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FOR BUDDING YOUNG LEARNERS (4½ – 14+)

1:1 Tutoring with a Cognitive Twist!

Code Word Brain offers professional 1:1 online reading, spelling, & writing tuition for children aged 4 to 14. For learners who experience difficulty taking in, comprehending &/or retaining even the best teaching instruction, I also offer a clinical-strength, teacher-monitored, online homework program that playfully targets & strengthens the key cognitive skills needed for successful learning (memory, attention, processing, and sequencing).
Whether you’re home or away, this memory & attention booster takes just 30-minutes; once, twice or thrice each day, 3 to 5 times a week.

1:1 Online
Tutoring

Choose Weekly, Fortnightly, or Monthly Lessons (Prepay)
$ 75 (per lesson)
  • 1:1 Online Tutoring - Each lesson runs for 45-mins (on Koala Go). The teacher is a Sounds-Write practitioner. Progress emails keep parents informed.

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Applicable to Weekly Bookings Only (Prepay)
$900
$ 825 (12 online tutoring calls)
  • 12 x 1:1 Online Tutoring - Each lesson runs 45-mins (on Koala Go). The teacher is a Sounds-Write practitioner. Progress emails keep parents informed.
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Cognitive Homework Program

(Prepay Monthly)
$ 285 (per calendar month)
  • Your child's own clinical-strength homework program for fun cognitive & reading skill practice, An exclusive placement test provides a clever snapshot of your child's phonological, decoding, vocabulary & comprehension skills! 

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$ 1284 (10 calls & 3-months of cognitive homework games!)
  • 10 x 1:1 Online Tutoring Calls & 3-months of the cognitive homework games for fun cognitive & reading skill practice. Each lesson runs 45-mins (on Koala Go). The teacher is a Sounds-Write practitioner. Progress emails keep parents informed.
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1:1 Online Tutoring: FAQs

  • Lessons go for 45-minutes (online) and you will be emailed teacher feedback/notes about your child’s learning after each session.
  • All children will require a Wi-Fi connection & a computer, tablet, or laptop.  A headset with a microphone may also be useful.
  • A small whiteboard & marker, OR a One by Wacom is needed to maximise learning time & allow for writing/spelling practice.
  • I request students be seated at a clutter-free table in a quiet room of your home (not a bedroom) & in a chair that supports good posture.

▪ Reading
▪ Writing
▪ Hand-Writing
▪ Spelling
▪ Phonics
▪ Comprehension
▪ Maths (by request)

I use Sounds-Write phonics & decodable readers to help beginning, developing & struggling students learn to read. This method improves spelling, simultaneously. I sometimes tutor other subjects (like maths) as needed — please ask 😊

Sounds-Write (lingustic phonics) is a structured, multi-sensory, code-oriented approach to teaching children to read & spell. 

As opposed to the widely-used traditional approach of visual phonics where children are taught that letters (rather than humans) somehow ‘say’ or ‘make’ sounds, Sounds-Write linguistic phonics makes learning to read (and spell) far more logical. It begins with the sounds of language (which children acquire naturally from birth) and sensibly teaches that letters are used to represent the sounds we speak. Children are instantly empowered as they realise they already possess half the equation when it comes to learning to read (the sounds!).

When reading and spelling are learned in this way, cognitive overload & learning gaps diminish, promoting understanding and confidence!

Code Word Brain is for you if…

  • Your child has trouble concentrating for longer than 10- to 30-minutes at a time & you need something different to typical tutoring.
  • You’re not interested in a band-aid approach or repeating more of the same lessons that didn’t work the first time.
  • You sense the educational system may not be meeting all your child’s needs & it bugs you!
  • You want to help your child with learning independence & autonomy – you want your child to learn ‘how to think’ not ‘what to think’.
  • You wonder if weak cognitive skills like memory, attention, processing & sequencing are holding your child back.
  • You want your child to learn how to overcome obstacles with courage & determination in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
  • You want to help your child move out of survival mode at school into feeling confident & secure.
  • You’d love a flexible, home-based & streamlined approach to learning so family life & your child’s learning time are easier to manage.
  • You want your child to experience the freedom & joy that comes from mastery.
  • You want your child to develop vital language, reading & cognitive skills so they can reach their dreams.
  • Your child knows they need help & they’re ready to start! They are excited & (possibly secretly!) relieved to do tutoring.
  • Both you & your child are excited to use technology to speed up learning and make it more interesting.
  • Both you & your child want a teacher who sees your child as valuable, worthy, & full of potential (& helps them see this for themselves!).

My professional, personalised, brain-based tutoring is for primary school learners and pre-school or kindergarten children, aged 4½+.

However, to fast-track & enhance progress, please also consider the clinical-strength ‘cognitive homework’ if your child falls into any of the following categories:

  • Difficulty holding attention / attention deficit 
  • Finds it hard to focus on one thing
  • Easily distracted
  • Starting school for the first time (School Readiness)
  • Difficulty following multi-step directions
  • Often hears or says words or letter sounds incorrectly
  • Auditory processing delays
  • Forgets information quickly or only remembers in part
  • Reading & Comprehension struggles
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Language & communication difficulties

 

What is Cognitive Homework?

Most parents tell me that their child is extremely bright, but something seems to be holding them back. They’re looking for some way to improve attention & unlock their child’s true learning potential in the classroom. 
Does this sound like you?

