National Puzzle Day

Doing puzzles not only is a fun activity, it can also strengthen your brain! Puzzles help build cognitive skills like attention, logic and reasoning and processing speed.


LearningRx Naperville Supports National Puzzle Day!

Did you know at home, jigsaw puzzles can help build cognitive skills like visual processing, logic and reasoning, attention, and processing speed?

Puzzle Facts

• Jigsaw puzzles originated in the 1760s when maps were pasted onto wood and dissected.

• In 2008, more than 15,000 people in Ravensburg, Germany assembled a nearly 6,500-square-foot puzzle in town square. The puzzle had 1,141,800 pieces.

• In the 1930s, puzzle manufacturer Einson Freeman convinced a toothbrush company to give away a puzzle with every toothbrush purchase. More than one million toothbrushes sold.

• No one is sure who invited National Puzzle Day, but there are various clubs dedicated to the love of puzzles.

• There are lots of places online where kids can do jigsaw puzzles for free! Here’s a good starting place: http://www.thekidzpage.com/onlinejigsawpuzzles/animals/index.html


Brain Related Facts

• Jigsaw puzzles build a variety of skills: visual processing, logic and reasoning, processing speed (if timed), attention

• IQ is not a stagnant number. LearningRx raises IQ by an average of 14.9 points.

• We now know the brain is “plastic.” It can change, grow and repair itself at any age.

• Brain training does for the mind what exercise does for the body Some Major Learning Skills

• Speed (processing speed)

• Attention

• Visual Processing (important for comprehension and math)

• Memory (Working and long-term)

• Auditory Processing (#1 skill needed for reading and spelling)

• Logic and Reasoning (needed for science, math, and problem solving)


Other Points

• Using a stop watch with some puzzles can increase processing speed

• If your child struggles to complete a puzzle, use strategies like these: http://ezinearticles.com/?Jigsaw-Puzzle-Strategy---4-Main-Routes-to-Finishing-That-Puzzle&id=3442806

• There are 3 types of attention (divided, sustained, selective)

• Major learning skills can be divided into sub-skills.


Cognitive Training

1.Does for mental abilities what exercise does for the body

2.Improves the brain’s ability to process information in ANY subject

3.Enhances underlying cognitive skills required to learn effectively

4.Provides intensive, personalized, one-on-one programs

5.Creates confidence toward ALL learning tasks


• Tutoring is for kids who have fallen behind in a specific subject(i.e. due to illness) vs. Cognitive skills training improves the underlying skills needed to perform tasks (like reading) well.

• LearningRx doesn’t just treat the symptoms – it tackles the source of the problem, fixes it, and offers permanent solutions.

• LearningRx is actually CHANGING THE BRAIN to learn better and retain information more effectively.

• The average gain for LearningRx students is 3.6 years of growth in 9 cognitive areas.

• 98.7 % of the skills trained are the same or better one year after the training. **Parents who want to know what games build which skills can visit www.UnlockTheEinsteinInside.com to download a free “Games for Skills” chart.

They can also download a free PDF version of Dr. Gibson’s book, “Unlock the Einstein Inside.”


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