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    You're worried and frustrated

    We're listening

    It can be so difficult at school or in the workplace if you struggle with speech, spelling, reading or writing.

    Cognitive research has come a long way in the last 30 years and there is hope. Books like "The Brain That Changes Itself" by Dr Norman Doidge and "Reading in the Brain" by Stanislas Dehaene give good examples.

     

    Whether you're already on a waiting list for speech pathology or not, we may be able to help.

    We can help you

    With cutting edge research and assistive EDUtech

    With evidence based technology that has been used globally since the 1990s by speech therapists and whole school districts with great results.

    Designed to improve auditory processing skills conveniently at home, at school or with your speech therapist.

     

    We can improve how the brain processes the sounds of your language. This leads to better receptive and expressive communication.

     

    Get results

    To learn, grow and thrive

    With commitment and effort, you can improve mindset, memory, attention, language, communication, social skills and the ability to learn.

    Naturally, without medication, and thanks to the latest evidence based brain research.

     

    Whether you want to improve learning at school, your communication skills at work, or enhance your voice for that performance edge, come on in and start a conversation.

  • Hi, I'm Monique.  It's nice to meet you ...

    If you have not met me before, my name is Monique Peters and 10 years ago, I was stressed and worried about how well my son was learning in Year 5.

     

    Then I learned about auditory processing disorder from a book called "The Brain That Changes Itself" by Dr Norman Doidge. I found out not only what was causing the problem, but that the latest brain research has worked out how to improve the ABILITY to learn.

     

    Since then, I have dedicated my life to increasing awareness about auditory processing, its role in learning, and how it to improve it. By placing the right demand on the brain, we can now improve the brain's pathways in the four critical pillars of learning:

     

    • memory
    • attention
    • communication
    • mindset

     

    So how can Brain Wise Learning help you?

     

    Let's have a chat and find out. Our solutions range between $160 to $60 a week, depending on how quickly you'd like results and the support you need to get those results. These evidence based, online programs can be done at home, at school, or even as part of speech therapy and/or tutoring.

     

    Or, perhaps you're part of a group and would like to hear a presentation on auditory processing from a parent's point of view, or how a growth mindset can help you break free from your comfort zone and live your best life.

     

    Happy learning,

    Monique

  • What are the signs of an

    auditory processing disorder?

     

    Auditory processing disorder is not a hearing problem, which is related to volume. It has more to do with how the brain processes sound, or understands it. When a brain processes auditory information well, it can make sense of what someone is saying and react accordingly. A good example is following instructions. If a teacher says "ok children, let's open your maths books to page 23 and do questions 1 to 5 on the quiz", a child with auditory processing disorder may not remember all that.
     
    Having an auditory processing disorder can be like listening to someone speaking another language. You can hear them, but not understand. This affects how a child acquires language and how they match the sounds of speech to letters when they learn to read.
     
    Here are some signs to look out for:

    An auditory processing disorder is likely to exist if there is difficulty beyond the relevant age milestones for:

    • following instructions
    • speech
    • spelling
    • learning new words
    • reading fluency
    • reading comprehension
    • repeating an order of events in the correct order self-management
    • finishing tasks on time
    • being organised

    Auditory processing disorder can exist on it's own but is often part of the following conditions:

    • dyslexia

    • autism spectrum

    • attention deficit

    • DCD/dyspraxia

    • developmental language disorder

    • dyscalculia (difficulty reading numbers)

    Other indicators of an auditory processing disorder are:

    • struggle to learn or read, even without a diagnosis
    • avoids reading
    • may be able to read, but has difficulty with spelling
    • suffered stress or trauma during pregnancy and/or early childhood
    • had ear infections or glue ear in early childhood
    • had delayed speech or a stutter in early childhood
    • trouble focusing in noisy environments, like classrooms
    • complain that they are "dumb" or "stupid"
    • doesn't quite get the rhythm or timing in jokes, poetry and social banter
    • symptoms worsen with stress
    • can find listening on the phone difficult (especially when acquiring speech ages 1-4)
    • may start school on par with others but fall behind as academic demands increase
    • decreasing confidence academically and/or socially
    • changes in behaviour such as becoming quieter, acting out, becoming depressed or anxious
    • avoids homework and/or school
    • struggling socially
    • is learning in English as a second language
    • passed a hearing test, but you still feel they don't hear well
    • frequently asks "what?" or "huh?"
    • needs constant reminding
    • parents/family also struggled with school and/or reading, but managed to "get by"
     
     
     
  • Book your free info session

  • Let's work together ...

