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Improving your Short Term Memory

Posted by Matthew Turton on Wed, Jan 08, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

It happens to everyone at least once.  You enter a room in your home, get in the car, or simply step outside and realize you do not remember why you went there, or what you needed, in the first place.  Leave the area, and then frustration mounts when you realize after you leave home that the library books are still on the kitchen counter. 

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Topics: parenting, teachers, memory

How do concussions affect learning?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:27 AM

If your child sustains a concussion during play or competitive sports, recovery time typically  requires one to three weeks.  During this recovery time, the brain is not functioning at full capacity, even if your child appears to be doing just fine.  This can impact how your child tolerates life developments and her education. Knowing the signs and symptoms of concussions is critical. 

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Topics: parenting, teachers, memory, warning signs, Concussion

It's Never Too Late to Build Your Brain!

Posted by Matthew Turton on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 @ 09:39 AM

Tired of making excuses for your brain's short comings? Are you worried that if it’s like this now…what will it be like in another 10 years? Don’t wait and see! Act now to build your brain, it’s never too late!

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Topics: Reading, expectations, memory, educational therapy

School Sports and Concussion 101

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 02:42 PM

Concussions are often called the “invisible injury.”  From hard-hitting football games and wrestling to the harmless-appearing activity of hitting soccer balls with the head, children have many opportunities to sustain head injuries while playing.  However, the symptoms of concussion are not necessarily obvious right away and children will often mask symptoms in order to continue playing. 

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Topics: memory, educational therapy, Concussion

'I Forgot My Homework' - Memory & More

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 @ 09:17 AM

Last week we talked about listening comprehension and the impact it has on schoolwork, homework and daily life as part of our series on homework avoidance. Today we will look at memory and how it can lead to homework avoidance.

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Topics: parenting, learning disabilities, memory, behaviour, homework

Short Term Memory - The Missing Link

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 @ 02:55 PM

Short Term Memory is perhaps one of our most important cognitive skills, directly impacting not only our learning, but our everyday life.

Short Term Memory is the gate through which all of our experiences filter. Many children struggling at school have poor short term memory which leaves them unsure of what the instructions were for the assignment they’re staring at and unable to start. Imagine training a new employee with poor short term memory! As much information as you pour into them, most of that information is leaking out.

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Topics: reading disability, parenting, learning disabilities, memory, behaviour

Time to Act – Learning Disabilities Don’t Just Disappear, the impact continues.

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Dec 04, 2012 @ 01:59 PM

Is your child stressed, and do you know why?

December is a time filled with report cards and progress checks, teacher meetings and more. Holiday time is the perfect time to find out why your child has been struggling in school. The stress of the back to school season is over but your child’s challenges are not? There are some easy action steps you can take.

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Topics: Reading, learning disabilities, memory, behaviour

"You Never Said That!" Auditory Memory Dysfunction

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Nov 08, 2012 @ 02:45 PM

This is the fourth in a series of blogs about six different areas of Memory.

Recently, I started a series of articles looking at six different types of memory and how they work. From elementary students to adults, many suffer from memory weaknesses without realizing it. Breakthroughs assesses six different types of memory and this article is the 4th in a series of blogs about each type, and how they affect our lives. First we looked at two types of Visual Memory. In the last two weeks we introduced two types of auditory memory. I highly recommend you read the two blogs introducing Auditory Memory if you haven't yet, since today's blog is based on the information discussed there.

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Topics: parenting, memory, auditory memory, behaviour

"I can't remember conversations" Auditory Memory (pt 2)

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Nov 01, 2012 @ 02:45 PM

This is the third in a series of blogs about six different areas of Memory.

Recently I kicked off a series of articles looking at six different types of memory and how they work. From elementary students to adults, many suffer from memory weaknesses without realizing it. Breakthroughs assesses six different types of memory and this article is the third in a series of blogs about each type, and how they affect our lives. First we looked at two types of visual memory, last week we introduced two types of auditory memory. I highly recommend you read last week’s blog introducing Auditory Memory as today is based on the information discussed there.

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Topics: learning disabilities, client stories, memory, auditory memory

"I don't remember talking about that..." Auditory Memory

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 @ 08:45 PM

This is the second in a series of blogs about six different areas of Memory.

Last week I kicked off a series of articles looking at six different types of memory and how they work. From elementary students to adults, many suffer from memory weaknesses without realizing it. Breakthroughs assesses six different types of memory and this article is the second in a series of blogs about each type, and how they affect our lives. Last week we looked at two types of visual memory. This week we will introduce two different types of Auditory Memory and finish up Auditory Memory next week.

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Topics: memory, auditory memory, behaviour

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