Brain Wise Learning

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  • My epic vision ...

    I dream of a world where people understand the power of neuroplasticity.



    They realise that with just a bit of work,

    memory, attention and learning skills can be improved.


    And that children who struggle to learn are no longer excluded or bullied,

    or become sad, frustrated and angry with themselves.


    In my epic vision, they have a growth mindset,

    they can learn, develop their skills and

    chase their dreams just like everyone else.


    (That you can do at safely and conveniently at home)


    Big Life Journal bring you the world's best growth mindset resources

    The growth mindset is being taught in more schools for a good reason. It teaches children (and adults) to embrace their mistakes, sustain their efforts longer, develop resilience and perseverance skills.

    Check out the colourful and engaging journals, posters, activities and resources designed to help you and your family follow your dreams and live a fulfilling life.

    If you decide to buy anything from Big Life Journal, we will earn a small amount of money, which is not additional to you. You decide. We only ever recommend products that

    will benefit you and your family.

  • Forbrain Headset $AU447


    Improve speech, memory and attention just by using your voice!

    Used by speech and occupational therapists globally, this amazing headset helps students to hear their voice in a way that constantly surprises their brain, enabling better attention. The result is that they remember more of what they say out loud, anything from improving reading, speaking, presenting, singing, but also learning a new language or remembering study notes. You'll also see improvements in speech and pronunciation.

  • 1 Month Ready to Read Preschool to Year 1


    Children need to have good language and listening skills before they can read. Otherwise, they can't match the sounds to the right letters. Prevent reading and spelling problems before they begin.

    Language skills are foundational to learning to read. This pre-school to Year 1 program develops skills like visual attention, verbal decoding, letter-name association skills, phonemic awareness, sequencing, auditory memory, linguistic processing and more so that they are ready to read and learn at school.

  • 1 Month Mindset Coaching $AUS247

    Teach your children how to master their self talk to persevere longer.

    Children resist learning for two reasons. They either believe it's too hard and they can't do it, or they may believe it's too easy and never learn how to put effort into it.


    They may be learning about the growth mindset at school, but we show you how to use the growth mindset at home, to help them build the skills they need to reach their potential.


    And because we know that the brain is more like a muscle, they'll also learn a bit of neuroscience and how to use their brain!

    3 month Auditory Fitness Builder $857


    Neuroscientists agree! The brain is like a muscle and you can improve memory, attention, processing and sequencing skills at home on the internet. This means better speech, spelling, reading and comprehension in more subjects.

    Using the evidence based Fast ForWord123 program used by speech pathologists and schools worldwide, you can strengthen the neural pathways for language and learning. Growth mindset coaching included for FREE.


    If a commitment to 3 months is too difficult for you at present, please feel free to try the 1 month option below.

    NDIS approved for plan and self managed clients.


    Headphones that cover the ears will be required.

    1 Month Auditory Fitness Builder $317


    This is a short introduction to our 3 month Auditory Fitness Builder program for better speech, spelling, reading and comprehension in more subjects.

    Using the evidence based Fast ForWord123 program used by speech pathologists and schools worldwide, you can strengthen the neural pathways for language and learning. Growth mindset coaching included for FREE.


    Note that results are best measured over 3 months. You can continue a monthly arrangement or take up the other 2 months for just $598. NDIS approved for plan and self managed clients.


    Headphones that cover the ears will be required.

    Times Table Work Out $26.95


    If you can write the answers to all of the times tables correctly in less than 4 minutes, then you don't need this fun way of learning the basic number relationships that underpin decimals, fractions, percentages, algebra and more.


    The times table workout will help to create more positive conversations around maths. Students will gain more confidence from seeing their improvements, enjoy competing against their own time, and learn that perseverance pays off. They will feel more confidence from having acquired this skill.


