Watch From Anywhere: Summer Professional Development

Jul 12, 2016 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. 

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