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All posts by Henk du Plessis

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Feb'17

Mediterranean Diet Linked to a Lower Risk of ADHD

Dietary patterns of the Mediterranean diet can be related to a lower diagnose of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics.

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31

Jan'17

The Role of Working Memory in Reading

The term working memory was coined in the 1970s by two researchers named Baddeley and Hitch, referring to the ability to temporarily hold several facts or thoughts in memory while solving a problem or performing a task. An important and consistent finding is that working memory problems interfere with reading comprehension.

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31

Jan'17

What Is Reading Fluency? Why Is It Important?

Over 30 years of research indicates that fluency is one of the critical building blocks of reading, because fluency development is directly related to comprehension. Here are the results of one study by Fuchs, Fuchs, Hosp, and Jenkins that shows how oral reading fluency correlates highly with reading comprehension.

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31

Jan'17

The Real Facts About Your Child’s IQ

IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. But it is debatable whether IQ tests really measure intelligence (or whatever it is we mean by “intelligence” — psychologists have been divided for years). IQ tests do not take into account aspects such as creativity, artistic or musical talent — a child can most certainly be “gifted” without having a high IQ....

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Jan'17

Dyslexia Linked to Poor Long-term Memory

Humans have a type of long-term memory (called 'implicit memory') that means we respond less to stimuli as they are repeated over time, in a process called neural adaptation. But the new research suggests that dyslexics recover faster than non-dyslexics from their responses to stimuli such as sounds and written words, leading to their perceptual and reading difficulties.

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23

Jan'17

Gratis Afrikaanse Begripstoetse vir Laerskool-leerders

Leerders sukkel dikwels om begripstoetse te beantwoord omdat hulle nie genoeg woordeskat het om die konteks te verstaan nie. Hulle mag ook sukkel as gevolg van 'n leesprobleem, sowel as 'n swak werkende geheue of 'n probleem met logiese denke. 'n Gebrek aan oefening kan natuurlik ook lei tot of bydra tot lae punte.

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22

Jan'17

Quotes about Learning

The secret of getting ahead is getting started... A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new... Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself... Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever....

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22

Jan'17

Sequencing Difficulties: A Symptom of Dyslexia

Sequencing refers to our ability to perceive items in a specific order, and also to remember that sequence. In saying the days of the week, months of the year, a telephone number, the alphabet, and in counting, the order of the elements is of paramount importance. Many dyslexics have trouble with sequencing...

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19

Jan'17

Child Gets Good Report Yet Cannot Read, Cannot Do Maths

Johnny's teacher is happy about his performance in reading and maths. She awarded him a 6/7 for reading and a 7/7 for maths on his year-end report. Johnny's parents should be proud... The truth is that Johnny's parents are becoming more and more unsettled. If Johnny's reading is considered to be good, why is his younger sister's reading so much better than his?

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15

Jan'17

Our Senses Can’t Learn Under Stress

When we train them, we can sharpen our senses thereby improve our perceptual performance. The stress hormone cortisol completely blocks this important ability. In the current issue of Psychoneuroendocrinology neuroscientists of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) report on this finding.

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