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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

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

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

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+)

How to Help Your Child Settle into a New Primary School

Posted by Jane Shearer on December 7, 2021 at 3:15 PM

Every year many children move to a new school.

And as Covid makes working from home more common, prompting parents to relocate away from big cities, even more students may be faced with the challenge of integrating into another school.

Generally, there are three times in a child’s life when they must deal with education-related change: starting pre-school, moving to primary school and moving to secondary school.

When a child is starting school, they are generally with other children who are all new starters too. But if you have relocated to a new area, your child may be the only new student and it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Fortunately, there are ways that you can help them.

Here are some tips for settling your child into a new primary school so that they can enjoy the experience and learn successfully

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Topics: Confidence & Resilience, School, Learning Capacity

How To Help Children Prepare for Their Exams & Reduce Stress

Posted by Jane Shearer on November 16, 2021 at 2:54 PM

Are young children more stressed out about taking exams than they should be? Recent research shows that exam stress is hurting students in Australia and elsewhere. 65.1% of Australian youth report high levels of exam stress.

Even young kids aren't immune to it, especially children who will be sitting important exams for the very first time. This is why proper stress management skills are important for a child's wellbeing and academic performance.

Here's how to prevent your child from getting stressed and help them prepare for their exams. 

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Topics: Confidence & Resilience, Learning Capacity

Designing a Perfect Homework Environment for Your Child

Posted by Jane Shearer on October 27, 2021 at 2:09 PM

According to some studies around 45% of students in grades three to 12 spend more than an hour every night doing homework, with some spending over three hours doing so. By the same token, only 50% of children get enough sleep (an average of nine hours nightly is recommended).

To enable your child to make the most of the little free time they have at the end of a long day at school, designing a positive homework environment is helpful.

Tidiness, ergonomics, and natural lighting are three aspects that will help them maximize their learning experience.

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Topics: School, Learning Capacity

Easy Ways To Teach Your Child About The Basics Of Good Nutrition

Posted by Jane Shearer on October 11, 2021 at 3:15 PM

Good nutrition plays a vital role in a child's academic performance. However, according to recent data gathered by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, only one in 25 children met the daily recommended guidelines for vegetable consumption, and most kids are eating unhealthy food on a daily basis. Poor nutrition not only affects a child's health, but also their ability to learn.

A study by the Society of Neuroscience found that diets with high levels of saturated fats can impair learning and memory. Meanwhile, a diet that's loaded with artificial sugars can have a negative impact on attention, focus, and memory retention, as well as affect a child's mood.  

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Topics: Learning Capacity

Simple Ways To Teach Children About Sustainability

Posted by Jane Shearer on July 5, 2021 at 11:02 AM

Over the past 10 years, sustainable living has become increasingly popular among Australian families. A study from Planet Ark and HP Australia found that more than 90% of Australians are worried about sustainability.

There is, however, still a long way to go before the nation as a whole becomes adequately sustainable. One way to accelerate the process is to teach children about the importance of sustainable living from a young age.

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Topics: Learning Capacity

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