    INDIVIDUALS

    Improve your ability to learn
    Can you imagine how much better school or work would be with better memory, attention and language processing skills?
     
    By exercising neural pathways in the brain for better learning and communication, Fast ForWord improves the ABILITY to learn with:
    • increased thinking speed
    • focused attention
    • sharpened language skills 
    • enhanced receptive and expressive communication
    • greater self discipline
    • by adapting to each student, providing more repetition where it's needed most
    • tests on decoding, phonological processing, vocabulary and comprehension skills before and after so you can see the results
    • different levels of support for your needs
    • giving you a weekly report to track progress
    • improving learning across other subjects
    • Six week and 3 month programs to cater for your needs.  You may even like to include growth mindset coaching to increase perseverance and resilience.  

    Book your free info session here today.

     

    BOOK HERE

     

    EDUCATORS

    Better results for your students
    Have you ever wanted to improve your students' ability to learn?
     
    With better memory, attention and language processing skills, your students' ABILITY to learn is improved, allowing them to engage in your instruction more actively. You may also find their social skills improve.
     
    Schools all over the world have been using Fast ForWord for over 20 years to shift their bell curve for reading results in not just classrooms, but schools and entire districts.
     
    It's evidence based, and provides the repetition required to develop both working memory and auditory processing, two key points identified by the emerging body of research called 'the science of reading' as previously undervalued skills in learning to read.
     
    In addition to the benefits listed in the previous column, we facilitate implementation in your school or class by providing training for staff, seminars for parents and ongoing support to ensure the best possible outcomes for your students and school community.
    Book your free info session here today.
     

    SPEECH/HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    Faster improvements for your clients
    How can we help you get better results for
    your clients?
     
    Auditory processing disorder holds many
    people back from gaining the benefits of
    learning and therapy. Then there is also the
    toll on their mental health as their choices become limited.
     
    Fast ForWord has been trusted by speech pathologists and learning specialists
    globally for over 20 years.
     
    Here's what Devon Barnes, Speech
    Pathologist, Lindfield Speech Pathology & Learning Centre has to say:
     

    "In my role specialising in the assessment and treatment of children with learning difficulties,

    I have observed how Fast ForWord can make a range of other therapies more effective by improving the brain’s ability to assimilate the strategies targeted by those therapies.."

     

     

    To see how Fast ForWord can help your

    to improve their ability to learn, book your free info session here today.
     

    PERFORMERS/PRESENTERS

    Your voice is your message
    Can you imagine what you could do with your voice if you could hear it more clearly?
     
    Forbrain is a headset that uses bone conduction so that you can hear your voice more clearly. This allows you to find perfect pitch when singing, that emphasis where it's needed in presentations and even rehearse the accent you need to land that dream part.
     
    Better still, Forbrain also has a dynamic filter to alter the frequency of your voice. This helps your brain to stay focused, so you can remember your lines, study notes or your presentation much better.
     
    The benefits of Forbrain don't end there. It also works on your vestibular system, helping your body to regulate itself and promote a feeling of wellbeing.
     
    It comes with a 30 day money back guarantee and a 2 year warranty.
     
    With daily practice, your voice will do just you want it to. Comedians, rappers, language learners, students and those who would like to improve their English or sharpen their language skills in older age will also benefit.
     

    SPEAKING TO YOUR GROUP

    Learn about the joy of learning
    Looking for some inspiration for your next group meeting?
     
    We have three great presentations for you.
     
    1. Find out amazing stories of hope that come from the latest brain research. There have been thousands of people that have used this research to work hard, live well beyond their diagnoses and achieve greater fulfilment. Their stories are incredible.​
     
    2. Learn about what auditory processing is, the role it plays in learning and communication and how it can be improved.
     
    3. You and your group can also learn more about what it means to develop a growth mindset. You can shift perseverance and achievement to a new level, or adapt in a post COVID world.
     
    The shift beyond "I can't do that" to "I can't do that YET" is a very powerful one.
     
