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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

Are iPads making children Slow to Learn?

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Peter Barnes

“iPad Kids’ Speech Fear – tablets & technology blamed for developmental impairment”.  

This was the front page headline on Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, June 14, 2014.

Should parents really fear that iPads and other technology are causing learning difficulties for their children? Are there actually more children starting school with speech delays and an inability to make certain sounds, as the Daily Telegraph article stated?

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Topics: Learning Difficulties


Posted by Peter Barnes on June 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Peter Barnes

In June and July this year (2014), Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, founder of the Arrowsmith program and the Arrowsmith School is speaking at events around Australia and in New Zealand.

Who is this remarkable woman who overcame her own severe learning difficulties to develop a program - the Arrowsmith Program - that treats learning disabilities including dyslexia and memory by using the principles of neuroplasticity?

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was diagnosed with learning disabilities as soon as she started school and had great trouble reading and writing (she read and wrote everything backwards). She was physically unco-ordinated and often got lost.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity

The Arrowsmith Program and Fast ForWord

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Peter Barnes

The 60 Minutes program on Channel 9 (Australia) on Sunday June 1, 2014 included a segment about the Arrowsmith School, and featured some children from the 35 Australian families currently at the school in Canada. 

The Arrowsmith program was developed by Barbara Arrowsmith- Young and uses the principles of brain plasticity to improve the learning abilities of children with a range of learning disabilities including dyslexia.

Families who have gone to the Arrowsmith School report very significant improvements in their children. If your child has a severe learning problem, they may be able to be helped by the Arrowsmith program.

Right now it is necessary for them to go to Canada because there are very few places in Australia and New Zealand where the program is available. Of course this involves considerable cost/financial sacrifice and potential disruption to their families as one parent usually accompanies the child to Canada.

An alternative for families contemplating relocating to Canada for the duration of their child’s attendance at the Arrowsmith School is to consider Fast ForWord, a brain plasticity program that improves learning capacity for all students, including those with severe learning difficulties.

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Topics: Learning Enhancement, Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, Fast ForWord, Cogmed, Arrowsmith program

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