14 Aug Ask Susan: Daughter Diagnosed with ADHD
My daughter who is 9 was diagnosed with ADHD last week by a psychologist and suggested that she start taking Concerta. How can Edublox help? Which program would be the best fit to reduce her ADHD symptoms and rehabilitate her learning disability?
How long does it take generally before one starts seeing results when following the Edublox program? How long must one work with a learner before his problem will have been solved completely?
Thanks in advance.
Edublox Online Tutor is a cognitive training program. Cognitive training is an avenue of nondrug treatment that parents may wish to explore for ADHD.
Research has shown that cognitive skills are a determining factor of an individual’s learning ability, according to Oxfordlearning.com the skills that “separate the good learners from the so-so learners”. In essence, when cognitive skills are strong, learning is fast and easy. When cognitive skills are weak, learning becomes a challenge.
The intention of cognitive training is to strengthen underlying cognitive deficits. If the brain can change — and it can — it means that the deficits in cognitive skills that ADHD children so frequently experience, like lack in focused attention, slow processing speed, poor working memory and problem solving abilities, can be overcome.
Cognitive skills addressed by Edublox
In 2014, an Edublox program was presented to 27 Singaporean learners, ages 10 to 12. The program took place over a five-day period, with seven or eight half-hour sessions per day. A control group comprising of 25 learners of similar age, gender and ability did not attend the program, but continued to go to school.
Results of the study show an improvement in focused attention, in just five days. Focused attention is the ability to selectively concentrate on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things. This type of concentration is both physically and mentally tiring. People with attention problems such as ADHD are known for their inability to filter out distractions and focus on one thing only.
A research study by Dr. Lee DeLorge in Ohio tested the effect of an Edublox cognitive training program on 67 learners; 94 percent of the learners improved significantly. Thirty-five of the learners were diagnosed with ADHD. The processing speed of the ADHD learners showed a combined increase of 52.45 percent, from a pre-test average of 37.24 percent to a post-test average of 89.69 percent. It is well known that children with ADHD suffer from slow processing speed.
A study by Dr. Jaidan Mays showed improvement of 1.3 years in visual working memory and 1.5 years in visual sequential memory after 22.5 hours of Edublox training.
If an ADHD child struggles with reading or spelling as well, Reading Tutor is recommended. However, if there is no reading problem present, Development Tutor would be sufficient.
Speed of improvement
While one usually starts seeing improvement within a few lessons with regards to the number of blocks or items that the learner can handle when doing the Edublox exercises, this improvement will not transfer to the learner’s schoolwork immediately. This takes time.
When transfer occurs it is usually sudden and noticeable. As an example, a mother who worked diligently for half an hour per day, six days per week, wrote:
After this initial — and usually clearly visible — intellectual jump, it happens that the learner finds himself on a plateau again, followed by another leap forward. This pattern can repeat itself many times.
The above scenario could be described as a “staircase effect”. However, one may also see a “snowball effect”:
How long does it take?
One must make sure that a learner’s problems have been solved completely before discontinuing the program. The minimum time that is required to achieve this is about one year, but it can take up to two years if the learner has severe learning problems.
If one discontinues the program before the foundational skills of learning have been thoroughly automatized, there is the danger of a relapse. On the other hand, once the foundational skills have been automatized and the learner is clearly no longer behind, the problem will not return if the program is discontinued.
The mother who wrote the above commentary continued with Edublox for a full year. Three months after discontinuing the program she wrote:
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More about Susan
Susan is an educational specialist in the field of learning problems and dyslexia and has a B.A. Honors in Psychology and B.D. degree from the University of Pretoria. Early in her professional career Susan was instrumental in training over 3000 teachers and tutors, providing them with the foundational and practical understanding to facilitate cognitive development amongst children who struggle to read and write. With over 25 years of research to her name Susan conceptualized the Edublox teaching and learning methods that have helped thousands of children who were struggling academically to read, learn and achieve. In 2007, Susan opened the first Edublox reading and learning clinic and now there are 25 Edublox clinics internationally. Her proudest moments are when she sees a child who had severe learning difficulties come top of their class after one or two years at Edublox. Susan always takes time to collect the ‘hero’ stories of learners whose self-esteem is lifted as their marks improve.