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The right music can hit the sweet spot between predictable and chaotic for which the brain has a strong preference

‘The right music can hit the sweet spot between predictable and chaotic for which the brain has a strong preference.’ Illustration: Sophie Wolfson Supported by About this content Dean Burnett @garwboy   Saturday 20 August 2016 07.30 BSTLast modified on Saturday 20 August 201607.32 BST Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Shares 244 Comments 26  Save for later Many …

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Is Mandarin too hard a language to learn for dyslexic schoolchildren

Is Mandarin too hard a language to learn for dyslexic schoolchildren? 16:45 03 March 2015 Imogen Blake Highgate Primary School mandarin lessons. Head Teacher William Dean with Chinese Cultural teacher Rhona Pennington and year 4 students Maisie (9), Dylan (9), Deeya (8) and Aidan (8) all from class 4PB. More and more schools are eschewing …

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Background speech hindered toddlers

Background speech hindered toddlers’ ability to learn words, according to a new study. Credit: © angiolina / Fotolia The environments children are in, including how much and what kinds of stimulation they are exposed to, influence what and how they learn. One important task for children is zeroing in on the information that’s relevant to …

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Schools to be forced by law to give equal weighting to vocational and academic routes

Schools to be forced by law to give equal weighting to vocational and academic routes TES reporter 24th January 2016 at 09:31 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Careers | Vocational studies | State schools will be forced to give vocational routes as much weight as academic options when giving careers advice to their pupils. …

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New writing tools

Despite the abundance of technology that I surround myself with (laptop, phone, second monitor, tablet, camera, ridiculously heavy and terrible iPad charger) the two tool that never outlive their welcome in my daily repertoire is a pen and notepad. I’ve tried using a whole range of different organization apps, to do lists on my phone …

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Judging by the number of learning apps available to classrooms around the country

Judging by the number of learning apps available to classrooms around the country, the education technology market aimed at elementary through high schools is booming. There are more than 3,900 math and reading apps, classroom management systems and other software services for schools in the United States, according to LearnTrials, a start-up that helps school …

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MIND Set

MIND-Strengths, Mindset, And Striking Gold With Dyslexia By Fernette Eide|May 1st, 2015|Being Dyslexic, MIND strengths, Social and Emotional|Comments Off on MIND-Strengths, Mindset, And Striking Gold With Dyslexia Welcome to MIND-Strengths Mayat Dyslexic Advantage! As we begin our month-long exploration of the strengths associated with dyslexic “wiring”, we want to start by looking at an important point about …

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Drumming for 60 minutes a week can benefit children diagnosed with autism and supports learning at school

Drumming for 60 minutes a week can benefit children diagnosed with autism and supports learning at school, according to a new scientific study. The project, led by the University of Chichester and University Centre Hartpury, showed students’ ability to follow their teachers’ instructions improved significantly and enhanced their social interactions between peers and members of …

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The right music can hit the sweet spot between predictable and chaotic for which the brain has a strong preference.

Dean Burnett Many people listen to music while they’re carrying out a task, whether they’re studying for an exam, driving a vehicle or even reading a book. Many of these people argue that background music helps them focus. Why, though? When you think about it, that doesn’t make much sense. Why would having two things …

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The Highly Sensitive Person

Elaine Aron has studied the highly sensitive person (HSP), an easily overaroused and overwhelmed individual who is sensitive and often anxious. Aron believes that evolution has favored the careful, reflective style that tends to accompany the highly aroused individual, and not high arousal itself. If understimulated and sometimes impulsive people like those with ADHD, live …

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From Dyslexia Trust, Oxford Vision & Coloured Filters

Summary – Recent research by the DRT and others has suggested that magnocellular (M) neurones in the brain play an important role in reading and that M- deficits contribute powerfully to reading problems because the M system is so crucial for directing visual and auditory attention and eye movements to letter and word features and …

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primary school children will have to sit new computerised maths exams from next year

Education secretary Nicky Morgan recently announced that primary school children will have to sit new computerised maths exams from next year. The tests will go up to and include the 12 times table and schools have been warned that they will be held to account if pupils do not make the grade. This initiative has …

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Background speech hindered toddlers’ ability to learn words, according to a new study.

The environments children are in, including how much and what kinds of stimulation they are exposed to, influence what and how they learn. One important task for children is zeroing in on the information that’s relevant to what they’re learning and ignoring what isn’t. A new study has found that the presence of background noise …

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Glancing at Greenery Can Markedly Boost Concentration Levels

These are the images shown to study participants, one with a green flowering meadow on the city roof and the other of a stark concrete view. (Source: University of Melbourne). A University of Melbourne study shows that glancing at a grassy green roof for only 40 seconds markedly boosts concentration. The study, published in the …

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New app launched for dyslexic and visually impaired rail users.

A NEW application has been developed to help dyslexic and visually impaired train passengers. Southern and Gatwick Express have launched the app on their websites – www.southernrailway.com and www.gatwickexpress.com – which is designed to help users access content with much more ease. The system, called Recite, allows those with visual impairment and/or dyslexia to customise …

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A white matter circuit may be to blame for dyslexics.

Mapping dyslexia: A study found that the area that sorts and stores the auditory building blocks of language, in yellow, is similar between dyslexics and a group without reading problems A faulty connection between where the brain stores the auditory building blocks of language and where it processes them may be to blame for dyslexia, …

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OpenDyslexic font gains ground with help of Instapaper.

By Leo Kelion Technology reporter A free-to-use font designed to help people with dyslexia read online content is gaining favour. OpenDyslexic’s characters have been given “heavy-weighted bottoms” to prevent them from flipping and swapping around in the minds of their readers. A recent update to the popular app Instapaper has adopted the text format as …

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“I would be lying if I said dyslexia hadn’t affected my life decisions.”

Vicars Cross man Jon Dytor describes the impact dyslexia has had on his life. Jon Dytor, digital manager for Close Brothers in Chester, was diagnosed with dyslexia while at university. Dyslexia Awareness Week last week aimed to highlight the variety of difficulties faced by those who battle with this condition on a day to day …

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Thinking Skills

The rationale of thinking skills is to make explicit the components of thinking, allowing children to control and extend these skills to go beyond the specific present information to generalize to other situations, academic and real life. Because humans use many different symbolic systems to capture and communicate experience, we all have different styles (verbal, …

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