    It's also not that difficult to do once you understand the brain a little more.
     
    To chat about it a bit more, book your free info session here.
     
  • TESTIMONIALS

    Mary, May 2021

    I have no hesitation in recommending Monique as an excellent Support Specialist for Fast ForWord. She has an extensive knowledge of the product, its many benefits, the neuroscience underpinning it and the most effective ways to encourage the student to progress through the program. In addition to this, she is an incredible resource for the latest research on neuroplasticity and cognitive training and strengthening. She is empathetic, understanding and motivating. As a consequence and in conjunction with the program itself, my daughter is making good progress with Fast ForWord and we are very grateful for this support.

     

     

    Cat, November 2020

    Since starting Fast ForWord we've noticed Joey's ease of sounding out words and reading has improved and with that, a new willingness to read a variety of text. He also really enjoys the program, a big plus!!

    He's just gone up 3 reading levels at school too!

     

     

    Lucy, aged 9, Grade 3 - diagnosed Tuberous Sclerosis which has resulted in intellectual delay and issues with memory and concentration. Using Fast ForWord since early August 2020

    Fast ForWord was recommended for Lucy by her tutor and we feel exceptionally fortunate to have found Monique and Brain Wise Learning. Lucy struggles with self-confidence as well as experiencing delay with her academic learning. Despite this, we have found the online format of Fast ForWord has been perfect for her and she remains engaged and willing to participate even when she's struggling with the material. The rewarding sounds and encouragements within the different games are enough to keep her motivated and Monique's suggestions of stickers on her printed brain seem to be working for her too. We are really thrilled with the program so far, and anticipate that we'll stick with this brain training program for many years to come.

    Rachel, VIC

     

     

     

     

     

    Link, now 19 (using Forbrain for 9 months), August 2020

    In my last review, I naively thought that enjoying reading was the only benefit I was going to get. However, I recently started a course (which I've avoided since school) and to my surprise, the amount of writing that came out of me, well, I was in shock. I couldn't believe it. I not only increased the amount of writing on the paper but I was able to read it over and it made sense. In the past, I never used to edit the mistakes I made because I didn't care and I didn't enjoy the feeling when the pen was flowing on the paper. I haven't felt this confident in writing since I was on my ADD medication, and even then my sentences didn't make much sense. I'm usually a critic but not with Forbrain! I am so thankful for the opportunities it has provided me. I've always felt like just an average guy, so I can't wait to see what Forbrain can do for people who really need it. Thank you for everything Forbrain and Brain Wise Learning. You're doing amazing work.

     

     

    Jen, August 2020

    My 6 year old had always been very active with a big personality but it wasn’t until he started to really struggle in Kindergarten (socially and academically), that we embarked on the wild ride that was the diagnosis process. From the possibility of ADHD/ADD to being on the Spectrum, we were in desperate search for answers to help our little man thrive. It was during this desperate search for answers that I had discovered the Fast ForWord program in the book “The Brain that Changes Itself”.

     

    After my son was diagnosed with ADHD/ADD and the oppositional defiance disorder, we wanted to make the most out of early interventions and not solely rely on medication. So the Fast ForWord program was used in compliment to his Speech Therapy, OT, social play groups and Psychotherapy. It was important to us that any therapy we used with our little one was founded on solid scientific research and recognised by our Psychiatrist.

     

    We have been using the Fast ForWord program as an integral part of his interventions for the past year, and the results we are seeing in my son is nothing short of remarkable. His overall development has leapfrogged over the recent months both socially and academically. Not only has he been able to keep up across all areas academically, he has also gained confidence and now enjoys the learning process. It makes our heart sing to watch my son literally jump with joy as he is dropped off at school every morning.

     

    With the recent addition of medication, we have since paired back on other therapies, but have signed up for an annual subscription of the Fast Forward program and purchased a ForBrain headset. Having a program like this at the convenience of your home was a blessing during the recent COVID-19 lockdown. Compared with all the other therapies, Fast ForWard was by far the easiest one to follow through.

     

    I would highly recommend the program to any family who may be going through similar challenges we had and wish that more children are able to benefit from having the support they need to thrive in their learning journeys.

