In 1985, drawing from his own struggles with learning to read, Dr. Ken Gibson set out to change the way we learn. After convening with other experts to discuss challenges children were facing in the classroom, he cocreated a cognitive-skills program that eventually became the foundation of the LearningRx centers.
The clinically proven brain-training method, which is used on adults and children alike, consists of specific targeting, one-on-one coaching, and immediate feedback. Using professional cognitive tests, the centers first identify where strengths and weaknesses lie in their clients’ cognitive framework. From there, they are able to tailor mental workouts that help strengthen those areas of the brain and even create new neural pathways. The brain-training method can be beneficial for struggling students, adults wanting to remain competitive in the workplace, and the elderly.
At The Tutoring Center, pages flip and numbers crunch as smiling students reinforce study habits during one-on-one tutoring sessions. Tutors employ the trademarked Rotational Approach to Learning, which was first developed to assist children with ADD and ADHD. The system breaks down material into 15- and 30-minute intervals to boost students’ understanding and retention. Academic subjects include basic overviews of reading, writing, and math as well as advanced programs that teach memorization strategies, stress management, and how to decode the hidden messages in Sudoku puzzles.
The word "sport" usually conjures up images of fierce football or basketball games. But at Techno Chaos, the sport of technology is on full display. Here, youngsters are encouraged to employ the center's 100,000 Legos and technical equipment to craft functioning robots, uncanny replicas of Super Mario Brothers characters, or miniature battery-powered trolleys that help Lego people avoid rush-hour traffic. As they grasp engineering and math concepts via classes, leagues, and robot rumbles, visitors to Techno Chaos also engage in healthy competition and learn team-building skills.
Whenever violent outbreaks and natural disasters strike, ISI Training Center's team of security specialists mobilizes on the ground to protect private properties and individuals caught in high-risk areas. Drawing from this firsthand experience, ISI Training Center's crew—many of whom are military veterans versed in specialties such as tactical response and combat training—use a fast-paced style to teach students how to safely handle high-stress combat situations. Since 1993, instructors have prepped soldiers with mission-specific combat training at a 25-acre facility that incorporates role-playing and simulators that recreate realistic combat environments. Law-enforcement officers and first responders undergo similarly experiential training to enrich their tactical techniques for handling hostile conditions.