With the pressure mounting on children to do all and be all, grades in school continue to top the priority list. Whether the goal is to get an academic scholarship or simply get in to a good college, grades can set the stage for future endeavors. But what about kids who have the capability but are unable to tap into their inner genius? Enter LearningRx Naperville.
Owned and operated by Mia Tischer, Learning Rx offers brain-training programs that raise IQ and improve the way the brain thinks, learns, reads and remembers.
The idea of brain training came to Tischer while training for a marathon. She realized that, if training to enhance physical performance was possible, perhaps brain training was possible, too.
“My background is in social services working with adults and children with disabilities,” Tischer said. “I have a passion for helping others who are struggling. From my own experiences with my child, I found that tutoring was only a Band-Aid involving re-teaching information, rather than getting at the core reason for the learning challenge.”
After much discussion with her family, along with plenty of research and training, Tischer bought the rights to LearningRx, which is based on 20-plus years of brain research developed by Dr. Ken Gibson.
“As a culture, we value physical fitness. I want to build a culture of brain fitness,” said Tischer.
Although there are more than 85 locations across the nation, LearningRx-Naperville is the only one-on-one brain-training center in Illinois.
The clients that Tischer works with vary in age and needs.
“We help kids and adults with learning struggles, autism, ADHD, dyslexia and more,” she said. “We also help high-achieving students and successful adults looking for a competitive edge at school or on the job. Finally, we help seniors wanting to stay sharp, victims of strokes or traumatic brain injuries seeking to regain lost brain function.”
So what exactly does LearningRx do and how does it work?
“The programs at LearningRx consist of customized mental exercises done one-on-one with a brain trainer over 12 to 32 weeks,” Tischer said. “We also conduct professional testing of cognitive skills before and after brain training (using the Gold Standard of Cognitive Skills Testing), so we can measure actual improvements. Our results are dramatic, measurable and permanent.”
Their unique “personal-trainer” approach to brain training is pretty impressive as their program is said to raise IQ an average of 15 points, while improving some mental skills by as much as 30 percent.
“No other program — including video brain games, tutoring, digital tools or brain training websites — gets the kinds of dramatic, measurable results that we do,” Tischer said.
The biggest challenge Tischer has found is trying to distinguish her business as a “Cognitive Brain Train Center” instead of a “Tutoring” center. Because people are more familiar with tutoring to help a struggling student, actual brain training is not often understood. Tutoring programs reinforce what students must learn (information). LearningRx-Naperville identifies and strengthens the skills behind how students learn.
“Just as the physical body responds to intensity, frequency and challenges of exercise (increase in cardio, your metabolism increases, muscle fibers increase and remold), the brain has the same ability,” Tischer says. “It is an organ in your body that is 10 times more compliant than the other systems and is specifically designed to respond and grow to challenges.
“The neuro networks in your brain will respond and strengthen if approached the same way in mental skills training as physical training. Think of it as mental sweat. It’s exactly what the brain is designed to do! Science calls it neuroplasticity.”
Tischer’s background in social work and human services plays a big role in helping people perform at a higher level or those simply looking to take on a learning challenge. She also combines her running philosophy with her training.
“Always believe, find your window and never give up,” she says. “I share these words with my kids and my clients. When I finished the New York marathon, I knew I wanted to pass this on, and now I have the opportunity.”
To learn more about her work, visit www.learningRx.com/Chicago-Naperville.