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34 Dyslexia Questions & Answers with Dr Martha Burns

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 11, 2019 at 4:53 PM

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?

In October each year during Dyslexia Awareness Month, Dr Martha Burns presents an insightful summary of the latest research into the cognitive, genetic and processing differences associated with Dyslexia.

You can listen to her October 2019 presentation by clicking the button at the end of this post.  
 
Following her talk she answered questions from the audience. Here they are:

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Topics: Dyslexia, Reading, Reading Difficulties

“Word Nerd” Leonie Swift: Why Plain English is Key to Communication

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 1, 2019 at 9:42 PM

Peter Barnes

Leonie Swift is a self-described ‘word nerd”. She’s a former librarian with a passion for Plain English. Leonie now teaches people how to write in Plain English so their readers get the message easily and understand clearly what’s been written.

She says Plain English is not only useful for writing documents, school assignments, articles, reports and so on. It’s applicable everywhere, even for writing on street signs.

I recently chatted with Leonie on the Learning Capacity Podcast where she explained why Plain English is not just “dumbing down” writing but is so important if you want to get your message understood. 

And she gives some examples of how it can also be fun.

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Topics: Writing

Easy Ways to Make Science Fun for Your Kids

Posted by Emily Preston on September 10, 2019 at 4:58 PM

While children can absorb new information at an amazing rate, they can lose it just as quickly. Did you know that learning loss is a big problem over the summer holidays?                                   

Consequently, six weeks of the new term are spent relearning old material. It is estimated that just two to three hours of active learning a week is enough to prevent learning loss over the summer – and a few hours of private tutoring is an ideal way to maintain your child’s learning (if this financially feasible, of course). If you’re worried about what other parents might think, don’t worry – 96% of parents say they wouldn’t judge others for using a tutor.

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Topics: Learning, Teaching

How to Learn From YouTube: For Your Studies, Hobbies and Work

Posted by Jane Shearer on September 8, 2019 at 4:16 PM

How to learn from YouTube

YouTube is the most popular online video sharing platform now in the world, there are millions of interesting videos on a wide range of different topics, many of which can actually be very educational.   Students on YouTube learning something new

There is something for everyone and there are many opportunities for learning. This article will look at how you can use YouTube for learning new things, as well as developing existing knowledge.

The YouTube Learning channel

Besides being able to search for topics of interest and choosing from the highest-ranking videos, there is actually a dedicated You Tube Learning channel full of videos on a wide range of different topics designed to help people learn new things, develop their knowledge in areas of interest, pick up new skills and maybe even find new hobbies. 

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Topics: eLearning, Learning

How to Make Online Learning Accessible for People with Special Needs

Posted by Jane Shearer on August 29, 2019 at 9:06 AM

Making online learning accessible  to people with a range of special needs has become increasingly important in the technological age. Online learners with disabilities have their own set of challenges, so it’s important to be aware of and remove any possible obstacles to online learning so that no-one has to be limited by their disability.
 
This article will look at some of the main challenges that online learners with disabilities face and tips for how to overcome them.

Removing obstacles to focus for people with ADD or ADHD

Online learners with the above conditions can have an impaired attention span and may be easily distracted. This can pose problems if for example the online learning requires completing a simulation in a busy and noisy environment or participating in forums or online discussion groups with the intention of providing peer-based support. 

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Topics: eLearning

Can Meditation and Mindfulness Improve Your Learning?

Posted by Jane Shearer on August 10, 2019 at 2:12 PM

There has been a surge of interest in meditation in recent years due to mounting scientific evidence and research that links regular meditation with improved physical and mental health and well-being.   

Meditation has a great deal of brain boosting effect also, including improved memory, attention span and learning capabilities. This article will explore the ways in which meditation can improve learning.

Improved problem-solving abilities

Studies show that practicing meditation can help us become more creative and flexible in our thinking. This in turn improves our ability to problem-solve and conceive of novel or original ideas.

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Topics: Learning

Devon Barnes: 35 Years in the “Learning Difficulties Mindfield” .

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 9, 2019 at 3:53 PM

Peter Barnes

Learning difficulties are based in the mind, or more specifically in the brain, according to speech pathologist and learning difficulties specialist Devon Barnes. She has been working for the past 35 years with children who have a wide range of learning challenges.

In an discussion with learning support teacher Moya Gibb-Smith, Devon describes the challenges for parents in what she calls the "Learning Difficulties Mindfield". And gives some advice on how to sort the hype from reality when parents are trying to decide how to help their child.

What's the first thing a parent should do it they are concerned their child may have a learning difficulty?  Speak to the child's teacher, says Devon.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Brain Science

How Art Can Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Posted by Jane Shearer on August 6, 2019 at 8:25 AM

Art therapy is thought to naturally complement the autistic mind as studies show that many autistic people think in pictures.

The world can be quite a scary and confusing place for people with autism, especially children.

Art therapy can help provide them with an important opportunity to be able to process and understand the world in a way that they can relate to.                          

This article will look at some of the different ways in which art therapy can benefit children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Topics: Autism

Brain Fitness for Children in 26 Centres Across Asia & the Middle East

Posted by Peter Barnes on July 16, 2019 at 7:46 AM

Peter Barnes

How can you improve the learning ability, intelligence and emotional quotient (EQ) of children of all ages? Cheryl Chia is a Singapore based mother of 2 young girls, author of a book titled “Fit Brains Learn Better: A Chronicle of 12 years of Brain Fitness Training” , and the founder of BrainFit, a service which focuses on helping children from birth to 18 years develop a learning advantage by strengthening their brain fitness and intelligence.

What drove Cheryl to find the time, energy and enterprise to build BrainFit from its original single location in Singapore to a network of 26 centres in eight countries across Asia and the Middle East?

And what has she been able to achieve for the children who attend the BrainFit programs and for their parents as well?    

Cheryl discusses her BrainFit journey in an episode of The Learning Capacity Podcast.

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Volunteer Hindu Scripture Teacher in Primary School: Kaushik Murali

Posted by Peter Barnes on July 1, 2019 at 5:31 PM

Peter Barnes

What's involved in becoming a volunteer scripture teacher at your local primary school?

There are differences depending on which country or state you are in, and which religion you wish to teach.

But many of the challenges will be similar regardless of jurisdiction or religion. Challenges like how to teach a class of students with a wide age range - from 6 to 12 years, how to answer "difficult questions" in a way that satisfies each child, and how much focus to put on the wider cultural aspects of a religion.

Sydney lawyer, Kaushik Murali, spoke to me on The Learning Capacity Podcast about his experience as a volunteer Hindu scripture teacher

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Topics: School, Teaching

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