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.


Alexander: New FDA Cancer Center Brings “Exactly The Kind Of Coordination Necessary” To Get More Individualized Treatments And Cures To Patients

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander said Wednesday that Vice President Biden’s announcement of a new Oncology Center of Excellence at the Food and Drug Administration brings “exactly the kind of coordination necessary” to get more individualized treatments and cures to patients. “This new center of excellence is exactly the kind of FDA coordination the Senate health ... (click for more)

Alexander: Darin Gordon Helped Transform TennCare Into One Of The Country’s Most Fiscally Responsible Medicaid Programs

Senator Lamar Alexander Wednesday praised the “tireless” service of Darin Gordon, Tennessee’s longest-serving TennCare director, who will be stepping down from the position after more than a decade of service:                                                   ... (click for more)

County Commission Gives Up Fight On $900,000 In Discretionary Funds

County Commission members have given up the fight for the annual $900,000 in discretionary funds. Commission Chairman Chester Bankston said there was not enough money available after requests from a number of agencies and departments were cut to balance the budget without a tax increase. Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said the fact that commissioners can no longer allot the ... (click for more)

Bridge Repair Over 12th Street To Cause Temporary Lane Closure On US 27

While investigating a pothole in the bridge on U.S. 27 North over 12 th Street in the construction zone, crews discovered a potential weak spot in the bridge deck that could over time result in more damage to the bridge deck.  For the safety of the traveling public, the outside lane in this area will be closed until the contractor makes necessary repairs, TDOT officials ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (2)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Story You Won’t See

In a puzzling time when the big daily newspapers have veered strongly away from “all the news that is fit to print,” allow me to share a story that you very likely will not see on CNN, ABC News, or in the big media conglomerates that influence the way you think, the way you react and – as a result – easily warp our common senses. This story is very true. Late last Sunday afternoon, ... (click for more)