LearningRx vs. Sensory Motor Integration
LearningRx Compares Brain Training and Sensory Motor Integration Cost
Dr. Ken Gibson, LearningRx founder, used sensory motor integration training in his optometric practices in the 1960s and 70s. He wasn’t able to achieve the results he was looking for, and with further research, moved from sensory motor integration training to visual and auditory processing training, which ultimately led to the one-on-one brain training programs that are used in LearningRx Centers today. While the costs of one-on-one brain training and sensory motor integration are quite similar, the results Dr. Gibson was able to achieve with cognitive training were more effective for those who struggled with reading and learning. He believes parents should take a top-down approach – if the student only struggles in one subject due to lack of knowledge, start with tutoring. If they continually struggle in academics or struggle in multiple subjects (including reading), enroll them in a brain training program. If the student is unable to pass levels in brain training and has issues with eye-hand coordination, or is clumsy, try sensory motor integration (which Dr. Gibson felt helped his patients approximately five percent of the time).
Research on Brain Training and Sensory Motor Integration
The latest in brain research has found that when we perform tasks, the entire brain is utilized. Previous research that showed an individual as more right- or left-brained has been replaced with MRI scans and QEEG images that show that we use our entire brain to perform tasks. While your personal cluster of cognitive strengths and weaknesses may cause you to rely more heavily on certain areas of the brain, each individual uses every portion of the brain to perform both basic and complex tasks. Cross-body movement is an important part of human development, but research has shown that cognitive training has a greater impact on the ability to think, learn, and remember.
Who Can Benefit from Sensory Motor Integration or Brain Training?
If your child has poor balance, is considered clumsy, or struggles to keep up with physical developmental milestones, then a sensory motor integration program may be the best next step; however, if your child is struggling to read, pay attention, remember what they learn, or complete tasks at school or at home, then a one-on-one brain training program may be able to better address the deficiencies that are causing their struggles. If you are trying to determine the right program for your child, a Cognitive Skills Assessment and consultation with a LearningRx Center director can help uncover any underlying skill weaknesses and create a plan for your child’s future.