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I can't do it

“I can’t do it” – Learned helplessness in children and teenagers

If a person doesn’t believe they can do something, they either won’t bother trying or will just make a half-hearted effort with the expectation of failure. This is often called “learned helplessness”. This negative mindset is serious because if it continues, it can potentially affect everything in a person’s life – not just their academic performance but […]


Is dyslexia more common in males?

Neuroscientist and Speech Pathologist Dr Martha Burns answers the question “is dyslexia more common in males?” in this video interview. Yes, it is – as are most learning disabilities, Dyslexia is more common among males. Why do more boys have dyslexia than girls? “In some cases it may be that the genetic predisposition is exacerbated […]

Is CAPD genetic?

Is Auditory Processing Disorder Genetic?

Neuroscientist and Speech Pathologist Dr Martha Burns answers the question “is auditory processing disorder genetic?” in this video interview. The answer is: possibly, but we’re not sure because we don’t have enough research yet. “There are probably kinds of auditory processing problems that are inherited”, Dr Burns says. She adds: “I don’t think the genes […]


Jamie’s phenomenal turn-around

“The changes in Jamie are just phenomenal since using the Fast ForWord program. I had no idea how big the changes would be.” Jamie is 11 years old and in year 5. Before using the Fast ForWord program which has improved his listening, processing, attention, memory, reading and language skills, he was really struggling. “Jamie […]

What to do about a bad school report

5 ways to take control of the new school year

Facing another school year can be a daunting experience, with shopping for uniforms and books, and readjusting to the school routine. Then let’s not forget the extra study load, new challenges and responsibilities as well as perhaps the frustrations of much higher academic expectations.

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