Welcome to the September 2014 edition of The Learning Brain.

This month you can read part 2 of Cam’s journey. You may recall from last month’s newsletter that Cam was a 10 year old boy, struggling at school and very unhappy. Find out what was causing his learning difficulties and how he overcame them.

Fast ForWord is coming to an iPad near you! Read how students will be able to do their Fast ForWord exercises on their iPads wherever they want to.


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PS: If you are interested in Barbara Arrowsmith’s work, take a look at the Book of the Month, “Brain School” by Howard Eaton.

PPS: Don’t miss the great video at the end of the newsletter – it’s a TED talk about how babies learn language.

The Learning Capacity Conversation

Coming soon for Principals & thought leaders in education.

a1School Principal, parent of a dyslexic child and 21st century educator, Sue Miller, will write about her last 10 years implementing neuroscience in a school.

Don’t miss her first article. Register to be notified.

Watch this fascinating video on the information technology revolution and the profound changes which 21st century education needs to embrace.

Drawings at Age 4 Linked to Intelligence

A UK study of over 15,000 four-year-olds showed their ability to draw people is an indicator of their intelligence at age 14. But don’t worry if your four-year-old can’t draw – Read More.

Book of the Month

Brain School by Howard Eaton

In Brain School, Howard Eaton explores how, by applying the principles of neuroplasticitiy, Barbara Arrowsmith Young developed cognitive remediation exercises, founded the Arrowsmith Program and opened the first Arrowsmith School in Toronto, Ontario over 30 years ago.

Mr. Eaton then discusses how difficult it was for him to move from traditional remediation methods for learning disabilities to seeing the new possibilities that are due to the ability of the brain to change itself. The lives of nine children are discussed as they start the Arrowsmith Program and then move on to either private or public schools. Learn More.

What’s On?

International Literacy Day – 8th September 2014

Recognise the importance of literacy in the lives of children and adults by focusing attention in your classroom, your school, and your community on literacy issues in celebration of International Literacy Day. This year’s theme, “Lift Off to Literacy,” inspires students to shoot for the stars. Share the message that building a literacy habit takes just a little time each day.

Does this sound like you?

Cam’s Story Part 2

In Part 1 we learnt how Cam had been finding it more difficult with each year of his primary schooling. It was really hard for him to keep up with what the teacher was saying to the class, and his self-esteem was low. Watch Cam and his mother explain how he overcame these difficulties.

Questions and Answers

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

Question: My daughter has recently been diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). It’s great that we now know why she seems to not listen when we ask her to do something but it can still be frustrating. Can you please give me some tips on how to help her?

Answer: Receiving a diagnosis of APD can be a relief. It’s great to know that there are plenty of things you can do to help. It’s important to reduce your daughter’s frustration by being understanding and compassionate about her difficultly. Try to ensure that your daughter is facing you and that you have her full attention before you speak to her. It’s always best to try and keep instructions short. 8 Tips to Help your APD Child at Home can be Found on The Learning Capacity Blog.