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Where is The Neuroscience of Learning Going Next on Dyslexia & ESL?

Posted by Peter Barnes on May 18, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Peter Barnes


Where is neuroscience going next?

"The big question neuroscience is trying to answer now is, can you predict who will benefit from intervention", said Dr Martha Burns in a recent presentation at a conference in Tuscon, USA.

Dr Martha Burns is a neuroscientist, author of over 100 journal articles and multiple books, and a leading expert on how children learn. 

Here is a summary of her presentation:

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Topics: English Language Learners, Brain Science, Dyslexia

How to Treat Dyslexia - What We Have Learnt in 40 Years

Posted by Tilly Stevens on March 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Tilly Stevens

In an interesting article, Dr. Martha Burns, adjunct professor at Northwestern University, Chicago, USA explains the journey of discovery that neuroscientists have undertaken in the past 40 years to understand the cause of dyslexia, as well as the most effective means of treating this debilitating condition.

Dr.Burns explains the history of our understanding of dyslexia, as it began in the 1970s with the recognition of dyslexia in patients as a developmental reading disorder. At the time the technology to understand the cause of the condition did not exist and thus the focus was on identification and treatment methods. However, Burns explains that this was merely treating the symptoms of the condition and was ineffective on eliminating the root of the problem.

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Topics: Dyslexia

Dyslexia in Children - The Brain of a Struggling Reader

Posted by Peter Barnes on November 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Peter Barnes

If you could look inside the brain of a struggling reader, you would notice it is not the same as the brain of a child who finds reading easy.  How do we know this?

Well, thanks to advances in neuroscience and brain imaging technology, scientists can actually "look inside" brains. Here is a really good infographic (courtesy of We are Teachers & Scientific Learning Corporation) which explains the key differences.  

Includes four tips for teachers (and parents) to help overcome dyslexia in children.

 

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Topics: Brain Science, Dyslexia

Brodie & Dyslexia - More Success after Fast ForWord

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Peter Barnes

Brodie is an 11 year old boy whose struggles with dyslexia were severely impacting his self confidence, until he did the Fast ForWord program to improve his reading. 

After he competed the online neuroscience based program at home, he found reading much easier - he was able to read Harry Potter books for the first time - and he regained his previous happy, outgoing personality.

He also found that his memory was much better, thanks to the Fast ForWord exercises that develop working and long term memory.  He learnt Pavarotti’s "Nessun Dorma" by heart for a school performance.

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Topics: Dyslexia, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories

Brodie & Dyslexia - How Fast ForWord Helped His Reading and Confidence

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Peter Barnes

"I woud never have begun to imagine that he could make progress on the scale that he has. It 's been absolutely incredible".

That's Heather Walker, grandmother of Brodie, an 11 year old severely dyslexic boy, describing the extraordinary improvements that the Fast ForWord program made to his reading.

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Topics: Dyslexia, Learning Capacity Success Stories

Reading Programs Evaluated - is Reading Recovery a 'failed program'?

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Peter Barnes

The widely used Reading Recovery program does not work for children with dyslexia or who are really struggling to read, according to Professor James Chapman of New Zealand's Massey University.

His comments about this reading program were reported recently by Jewel Topsfield, Educator Editor for The Age newspaper in Melbourne.

Professor Chapman said "Reading Recovery needs to clean up its act and change its approach or be ditched and replaced by a program far more contemporary than one devised in the '70s that hasn't changed."  He added that children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties needed systematic instruction in 'phonemic awareness', with children taught to sound out words.

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Topics: Dyslexia

How Auditory Processing Disorder and Dyslexia are Related

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Peter Barnes

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and Dyslexia are related conditions. LearnFast interviewed Dr Martha Burns, international expert on dyslexia and APD, about how they are connected and how we can treat them.

Key points from the interview included:

  • A child identified with APD in kindergarten is likely to show signs of dyslexia in year 3
  • Auditory processing disorders are treatable
  • There are various kinds of dyslexia
  • Dyslexia is a learning difference, not a disease

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Dyslexia

Dyslexia – Where to Get Help

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 22, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Peter Barnes

DyslexiaHow does a parent or teacher decide where to get help for dyslexic children? How do you sort effective treatments from those that make confident claims to cure dyslexia?

LearnFast asked Devon Barnes, speech pathologist and dyslexia specialist for her advice.

Key points from the interview included:

  • Remedial teachers, educational psychologists, and speech pathologists may be able to help.
  • Neuroscience programs, such as Fast ForWord, can treat underlying processing deficiencies in the child’s brain.
  • Best to combine neuroscience programs with good one to one therapy and instruction.

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Topics: Dyslexia

What is Dyslexia - How do I know if I have it?

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 22, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Peter Barnes

“Dyslexia” is a term used widely, and often not very accurately, to describe a range of reading difficulties. Because parents often struggle to know whether their child’s difficulties with learning to read are related to dyslexia, LearnFast recorded a video interview with speech language pathologist and dyslexia specialist, Devon Barnes and asked her to explain dyslexia.

Some key points from the interview are:

  • Dyslexia is not related to intelligence

  • A child’s language skills, not their vision, is the difficulty primarily

  • Poor handwriting often goes hand in hand with dyslexia

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Topics: Dyslexia

Dyslexia - Symptoms & Treatment

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Peter Barnes

What is the best treatment for my child’s dyslexia? How can we improve his/her progress learning to read?

To get answers to this question, LearnFast recorded a video interview with speech language pathologist and dyslexia specialist, Devon Barnes.

Key points from this interview include:

  • Firstly check that the child’s eyesight & hearing are fine

  • Build the child’s phonological skills:

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Topics: Dyslexia

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