Will Tutoring or Brain Training Best Help My Struggling Child?
You’ve probably heard the saying, To be a parent is to have your heart walk around outside your body. That’s why, when our children struggle, we hurt. We want the best for them. We want to shield them from harm and provide them with everything they need to learn and grow throughout every stage of childhood.
But the reality is, our kids will struggle in some way at some point and it can be difficult to know how to help them.
If your child struggles academically, read on.
In this post, we’re going to explore two solutions to common learning struggles—tutoring and brain training—and how to know which option is the best.
Tutoring: a great method for redelivering information
- Did your child get sick and miss a few days of school?
- Did your child have a substitute teacher who, in spite of their best efforts, didn’t communicate information clearly?
- Did your family take a school-year vacation and your child missed multiple days of class?
- Is your child trying to grasp a new concept and could use reinforcement of the information?
In cases where something disrupts your child’s learning environment and they missed information entirely or they could benefit from seeing the information again, tutoring is a great solution. Tutoring gives your child the one-on-one instruction they need while offering many other benefits.
But I’ve tried tutoring and it isn’t helping
Learning requires two things: strong educational content and the cognitive ability to learn and apply that content. If you can’t pinpoint a disruption in your child’s environment but they struggle anyways or you’ve tried tutoring and it doesn’t seem to help, weak cognitive skills may be the root issue.
Cognitive skills include attention, working and long-term memory, logic and reasoning, auditory processing, visual processing and processing speed. When cognitive skills are weak, learning and applying content is difficult or impossible.
Other signs your child may be struggling with weak cognitive skills include:
- Struggling across academic disciplines
- Difficulty with reading comprehension
- Working substantially harder than their peers to get the same grades
Brain training boosts cognitive skills
If you suspect your child is in an uphill battle with weak cognitive skills, brain training is the perfect solution.
Brain training is based on the knowledge that a healthy brain can always learn and grow.
After a thorough cognitive skills assessment, our therapists at LearningRx create a brain training program that’s tailored to your child’s individual needs and goals. It’s a lot like circuit training! Through a series of challenging and engaging mental exercises, we help bolster weak skills and create new neural pathways in your child’s brain.
Just like at the gym, our programs are intensive. Our brain trainers meet with your child in-person, virtually or hybrid a few hours a week for 12-34 weeks, depending on which program they participate in. Upon completion of their customized training, your child will take a second cognitive skills assessment so we can measure their progress.
Results vary but we know that, on average, our clients gain about 15 points in IQ score, “move up” an average of 30 “places” out of 100 in memory skills and struggling readers gain more than three years in reading skills after about 72 hours of brain training.
If you notice your child struggling in school this fall and you’re wondering which route is right for them—tutoring or brain training—take our free brain quiz. This will help you determine if weak cognitive skills could be the culprit. Then schedule a cognitive skills assessment to learn more about how LearningRx can help!