Welcome to the May 2019 Learning Brain News.

Bullying prevention campaigns happen in many schools each year . “Bullying Free NZ Week” is on this month in New Zealand. Read new studies about the long-term effects of bullying on health and its impact on girls - see Latest Research, and watch the webinar: Breaking Bad.

What about teacher-targeted bullying? Read suggestion for a code of conduct in this edition.

Plus this month: Maths, autism, and The Human Body app.

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Devon Barnes
Learning Brain News

PS: Learn the meaning of some of the jargon used in discussions about learning difficulties - see Learning Difficulties: 16 Terms Explained.

Latest Research

iStock-875255092sad girlAre teen girls more vulnerable to bullying than boys?

Girls are more often bullied than boys and are more likely to consider, plan, or attempt suicide, according to a Rutgers University study of 4 years of data from the USA Centre for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behaviour Survey. The study challenges the common belief that boys suffer most from bullying. Read more.


bullying in classroomChildhood bullying may lead to increased chronic disease risk for adults

Being bullied during childhood might have lifelong health effects related to chronic stress exposure - including an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes in adulthood, according to a research review in the 2017 March/April issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. Read more.


What's On?



Breaking Bad: Tackling Behaviour Problems at the Core

We often see behaviours at school that are detrimental to both the students exhibiting the behaviour and those around them. Many times, inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and even aggression may be more than a student demonstrating that he or she is bored, acting out or seeking attention.

Join Dr. Martha Burns to find out what these ongoing student behaviours may be masking and what you can do to turn things around for the students who may need your efforts the most.


Happiness and causes conference 1Happiness & Its Causes 2019

24 & 25 June 2019 | International Convention Centre Sydney | Australia

The world’s largest conference on happiness and wellbeing held over 2 days and featuring almost 40 expert speakers.



Maths Dyscalculia: How Can a Smart Kid Be So Bad at Maths? Scientists search for the cause, and treatment, of a mathematical learning disability called dyscalculia. Read more.

What's New?

The key to understanding your child - Trait 1_Page_01Improve communication success with your child

A new online course ,”A Key to Understanding Your Child: Trait 001 - Thinking Style”, by International Profiling and Communications Specialist, Alan Stevens may help. The course will be released soon. Register your interest for an early bird discount.



Ash BattaycharyaOnline Coaching for Parents of Children with Autism

The Autism360 Club provides an online coaching program for parents of children with autism.

Founder, Ash Battacharya was inspired to create this service by growing up with a brother on the autism spectrum . Read more.

The Learning Capacity Podcast

Ep 97 Dr Dion Khlentzos-15 Keys for Building Maths Skills

After 20 years as a maths teacher and tutor, Dr Dion Khlentzos has a clear view of what's necessary for building students' maths skills. Listen to him explain his top five keys to maths success including building on students' prior knowledge, relating maths to their everyday life and strengthening their motivation and belief in their own maths abilities. Read and hear more.


The Learning Capacity Blog

learning_difficultiesLearning Difficulties: 16 Terms Explained for Parents & Teachers

If you have a child with language challenges, reading problems or learning difficulties, and you have sought help from their teacher, speech pathologist or other learning professional, you may have heard some unfamiliar terms.

Click here for an explanation of 16 common terms used in discussions about learning difficulties.

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Self-regulation strategies for students with learning disabilities

Students with learning disabilities often encounter academic difficulties, at least in part, because they don’t have effective strategies for working through challenges.

Download this free eBook on self-regulation strategies for students with learning disabilities.

Unconditional loveBook of the Month

Unconditional Love

Author, film director and producer, Jocelyn Morehouse writes with humour and intelligence about her hopes and fears for her two autistic children, about her Hollywood career and motherhood. Read more.

Screen Shot 2019-05-12 at 6.08.36 pmApp of the Month

The Human Body

This massively popular App - The Human Body - has been downloaded more than 8 million times and has reached the #1 spot on the App Store’s education charts in 144 countries.

Learn anatomy and biology in an interactive model of the human body — the heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see.

Solutions to Learning Challenges