Frequently asked questions

We get asked a lot of questions here.  Here are the ones we get the most.

What is Learnerobics?

Learnerobics is our signature program.  It uses the evidence based, online program Fast ForWord combined with growth mindset coaching to improve resilience and perseverance.

Because we now see the brain as being more like a muscle that can be strengthened through repetition and exercise, our Learnerobics program uses the online, evidence based Fast ForWord program to improve the brain's neural pathways for:

  • attention - to focus and concentrate on the task at hand

  • memory - to retain information and recall it confidently when you need it

  • language - to process and sequence what people say for effective listening, reading, speaking and writing

Fast ForWord is an online, evidence based program based on over 30 years of neuroscience research. It has been trusted by speech pathologists and schools world wide since the 1990s. There is more information about Fast ForWord below.  Being online, it is mostly done at home which can be a lot more convenient than going to an office.  It also helps with attendance, which needs to be at least 30 minutes, 5 days per week.

 

And because most of our students are already resisting learning, during our support calls, we coach you on how to develop a growth mindset for free. This builds the resilience and perseverance needed to undo negative beliefs about their learning ability and develop new skills.

 

If you'd like to find out more about our Learnerobics program, book your free information session here.

How much does it cost?

Prices range between between $160 and $60 per week, depending on how quickly you want results, how much support you need and how long you need, as Fast ForWord adapts to each student and some students will need more time.

To work out exactly what you need, please book your free chat here.

What is Fast ForWord?

Fast ForWord is an evidence based online program that strengthens neural pathways in the brain for learning and reading. It's very different to other reading programs, which focus solely on reading skills. Because Fast ForWord uses 30+ years of neuroscience research, it understands how to connect and strengthen the brain's neural pathways for memory, attention, processing and sequencing. Students therefore work on a deeper level in the brain than any other reading program, improving their all round ability to learn.

 

The game-like exercises build cognitive skills like attention and memory, developing their ability to focus, concentrate and remember information. At the same time, their ability to identify and discriminate between speech sounds, put them in order for the brain to make sense and extract meaning from them will also be given a boost. There are also built in rewards so students can track their own progress.

 

This brain-based approach to learning is adaptive, adjusting to the student with every key stroke. For this reason, students will progress at different levels.

 

The research also shows 1-2 years gain in 40-60 hours of use. And, for your reassurance, more than 300 research studies have been done on Fast ForWord. These studies show the impact on diverse populations and in a variety of settings. Across all the studies, data from more than 100,000 students at 1,000 schools were analysed. If you'd like to see the research, or case studies from Australian schools, just let us know. There are also testimonials from our clients in the following section.

 

So why is Fast ForWord so effective? It gets to work on the auditory processing skills needed for language, a key component for learning in all subjects. Language also forms the foundation for reading, as a brain needs to be able to clearly distinguish the sounds of language before they can match them to the right letters. Fast ForWord also develops sequencing skills, so that the brain is better able to put sounds in the right order and make sense.

 

Fast ForWord is the brain child (pardon the pun) of prized neuroscientists Dr Michael Merzenich, Dr Paula Tallal, Dr Bill Jenkins and Dr Steve Miller.  Michael Merzenich also worked on the team that brought us the cochlear implant and received the 2016 Kavli Prize for his work in neuroscience. The company they formed to deliver Fast ForWord is Scientific Learning which was acquired by US learning giant Carnegie Learning in September 2020.

What is the evidence/research for Fast ForWord?

Fast ForWord is one of the most researched learning programs around today.  Here's some statistics:

  • 30 years of research with 40,000 participants, 700 white papers, 100 scientific articles and 8 independent reviews

  • More than 3 million students have used Fast ForWord, and 250,000 educators have implemented it in more than 15,000 schools

If you would prefer to see the research for yourself, click on this link.

What is the growth mindset?

The growth mindset was first developed by Dr Carol Dweck in her book, Mindset, in 2006. She noticed that some children continued to learn despite their lack of talent and many children who had a talent would give up too easily. The growth mindset is now being taught in an increasing number of schools because it teaches the art of perseverance. There are many parts to understanding a growth mindset, which come down to these basic concepts:

  • understanding how the brain can change

  • the fixed mindset vs growth mindset

  • owning your mistakes and embracing the learning that comes from them

  • expecting that learning a new skill at first may be awkward, ugly, messy and uncomfortable

  • focusing on the effort you make, and not the results you get

  • encouraging growth in others

  • inspired, not threatened by the success of others

The growth mindset is now being taught in an increasing number of schools because it teaches the art of growth, learning and perseverance. It also encourages greater co-operation and cohesion in teams and future workplaces.

Do you need an assessment for this?

No, you do not.  We've had lots of children, teens, adults and seniors doing Learnerobics.  Some have dyslexia, some have autism, some have no diagnosis, but they are falling further behind at school.  Some are catching up after learning at home after COVID and some have had brain injuries.  Others have had a stressful childhood. Learnerobics is designed for students who struggle to learn and read at any age.  

Doing Learnerobics is your decision.

What about NDIS?

Many clients who are self or plan managed, have NDIS funding approved.