Audrey enjoying one of her sessions with Carla, a certified master trainer. (Photo: LearningRx)

Brain Beat is a biweekly sponsored column written by Michelle Hecker Davis of LearningRx Chattanooga.


Audrey Miller, a 7-year-old from Ooltewah, loves her cat, playing with Barbies, glittery dresses, going to Dollywood and school.

But that list of her likes and interests hasn’t always included the last one—school. For her first year or two of primary school, Audrey would tell her parents she had a stomachache trying to avoid going. She would get out of bed crying the night before, already dreading what morning would bring.

Her mother, Jennifer, knew Audrey was having learning troubles. She often wrote letters and numbers backward, even beyond the typical p’s and q’s that many young learners often invert. Reading was difficult for her, but she used memorization to try to hide that she wasn’t reading well.

Audrey and her mom, Jennifer. (Photo: Jennifer Miller)

“I started to grow concerned, but her teachers always assured me that all students learn to read at different paces,” Jennifer said. “And her memory is so strong—at 7, she still has vivid memories of things that happened when she was 3—so I thought it had to only be a matter of time before it all clicked.”

Audrey was slow at many aspects of development, from talking to walking to potty training. So Jennifer tried to comfort herself by saying that Audrey’s reading was just slightly behind the pace of other students, too.

But by October of Audrey’s first-grade year, Jennifer couldn’t “wait it out” anymore. She decided to discuss her concerns with Audrey’s pediatrician, who suggested she go to a psychologist for testing. This is when Audrey was diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder and dyslexia.

“Although this was a traumatic diagnosis for our family, I am thankful that the psychologist explained to me that being dyslexic doesn’t mean she isn’t smart,” Jennifer said. “She just sees things differently. However, the last thing any parents wants is to see their child struggling.”

During Jennifer’s research into a remedy, she spoke with a friend who told her of LearningRx. She was skeptical but scheduled an evaluation and testing. She and her husband were nervous about the time constraints of taking Audrey to brain training classes, but Audrey’s reaction and progress have confirmed they made the right decision.

“Audrey has so much more confidence because of LearningRx,” Jennifer said. “She was always excited to go and never complained, even during the summer or school breaks.”

Now that Audrey’s program is complete, her parents are delighted to hear her add “school” to the list of things she loves and see her carry books around the house.

“Audrey is typically very shy in unfamiliar environments, but it wasn’t long before Audrey acted at LearningRx the way she does at home: laughing, being silly, talking about her cat,” Jennifer said. “I’ll always be thankful for the confidence and skills they gave my daughter.”

LearningRx Chattanooga, located near Hamilton Place Mall, is part of the largest one-on-one brain training organization in the world. With 80 centers in the U.S. and locations in over 40 countries around the globe, LearningRx has helped more than 100,000 individuals and families sharpen their cognitive skills to help them think faster, learn easier and perform better. Their on-site programs partner every client with a personal brain trainer to keep clients engaged, accountable and on-task—a key advantage over online-only brain exercises. Their pioneering methods have been used in clinical settings for over 35 years and have been verified as beneficial in peer-reviewed research papers and journals. To learn more about LearningRx research results, programs and their 9.6 out of 10 client satisfaction rating, visit http://www.learningrx.com/.