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How to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

Use It or Lose It: Tips To Keep Concepts Fresh and the Mind Alert

BETHESDA, MD (July 13, 2015) In the midst of summer break, the last thing on students’ minds is continuing the learning process. While there’s non-academic learning and value derived through play, when reading, writing and intellectual pursuits stop, so does the mind’s ability to retain complex information and concepts learned during the school year. A hefty one to three months of learned material is lost as a result decreased educational activity during the summer.

“During the summer, kids routinely lose roughly half of the concepts they learned during the school year, putting them at a major disadvantage when they re-enter school,” said Peter Riddle, learning expert and co-founder of Empowered Learning Transformation Centers (ELTC). “Summer Brain Drain means teachers must re-teach concepts and lose valuable time to introduce more sophisticated material. Kids need to keep reading, writing and arithmetic skills strong with daily exposure. American students continue to be outpaced academically, with US schools ranking 17th among other developed countries, and would benefit from longer school years that many other countries have in place. Summer brain drain reduces the brain’s neuroplasticity, the ability to rewire itself through the formation of neural connections as a response to new situations or environmental changes, and ability to retain content.”

Teenagers and children tend to choose lighter reading materials during summer, such as magazines, graphic novels, and comic books and spend more time on the internet and social media. “Disciplining the mind is a critical skill for kids to develop and it’s the bedrock of being successful academically and in other realms,” explained Riddle. “Einstein says ‘focus is genius,’ but I believe ‘genius is focus.’ The ability to focus is the ability to access your core skills. Mind discipline evolves with emotional maturity and grows from determination and practice. Unfortunately, that discipline is quickly eroded when distractions like social media and overexposure to technology and TV come into play. The addictive qualities of technology is evident especially in kids’ decreasing ability to focus solely on one activity at a time and the decline in low-tech activities like book reading, camping, bike riding or board game playing.”

Riddle attributes brain drain to premature exposure to TV, thanks to parents “parking” kids in front of TV screens with non-stop stimulation that makes reading a book a challenge when the eyes must move over “still” pages and process concepts with far greater effort. “The more time a child can spend outside being stimulated through physical activity or the peaceful qualities of nature and avoid long hours in front of the computer or TV screen, the more active and neuroplastic their brain stays, lessening brain drain and the need for addictive tech stimulation,” said Mr. Riddle. “In the summer, it is especially important to keep children engaged in the learning process as a way to prepare not just for the next school year, but for life. There is a direct correlation between lower reading and math scores with the amount of hours that a child spends in front TV or computer. If a child spends more than eleven hours a week in front of a TV/computer, you will begin to see the negative effects on their comprehension abilities. With this being said, the average American child spend 36 hours in front of the TV/computer. ”

Riddle suggests kids and parents sign contracts which spell out non-negotiable goals, such as book reading along with:

  1. Encourage Reading: Compliment reading with a fun activity (e.g. If you read a little each day, we can do a fun activity you enjoy).
  2. Create Balance: Make sure that children are diversifying their day by incorporating physical activity and spending time outdoors.
  3. Keep Up with Current Events: Incorporate discussion of current events into your meal time conversation.
  4. Find Teachable Moments: Work learning activities into everyday life to keep their brain sharp (e.g. ask your child to find the percentage of tax on an item at a store).
  5. Summer Learning: Enroll in a summer school course in an area that your child enjoys, such as computer programming, cooking, dance or soccer.
  6. Consistency Over Quantity. Encourage your child to read a few pages each day. The consistency of picking up a book and digesting new materials will train the brain and increase comprehension levels. Instead of reading 80 pages in one day, try 10 pages each day of the week.

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Summer is the Ideal Time to Assess Weaknesses and Build Confidence for Students

Report cards can show symptoms and areas a child is struggling with, but does not indicate a child's full potential or what is holding them back. How can we make the most of our time during summer?

Missing Link for Parents and Kids Is Proper Assessment; Year-End Report Cards Reflect Symptoms, Not Potential

STAMFORD, CT (June 23, 2015)  With schools around the country beginning their summer break, parents and students will be reviewing report cards to note accomplishments, areas for improvement and red flags.

“Students can utilize the summer months to improve how their brain functions, building learning skills and self-confidence for the coming school year,” explained Peter Riddle, a learning specialist of 37 years and co-founder of Empowered Learning Transformation Centers (ELTC). “Our assessment and programs identify underlying and unrecognized learning challenges. We then correct those deficiencies to help students reach peak performance levels. When they return to school in the fall, ELTC students have an easier time comprehending materials, absorbing classroom lessons and completing homework with less stress and more confidence. They will be on their way to becoming independent learners for the rest of their lives.”

Starting in 1993 at the Stamford, Connecticut center, ELTC expanded into Hazlet, New Jersey in 2006, and Bethesda, Maryland in April 2015. Serving the greater New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. metro areas, ELTC had had a 90% success rate and has helped more than 5,000 people improve their ability to learn, and greatly improve their lives. They have also transitioned more than 750 kids off of ADHD medication.

“Our breakthrough fusion of educational and medical technology enables people to address issues at the core level and enable the brain to rewire itself to function at a much higher level,” continued Mr. Riddle. “From students struggling with school, to overworked professionals, to athletes–our programs tackle problems with attention, focus, learning and behavior for people of all ages and abilities.”

Most students experience learning losses over the summer as they are rarely engaged with educational activities. Every fall, this results in lost instruction time because of the need to reteach several skills and/or topics. ELTC’s programs, available year-round, are complementary to classroom instruction and keep students engaged.

