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Brain Training and the Autism Spectrum: Exciting News!

Brain Training and the Autism Spectrum: Exciting News!

Cognitive skills, also known as “brain skills,” are the fundamental tools we need to learn, read, remember, and pay attention. They include: attention, auditory processing, and memory, along with visual processing, logic & reasoning, and processing speed. LearningRx cognitive skill training, aka “brain training” can help children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As we continue our series on Autism Acceptance Month, let’s explore the cognitive side of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and see how brain training can help.

• What cognitive skills tend to be weak in people with autism?

Although in some cases a single weak cognitive skill can cause learning struggles, for people on the autism spectrum, it’s common to see a cluster of weak cognitive skills.

• How do you test brain skills?

Using a gold-standard of Cognitive Skills Testing, we determine which brain skills are weak.

• How does brain training work?

Cognitive skills training (also known as “personal brain training“) incorporates immediate feedback, intensity, and loading, among other features, to target brain skills. Effective brain training uses exercises founded on years of clinical and scientific research. For brain training to be most effective, it should be customized, and clinician-delivered with intensity and frequency in a one-on-one setting. LearningRx does just that, with over 100,000 clients spanning almost four decades.

• Has one-on-one brain training helped people with autism?

Among 1,049 clients who came to LearningRx with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, the average gain in cognitive skills was 3.2 years. The largest gain was 4.5 years in auditory processing. The mean age of the children, who were between 4 and 17, was 10.7. The mean age of the adults, who were between 18 and 63, was 22.6.

In addition to clinical data, anecdotal evidence from parents of children with ASD can help explain how personal brain training helped target and train cognitive skills. In our next few posts, we will look at case studies and hear testimonials from some of our graduates with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Stay tuned!

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