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New Insights About the Autistic Brain Confirm Fast ForWord Helps

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 2, 2021 at 11:28 AM

Peter Barnes

People with autism may simultaneously have too much connectivity in some parts of their brain and poor connectivity in other parts, according to new research from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, published in Nature Neuroscience in January 2015.

The research compared brain scans from a group of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and brain scans of a control group with normally developing brains.  The resting brains of the control group looked very similar to each other whereas the scans of the brains in the autistic group were all different. They showed unique patterns of connectivity, different patterns of excess or poor connectivity in each brain.

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Topics: Autism

How Music Can Boost Children’s Mental Health In Tough Times

Posted by Jane Shearer on December 23, 2020 at 1:58 PM

Australians are struggling to cope with recent world events, with around 13% reporting high or very high levels of psychological stress. In New Zealand, the situation is also somewhat worrisome, with around 31% reporting some level of stress. It isn’t only adults who are affected. Even prior to this year, teen stress rivalled that of adults, with issues such as academic and sporting pressure weighing on their minds.

Parents wishing to help their children improve their mental health often look to natural yet effective ways to lower stress levels. Some of the most powerful methods studied to date include mindfulness based activities like meditation, time spent in nature, a healthy diet, exercise and music - both as a hobby and in the form of therapy.

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Topics: Autism, Confidence & Resilience, Music

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

Online Coaching for Parents of Children with Autism: Ash Bhattacharya

Posted by Peter Barnes on April 10, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Peter Barnes

Ash Bhattacharya describes himself as an “autism advocate & coach”.  He is also a tech savvy entrepreneur who has established an online coaching program for parents of children with autism.

It's called Autism360 Club.

Ash spoke to The Learning Capacity Podcast about how he was inspired to create this service by growing up with a brother on the autism spectrum . And how Autism360 is delivering services to parents in Australia and the USA.

His belief, which underpins the online coaching program, is,  “More than any treatment, diet, or therapy, the perspectives from which you see your child’s Autism will have the greatest impact on him/her.”  

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Topics: Autism, Podcasts

Why Sullivan’s Mother got Fast ForWord for Autism Help: Address Root Causes

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 15, 2018 at 5:05 PM

Peter Barnes

Why did the mother of 9 year old autistic boy, Sullivan, choose the Fast ForWord program for him, when she had a multitude of interventions available?

And did this neuroscience–based program help him?

Sullivan’s mum writes a blog, Rethinkinglearning, where she has documented her journey since he was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.

She writes:

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Topics: Autism, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories

Autism & Fast ForWord123: What a Difference a Few Months Make

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 29, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Peter Barnes

In the Rethinking Learning Blog a mother of a 9-year old autistic boy wrote how the Fast ForWord123 programs have improved his expressive language skills, listening skills, ability to follow directions, conversation skills, desire to interact with others, social skills and reading comprehension. 

The mother, who calls herself by her blogger title, 'Mama Woz' says, "the progress he’s made in the 3.5 months since starting Fast ForWord has been truly exponential".

Here is her story, courtesy of the Rethinking Learning Blog:

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Topics: Autism, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Fast ForWord123

Eyes Not Necessarily the Window to the Soul for People with Autism

Posted by Tilly Stevens on June 21, 2017 at 4:57 PM

Tilly Stevens

It is a common understanding that individuals with autism will not, or do not like to look others in the eye. This can be distressing and even hurtful to those who love and care for such individuals.

This tendency to avoid eye contact has led to the conception that people with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) are ‘uncaring’ or can’t engage emotionally.

However new research shows that this may be a misconception. Those with ASD may be avoiding eye contact because it is physically uncomfortable to them, not because they do not want to engage with others.

Instead, it is likely that any lack of emotional development or understanding is actually a symptom of this discomfort. Autistic individuals often want (or need) to avoid eye contact and thereby may miss a lot of the emotional development encountered by reacting to facial expressions.  This then ‘stunts’ their emotional development and abilities.

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Topics: Autism

Autism: Parents of Twins Design Interactive Social Skills Training

Posted by Peter Barnes on December 21, 2016 at 1:10 PM

Peter Barnes

Like all parents, Marc and Tina were so excited when their twin boys were born. 

They felt much different emotions when, two years later their identical boys, Jared and Jason, were diagnosed with autism.

The diagnosis started Marc and Tina on a journey to help their boys and led to them developing an interactive program to help Jared and Jason with their social and emotional skills. The program, The Social Express, was so successful that it is now being used by many children, with and without autism, to improve their ability to interact with others.

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Topics: Autism

How Fast ForWord Helped Finn: Autism, Language & Reading Improvements

Posted by Colin Klupiec on June 30, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Colin Klupiec

Watching your child grow up is exciting and wondrous. You marvel at what they pick up and how they develop.

For Kim Rackemann and her husband, the journey with their son Finn wasn’t quite so straightforward. Finn wasn’t really hitting the usual milestones. He was found to be on the Autism Spectrum, and the main indicator was his language delay.

Despite some scepticism, Finn started the Fast ForWord program, and in what seemed to be a short space of time, the improvements started. I spoke to Kim on The Learning Capacity Podcast where she shared Finn’s story.

Listen to the podcast.

 

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Topics: Autism, Fast ForWord, Podcasts, Reading Difficulties

“Phenomenal” improvements for son after Fast ForWord, says Father

Posted by Colin Klupiec on February 28, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Colin Klupiec


Dr Con Kafataris, father of six, describes the changes he saw in his son George, aged nine, as phenomenal” after George completed the Fast ForWord program.

It was a little bit of a journey to find Fast ForWord for George but after trying a few avenues, including speech pathology, Dr Kafataris came across the program through a book titled, “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Dr Norman Doidge.

“The science seemed plausible”, said Dr Kafataris, so he decided to give it a go.

What were these “phenomenal” improvements? Listen to the podcast to find out.

Or read more below for the complete podcast transcript.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Comprehension, Reading, Autism, Fast ForWord, Learning, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts

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