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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

Memory and learning: easing the load

Posted by Dr Corinna Klupiec on April 14, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Dr Corinna Klupiec

We tend to take memory for granted, until it fails us. You often hear people say in exasperation that their mental hard drive is full and they need to delete something to take on new information. But if we look at the literature, it is not a question of exceeding our hard drive capacity, rather that we are not "saving" our mental files properly in the first place. This has important implications for learning.

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Topics: Memory

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