Welcome to the November 2015 edition of The Learning Brain.

More and more neuroscience research is being published every month.

In this issue you can read research about the “social brain” of children on the autism spectrum and how learning to navigate will rewire your brain.

Which of these interests you: oppositional defiant disorder, memory, dyslexia, maths, homework stress, the science of learning? You can read about them all this month.

Kind regards,

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PS: Was this school year not as good as you wanted for your child? How could they have a better experience in 2016? Take a look at the school holiday Brain Builder BootCamp in this issue.

Learning navigation re-wires your brain

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have answered a question from the famous 15 year old London cab driver navigation study: did the drivers’ superior knowledge of London streets cause the hippocampus in their brains to enlarge, or did they start with a larger than normal hippocampus that allowed them to learn to navigate so well?

Learn more.

The Learning Capacity Podcast

What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder? Dr Martha Burns explains.

In this episode you’ll hear Dr Martha Burns, Director of Neuroscience Education at Scientific Learning Corporation discuss Oppositional Defiant Disorder, known as ODD.

How do we tell the difference between a child who is presenting with ODD as opposed to a child that might simply be described as a handful? Some children may simply be strong willed or emotional, and this may be completely normal (especially between siblings). And what about medication? Where does that fit in? Dr Burns explains.



child brain testFREE WEBINAR – Dyslexia Research and Remediation

Hear about brand new dyslexia research.

How do processing weaknesses impact dyslexia ? What are the early indicators of dyslexia?

How can you use this information to help your students or child?

Dr Martha Burns explains and also demonstrates exactly how Fast ForWord software exercises work to address the causes of reading struggles.  Listen to the webinar.

Free Download

Maths Skills Booster – November Worksheets

maths brain 4Thanks again for sending through your Maths Skills Booster feedback, it is very encouraging. Here are a few recent comments:

  • Can be used by me as the teacher with children, by children independently and as a homework task with families
  • We have a set time each day that we do the Maths Skills Booster & the kids are so keen to see whether they can improve on their scores each day! We even have a kids vs parent challenge night…
  • Seeing my kids reluctant to attempt the worksheets at first only to keep trying and see for themselves that they have improved and they can do it. Great confidence booster.

Ready for your new set of Maths Skills Booster Worksheets? You can download the November worksheets here.

Did you miss out on the original Maths Skills Booster? You can get it here.

Book of the Month

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like ‘good teaching should use strategies that make learning easier’ on its head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.

The authors write “Learning is deeper and more durable when it’s effortful” and “If you’re good at learning, you have an advantage in life.”

What’s On?

School Holiday Brain BootCamp

Make 2016 a better school year

If you want your child to return to school next year with their brain better able to learn, then this course could be what they need.

  • At home or anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Specialist support
  • Flexible sessions to fit with your holiday plans.

Make learning and reading easier, improve attention & memory. Your child can have a better, happier school experience. Places are limited. Find out all about it here.