     

     

    Kelly Middlebrook, Owner, Alive4Life Holistic Allied Health, February 2020

    Brain Wise Learning has completely transformed both my disability services organisation and my family’s attitude, ability and motivation towards learning and literacy. We are using Fast Forword and the Forbrain headset and have noticed huge improvements in speech, articulation , comprehension and memory both personally and in our clients using these incredible tools. We love it so much we are dedicating our learning and IT space to the use of these tools in our skill building programs for clients. Moniques products and programs are outstanding! Every school should include these in their curriculums and every household with children would benefit so much.

     

     

    Link, 18yo, Forbrain User, January 2020

    I never felt positive when it came to reading, even if it was an internet article. I just didn't want to read. When I started using Forbrain I felt like I could finally begin to enjoy reading. Now every time I use it, reading is like going to my favourite theme park, I can't get enough of it! The benefits I am seeing are outstanding and I cannot believe Forbrain is working for me. With Forbrain, I can now enjoy it instead of just trying to work out what all the letters are saying. If you struggle with reading, Forbrain is definitely worth a look.

     

     

    Liz, parent of three children doing Fast ForWord, October 2019

    Christian – ASD, anxiety, school refusal, catastrophizes everything. Age 12. Grade 5 primary school

    Christian started off being frustrated easily that he wasn't getting things right on his first attempt. But we used the positive growth mindset language to keep him going and once he realised he was filling up the Progress Meter, began to take responsibility for doing it himself and he now sets up the laptop to work without prompting. The Progress Meter and graphics engage him and we are so happy with his progress on Fast ForWord.

     

    Emily Rose – verbal apraxia, ataxia, ASD, Echolalia, Executive function delay, Pragmatic language disorder. Communicates with rote sentences “drink of water please” Age 17. Finished SDS

    Initially Emily Rose was distressed when she made a mistake and needed lots of support to complete a lesson, but she grasped the sequencing exercise quickly and progressed rapidly. She still struggles with some of the other exercises which I do the clicking for her, but she has started having ten minute interactions where she has made her intention clear and then was able to achieve her stated intention. This is a breakthrough.

    For example, Emily Rose was asked which shop she wanted to look at. She responded “Music” so we asked if that meant JB HiFI. Emily Rose said “Yeah” and led the way through a crowd (rare) to JBHiFi, proceeded to the CD racks and started searching under “S”. We asked if she was looking for a soundtrack and she immediately looked in sound tracks, found the CD she wanted, and went to the register. Also, unprompted, Emily Rose said “Hello” to a stranger, and “On card please” to pay for her CD, asked for a bag and receipt, said “thank you”. We put her amazing progress to her work on Fast ForWord.

     

    Sunny- Dyslexia, mild dysgraphia. Has five sight words, unable to read. Can copy handwriting, can’t read it or reproduce her own thoughts in writing. Age 9 grade 3 primary school

    Initially Sunny was discouraged and would let the lesson time out, but support from us and a motivational certificate from Monique encouraged her to continue. She still gets discouraged, but her resilience is building and she is beginning to set up the laptop herself without prompting.

     

    We are very happy with the results we are getting from Fast ForWord for our children.

     

     

    Sarah (adult Fast ForWord student) October 2019

    This Reading Assistant Program is very good. I can feel it working/reorganising my brain already.

     

     

    Sarah (adult Fast ForWord student) March 2019

    Brain learning needs lots of support and encouragement. Learning can be tedious, hard work, it requires consistent effort, and I found I learnt best when I was rewarded regularly for the efforts I put in. My learning specialist, Monique was my cheerleader, cheering me on each day, supporting me by keeping up the excitement, which increases dopamine and serotonin in the brain and primes it for learning. Support from Monique helped me keep the big picture in mind, reminding me of the ultimate goal, learning to speak again..

     

     

    Jill Simpson RMT (Music Therapist) May 2019

    "All in all, I was impressed with the (Fast ForWord) program and would be happy to recommend it to children that require some assistance with listening and language. I also think that children are likely to develop stronger musical skills as a positive side effect of engaging with the program."

     

    Tina Meyer - High School English Teacher and Tutor - March 2019

    "Monique sat down and took me through the program. As a high school English teacher, I was so impressed by the program’s potential to improve student capability in all areas of learning. I will definitely be promoting this program to my students. Adding to that, Monique is patient and very kind; a joy to work with."

