Welcome to our first edition!  We are excited to share our new monthly newsletter with you – The Learning Brain. We hope you find it valuable and thought provoking! We would love your feedback on topics you would like to see covered in future issues.

I would also like to encourage you to engage with us in our online community –www.facebook.com/learnfastgroup – we provide a lot of tips, advice, new research and support.  It is a great way to engage with other parents and educators interested in the “Learning Brain”.

Warm regards,
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Whats New

ObamaExciting news out of the US – the Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain to build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics. The neuroscientists behind the development of the Fast ForWord programs, were at the leading edge of our investigations and research into how the brain works, how it learns and reads.  Read more.
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WhyJohnnyCantRead.jpgWhy Johnny Can’t Read by Rudolf Flesch

This classic book on phonics contains complete materials and instructions on teaching children to read at home. When Bestselling Author Rudolf Flesch (The Art of Plain Talk) offered to give a friend’s twelve-year-old son some “remedial reading,” Flesch discovered that the boy was not slow or maladjusted; he had merely been “exposed to an ordinary American school.” Author Flesch decided to investigate how reading is taught in the U.S. Read more.

Whats On

LearnFastEDU May Seminars

LearnFastEDU is an endorsed provider of NSW Institute of Teachers Registered Professional Development.  Teaching the Adolescent Brain seminar will be held on 21st May 2013 commencing at 6pm and the Blended Learning seminar will be held on Wednesday 22nd May commecning at 9am.  Learn More

What Else is On?

LearnFast is exhibiting at the Mindd International Forum 2013 and the Postive Schools 2013 Conference..  Please be sure to drop by our stand and say hello.

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Do you have questions about your child or students? Email us

 

Question: My child has been described as a ‘slow learner’. What does this actually mean and can Fast ForWord do anything to help?  Jenny, Wahroonga, NSW.

Answer: This is often said about children who seem slow to take in what you say, eg instructions or understanding information. It can also refer to children who appear to need more repetition to reach understanding (in listening and/or reading) or who seem to forget all that you say (memory). They can find it difficult to ‘apply’ their knowledge to their written work, as the processing requires so much effort. Fast ForWord addresses the underlying speed and efficiency of language processing. It strengthens comprehension and improves working memory, skills necessary to be an efficient reader and learner.  Devon Barnes, Speech & Language Pathologist.