austin school tutorRecently, my practice has had an increase in high school level learners.  Some of these students have struggled for so long and seen little improvement that they have become resigned or defeated. They're done!  It can be a real challenge to motivate them to "do hard things", to work through a therapeutic process to get real change for their learning and attention processes.

I've been pondering this for the past week and came across an article which may be helpful to you readers: http://www.onlinecollege.org/2012/12/05/10-surprising-findings-science-motivation/

May 2013 be a productive year for us all, and may we stay motivated to do and be our BEST in serving others.

abtThis evening's Advanced Brain Technologies Sound Brain Fitness Teleseminar is on Auditory Processing. The seminar will last about an hour, then they will open it for questions.  It is open to the general public. So, parents of children who have ADHD, reading problems or other learning issues, tune in to gain valuable information about Auditory Processing. The seminar begins at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, via your computer.

Here's the information and how to tune in, straight from ABT:

Auditory Processing Disorders: What You Need to Know
Guest: Jay R. Lucker, Ed.D., CCC-A/SLP, FAAA
Host: Alex Doman
Date/Time: January 2, 2013, 8pm ET (1am GMT)
Cost: Free - Open to the General Public

Alex and his guest, a leading expert in auditory processing, audiologist, speech-language pathologist, research scientist, and associate
professor will explore auditory processing disorders; what happens when the brain doesn’t understand what it hears, and what to do about it.

Along the way they will cover:

  • Differentiating auditory processing, a language disorder, and ADHD
  • How APD should be assessed
  • Categories of APD and general treatment recommendations
  • APD intervention with The Listening Program®

Click here to register for access to the call. advancedbrain.com/abt-teleseminars.html

Once registered, you will get dial-in or online access instructions and other details about the call.

This interesting piece came to our attention through the Learning Rx newsletter. Ken Gibson, the developer of the very successful PACE program, is also the founder of Learning Rx.

A university in Israel conducted studies of hand-clapping songs which revealed a link between those activities and cognitive skills development in children, young adults, and university students. Practicing motor skills while singing and staying on beat helps develop auditory processing, visual processing, and attention. Children—particularly those in first through third grade—who participated had neater handwriting, better writing skills, and made fewer spelling errors, too! One researcher stated, "There's no doubt such activities train the brain and influence development in other areas." Even adults benefit by becoming more focused and less stressed. Who knew the songs weren't just for fun? Read Research Confirms Hand-Clapping Songs Improve Cognitive Skills

dyslexic brainOctober is Dyslexia Awareness Month. To raise awareness and dispel misconceptions about Dyslexia, we have compiled a list of facts and statistics about Dyslexia.

  • It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia
  • Over 40 million American Adults are dyslexic - and only 2 million know it
  • Dyslexia is not tied to IQ - Einstein was dyslexic and had an estimated IQ of 160
  • Dyslexia in not just about getting letters or numbers mixed up or out of order
  • 80% of people associate dyslexia with some form of retardation - this is not true
  • Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability or disorder that includes poor word reading, word decoding, oral reading fluency and spelling
  • Dyslexia occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels
  • Dyslexia has nothing to do with not working hard enough
  • 20% of school-aged children in the US are dyslexic
  • With appropriate teaching methods, dyslexia can learn successfully
  • Over 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic
  • Dyslexia runs in families; parents with dyslexia are very likely to have children with dyslexia
  • Dyslexics may struggle with organizational skills, planning and prioritizing, keeping time, concentrating with background noise.
  • Dyslexis may excel at connecting ideas, thinking out of the box, 3D thinking, seeing the big picture
  • People with dyslexia excel or even gifted in areas of art, computer science, design, drama, electronics, math, mechanics, music, physics, sales and sports
  • Many famous people are dyslexic including: Orlando Bloom, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Spielberg, Kiera Knightley. Albert Einstein and Patrick Dempsey

SOURCES: American Dyslexia Association, The International Dyslexia Association, The Dyslexia Center, The Dyslexia Foundation, The Child Mind Institute

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