     

    Jeremy - High school student - February 2019

    "Thank you for sharing and supporting me during this time.
     

    This program has been a delight to do and helps activate and excite the brain, While I was doing this program I made some huge improvements and progressed much further and faster than any of the other ways I have tried in the past.
     

    FastForWord is a great way to activate and excite your brain to strive for greater heights and I believe that many people can achieve from this great success."

     

    Learning Support Teacher of 10 years in Government and private schools - July 2018

    "As a Learning Support Teacher for many years I trained in and used many different reading systems Most of these approaches made a difference, but they involved many hours working one to one with a child.

    In fact at my last Sydney school I started an Early Birds program staffed by parents and volunteers to help those children who struggled with literacy. We ran the group every morning for an hour.

    Then I moved to the country and I had the opportunity to use Fast ForWord123. I couldn’t believe the difference I was seeing; especially for children who had language processing difficulties.In 6 weeks Fast ForWord123 completely changed these children, they were able listen and understand, they started writing and their confidence soared.

    Fast ForWord123 physically changes the brain, improves neural pathways and allows children to learn more easily. I’m now using it in my own family."

     

    Kate, NSW, 27 September 2018

    My son James undertook the Fast ForWord program under the guidance and support of Monique Peters. Since the commencement of the program James has grown in confidence and concentration. His studies have improved and he is communicating much more effectively.

    Monique’s mentoring assisted me to help navigate James throughout the journey. Her positive approach and experience were pivotal to the programs success.

    I thoroughly recommend the Fast ForWord program. With the addition of Monique’s encouragement and enthusiasm the results have been phenomenal.

     

  • VIDEOS

    The last 30 years of brain research has proven that our brains are more

    flexible than we ever believed. We now see the brain more like a muscle!

    It means that cognitive weaknesses in functions like memory can be strengthened.

    Understanding neuroplasticity is bringing hope to struggling learners and anyone recovering from a brain injury.

     

    Watch these videos to discover more...

    The Boy With No Brain - The story of Noah Wall

    Courtesy of: We're All Equal - 18 February 2017

    Noah was born with just 2% of a brain. But against the odds, his family worked tirelessly on developing what was there. Then at age 4, Noah's brain scans showed something very remarkable and very unexpected - his brain had grown to 80%! Noah is showing doctors in England and around the world the power and potential of neuroplasticity.

    Neuroplasticity Explained

    Courtesy of: Perth Brain Centre - 21 September 2017

    This short video gives a simple explanation of neuroplasticity and how the neural pathways in our brain get wired and rewired. The animation also helps to understand it.

    Growth mindset: what it is, how it works and why it matters

    Courtesty of Trevor Ragan (Train Ugly) - 1 November 2018

    What you believe about learning will govern how you feel and behave. If you believe that learning will always be difficult, you'll be tempted to always take the easy way out. Conversely, if you believe that learning will always be easy, how long can you sustain your effort when challenged? Trevor is amazing and his video gives a good explanation of how important it is.

    Dr Norman Doidge - (this doctor will leave you speechless)

    Courtesy of Tom Bilyeu (Absolute Motivation) - 25 January 2019

    Listen to Dr Norman Doidge describe how scientists are shifting their thinking about the brain, and the possibilities this means for anyone who wants to improve theirs.

    Pr Stanislaus Dehaene - How The Brain Learns to Read

    Courtesy of Wise Channel - 26 October 2013

    Cognitive psychology and neuroscience have begun to dissect the neuronal mechanisms of language acquisition and literacy using brain-imaging techniques. This 30 minute lecture will fascinate educators, learning advocates and parents alike.

    Dr. Michael Merzenich on Autism and Fast ForWord

    Courtesy of Fast ForWord/Scientific Learning - 10 September 2008

    Michael Merzenich - Professor Emeritus Neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco discusses his research and work on autism and it's relationship to language and learning challenges.

    Dr. Michael Merzenich on Todd Sampson's "Redesign My Brain" Show Ep.1

    Courtesy of Redesign My Brain - 10 December 2015

    Follow TV Presenter and motivational speaker Todd Sampson on this episode with Dr Michael Merzenich as he improves his brain before your eyes.

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