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Seven Cognitive Skills and Their Link to Learning Struggles

Seven Cognitive Skills and Their Link to Learning Struggles

Since its inception in 1992, the United Nations and the world has observed December 3 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). To help those struggling with cognitive disabilities, personal brain training company LearningRx has created a video explaining the seven core cognitive skills and how they are linked to learning struggles.

“Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason and pay attention,” explains LearningRx Vice President of Research & Development Tanya Mitchell. “Working together, they take incoming information and move it into the bank of knowledge you use every day at school, at work and in life. Each of your cognitive skills plays an important part in processing new information. That means if even one of these skills is weak, no matter what kind of information is coming your way, grasping, retaining or using that information is impacted. In fact, most learning struggles are caused by one or more weak cognitive skills. But this video doesn’t just explain the root cause of learning disabilities, it also provides hope.”

Referred to as “the world’s largest minority,” people with disabilities make up more than 15% of the world’s population. The term “disability” can refer to a wide variety of impairments of individual functioning, including cognitive, physical, sensory, intellectual and mental. The 2016 IDPD marks the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was one of the most quickly and widely ratified international treaties put forth by the United Nations since it was formed. This year’s theme is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want,” referring to the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their role in building a more equitable and inclusive world for everyone. To learn more about International Day of People with Disabilities, visit

LearningRx, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the largest one-on-one brain training organization in the world. With 80 Centers in the U.S., and locations in 40 countries around the globe, LearningRx has helped more than 95,000 individuals and families sharpen their cognitive skills to help them think faster, learn easier, and perform better. Their on-site programs partner every client with a personal brain trainer to keep clients engaged, accountable, and on-task — a key advantage over online-only brain exercises. Their pioneering methods have been used in clinical settings for 35 years and have been verified as beneficial in peer-reviewed research papers and journals.