another struggles. By strengthening individual, underlying mental skills in your student as early as possible this academic year, we can give you lots of reasons to be more confident about your child's success. However, it is never too late and we take in students throughout an academic year.

Faster processing skills make schoolwork and homework easier and faster. Stronger auditory processing skills make reading easier and more fluent. Stronger memory skills enhance test- and exam taking ability. Stronger attention skills can help reduce or even eliminate distractions that hinder performance. It is only through professional testing and targeted training that you can identify and overcome the exact cause of a learning struggle or identify and enhance already strong skills.

Stronger learning skills will give you and your child every reason to look at this school- or university year with confidence.

 

Is brain training necessary for advanced students and successful career professionals?

Enhancing your brain is possible through new, repetitive, high-intensity cognitive skills training from BrainRx - even in advanced students or successful business people! Just like a computer, more connections means more processing power. The brain responds to cognitive skills training by making new connections. That equals faster thinking and learning as well as better attention span.

Imagine getting an edge in academics or in your career by loading your brain up with more synapses!

Research shows BrainRx students are able to retain information longer, process ideas faster, and handle new challenges with speed and ease.*

*Statistical Analysis of Cognitive Changes with BrainRx Training Procedures. Roxanna Marachi, Ph.D. 27 June 20016.


For an adult with ADD, ADHD or attention struggles, is it too late for brain training?

No. Regardless of your age, your brain can increase existing neural pathways and even create new ones. And because our programs target and strengthen three kinds of attention skills (sustaned, divided and selective attention) we see impressive results in children and adults with ADD or ADHD. 

 

Do you only work with struggling students and people with learning disabilities?

No. Our students include people of all ages and all walks of life - very successful business executives and career adults as well as successful school and university students wanting to do even better, people diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, cancer survivors looking to strengthen cognitive brain skills weakened by chemotherapy, professional or weekend sports people wanting to think faster on the sports field, senior people wanting to improve their cognitive brain skills, etc. In short, if you want to improve the way your brain processes information - and strengthen your attention, memory, logic, reasoning, reading and learning skills - BrainRx can help whether you're already successful or struggling.

 

How is brain training different from tutoring?

Tutoring reteaches information. Brain training addresses the cause of the problem, which is the brain's ability to grasp and process information. That's a key difference. It's also the reason our programs are more effective than tutoring (in less than half the time and at less than the cost of ongoing tutoring).

 

Why do BrainRx report results in percentiles rather than percentages?

Percentages don’t tell the whole story.

A client who starts out performing in the 5th percentile and jumps to the 15th has experienced a 200% gain. That sounds really impressive, but that client is still performing behind 85% of his or her peers. When gains are measured in percentiles, however, you can see what has been accomplished, get a clear picture of how that client is performing in relation to their peers, and make informed decisions about what interventions may still be needed.

 

Can I get similar results using brain training websites or online brain games?

While brain training websites and games are great for maintaining current performance levels or possibly tweaking a skill or two, nothing beats the intense, customised workouts of one-on-one brain training for the most dramatic gains in cognitive brain performance. 

Which, when you think about it, makes sense. Just like buying an exercise video is a different process (with different results) than hiring a personal trainer at your gym, playing brain-friendly games online is a different process (with different results) than a strategic workout program with a personal brain trainer. Bottom line, the one-on-one brain training relationship is simply unmatched in creating intensity, inspiring commitment, providing accountability and generating results.

 

Can your programs promote reading success?

Many students struggle in reading as a result of cognitive weaknesses. For example, a student who has weak auditory processing skills, cannot concentrate, works too slowly, has poor memory skills or struggles to create good mental images will struggle with reading. By addressing these weaknesses, students are given the skills they need to become successful readers.

Even if the reading code (letter sounds and combinations) is taught completely and sequentially, strong cognitive skills must be in place to truly have the ability to read. If not, and a student is simply taught the curriculum based reading code for his or her Grade level, the student will again struggle with reading as soon as he or she is required to do non-curriculum based reading, or read new and unfamiliar material. 

 

If my child is enrolled in a great school, shouldn't that be enough?

What your child is taught is determined by the school you have chosen. What your child grasps and retains is determined by how his or her brain is wired. Studies show that 80% of all learning or reading struggles are caused by weak cognitive skills - not the quality of the teaching! In other words, if even one of your child's core cognitive skills is weak, the best teachers and tutors in the world can't close the gap.