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10 Ways to Develop Your Child's Brain for Reading Success

Posted by Peter Barnes on November 23, 2019 at 11:46 AM

Peter Barnes

Many children struggle with reading, but there are ways parents can help prevent reading difficulties.

Reading researcher, Dr Jennifer Buckingham estimates that as many as 1 million children in Australia are at risk of reading failure.

We know from scientific research that the ability to read is one of the most complex skills we can learn.

According to reading research organisations in Australia and overseas, including The Centre for Independent Studies in Australia, the National Reading Panel (USA), and the USA National Institute for Literacy, there are some critical skills for learning to read.  

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Topics: Attention, Memory, Reading, Learning Capacity

Why Your Working Memory is Important for Your General Intelligence

Posted by Peter Barnes on May 19, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Peter Barnes

"Working memory is vitally important for learning. But it is important to remember that memory and attention aren't subclinical skills, they are actually part of what we call executive function. They are part of what matures as you get older that enables you to be effective and goal oriented. They are the part of what makes a student an effective student, a successful student.", said Dr Martha Burns in a recent presentation.

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 what she said in her presentation.

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Topics: Memory

Handwriting May Boost Learning by Activating Working Memory & Reading

Posted by Peter Barnes on February 2, 2015 at 12:40 PM

Peter Barnes

Children today are doing much less handwriting than children did 20, 30 or 40 years ago. Before computers became commonplace, handwriting was much more important for everyone. Back then schools put considerable time and attention on making sure students developed their handwriting. 

I recall entering cursive handwriting competitions when I was a young child (I went to primary school in the 1950s), and the sense of pride for the kids who were judged the neatest writers.

Now, typing on computers and tablets is replacing the act of writing by hand for many students (and adults).

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Topics: Writing, Brain Science, Memory, Reading, School, Learning Capacity, Podcasts

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

Use it or Lose it? – Why the benefits of Fast ForWord are long lasting

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Peter Barnes

Does a child need to keep doing Fast ForWord exercises to continue to get the benefit of the brain training?

No, children don’t have to keep doing the exercises to maintain their improvements in learning reading and self confidence. The benefits of Fast ForWord are long lasting after the exercises are completed.

Research, and reports, from parents and teachers of children who have completed the Fast ForWord program, confirm that the gains made from the exercises are permanent.

Children typically complete the Fast ForWord programs appropriate for their age and development in 3 – 5 months. During this time they work on exercises that strengthen the cognitive and language skills that are essential for learning and reading.

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Topics: Attention, Memory, Fast ForWord

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