Having a child who struggled at school to a business owner, helping others ...
Having a son who struggled at school came with a lot of worry, stress and extra work, until I read a book called The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr Norman Doidge. It talked about how much our brains can change. I learned how people who were told they would never be able to walk, talk or learn had rewired their brains and were living a much fuller life than they were expecting. I also learned about Auditory Processing Disorder and how it lies behind many learning difficulties, including my son's. I also found a program for him called Fast ForWord, that improved his ability to learn by strengthening his memory, attention and language processing skills.
After that I worked with LearnFast supporting many parents who had also bought Fast ForWord for their children. And after seeing improvements both individually and in schools, I decided to become a Provider to help more children and adults in greater western Sydney.
Eight years since first learning about the hope that neuroscience brings to struggling learners, I am now dedicated to increasing awareness of the role of auditory processing in learning. I'm also passionate about improving learning and life outcomes in both children and adults. so they can learn, grow and thrive just like everyone else.
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.
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.
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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
GROWTH MINDSET COACHING
AUDITORY FITNESS BUILDER (FAST FORWORD INCL. GROWTH MNDSET COACHING) AND READY TO READ
TIMES TABLE WORKOUT
PLEASE NOTE THESE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS TO RUN FAST FORWORD123 SOFTWARE