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Struggling Readers Need Programs Based on Science - Melbourne Age & Fast ForWord

Posted by David Stanley on September 16, 2015 at 2:14 PM

David Stanley

A recent article in the Melbourne Age newspaper titled “Children with learning difficulties need programs based on science, not anecdote and neurobabble”makes some valid points but misses key information about how the neuroscience-based program Fast ForWord helps with Dyslexia.

The author focused on children with reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Brain Science, Dyslexia, Reading, Literacy

The New Science of Learning. Teachers Build Brains with Neuroscience

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 11, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Peter Barnes

Teachers do much more than just teach - they build student brains. 

This is the message from Dr Martha Burns, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Northwestern University, in a podcast episode on The Learning Capacity Podcast.

Dr Burns discusses the new science of learning, and how it involves educational neuroscience and understanding individual differences in children. 

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Brain Science, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity, Maths, Podcasts

How Elaine Finally Found a Solution to Her Son's Learning Difficulties

Posted by Peter Barnes on July 6, 2015 at 11:50 AM

Peter Barnes

Elliot’s mum, Elaine had been concerned about his learning ever since he started school. Elliott is now aged 10 and in Year 5 at school.

He did not seem to be making progress with learning to read in Year 1, and by Year 3 he was having trouble with literacy concepts, particularly with comprehension. He also struggled to understand maths concepts. He found it difficult to make sense of the relationships between mathematical symbols and what he was meant to do with them.

As a primary school teacher, Elaine saw a discrepancy between her very energetic, able, motivated, and clever-in-many-different-areas little boy, and his lack of learning progress at school. He needed a lot of help to grasp simple concepts in reading and maths.

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Attention, Learning Difficulties, Comprehension, Maths, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts

ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder or Specific Language Impairment?

Posted by Devon Barnes on July 1, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Devon Barnes

Many of the children I work with in my speech pathology clinic who have dyslexia also have additional difficulties with processing information and sustaining their attention.

They often have some or many of these challenges: 

  • Difficulty following verbal instructions
  • Need instructions to be repeated
  • Slow to process information
  • Easily overloaded with auditory information
  • Difficulty sustaining attention for learning tasks
  • A tendency to daydream
  • Easily distracted
  • Academic difficulties

These symptoms could indicate that they have one or more of the conditions known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), auditory processing disorder (APD), or specific language impairment (SLI).

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Attention, Learning Difficulties

Auckland Uni Reviews 15 Programs for Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & ADHD

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 12, 2015 at 4:43 PM

Peter Barnes

A team of academics from Auckland University’s Centre for Brain Research and School of Psychology has produced an objective overview of 15 computer-based and group or whole class behavioural intervention programs that are designed to remediate learning disorders.

They point out that advances in the scientific understanding of disorders such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have paved the way for the development of programs aimed at helping the  estimated one in five students with these disorders.

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Topics: Latest Research, Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, Reading

Can comic books help people with autism make sense of their world?

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 6, 2015 at 10:52 AM

Peter Barnes

Can comic books help people with autism make sense of their world, and interact better with the people around them?

Dave Kot believes they can, if they are written specifically for children on the autism spectrum. Kot, who has autism himself, has written the first comic book in the world with a hero who has autism.

Face Value Comics volumes 1 & 2 (more to come) were written by him, his wife, Angela, and a team of illustrators who live in a small town in Pennsylvania, USA. They aim to explain to a young person with autism, what autism is.

Dave Kot says, “At worst, the comics are just family fun and entertainment. At best, autistic kids have a hero like themselves. They can understand what autism is or what it isn't, relate to situations and be open to positive communications about autism”.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Autism

"Just Try Harder" Will Not Fix Your Child's Learning Difficulties

Posted by Peter Barnes on December 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Peter Barnes

Has your child ever been told by his or her teacher to "just try harder"? Have you thought that their difficulites with reading, maths or inability to keep up in class would be fixed if they would just put in a bit more effort?

While this may be a common reaction by adults to a child they think could do better, it is not the answer for children with learning difficulties. No matter how hard they try, a child with learning challenges just can't achieve the desired result because their brains won't let them. 

Learning difficulties are complex.  They are caused by a difference in their brain's "wiring" which can result in an auditory processing disorder, attention difficuties, vision, or movement challenges and other conditions that interfere with learning.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties

A Very Happy Mother Explains how Fast ForWord Helped her Children

Posted by Peter Barnes on November 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Peter Barnes

Therese is the mother of three boys who go to Narooma Public School, on the NSW South Coast.

She recently spoke with LearnFast about how Fast ForWord helped her youngest son learn better and made his attitude to school much more positive. The results were so good she now has her middle son on the program.

Her youngest (Matt, Year 3) did Fast Fast ForWord in Terms 1 & 2 (2014), and his brother (Joe, Year 4) is doing the program in Terms 3 & 4 (2014).

Why was Matt selected to do Fast ForWord?

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity, Learning Capacity Success Stories

Nine Facts for Parents & Teachers about Maths Learning Disabilities

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 27, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Peter Barnes

What is maths learning disability? This disability, known as "dyscalculia", is not as well known as other learning disabilites, such as reading disability, but it can effect more than one in 12 children.

Here are some facts that experts say about maths disabiity (courtesy of the USA National Center for Learning Disabilities).

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Memory

Cam's Journey - A 9 Year Study of the Benefits of Fast ForWord. Part 3

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Peter Barnes

In Cam's Journey, Part 1 & Part 2, we met Cam when he was 10 years old, in primary school, struggling to learn, finding it hard to make friends and suffering from low self esteem.  

We saw how his mum, Deb, learnt that Cam had auditory processing disorder  (APD). Cam's APD meant that his brain was not able to process sounds accurately. This caused him to struggle to read which made learning difficult, and also to misunderstand spoken words, making it hard for him to join in conversations and socialise easily.

Deb was determined to find a solution for Cam.

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Learning Difficulties, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories

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