Welcome to the November 2014 edition of The Learning Brain.

This month we cover a wide range of learning issues including teenage sleeping & learning, anxious children, how your brain benefits from playing music, and we even feature a super hero with autism.

Plus you can read how Fast ForWord students at Narooma Public School achieved some outstanding results.

Kind regards,

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PS: You can also catch up on Brodie’s latest achievement – no longer struggling with dyslexia, he is now a public speaker and performer of Pavarotti’s “Nessun Dorma”.

Latest Research

Classroom intervention helps shy children learn

Shy children are described as anxious, fearful, socially withdrawn, and isolated. In the classroom, they are less likely to seek attention from teachers and to be engaged with their peers. As a result, research shows that they may have difficulty in school.

A new study offers evidence-based interventions to help shy children. Read more

Major study of teenage sleep patterns aims to assess

A UK study aims to investigate ways in which neuroscience might improve teaching, learning and exam results in teenagers.

Teenagers are typically not as tired as we think they ought to be at normal bedtime and are still sleepy in the morning. This study will explore the possibility that allowing teenagers to get the sleep they need, when they need it, may actually improve learning, performance, attainment and, in the end, school leaving qualifications.

 Read more.

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Encouraging Students to Use Good Social Skills at School and at Home

Good social skills do not come naturally. Children with Aspergers, autism, behavioral disorders, and other developmental delays, need constant encouragement, prompting, and verbal cues in order to learn how to behave and engage appropriately with others.

Download a list of activities to involve your students in recognising, rewarding, and using good social skills and behaviours. Courtesy of Super Duper publications.

App of the Month

Sound Match

Working on Auditory Processing and sound discrimination skills, Sound Match is a unique twist of the classic memory game – it challenges your ears, not your eyes. You will need to remember the sounds and then put them in pairs. For both children and adults wanting to improve their memory skills.

Historic School Helps Students with Latest Fast ForWord Brain Science

Celebrating its125 year anniversary this year, Narooma Public School, located on NSW’s south coast, has seen a lot of changes since the first students started in 1889.

The current Principal and teachers at Narooma have not only kept pace with the changes, but they are leading the way by using the latest neuroscience based educational tools to help their students build their learning capacity and read better.

The growth of Narooma Fast ForWord students from Year 3 to Year 5 on the NAPLAN assessment showed some outstanding results, compared to students who did not do Fast ForWord and also to the NSW state average NAPLAN results. Find out how here.

Questions and Answers

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

Question: I have been reading about the Fast Forword program for some time. Is there any evidence, apart from the testimonials on your website, to prove that it works?

Answer: Fast ForWord is the most researched neuroscience based learning and reading program in the world. There have been over 250 studies involving more than 100,000 students. For further information I recommend you read our Blog “Is There Evidence that Fast ForWord Works”?