LearningRx Chattanooga Offers Free Screening For Students With Attention Struggles

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

September is National ADHD Awareness Month and brain training expert Michelle Hecker Davis of Chattanooga is sharing information on the high cost of not treating ADHD. According to a study released by the Mayo Clinic in March, as many as 7.5 percent of school-aged children have some symptoms of AD/HD.

“Getting in trouble for yelling in the library or not turning in math homework will seem like small change once you consider the long-term risks of not treating the root cause of ADHD,” says Ms. Davis. “There are symptoms you could see throughout school, college and even into adulthood. The consequences of not treating ADHD can have a long-lasting impact.” Long-term symptoms of ADHD may include:

Low self-esteem
Poor grades
Difficulty getting into college
Anxiety and/or depression
Significant time-management challenges
Difficulty managing money
Chronic disorganization 


So where does that leave the child with attention problems who is destined to struggle to learn throughout school and beyond? The answer is not accommodation, as many well-meaning school administrations have done in attempts to reduce workloads and remove distractions. The only proven, scientific solution is treating the root cause of weak attention skills with cognitive skills training, said Ms. Davis.

Unlike digital brain training games, intensive, one-on-one brain training uses the brain’s plasticity to rebuild neural connections, find faster routes to process information and increase the processing speed of existing neural connections.

“Most parents don’t even know this type of ‘brain training’ exists,” says Ms. Davis. “A cognitive skills expert can literally change a student’s brain through one-on-one training to help him/her learn better and retain information. It’s not tutoring – it’s improving the underlying skills – like selected, divided and sustained attention – needed to perform tasks well. It’s like strength conditioning for the brain.”

LearningRx Chattanooga will conduct free screenings for those struggling with symptoms of ADD/ADHD on Sept. 14 from 1-4 p.m. at the LearningRx Chattanooga Brain Training Center, at 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd., next to Marshall’s and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Availability is limited, and an appointment is required, so those families interested are encouraged to call in advance.

For more information, contact Ms. Davis of LearningRx in Chattanooga at m.davis@learningrx.net or 305-1599.



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