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Improving cognition to build better writers

Improving cognition to build better writers

Typically when we think of teaching writing, we begin with the type of writing we want students to compose—persuasive pieces, personal narratives, academic essays. We might think of the steps of the writing process—prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. All too often, however, little attention is given to the cognitive skills of writing, however cognitive […]

How to build your child’s knowledge, vocabulary and reading ability

How to build your child’s knowledge, vocabulary and reading ability

Without a doubt, talking to your child is essential for building their language skills. The more they hear and use words in conversation, the more practice they get at phonemic awareness, auditory processing and sentence structure. Parents should talk to their children often and about a variety of topics. But is just talking enough to build […]

The importance of boosting motivation for learning

The importance of boosting motivation for learning

Why do some children give up while others power on, and how can we motivate students for learning? The IQ MythFor many years it has been assumed that a student’s IQ will determine their level of educational success or failure. When a student struggles in the classroom, they are sent for intelligence testing. Children are […]

7 ways to improve working memory over the holidays

7 ways to improve working memory over the holidays

“Put on your socks, wash your hands, get your bag and I’ll meet you outside.” Working memory is so important for a variety of situations that a child faces. Did you know that improving working memory can improve fluid intelligence and the levels of brain chemicals important for learning?

Prevent regression during the school holidays

Prevent regression during the school holidays

The summer holidays offer a well-deserved break after a long, hard academic year. It’s a time to relax and enjoy family life. However, during this time, many children rarely read a book, write a story or practice their times tables. On returning to school, it is often found that children’s learning levels have taken a […]

The latest NAPLAN results have arrived!

The latest NAPLAN results have arrived!

Around 92% of Australian students are performing at or above the national minimum standards. If your child is performing below expectations for their year level in reading, or even below the national minimum standard, it can be difficult to know how to help them improve.

Paula Tallal named inventor of the year

Paula Tallal named inventor of the year

Paula Tallal, Rutgers Board of Governors Professor of Neuroscience, has been named Inventor of the Year by the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame for her work bringing positive change to over 3 million children and adults with the Fast ForWord program.

The role of sleep in childhood brain development

The role of sleep in childhood brain development

Getting enough sleep is essential for children – and not just to give parents a bit of peace and quiet! The human brain continues to develop from birth through adolescence, but the most changes occur between 0 – 4. Sleep deprivation at any age can have a negative effect on health, but a good night’s […]

Lasting benefits for elderly Fast ForWord participants

Lasting benefits for elderly Fast ForWord participants

A new study led by Professor Elzbieta Szelag in Warsaw, Poland found that elderly subjects who underwent Fast ForWord training improved not only the rate at which they processed auditory information, but also in other cognitive areas. Research has found that decline in auditory processing speed (temporal information processing) is a factor responsible for the […]