Poverty's Effect on Working Memory

May 3, 2016 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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PovertySometimes it's easy to think a child isn't paying attention because they're being defiant, or dare we say it - "lazy"? This is usually not the case, especially for children from poverty, and it behooves us to understand better what's happening in their brains. Read Dr. Eric Jensen's poignant and timely messages about how to help students from poverty build the skillls that will break the cycle of underachievement. 

Pay Attention! Why It's Not as Easy as You May Think

Apr 19, 2016 by Martha Burns, Ph.D
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Test your attentional skills by readingpay attention this article about attention! Find out which types there are, how it can be improved, and whether you can make it through a few paragraphs without thinking about your next vacation. 

Effects of Lead Poisoning on Our Children's Brains

Apr 5, 2016 by Martha Burns, Ph.D
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Lead poisoning can be a sneaky condition, lead poisoningcoming on gradually and presenting itself like a learning disability. Learn what happens in the brain when it's exposed to lead and what can be done to reverse its ill effects.

This is Your Child's Brain on TV

Mar 22, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong
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Seventy-five years after television was first introduced to American homes, we are just starting to realize its impact on learning and the brain.  But is TV the true culprit? Or is the real issue what's NOT happening during TV time? Read more about the risks of too much TV on the brain. 

5 Don’ts (and Do's!) for Brain Awareness Week

Mar 8, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong
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When students understand the limitless potential of their brains, anything is possible!Brain Awareness Week  But what if you're using new information in the wrong ways? Read more to see if you're on the right track, and plan some time next week to talk with your students about the brain's fascinating ability to change for the better. 

Can We Predict Future Literacy Skills in Children?

Feb 23, 2016 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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A new study reveals that we may be able to successfully predict literacy skills in pre-reading children, possibly even in toddlers.  Predicting literacy skillsHow could this information impact children with potential learning difficulties?  How could we help them sooner in their academic careers?

How Do ADD, Dyslexia, and Auditory Processing Disorder Overlap?

Dec 15, 2015 by Lynn Gover
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Teachers may perceive learners with any of these struggles as not trying, not paying attention, or being disruptive. ADD-Dyslexia - Auditory Processing DisorderIn fact, what’s happening is that they try to pay attention but can’t follow what’s being said. Here, we summarize Dr. Martha Burns' presentation on the latest research on ADD, dyslexia and auditory processing disorder, and how they overlap in surprising ways. 

New Study Suggests Fidgeting Helps Students With ADHD Learn

Dec 1, 2015 by Cory Armes, M.Ed.
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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) is known to affect approximately 11% of school-aged children, ADHDand new research into ADHD indicates that fidgeting may help students learn better. Learn more about how to incorporate movement in your classroom to help your students.

5 Myths About Dyslexia

Oct 20, 2015 by Martha Burns, Ph.D
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What are 5 common myths surrounding dyslexia?dyslexia facts  Dr. Martha Burns uses recent research to debunk some of the commonly held myths about this misunderstood learning disorder. 

Problems with the Human “Letter Box”: A Component of Dyslexia

Oct 6, 2015 by Martha Burns, Ph.D
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It is Dyslexia Awareness Month!dyslexia Have you wondered if dyslexia is a visual or auditory issue? Turns out it's a bit of both.  Dr. Martha Burns explains the latest research on causes of dyslexia and what interventions can help.  

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