Welcome to the March 2014 edition of The Learning Brain.

In this month’s newsletter you can learn how ‘Flipped Classroom Learning’ may help students with learning difficulties, read some simple steps schools can take to reduce bullying and download affirmation cards to help build your students or child’s confidence.

March also brings Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research – see What’s On.

Warm regards,
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Flipping the Classroom for Students with Learning Disabilities

In Flipped classroom learning the background learning of a particular topic occurs outside the classroom via videos and podcasts. A flipped classroom can be effective for students with learning difficulties.

In a flipped classroom model, learners who aren’t able to process information as quickly as it’s presented can rewind and re-watch a video as many times as needed until they understand the material.

They may then feel empowered to contribute to classroom discussions instead of worrying about “looking dumb”.

Learn how this teaching method can put students with learning disabilities on a more equal footing for effective classroom participation.

Latest Research

Early Hearing Speed Gives Insight to Later Reading and Spelling Difficulties


A recent study suggests faster auditory processing speed in early primary school is associated with better spelling and reading performance highlighting the importance of early screening and interventions for later academic skills. Read more.


Like Sound Through Water: A Mother’s Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

Like Sounds Through Water follows the personal experiences of a courageous mother, Karen Foli, and her struggles to find answers about her son Ben.

A person with APD receives jumbled and distorted sounds, but the ability to hear is usually normal. Through years of research, and personal interviews, Karen Foli learned everything she needed to know about APD in order to help her son achieve the greatest gift of all: communication.

If you have a child or student with APD this informative book is well worth reading.

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Brain Awareness Week – March 10 – 16, 2014

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of organisations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages.

To celebrate Brain Awareness Week the Brain Foundation will be in Martin Place in Sydney on Tuesday 11th March.

Learn more about the Brain Foundation in Sydney and the Dana Foundation in New York, the Brain Awareness Week Campaign Headquarters.

Question Answer

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

Question: My child has good ideas and is very creative but finds it difficult to express his thoughts in a story. How can I help?

Answer: Often children have great ideas but find it difficult to organise their thoughts and put them on paper. Some strategies which may help include:

1. Get your child to verbalise the story to you. If they are lacking detail, ask them questions about the characters/setting/plot etc. This will help build their story and organise their thoughts.

2. Before diving straight into writing the story, encourage your child to draw a mind map with their key ideas. This will help organise their ideas visually and provide them with a clear starting point.