Thursday, October 16, 2008
Medical Reports: Brain Training
Treating kids with learning disabilities can be a big challenge for parents, but a new center has opened that is promising to help those kids have a brighter future. Seven's Diana Diaz shows us how this Brain Training works.
WSVN -- Fourteen-year-old Celine Zambrano loves to sing now, but when she was just 18 months old, she stopped talking altogether.
Mary Lou Zambrano: "She lost all verbal. She stopped singing. She didn't know her name anymore."
Celine was diagnosed with autism. Her mom says it's been a struggle.
Mary Lou Zambrano: "She didn't know me. I didn't hear 'mama' til about four, you know, but it was nice. It was nice."
Seventeen-year-old Alex Oshinski also spoke late.
Steve Oshinski: "Alex had learning problems from the start. We didn't notice that until second and third grade."
His parents tried everything, tutors, speech therapy, but nothing seemed to work.
Steve Oshinski: "He wasn't learning. All he was able to do was to pass his grades, but I couldn't get Alex to pick up a book."
Then both families found out about learningRx, a new center in Boca Raton that promises to train your brain.
Alicia Anfossi: "We are a one-on-one training program, and we work with cognitive deficiencies."
The program is aimed to help children with autism, attention deficit disorder or hyperactivity disorder as well as other severe learning disabilities.
Each child is assessed, partnered with a trainer and given a number of different activities designed to give the brain a workout.
There are a number of different exercises all designed to work on how a child's brain takes in and processes information. Some kids do programs designed to work on how their brain reacts to what it sees or hears.
Other tasks are designed to help kids process information quickly. A metronome is used to keep the beat and keep them focused.
Since he started, Alex's comprehension skills have increased.
Alex Oshinski: "It has helped me through understanding reading and understanding questions that are being asked."
Celine sharpened her memory and can list all of the U.S. presidents. Both parents say the program has boosted their child's self-confidence and love of learning.
Diana Diaz: "Alicia says that at least half the children who complete the LearningRx program do not have to take medication like Ritalin for ADD anymore."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
21073 Powerline Road
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Tel: (561) 488-6188