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Welcome to the February 2020 Learning Brain News.

In this first issue of 2020 you can read about ADHD symptoms at different ages, dinner meetings for adults with autism, and newborn autism screening. You can also download 10 tips for talking to your child about attention.

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Devon Barnes
Learning Brain News

PS:  You may notice The Learning Brain News looks a bit different this month. After 5 years, we felt it’s time to refresh the format. No change to the content, just a different appearance.

Latest Research

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Smaller class sizes
not always better for pupil

A new analysis from a long-term study on teaching of mathematics and science has found that smaller class sizes are not always associated with better student performance.

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Brain networks come 'online' in adolescence

New brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but potentially putting them at risk of mental illness, according to new research.

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What's New?

autism screening

One step closer to newborn screening for autism

New genetic research using artificial intelligence could lead to an accessible, standardised newborn autism screening tool which uses a simple blood test.

The research results were published in the journal Brain Research.  Lead researcher, Dr. Bahado-Singh said, “Compared to what is currently available, these findings provide a more direct method which could be employed earlier on, or shortly after birth.

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What's On?

Webinar for struggling students

Making a difference for your struggling students

Why do some students struggle with learning and reading in spite of all of your best efforts?

Listen to this webinar to learn about some of the underlying causes of reading issues and learn strategies you can incorporate to make a difference.

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Autism meet up group

Dinner meetings for adults with autism 

The Autism Community Network hosts monthly peer support evenings on the first Monday of each month in Riverwood, Sydney.

These events are the first of their kind in Sydney and provide an opportunity for adults with autism to combat isolation and learn life skills.

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Dr Emma Goodall’s 8 tips to advocate for children with autism at school

Dr Goodall is autistic, a teacher, has a PhD in teaching children on the autism spectrum and works as an autism consultant supporting families and training teachers. So she knows a thing or two about what makes school successful for children with autism.

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exercise boosts memory

Exercise boosts memory like caffeine

Brisk walks, even as short as 20 minutes, can boost your working memory just as much as a cup of coffee. 

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adhd symptoms by age

ADHD symptoms by age

Wondering if your child is showing signs of ADHD, is having normal, age-appropriate attention and behaviour struggles, or is dealing with another attention issue altogether? 

Curious about how your child’s diagnosed ADHD may develop over the years? 

Children of all ages struggle with attention, impulse control and energy levels at times, and the signs and symptoms of ADHD change as a child grows. 

Check out our infographic on how ADHD may look through the years for more insight.

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Learning Success Blog

augmented reality

How can augmented reality impact education?

You may have seen one of your students playing with a silly filter on Snapchat, or perhaps you've caught one of them wandering around playing Pokémon Go. 

Augmented reality (AR)  technology makes these Apps possible by changing the user’s world via the addition of digital elements into real life through a device.

Learn how augmented reality may transform education.

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Learning Capacity Podcast

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Sarah 2.0: Recovering from traumatic brain inflammation

What happens if you suffer chronic brain inflammation?  How does it affect you, physically, emotionally and cognitively?

And what can you do to help you recover?

Sarah Rasborsek, a young, healthy, successful woman enjoying her life, was stricken by brain inflammation.  Her world was turned upside down. We met her via a Learning Capacity Podcast interview in February 2019, where she explained what had happened and how difficult her life had become.

Now a little over a year later, Sarah spoke to us again on another episode of the Podcast.

Listen to the Podcast

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attention help

10 Tips for talking to your child about attention

Sometimes, talking to your child about anything can feel like a challenge.

Kids, especially teens, are masters of the one-word answers, eye rolls, and shutting us out. It can be hard enough to get a sense of how your kid's day was, let alone have a meaningful conversation about their struggles or a diagnosis.

But those conversations need to happen. They are one of the best ways for you to show your support and help your child navigate through any hardships they come up against.

This eBook offers 10 tips for talking to your child about their attention issues.

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Book of the Month


The Brain That Changes Itself

Dr Norman Doidge's best selling book , “The Brain That Changes Itself” did more than any other to change our view of the brain’s ability to “rewire”.

While Dr Doidge published it around the middle of the last decade, it remains an easily readable, fascinating account of how we came to know that brains are “plastic”.

Scientists, educators, and parents had believed brains are “hard-wired” - our abilities are limited by the structures in our brains.

In “The Brain That Changes Itself” Dr Doidge explains how that old belief has been replaced by the knowledge of “brain plasticity" – our abilities can be changed and improved by various forms of mental exercises.

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Surviving the start of high school

Some tips that might help ease the transition for your soon-to-be high schooler.

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The science of kindness

A group of scientists say we could tackle tricky problems such as struggling kids at school and messy office politics by "evolving" kinder, more collaborative societies.

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“No one
will play
with me”

Some suggestions for what to say if your child says “No one will play with me”.

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Solutions to Learning Challenges

reading help

Learning to read

Students need to be taught to read, and developing the
“reading brain” makes
it easier, especially for those struggling. 

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social skills

Social skills

Here’s how to
get help for
children who
need to improve

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Your own learning business

Get better student outcomes and business satisfaction as a LearnFast Provider. 

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English language learners

 Build English Fast.
Better reading, writing
& speaking.

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Reading aloud coach

Practice reading with a
virtual coach who listens
to every word and gives corrective feedback. 

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Maths struggles

Improve maths skills
in 10 minutes a day.

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