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Managing the Challenges of Remote Learning for Children on the Spectrum

Posted by Jane Shearer on June 19, 2022 at 9:00 AM

While some students - including those with autism - report being happier with online learning due to the absence of issues like bullying and having their needs met better at home, others may find remote learning to be a major challenge.

With issues regarding the online format, the social aspects of online learning, and schedule changes, there’s no question that making the change to online learning can be stressful and overwhelming for many children on the spectrum.

From creating a new schedule to using helpful online tools, here are just three ways that parents can help their child navigate remote learning successfully.

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Topics: Autism, Learning Capacity

How to Enhance Social Skills in Students in Virtual Learning

Posted by Jessica Robinson on June 16, 2022 at 2:06 PM

Traditionally, a school or a college is where students go to learn. Apart from learning new things, they get the opportunity to interact, build relationships, and become aware of social values and etiquette.

With technology evading every corner of the world, including the education industry, the learners’ amount of time in physical classes is diminishing every passing month.

The rate highly depends on the educational institution, type of class, or the student’s willingness to show up for physical or blended classes. That wasn’t a big deal before, but the rate at which the world is adapting to virtual learning and the commonly known advantages of the traditional learning style that are threatened raise lots of questions.

Students will no longer have a supportive community where they can practice what they learn or understand what coexisting really means.

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Topics: Social Skills, School

Introducing Kids To Health Care Careers

Posted by Jane Shearer on June 3, 2022 at 12:12 PM

The rapid development in the medical field proves that this sector is a hub for promising careers and lucrative jobs. However, most students believe that there's no place for them in the health care field unless they want to be a doctor or a nurse, according to an expert from Connected Learning with The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

However, there is a wide range of opportunities in various fields like physical therapy and radiology for kids who are thinking about pursuing a career in healthcare. Here are a few ways teachers can introduce and expand  the pipeline of kids heading into health care-related fields.
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Topics: Careers

9 Tips to Improve How you Learn & Your Learning Capacity

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 1, 2022 at 3:48 PM

Peter Barnes

If you ask teachers and parents, and even some older students, for tips on how best to learn, you will get lots of advice. Some based on their personal experience  - what worked for them - some on what they have seen work for students and some derived from research.

In his book "How We Learn – The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why it Happens”, Benedict Carey includes some tips based on scientific research. Of the nine tips below, the first eight come from Carey’s book and I have added a ninth: Increase Your Brain’s Capacity to Learn.

Here are the tips:

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Topics: Brain Science, Learning Capacity

Build English Fast for Students Learning English as a Second Language

Posted by Peter Barnes on May 4, 2022 at 9:15 AM

Peter Barnes

Why do ESLs struggle with reading?

Students with limited or no English speaker proficiency need instruction in recognising and distinguishing the sounds of English as compared or contrasted with sounds in their native language.

To be most effective, instruction for ESLs in oral language knowledge, skills, and abilities must be explicit, intensive, and extensive.

Oral proficiency in English (including oral vocabulary, grammar, and listening comprehension) is critical for ESLs to develop proficiency in text-level English reading comprehension.

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Topics: English Language Learners, Fast ForWord

How Olfactory Senses Can Help Kids Learn

Posted by Jane Shearer on April 28, 2022 at 2:40 PM

With only around a hundred receptors, the olfactory system can detect millions of scent-packed molecules on a daily basis. Kids have greater sensitivity to smells than adults, but everyone is affected by the powerful connection that smell and memory have evolved to share. Now, neurologists are uncovering more about how the olfactory system can be used as a tool for learning in young children.

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Topics: Memory, Learning Capacity

34 Dyslexia Questions & Answers with Dr Martha Burns

Posted by Peter Barnes on April 26, 2022 at 11:45 AM

Peter Barnes

Dr Martha Burns Do you have questions about Dyslexia? 

What is it? What are the causes of this challenging condition?

How are brain scientists and researchers progressing in their quest to understand Dyslexia? And most importantly what are the latest interventions making a difference for people with Dyslexia?

Dr Martha Burns answers some of your questions here:

Question:  Why do some students miss some words to read while reading?

Answer by Dr Burns:  There can be several reasons. Sometimes students skip over words because their visual tracking isn't smooth and coordinated. Sometimes they just don't recognise the word and trying to figure it out seems too difficult, so they skip over it or misread it. Sometimes, if in a hurry, they just misread it because they don't take the time to figure it out.

Question:  How does dyslexia affect an adult learner?

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Topics: Dyslexia, Reading

How To Get Young Children Interested in STEM Subjects

Posted by Jane Shearer on March 29, 2022 at 10:38 AM

There have been various reports over the past few years about the shortfall in technically qualified workforces in Australia. These shortfalls have led leaders in STEM-based careers to predict that Australia might be unable to compete on the global scientific and technological forefront.

The solution to this problem, however, is simple. Parents and teachers need to focus on getting children interested in STEM subjects from an early age. In doing so they can help to create a generation that can compete and contribute on a global level.

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Topics: Learning Capacity, Careers, Teaching

Fast ForWord Endorsed As One Of The Most Powerful Reading Tools

Posted by Peter Barnes on February 18, 2022 at 10:48 AM

Peter Barnes

The Fast ForWord reading and language program has received an official re-endorsement from the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE). Fast ForWord’s CASE endorsement now enters its 7th year and will extend through December 2024. Read the Businesswire announcement here.

Developed for struggling readers, Fast ForWord is a unique 3-in-1 program that simultaneously develops reading, cognitive, and social-emotional learning skills to efficiently build reading and learning skills. Included in the Fast ForWord suite of exercises is Reading Assistant, an innovative guided reading tool that uses speech verification technology to support and listen to students as they read aloud, acting as a guided reading coach.

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Topics: Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity, Reading Assistant Plus (RA+)

Ways to Keep Your Backyard Safe for Children and Pets

Posted by Jenny Wise on February 11, 2022 at 9:37 AM

Next to the family room, your home’s backyard is probably the focus of a lot of activity, no matter what time of year it is. But also think of all the backyard mishaps that occur: getting stung by wasps after accidentally knocking down a nest; stumbling over a tree branch that had blown down in a storm; getting bitten by mosquitos in wet, uncut grass; having wild animals wander into an unfenced yard looking for food; or even playing on a rickety set of swings.

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Topics: Autism, Confidence & Resilience

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