Us at Hilton Head Island. Photos coming soon!
One of the challenges the twins face is academic. For multiple reasons, they are missing some essential and foundational skills for learning. The missing pieces are inconsistent and scattered, more like a disorder than a delay. My wife, Jennifer, describes it like a tower of Jenga blocks where multiple blocks are missing. Their "towers" can't be built any higher because some key blocks are missing. In fact, we used these blocks to explain visually to the kids why they struggle with school. We have enrolled them in what we believe will be a game changer, not only for them, but for us too!
We have started them in Learning Rx in Greenville. The purpose of the program is to train the brain to learn and help fill in the gaps. There are several program options, but we have enrolled in one where we have to work with them at home between visits. I think it is making all of us smarter!
The exercises challenge the kids to process information quicker and retain information longer. Who knew a metronome, stopwatch, pencil, and paper could do so much? Many of the exercises are like games and challenges that they like. One is a goofy cartoon that helps them memorize all of the presidents of the U.S. The cartoon has a story with it that helps form a visual train of thought (which is more of the point than memorizing the presidents). But, they will be able to name all of the presidents in order, forward and backward, when they are done! Some of the exercises challenge multiple processes by making them utilize visual, auditory, and problem solving abilities simultaneously.
The staff at our local Learning Rx has been amazing and very helpful. They have a system that is simple, fun, and effective. It takes a commitment from parents to keep the kids on track for the 8 to 12 week program. We believe this will change the academic trajectory for the twins and certainly helps us think better too! It is geared toward improving processing speed, short & long term memory, attention, and focus and more. It is not just for kids with learning delays or disorders. I think anyone can