Learning and Learning Problems

18

Sep'17

Learner Scores 5/5 for Reading Skills When He Cannot Read

How does a learner score 5/5 (80%-100%) for reading skills at the end of Grade 2 if he cannot read? We don't know, but it happens, and more often than you think. Watch a learner's remarkable progress in just 9 days since joining Edublox for a new 2-month intensive programme that combines reading lessons and our new online program, Edublox Online Tutor.

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14

Aug'17

Debunking Neuromyths: Nine Common Brain Myths Set Straight

Researchers have surveyed educators, the public and people who have completed neuroscience courses, to assess their belief in neuromyths. Neuromyths are common misconceptions about brain research, many of which relate to learning and education. They found that belief in neuromyths is extremely common...

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14

Jul'17

One in Six Women with Learning Disabilities Has Attempted Suicide

Learning disabilities such as dyslexia cast a very long shadow. A new study by the University of Toronto found that the lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts was much higher for women who had been diagnosed with learning disabilities (16.6%) compared to women who had not (3.3%). Men with learning disabilities also were more likely...

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14

May'17

Marijuana Use Tied to Poorer School Performance

When high school students started smoking marijuana regularly they were less likely to get good grades and want to pursue university, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

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28

Apr'17

Diagnosed Autism Linked to Maternal Grandmother’s Smoking in Pregnancy

Scientists from the University of Bristol have looked at all 14,500 participants in children of the 90s and found that if a girl's maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67 percent more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviours.

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27

Apr'17

The Hazards of English Spelling: New Findings Make It Less Hazardous than Previously Thought

A new study of English spelling practices demonstrates that the way we spell words is much more orderly and self-organising than previously thought. Their research examines previously unnoticed systematic aspects of English spelling and explains how the system emerged. One suffix that the authors report on is -ous, found in words like nervous and hazardous...

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24

Apr'17

Laterality versus Directionality: What Is the Difference?

Laterality refers to motor awareness of the two sides of the body, while directionality refers to the ability to know right from left, up from down, forwards from backwards, etc. The child who has a laterality problem has not yet internalised the knowledge that the body has two sides...

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04

Apr'17

Understanding Auditory Processing Deficits

Auditory processing is the ability to identify, interpret, and attach meaning to sound. Berry and Eisenson state that children with auditory processing deficits can hear sounds but are unable to recognise them for meaning. Auditory processing plays as important a role as visual processing in reading.

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21

Mar'17

Autism: New Analysis Method of Metabolites Accurately Predicts Whether a Child Has Autism

Scientists have developed a new, highly accurate method that analyses metabolic biomarkers to assess whether a child is on the autism spectrum, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology.

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20

Mar'17

Late Bilinguals Are Sensitive to Unique Aspects of Second Language, Research Shows

Imagine coming across a sentence in English that reads like this: "Mary apple eats her delicious." For most native-English speakers, the sentence would likely strike you as odd because it doesn't seem to be structured in an order that immediately gets the message across...

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