Welcome to the June 2014 edition of the Learning Brain.

What’s an option for parents of learning disabled children who can’t/don’t want to go to Canada for help? This month we comment on the Channel 9 – 60 Minutes segment about the Arrowsmith School in Canada and suggest that Fast ForWord is a great alternative.

What do cats and dogs have to do with Asperger Syndrome and ADHD? See Books of the Month for the answer.

Warm regards,

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PS: If you are interested in English Language Learners, don’t miss the free webinar and download.

What’s New?

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

Because of the financial and family disruption involved, most Australian and New Zealand families aren’t able to go to Canada for help with their learning disabled children. The good news is that the Fast ForWord brain training exercises develop the cognitive and language skills necessary for learning, and they can be done at home. Read Arrowsmith Program & Fast ForWord Blog.

Strong parent/child bond protects against hyperactivity

An early childhood longitudinal study of 14,000 children born in 2001 showed that strong emotional bonds between the child and its parents provided a base from which the children can thrive. Benefits of a strong bond include more resilient children, fewer behaviour problems, and stronger cognitive development. Read more.

Book of the Month

Cats have Asperger Syndrome & All Dogs have ADHD by Kathy Hoopman

Kathy Hoopman is an Australian author with a background in primary school teaching. All Dogs have ADHD are both touching, humorous and insightful short stories and are an ideal introduction for explaining these conditions to children or family members. They both combine humour with understanding to reflect the joys and the challenges of raising a child who is different.

Kathy Hoopman

What’s On?


How the English Language Learner’s Brain Learns

Dr David A Sousa presents on how the English Language Learner’s (ELL) brain learns. If you are teaching ELL students or your child is an ELL then this webinar is not to be missed. Below are several of the many questions answered at the end of the webinar:

  • I teach the early childhood group and have an ELL child who has a hard time with synonyms. What strategies are available for this child and others like this child?
  • If a young child is stimulated with music and song, does the brain develop more like a bilingual brain?
  • Is the Fast ForWord program designed strictly for use with ELL students?

Questions & Answers

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

Question: My daughter has been using the Fast ForWord program for the last 4 months and the changes we have noticed have been incredible. Are these benefits lasting?

Answer: Yes, the benefits are lasting. 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. The pathways strengthened by the neuroscience based exercises are maintained and strengthened by daily use. The old saying ‘use it or lose it’ is very true.