We Have a Poverty Crisis in Education

Sep 13, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong

poverty-educationTeachers are an easy scapegoat for the widening achievement gap in the US. In fact, teacher quality is not the greatest predictor of a child's later success; socioeconomic status is. How do we work together to find the optimal ways to educate the 51% of students now receiving free and reduced lunch?

APD: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

Aug 30, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong

ADPHow do you know if auditory processing is impacting a child's ability to learn? Let's get back to basics: What is APD?  Why is it so often mistaken with other issues? Read for 5 ways to support understanding in children with APD. 

4 Ways to Counteract the Effects of Stress on the Brain

Aug 16, 2016 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

stressBack-to-school can be a stressful time for parents, educators and students alike. But is there "good" stress and "bad" stress?  Find out 4 ways to counteract the effects of stress on learning for any at-risk learner who needs help this year. 

What the Latest NAEP Reading and Math Results Reveal About Our Below Basic Students

Jul 26, 2016 by Cory Armes, M.Ed.

Nation's Report CardHow did students do in comparison to their peers in reading and math in 2015?  Discover the learnings from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores. 

Watch From Anywhere: Summer Professional Development

Jul 12, 2016 by Carrie Gajowski, MA

Professional Development webinarsMake the most of summer by watching some of our most popular webinars to date on topics such as poverty, auditory processing, dyslexia and more. These can be viewed from anywhere so pull out your laptop, tablet or smartphone.  Enjoy!

How to Improve Auditory Processing Speed Using Fast ForWord

Jun 28, 2016 by Ann Osterling, MA CCC-SLP

Sky GymIn this post, a veteran Fast ForWord provider explains how the exercises in Fast ForWord work to improve auditory processing speed -- plus, she offers advice on what to do when your child, student or client begins to struggle on the most challenging exercises: Sky Gym and Jumper Gym.  If you have experience with successful strategies too, share in the comments! 

Get Outside, It’s Good For Your Brain

Jun 14, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong

cognitive benefitsAre your students more connected to technology than the great outdoors?  Read on to find out why nature provides its own benefits and why playing outdoors is so important.

10 Ways to Help Your School-Age Child Develop a “Reading Brain”

May 31, 2016 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP

reading brainUnlike speaking and listening, reading is not a hard-wired human ability. It needs to be explicitly taught, but its complexities are often taken for granted. This is not so for parents of children who struggle with the process, however.   What can we do as parents to develop proficient readers at home?  And what happens when these things don't work? Read the advice from Dr. Paula Tallal, world-recognized authority on language-learning disabilities. 

3 New Research Findings on Fast ForWord

May 17, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong

Fast ForWord ResearchFast ForWord is one of the most researched reading interventions ever created, but what are researchers saying about it lately?  Here are three takeaways (translated from neuroscience-speak into terms you can understand) that have practical application for those interested in improving skills for those with dyslexia, auditory processing, language and reading issues. 

Poverty's Effect on Working Memory

May 3, 2016 by Carrie Gajowski, MA

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. 

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