Welcome to the March 2016 edition of The Learning Brain.

I am writing this at Scientific Learning’s 20 year commemorative Visionary Conference in San Diego where I’ll be listening to the four pioneering neuroscientists who established Fast ForWord.

See What’s On to find out what the scientists are predicting for the future.

Many of you have asked if there are other neuroscience programs to help your learners. See What’s New for an amazing new attention tracking technology that will soon be available in Australia and New Zealand.


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PS: Free download – get your new maths worksheets.
PPS: See What Causes Autism at the foot of the newsletter – what we know, don’t know and suspect.

What Happens in the Brain When Children Learn?

Tests carried out on toddlers reveal that something quite remarkable happens in child development between the ages of two and five – a stage identified by both educationalists and neuroscientists as critical to the capacity for learning.

In an experiment designed to identify the age at which executive skills develop, researchers found that a single month at around the age of 3 years effected a child’s ability to carry out a task correctly. Read more.

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Maths Skills Booster – March Worksheets

Thanks again for sending through your Maths Skills Booster feedback, it is very encouraging. Here are a few recent comments:

Free teaching resources, classroom games and activities

Teach This offers free resources and lessons for the classroom to motivate and engage students. 

Book of the Month

The Importance of Being Little

This book is a provocative analysis of how preschool and kindergarten programs have developed in the last decade. Written by Yale University early childhood expert Erika Christakis, “The Importance of Being Little”, sounds a warning that American preschools are becoming too ‘academic”, and how that is putting unnecessary stress on children, parent and teachers. Is the same happening in Australia and New Zealand? Read More.

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Amelie & Fast ForWord: 2 Years Gain in Reading & Maths Despite ADHD

When Amelie’s parents, Jane and Craig were given the diagnosis for Amelie of ADHD, there were mixed feelings of relief, but also concern as they knew there was a problem that needed to be addressed.

Amelie was assessed at well below the relevant standards, being two years behind in writing and maths when she started grade 3.

After researching extensively, Jane and Craig eventually turned to Fast ForWord. They faced some big challenges along the way, but in the end they and Amelie persevered with some amazing results. Read the story here.

What’s On?

Scientific Learning Corporation’s Visionary Conference – San Diego on March 3-5, 2016


It’s 20 years since four pioneering neuroscientists developed the first set of exercises that evolved into the Fast ForWord program.

To commemorate this milestone, the four neuroscientists will be at the Visionary Conference. They will reflect on the progress of educational neuroscience in the past 2 decades and discuss what the future holds. Read what they say.