Welcome to the November 2013 edition. In this month’s newsletter you can hear from two scientists about fascinating developments in the neuroscience of learning and how our intelligence (as measured by IQ tests) is changing. Watch Professor James Flynn talk about intelligence, and listen to a webinar by Dr Norman Doidge about brain plasticity and learning.
And if you are attending the Learning Difference Convention in Sydney on November 1 & 2 come and visit our booth and check out our exciting competition.
Are we getting Smarter?
Each generation scores higher on IQ tests than the generation before it. Are we actually getting smarter, or just thinking differently? New ideas from Professor James Flynn.
A new study shows that young children have better language growth when they are spoken to directly, as in conversation, compared to others who simply hear language mostly from their environment. So engage young kids in conversations, from the earliest age, rather than just letting them hear others talk, or worse still, get most of their language stimulation from TV. Read more.
Computer-based Cognitive and Literacy Skills Training Improves Students’ Writing Skills
A study conducted at Rutgers University finds that cognitive and literacy skills training (Fast ForWord Literacy and Reading Series) improves college students’ basic writing skills. Learn More.
Learn how the recent discovery that the brain retains the ability to change its own structure and functions was made, how this turns our understanding of learning on its head, and how it radically alters the way we think about student potential. And, discover the online interventions that have grown out of the science and learn how they work to help students overcome reading and language problems. Webinar link.
The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations by Brenda Myles
The Hidden Curriculum offers practical suggestions and advice on how to teach and learn those subtle messages that most people seem to pick up almost automatically but that have to be directly taught to individuals with social-cognitive challenges. Given the serious consequences that can befall a person who violates a social rule, the strategies and detailed lists of curriculum items make The Hidden Curriculum a much-needed resource.
iReadWrite by Texthelp
IReadWrite by Texthelp is an easy to use reading and writing app that includes powerful support features that benefit struggling readers and writers of all ages, especially those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or other learning difficulties. Features include text-to-speech, word prediction, phonetic spell checker, homophone and consumables checker, text and picture dictionary.
Kids Nutrition Workshop – Nov 9, Rozelle, Sydney
The Kids Nutrition Workshop offers children nutritional advice and address common diet and nutrition myths. Children will understand the long-term health effects of excessive consumption of salt, fat and sugar and will learn to think critically about attractive food packaging and television advertisements.
The Learning Difference Convention
LearnFast will be exhibiting at the Learning Difference Convention on Friday 1st November and Saturday 2nd November at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. All attendees will be issued with a Gift of Literacy card, a gift program to help more Australians improve their literacy skills.
An event organised by teachers where you can attend seminars and workshops on learning difficulties, visit specialist exhibitors and find links to vital charities.
Do you have questions about your child or students? Email us
Question: “This may sound a bit strange, but my (soon to be teenage) daughter has been doing Fast ForWord for a few months. To my great surprise, she is now able to swing herself on a swing for the first time in her life. We have done nothing new to teach her this, so I am wondering if it may have been caused by Fast ForWord?
Answer: A unique feature of the Fast ForWord program is that it cross-trains both language and cognitive skills such as working memory. The value of cross training is well supported by research. Fast ForWord improves cognitive capacity so that when we have addressed the underlying processing difficulties there is more ability to focus on other skills. Motivation and confidence also improve which can greatly affect performance. So, even though Fast ForWord doesn’t work directly on motor skills the freed up cognitive capacity enables improvement in other domains.