    Improving learning difficulties from a parents' point of view


    Having a child who struggled at school

    It was difficult to watch my son disengage from learning. The journey had begun so well and preschool had been a delight. But further down the track, there were unfinished tasks, homework and assignments he didn't understand and didn't want to do. Then there were so many misunderstandings, he was excluded socially and of course, he was bullied. Assessments were so expensive and confusing because they differed in outcome, and I can't begin to tell you about the worry and stress of it all keeping me awake at night. We also tried different diets, protocols and therapies to keep him off medication and while somewhat successful in varying degrees, required a great of work which added to the stress of it all.

    Finally ... reading an incredible book

    That was when I was introduced to the idea of neuroplasticity by his music teacher (Tania Rose - Artscope Music) and later read the book The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr Norman Doidge. I began to understand how we can drive the growth of neural pathways in our brain to make more connections to learn and remember more. I read about incredible people who had used this principle to transform their lives beyond their diagnosis. In particular, I learned about auditory processing disorder and a program that helped children improve their cognitive and language skills.

    Tasting success

    That program was called Fast ForWord and after three months, his tendency to say things like "hiddo potamus" (hippopotamus) and "torte nilli" (tortellini) just disappeared. I was amazed, and as it turned out 2 years later, worked for LearnFast, the Australian distributor of Fast ForWord to support other parents who had invested in it. I loved seeing so many students improve, many enjoying reading for the first time. I became so interested in learning more about neuroplasticity from the credentials of Fast ForWord and the research coming from neuroscience that was proving how much we can change our brains. And to help my students persevere, I started researching and developing successful coaching techniques when I learned about Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset.

    A dream is born

    Realising that there was a need for this in my area of Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly, I began my own business in July 2018 as Learning Well Macarthur, and have recently rebranded as Brain Wise Learning to market to the wider areas of Sydney. I receive a lot of support from my son, who is now 18 and venturing into the business world himself and from my husband, friends and family.


    The mission of Brain Wise Learning is to increase awareness about auditory processing, bring hope to struggling learners and their parents, challenge outdated thinking on how well the brain can learn and develop a growth mindset in anyone who wants to enjoy learning all over again to live a more satisfying, fulfilled life.


    I feel privileged to bring a mother's perspective, with all her frustration, worry and hope from everything I've learned in nearly two decades, into something that you may just find very helpful.








    Our brains contain around 90 billion cells called neurons . These are basically our thinking cells but because they connect to the rest of our body through the central nervous system, they also help us to move. With every thought and feeling we have, or with every action we take, those neurons connect to each other to form a network that helps us think, feel and move more efficiently. Like a dancer who practices over many years to become very graceful and fluid in their movement. It is the thought, the feeling and/or the action (or practice) that makes these neurons connect in a process known as "neuroplasticity".


    Put simply, neuroplasticity describes how our brain is "wired". Your experiences, your opinions, your feelings, your decisions. It means that everybody's brain is wired differently, according to the intentions they have, how they feel about it and what they put into practice. What is incredibly powerful is the realisation that YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR BRAIN. It takes work, but if you want to change it, YOU CAN. This has had an incredible effect on therapies for brain related injuries and conditions. Watch the videos below if you would like to learn more about the hope this is bringing to so many people.


    With the advent of fMRI technology, it is now possible to measure the growth in neural structure from blood flow in the brain. This means that neuroscience doctors and researchers can now test the efficacy of programs such as the Fast ForWord123 we use in our Auditory Fitness Builder. One study for example, studied 20 dyslexic children taking fMRI images before and after the children completed it, and found measured growth in the areas of the brain related to language and reading.


    Understanding how our brains are wired is life changing, especially in helping children and adults to learn better and give them opportunities beyond their current expectations.


    What we love at Brain Wise Learning is the hope this brings to many people. Being able to rewire a brain to learn better can make the difference between an unhappy child who becomes a disgruntled adult. Or an adult who didn't learn so well as a child and who would like to change that, to give themselves more opportunities than they previously thought possible.



    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

    Courtesy 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.

  • BLOG

    July 31, 2019 · Language,Music and language

    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.



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