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Topic Archives: Brain Training

Benefits of Music for Children with Attention Issues

March 17, 2015

Edited by Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff Today, we are pleased to post a guest blog, written by Australian based writer, Nicole Davies. Benefits of Music for Children with Attention Issues Parents of children with weaker attention skills should be aware that there are several methods extending beyond traditional treatments that can be used to complement medication and counseling. One of them is music. Confirmed by multiple research studies to play a significant role in cognitive development, music can be used to help children process their feelings and organize their thought patterns and activities. Read on to learn more about the most important benefits of music for children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or ADHD.   Music stimulates the brain… Read More

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Concussions: A Parent’s Education part II, Healing

June 20, 2014

By Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff Blurred vision, painful headaches, and the inability to attend even a half-day of school. When her eight-year-old daughter, Charlotte, took a fall into a metal pole on the playground at school, her mother didn’t expect the ensuing concussion would change the course of third grade. Charlotte, as you may remember from our post last week, had been twisting a friend on the swing when the friend spun-out rapidly and knocked her down. Charlotte’s head hit the pole, and after a trip to the school nurse, the pediatrician, and a few days of painful symptoms, it was clear the injury was more than a bump. We pick up today with our interview with Charlotte’s mother at… Read More

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Meet My Italian Teacher, He’s an Owl

May 17, 2014

By Sarah Vander Schaaff For the past month, I have been thinking about my interview with literacy expert, Peggy Kaye (LEARN WITH HOMER) who reminded me that children sometimes feel vulnerable when learning a new skill. I had forgotten that sense of fear; a worry that one will never understand. I’ve been reminded of it now each night that I practice my Italian, a hobby I picked up again after realizing it had been ten years and two kids since I first made it a goal to learn the language. When I first started, I bought a textbook and dictionaries and took the “T” once a week for a class in Boston. Now, I have my iPad, the Duolingo app,… Read More

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