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EAL Teacher Justine Lam Shares Success Stories With Reading Assistant

Posted by Colin Klupiec on July 28, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Colin Klupiec


English as an additional language teacher, Justine Lam, at Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne has been using the online reading tutor program, Reading Assistant, for two years. 

She spoke to the Learning Capacity Podcast about how successful it has been, not only for English Language Learners, but also for students struggling with reading. In this podcast episode Justine describes how pleased the teachers, students and their parents have been with Reading Assistant. And also how teachers play a very important role; it's not just the computer alone.

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Topics: English Language Learners, Reading, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts, Reading Assistant, English Language Learning Challenges

Fast ForWord Neuroscience Programs a Success at Covenant College

Posted by Peter Barnes on July 27, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Peter Barnes

“I’ve too many good results here with a range of children to not give all the kids an opportunity to do it”.

That's how Bruce Horman, Head of Junior School at Covenant College explained why he decided to have all children in Grade Three participate in the neuroscience-based Fast ForWord program in 2015.

Covenant College is a K -12 school with 540 students in Geelong, Victoria.

For the previous three years Covenant College had focussed the program on students from various grades who were presenting with a range of learning difficulties. They also included some students who were achieving in the mid range of their cohort, but had potential to do better.

Bruce commented, “I've seen that bright kids also benefit from Fast ForWord. It's not just for those kids who are really struggling”.

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Topics: Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories, For Principals

Dawson Now Loves to Read, Thanks to 6 Weeks of Fast ForWord

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 23, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Peter Barnes

This is a personal story.  It’s about my grandson Dawson.

He’s in grade 4 at school.   Dawson is a bright boy. Intelligence testing has put him in the 90th percentile in overall cognitive ability. But his language skills were tested as relatively weak.

He had no trouble learning to read, and he was able to understand what he read. But he wasn’t a big reader.  He would read reluctantly and did not seem to get a lot of enjoyment from it.

Earlier this year his teacher reported that Dawson was reading at a level between year 3 and year 4.

So I decided, with his parents’ agreement, that Dawson should do the Fast ForWord Language program.  After all, I’ve been involved in providing Fast ForWord to thousands of students via schools, learning centres and in homes. And I’ve seen the remarkable improvements this brain training has made for those students. So why not have my grandson benefit as well?

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Topics: Reading, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Reading Difficulties

Improving Reading with Fast ForWord: USA School, Bridges Academy

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 21, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Peter Barnes

Veteran educator, Jacqueline Egli, Executive Director of Bridges Academy, a well known not for profit, private school in USA was interviewed recently on the Fox News channel.

She spoke about how Bridges Academy is using neuroscience-based technology to improve reading for students in the school.

“For many of my students in my early days as an educator it might take me three, four, five years to make 6 months of solid improvement, ”she said.

Now her students with reading or learning difficulties use the Fast ForWord program

Egli says Fast ForWord can improve a child’s reading level by multiple grades in 6 - 8 weeks of training, and MRI scans before & after training show an increase in brain activity in kids with dyslexia.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Reading, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories, For Principals

Fast ForWord Helped Mac with Auditory Processing, Writing & Spelling

Posted by Colin Klupiec on March 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Colin Klupiec

Sally Wilcox noticed that her son Mac was becoming increasingly frustrated with writing and spelling when he was in grade 5. 

In Mac’s words, it was very simple - he hated writing.

Thinking back, Sally recalled that the early markers were already appearing in grade 1 when Mac had difficulty following instructions.

On deeper investigation, Mac was diagnosed with auditory processing disorder. At first Sally was told that this was developmental and that Mac would grow out of it, and to some extent this was true. Yet the problems persisted and Sally knew that something else needed to happen.

Eventually she found the Fast ForWord programs, and that’s when things started to change for the better. Fortunately Mac was very receptive to resolving his issue, and his teacher was also familiar with auditory processing disorder.

This combination helped Mac make significant gains at school with his academic results. He also increased his self confidence and became more willing to try.

In this episode of Learning Capacity Podcast Sally shares Mac’s story.

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts

Amelie & Fast ForWord: 2 Years Gain in Reading & Maths Despite ADHD

Posted by Colin Klupiec on March 4, 2016 at 4:57 PM

Colin Klupiec

This is the story of Amelie, who as a young primary aged girl was often described as a ‘busy child’.

When Amelie’s parents, Jane and Craig were given the diagnosis for Amelie of ADHD, there were mixed feelings of relief, but also devastation as they knew there was a problem that needed to be addressed.

Amelie was assessed at well below the relevant standards, being two years behind in writing and maths when she started grade 3.

After researching extensively, Jane and Craig eventually turned to Fast ForWord. They faced some big challenges along the way, but in the end they and Amelie persevered with some amazing results.

In this episode of The Learning Capacity Podcast, I spoke to Jane where she shared Amelie’s story.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts

“Phenomenal” improvements for son after Fast ForWord, says Father

Posted by Colin Klupiec on February 28, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Colin Klupiec


Dr Con Kafataris, father of six, describes the changes he saw in his son George, aged nine, as phenomenal” after George completed the Fast ForWord program.

It was a little bit of a journey to find Fast ForWord for George but after trying a few avenues, including speech pathology, Dr Kafataris came across the program through a book titled, “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Dr Norman Doidge.

“The science seemed plausible”, said Dr Kafataris, so he decided to give it a go.

What were these “phenomenal” improvements? Listen to the podcast to find out.

Or read more below for the complete podcast transcript.

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Comprehension, Reading, Autism, Fast ForWord, Learning, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts

Urana Public School: 5 Years of Success - Fast ForWord Brain Training

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 9, 2016 at 11:42 AM

Peter Barnes

Dorothy Dore, principal of Urana Public School spoke with The Learning Capacity Podcast about how the school is building student learning capacity with the Fast ForWord neuroscience program.

Urana Public is a small primary school of 26 students (K- 6) located in the Riverina region of New South Wales, 600 kms south west of Sydney.

The school has implemented Fast ForWord for the past five years with excellent results, according to Dorothy.

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Topics: Brain Science, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts, For Principals

A New Zealand School Found Fast ForWord & Helped Struggling Students

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 8, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Peter Barnes

Sasha Scott, reading recovery teacher at Welbourn Primary School in New Zealand, was troubled.

She and the school’s associate principal, Jenny, were puzzled why, year after year, there was always a group of students that never seemed to make the progress they should.

Sasha told The Learning Capacity Podcast, “The teachers have all done the very best that they can with what they know. But year on year, those same children pop up again. What could we do differently for these kids, because obviously what we were doing wasn't meeting their needs?”

Searching for a solution for students who were struggling

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts, For Principals

Educational Neuroscience in Action - School & Parent Success Stories

Posted by Peter Barnes on December 15, 2015 at 5:09 PM

Peter Barnes

There’s quite a bit of talk going on these days about the emergence of neuroscience in education. Some people are even talking about a scientific model of education, and not just pedagogy (the method of teaching).

But what is educational neuroscience - are there programs that schools can implement which deliver the principles of this science in a practical way?

The Learning Capacity Podcast has produced a 3 part mini series in which two teachers and a parent tell their stories about how they implemented an educational neuroscience program, and the results they got.

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Topics: Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts, Educational Neuroscience

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