Inattentive ADD and a Do it Yourself, Cheaper Learning Rx

I wanted to follow up on some questions and comments that I received regarding the last post on executive functions and ADD and ADHD Inattentive. Some readers wanted to know what Learning Rx did, if there was a "cheaper Learning RX out there, and if Learning Rx was different from tutoring or classroom help.

Learning Rx is not tutoring or classroom work.  This program uses a teaching model that support the concept that the brain can be trained to think better. Using the science of brain plasticity (an emerging field of study that has shown that you can improve brain functioning with practice), Learning Rx works with adults and kids on a one and one basis to work on eight areas:

  • Working Memory 
  • Long Term Memory 
  • Processing Speed 
  • Attention 
  • Auditory Processing 
  • Visual Processing 
  • Reading Skills 
  • Logic 

The child or adult is first tested to determine areas of weakness and then a program is devised to address these specific areas. The program is unique in that the child or adult works very closely with the trainer and is not left on their own to complete a computer program. A metronome is used to give the participant a sense of timing and a time goal to conquer.

Regular readers of this blog will see that all eight areas that Learning Rx focuses on, coupled with the metronome component that specifically acts as an "anti-sluggishness" trainer, addresses all the areas of possible weakness of people with Inattentive ADD.

The program, as I mentioned, is quite expensive but it is effective.  The one of one experience of someone other than the parent that is working closely with the child is invaluable and apparently powerful.  I wanted to share with you a letter from one of my blog readers.  I found the letter so informative that I asked her if she would allowed me to post this letter about the experience that her son has had at Learning Rx.

Hi Tess,

Just wanted to give you some feedback regarding our experience with Learning Rx. It is as you say quite pricey, however, it is also one on one training and not typical tutoring but brain exerciese that are really kid friendly and fun. Our son always looked forward to his sessions. Also it is definitely a commitment, 2 or 3 times a week for 1 or 1 1/2 hours, which can sometimes be challenging in the midst of after school activities, homework, sports etc. We are 1 session away from completing his program, at which point he will will be retested and they will do a comparison of his beginning testing to his end testing to show the improvement in areas such as Executive Functioning, Long Term and Short Term Memory, Processing Speed etc.

In our continual quest to explore every opportunity available to help our child with his focus we enrolled him in Learning Rx. Our son is ADHD Primarily Inattentive type, his grades have always been A/B and he has only the normal childhood social challenges. That said, we have personally not noticed any glaring improvement on a day to day basis from his brain training program. HOWEVER, his teachers certainly have, they say he has become increasingly more confident in how he expresses himself at school and stays on task more easily. Also, the difference between this year's and last year's state standardized testing was off the chart. He had been on the lower end of "Proficient" for his grade level each year, this past year his Language Art and Math scores increased by a phenomenal 39 points. He is now on the high end of "Proficient" in Language Arts and "AdvanceProficient" in Math. From what we have been told, since the annual standardized tests are grade level appropriate, most kids from as young as 3rd grade (when testing starts) through 12th grade fluctuate within the same 10 point spread from year to year. To increase almost 40 points is exceptional and not the norm. I can also report that his IQ testing shows a 2 point increase - I am not a believer in IQ as an indicator of long-term life success however, I have to assume that the increase is related to his Learning Rx training.

The one thing I have resolved myself to that there is no one secret wepon to 'fix' ADHD. We continue to use a variety of strategies for homework, like diet, exercise, vitamins, timers, and organizers. Executive Functioning training is for us another strategy which has given him success. At some point maybe medication will work best for him, but like everything else we do it will just be another option to explore for our child's continual success. I'm now investigating Laser Therapy - if anyone has any info on that I would appreciate it.

Thanks for all you do to keep everyone informed

I was asked my several readers if there was a cheaper way to duplicate what learning RX is doing.  The answer is probably.  To get started I think that you would need:

A properly trained high school or college student with an interest in education or psychology would probably love to do a program like this for about $10.00 per hour.  I am guessing that you could buy the books and the games and be up and running for less than $50.00 and then the coach could cost as little as $30.00 a week.  You could try it for 12 weeks at a cost of about $400.00.

This amount is far less than the thousands of dollars that you would pay for the real program. Granted, all of this would probably not be as polished or well done as what you would get at Learning Rx but it would cost you a lot less.


  1. There are many parents these days that take their children for chiropractic treatment and care. It has been observed that children can take advantage of this treatment method starting from birth till throughout the childhood. Handling a child with ADHD in your house can be a problematic work but it has been observed that chiropractic treatment can help a lot with the symptoms of ADHD.

    Children suffering from the problem of ADHD or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder can act out in various ways. They may control themselves, not obey commands and bully other children. These children might get violent and may have rough behavior like throwing things around.

    According to a survey by American Chiropractic Association in 1991, the number of chiropractic patients of sixteen years of age and younger has increased to 8.5%. Chiropractic services is the most common alternative method of treatment performed on children and it is completely safe.

    A study conducted in 1975 compared the effect of chiropractic treatment and drugs in children suffering from ADHD. The study showed that chiropractic services was twenty four percent more effective than normal drug prescription. It worked over the wide range of symptoms which are common in neurological dysfunction syndrome. So, chiropractic treatment works good with children having ADHD.

    It has been observed that children who suffer from the problem of ADHD have successful results with chiropractic treatment. It has also been noticed that children who have vertebral subluxation and do not show any symptoms of ADHD should still have chiropractic services. The best method of treatment in case of ADHD is chiropractic services. It is completely natural and so it does not have any side effects. This makes it very safe for your child. With proper treatment and care, the symptoms of this condition can be helped to a great degree.

  2. Chiropractic care has been used for mental health problems with varying degrees of success for many year. This care falls into the realm of what traditional physicians call Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The use of CAM has increased over the past two decades, and surveys have shown that up to 44% of patients with neurological type problems use one form or another of non-traditional medical treatment. The studies available on the success of Chiropractic care and ADHD are very limited and some consider the available studies to be "promotional" in nature. That is, they promote the use of Chiropractic care. The same criticism however could be leveled at studies performed by the pharmaceutical companies. The benefits of chiropractic care for ADHD is probably related to the individual counselling and treatment given by each individual Chiropractic provider to whatever problem symptoms is treated. A chiropractor who counsels the family on appropriate Executive function and behavioral interventions for ADHD symptoms should be and will be as successful as a Psychiatrist who does the same.


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