Welcome to the March 2019 Learning Brain News.
This month you can read about the upcoming Autism Awareness month in April, with links to activities in six countries. And there is an article from Dr Marty Burns on how teachers change their students brains.
Plus much, much more as always.
Learning Brain News
Time parents spend with children key to academic successA study of over 700,000 children in Israel concluded academic success is not just determined by genetics (smart parents having smart kids), but is strongly influenced by the amount of time parents spend with their children. Read more.
Here’s How Teachers Change Kids’ Brains - Dr Marty BurnsTeachers often don’t think of themselves as brain changers, But they have an enormous impact on students’ cognitive development when they teach. Recent advances in educational neuroscience are helping educators understand the critical role they play in building brain capacities important to students’ learning and self-control. Read more.
April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day
World Autism Awareness Day is on April 2 and April is Autism Awareness Month. Events include autism-friendly educational activities, and hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, being lit up in light blue to recognise people living with autism.
Do girls have some biological protection from autism?
Girls with autism or autism traits show structural differences in 11 brain regions compared with an unaffected twin sister. In boys, autism traits are associated with differences in only two brain regions. Read more.
Too much TV might dull the ageing brain
In a new study, middle-aged people who watched television for more than 3.5 hours a day experienced a decline in their ability to remember words and language over the next six years. What's worse, it appears that the more TV you watch, the more your verbal memory will deteriorate, researchers said.
4 Year Old's First School Assignment: Make a Video & Post It Online
How the world changes...my granddaughter’s first school assignment was making a video!
Like all the other children in her kindergarten class in her local state primary school she had to make a video about her family and upload it to a password protected website for all to share.
At just four years old, she’s using technology to communicate with others and express herself. It’s a 21st century show & tell. Read more.
Most educators and many parents know that talking to children from infancy is key to building language skills.
This free eBook explains why "Baby Talk" is important, why reading with expression matters and offers simple ideas to help build young children's literacy through early exposure to language.