ELTC will host a six-week Summer Boot Camp to strengthen weak areas. The Boot Camp will run from June 22 through August and will include two-hour daily programs, four days per week. The six-week program can be adjusted to accommodate summer travel.

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ELTC to Host Summer Boot Camp at Bethesda Location

ELTC Bethesda will host a six-week Summer Boot Camp to strengthen weak areas. The Boot Camp will run from June 22 through August and will include two-hour daily programs, four days per week. The six-week program can be adjusted to accommodate summer travel.

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Misdiagnosis of ADHD and Behavioral Problems Just As Bad As Not Diagnosing Them

Misdiagnoses can keep a child from succeeding. A proper assessment can uncover what is holding a child back and provide the course of treatment to correct problems.

Missing Link for Parents and Kids Is Proper Assessment; Year-End Report Cards Reflect Symptoms, Not Potential

STAMFORD, CT (June 2, 2015) Like hundreds of thousands of U.S. kids, Greenwich 7th grader “John” had an elementary school teacher who requested he get tested for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A visit to the pediatrician resulted in a prescription of Ritalin for John that grew over time to 70 milligrams per day. While taking the medication, John saw no improvement – his fidgeting didn’t stop and he continued to struggle with focus and academic issues.

Six months ago, John’s mother requested a second opinion from Peter Riddle, a learning specialist of 37 years, and Dr. Richard Reutter, a nationally recognized developmental pediatrician. Riddle and Dr. Reutter are co-founders of Empowered Learning Transformation Centers (ELTC). John’s mother wanted a more thorough diagnosis of his ADHD and a deeper assessment of his fidgeting and lack of focus “symptoms.”

Riddle and Dr. Reutter used a brain wave measurement tool, Neurolex℠ QEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram), in combination with their own professional assessments to perform an in-depth and accurate evaluation of John. Neurolex℠ is the first FDA-approved, objective, non-invasive, physiological diagnostic tool for assessing ADHD quickly and accurately – with a reliability of 96%.

It was found that John did not suffer from ADHD. In fact, John’s actual disorder was a condition known as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which caused John to experience high levels of stress and underdeveloped sensory motor and visual processing skills. Today John is on his way to becoming an independent learner without the need for medication thanks to the Empowered Learning Transformation program.

“We have expertly diagnosed more than 5,000 children and adults with our 60-minute assessment, and have helped more than 750 children transition off medication. The biggest problem I see facing kids and parents today is misdiagnosing a disorder, even more so than not diagnosing it,” said Mr. Riddle. “Too many kids are mislabeled and poorly diagnosed, ending up in a cycle that leaves them untreated or improperly medicated, helpless, unable to perform and stigmatized. There’s hope for families that are looking for a measurable, effective approach that doesn’t involve medication and enables kids to learn, focus and function at their best in school, socially, athletically and in later years, professionally.”

Research and developments in neurology over the last 30 years showing the brain is not static but can be rewired (neuroplasticity) has validated the ELTC approach to effectively “rewiring” the brain by increasing and strengthening the neural pathways that affect an individual’s ability to learn.

Most students experience learning losses over the summer as they are rarely engaged with educational activities. Every fall, this results in lost instruction time because of the need to reteach several skills and/or topics. ELTC’s programs, available year-round, are complementary to classroom instruction and keep students engaged.

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Empowered Learning Transformation Centers Opens New Location in Bethesda, MD

After more than 20 years of success in Hazlet, NJ and Stamford, CT locations, ELTC opened the doors to its third facility in Bethesda, MD at the end of April 2015.

Third Location To Host Two-Day Grand Opening Celebrations for D.C. Area

BETHESDA, MD (April 20, 2015)—The Empowered Learning Transformation Centers, a breakthrough fusion of educational and medical technology that corrects learning deficiencies by changing brain and mind/body integration, will open the doors of its third location in Bethesda, Maryland at 8120 Woodmont Avenue, on Sunday, April 26 and Monday, April 27 for a two-day open house grand opening celebration.

“We are excited to bring the Empowered Learning Transformation Center to Bethesda and share our program with those eager to enhance their learning abilities in the D.C. area,” said Peter Riddle, co-founder of ELTC. “Our centers use special training modules and tools to ensure the success of each individual’s control in the ability to learn and process content information. We felt as though expanding into the D.C area was the next natural step in the growth of the impact of the centers as a whole.”

With two locations already established in Stamford, CT and Hazlet, NJ, ELTC has helped learners of all ages and ability breakthrough to peak performance levels in the areas of learning, focus and attention for over 20 years. In addition to transitioning over 700 students with ADHD/ADD off powerful medications, the centers have worked with students with learning difficulties, adult professionals straining to keep up with heavy workloads, athletes looking to improve their game, and those looking to reach their maximum potential.

“Our centers have forever changed the lives of more than 5,000 children and adults for the better with only two locations,” said Dr. Richard Reutter, medical director and co-founder at ELTC. “With this new D.C location, we will be able to use our individualized approach and tailored assessments to efficiently correct deficiencies in different learning areas.”

About Empowered Learning Transformation Centers

For more than 20 years, Empowered Learning Transformation Centers have empowered people of all ages with the ability to learn and perform better. Using proprietary tools and programs, each client is guided through an individualized approach to enhance their ability to learn, comprehend, analyze, organize and manage academic concepts. The Empowered Learning Transformation Center addresses the core of learning and behavioral issues to rewire the brain to perform at a higher level. Whether a young child struggling with ADHD or other learning disabilities, an average student seeking to improve grades, or an adult overwhelmed with daily workload, the centers help people function optimally. Empowered Learning Transformation Centers are located in Stamford, CT, Hazlet, NJ and Bethesda, MD. For more information, please call 1-(844)-200-ELTC.

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