Archive for the "Learning Science" Category

Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?

Sleep routine, Gemm Learning

Over the past few months I have prepared food, wrapped it, and mistakenly deposited it right in the trash can instead of the refrigerator. I have set aside cash in an envelope only to scour the house a few minutes later looking for it and find I’d placed it in the recycle bin. And I’ve rushed to the store for a key ingredient in a recipe, only to forget to include the item a short time later…


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Recognizing Quality Brain-Based Learning Programs and Lessons

Brain-based learning, Gemm Learning

As educators, we’re often asked by parents to weigh in on whether or not a program they are considering for their child, outside of the classroom, would be beneficial. Between the number of programs and products available and the changing views in education, it’s often challenging to know how to respond. For the same reasons, choosing the right programs to include as part of classroom instru…


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Brain Change and Potential for Growth

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At Gemm Learning we often refer to brain plasticity when speaking to families. It is the reason our software has been so effective as well as the inspiration for its creation. Miriam-Webster defines neuroplasticity or brain plasticity as the brain’s ability to adapt and change throughout life. This means that the capacity to learn is not static and that new pathways will form to adjust to cha…


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Michael Merzenich Wins the Kavli Prize

michael merzenich is a neuroscience pioneer

Michael Merzenich, co-founder of Fast ForWord, has won the $1 million Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, which administers the prize, announced earlier this month that Merzenich and two other researchers are being honored this year for their work on neuroplasticity.

Merzenich, along with Eve Marder and Carla Shatz, challenged the assumption that the bra…


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An Overview of Neurofeedback Treatment Options

One of the more intriguing therapy options available for learning difficulties–ADHD and ASD in particular–is neurofeedback treatment, sometimes called EEG Biofeedback.

It has been around for quite a long time now, over 30 years. However, due to inconsistent study results compared to more established treatments such as Fast ForWord, and concerns that the effects of the therapy wear off when…


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Neuroplasticity (or Brain Plasticity) Is Real

Before neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity, was discovered, early psychologists, psychiatrists, and educational professionals were baffled by the existence of learning disabilities such as auditory processing disorder (APD), dyslexia and ADHD. For many years, such conditions were not even sufficiently understood to be able to give them a name, much less recommend a successful course of treatme…


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