LearningRx Sponsors A Community Autism Resources Event
Husband and wife team Phillip and Amy Parham faced an extreme challenge together when they appeared on season six of The Biggest Loser, but their need to get physically healthy wasn’t the only challenge they have faced as a family. The Parham’s youngest son, Rhett, is autistic.
According to the Community Autism Resources Forum, “Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in America, with 1 in 110 children (and 1 in 70 boys) being impacted by the disorder. Because Autism is a ‘spectrum’ disorder — with symptoms ranging from very mild to severe — it can impact individuals, and their families, very differently. The most significant shared symptom is difficulty with social interaction, including eye contact, conversation, even being able to empathize with someone else or see things from their perspective.”
For Rhett, said Amy, that means, “It’s been a struggle for him to learn. It’s been a struggle for him to go to regular school.”
She and her husband have tried many therapies and programs with Rhett and “we’ve had success with some and not success with others,” Amy admitted, but one in particular has been the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel: the brain training center LearningRx.
Local residents Kelli and Garnett Craig have had a similar experience with their son, Joshua, who also falls within the autism spectrum. Like the Parhams, the Craigs saw their son struggling in school with social interaction that came so easily to other children, and his reading comprehension was also lacking. “There was a definite disconnect there,” said Kelli.
And like the Parhams, the Craigs were conscientious and tenacious about researching therapies and programs that might help Joshua. “We were looking for a way to boost some of the deficiencies we saw,” Kelli said.
The Craigs learned about LearningRx Indianapolis at 9767 Fall Creek Road in the Kroger plaza in Geist through research on the Internet, took Joshua in for assessment testing and made the decision to invest some time and money in the LearningRx program.
That was two years ago, and Kelli is happy to report that today, now in the fourth grade, Joshua has retained the skills he gained at LearningRx, including improved conversation skills, the ability to make better connections and complete tasks. He even found new interests through the program.
According to the LearningRx website, “Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), Autism, or Asperger’s Syndrome respond well to treatment that is regular and predictable. Brain training through LearningRx is highly ordered, and establishes rewarding and predictable success. Student programs are individually designed and are delivered one-on-one by skilled and sensitive trainers. Progress is regular, systematic, and can even be tracked and recognized by the child.
“Training provides more than just a positive structure. It also specifically addresses cognitive needs that are critical to improvement in these students. Test results have shown that children diagnosed with PDD, Autism, or Asperger’s Syndrome most commonly display weaknesses in short-term memory, processing speed, and logic and reasoning skills. These are some of the primary skills that brain training can impact.”
Perhaps the most rewarding change that LearningRx brain training can help individuals who fall on the autism spectrum realize is a significantly more enjoyable and productive life experience.
Lynne McCauley, Executive Director of LearningRx Indianapolis, wants parents and area caregivers to know that help and resources are available for children and adults alike struggling with the cognitive deficiencies and behaviors associated with autism.
“We are hosting a Community Autism Resources Event on Friday, November 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the East 91st Street Christian Church,” said McCauley. “It is free for families and caregivers to attend.”
Phillip and Amy Parham will be featured speakers at the event, and will share their experience with Rhett and LearningRx at the conference.
For more information on ways to combat autism and other cognitive issues, contact LearningRx at (317) 845-1999 or visit www.learningrx.com.
There is a link between healthy brain activity and physical fitness. Phillip and Amy Parham, of The Biggest Loser fame, are dedicated to combating both obesity and autism. Attend the Community Autism Resources Forum on Friday, November 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the East 91st Street Christian Church, and see the mind-body connection in action. And participate in the 90-Day Fitness Challenge kicking off on November 5.