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. 

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!

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.

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. 

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

Apr 19, 2016 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

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

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

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

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

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?

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