Even in a 1-to-1 learning situation, it’s not always possible for a teacher & student to complete something enough times (& well enough) to make it stick. Especially when ’invisible’ cognitive skills, not the lesson or task itself, are the core difficulty.

Improving cognitive skills improves a learner’s overall ability to learn.

Online Tutoring | Code Word Brain

The Fast ForWord online reading intervention is a clinical-strength homework program that intentionally trains the foundational cognitive skills required for reading & all learning.

Most reading & learning programs work around the underlying weaknesses that cause learning difficulty, but Fast ForWord targets learning struggles at the core — starting in the brain! 

Your child will do 10-minute bursts of memory, attention & auditory processing exercises that double as reading or pre-reading games.

Patented technology will adapt to your child’s strengths & weakness for a personally accelerated learning journey which is monitored daily by Code Word Brain’s professional, qualified teacher.

The minimum routine is 30-minutes a day, over 3-days per week but for optimal results the frequency of 5-days is encouraged, & up to 90-minutes per day can be done for those who are keen for even faster progress!

Fast ForWord research shows 96% of parents report their child has improved in reading, focus, understanding, or completing homework, in 3- to 6-weeks.

Fast ForWord Reading Readiness | Age 4½+

Allow 1 to 3+ months to complete this mission

Fast ForWord Foundations I & II | Age 5 – 13+

Allow 1½ to 4+ months each (sequential missions)

Fast ForWord Reading Level 1 - 4 | Age 5 – 13+

Allow 1 to 3+ months for each level needed

Fast ForWord Clear Fluency | Age 4½+

Allow 1 to 3+ months of experience

Why ‘Fast ForWord’ for Cognition?

An Overview For Kids

Learning doesn’t only happen as a product of teaching — learners need time to explore & test their memory. Fast ForWord & Clear Fluency allow kids the time & space to think about problems and answers in a cleverly scaffolded, non-judgmental & playful learning environment… 

An Overview For Parents 

Fast ForWord is made by brain scientists to deliver the personalised repetition & novelty that a learner’s brain needs. It nurtures struggle & scaffolds success for a happy-learner habit that lasts! As Aristotle put it… “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.  

Cognitive Homework: FAQs

All children will require a Wi-Fi connection, & a computer, tablet, or laptop.  A microphone headset that fully covers the ears will also be required.

I request students be seated at a clutter-free desk or table, in a quiet room of your home (not a bedroom), in a chair that supports good posture.

The Fast ForWord Cognitive Homework Program begins on the 1st day of a month. 

You can expect ongoing motivation & support, healthy brain tips, daily ‘cognitive homework; progress emails & colourful weekly progress charts, optional placement test for a snapshot of your child’s phonological, decoding, vocabulary and comprehension skills, completion certificates (if attained) & a program that automatically adapts to your child’s personal level of understanding.

Though every brain is different, a 5 x 30-mins Fast ForWord homework protocol (per week) will generally require a student-commitment of at least 3 to 6 months to build & strengthen neural pathways, create myelin in the brain for faster processing (via ongoing repetition), and consolidate learning  many stay longer to make the most of all learning opportunities and learners who are more than 1.5 years behind in reading may require 10 to 12+ months. Participants have the flexibility to complete 60 to 90 minutes per day (instead of the standard 30-minutes per day) for faster outcomes. 

Not sure how long your child will need? Month-by-month pricing can make it easier for you take one step at a time.

🚀  Did you know struggling readers need 10-times to 30-times more practice than peers to catch up?

This is difficult using only the traditional means of practice, like after-school tutoring.

The special patents, computerisation & digital enhancing of the language and reading activities in Fast ForWord allow learners to exercise the frontal lobes, auditory processing areas and the ‘map’ parts of the brain at the same time…

This means learners can build speedy fibre-tracts that connect one side of the brain to the other… & build processing maps… & build language skills all at once!

Fast ForWord is unique because it strengthens key pathways in the brain that help children (and adults) to:

1: Pay closer attention to teachers & tasks

2: Absorb information faster, and

3: Remember what has been practiced, read, or taught.

Fast ForWord has more than 55 patents in neuroscience and education, and more than 250 research studies verifying its effectiveness.

The Fast ForWord missions seamlessly address reading and language skills such as phonemic awareness, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, sentence/paragraph building (and more) while concurrently developing the cognitive skills essential to all learning… memory, attention, processing, and sequencing. 

Clear Fluency (formerly known as Reading Assistant Plus) is the only online reading software that ‘listens’ to students as they read. It intervenes when they need help, tests reading comprehension and provides non-judgmental feedback after each recording. The practice of oral reading is essential for overall reading development. That’s why Clear Fluency is the perfect partner for Fast ForWord. For learners still working towards basic word reading skills, Clear Fluency can be used as a powerful listening comprehension tool — a learner’s grasp of listening comprehension is an indication of how well a child will understand text once other early reading skills like phonological awareness & decoding have been mastered. Clear Fluency is suitable for beginning through to advanced readers & highly beneficial for English Language Learners. A microphone-headset is required.

At Code Word Brain, I specialise in using brain plasticity protocols for daily gains in language, reading, and cognitive skills.

While you’re never too old to learn, the brain develops more rapidly during childhood which makes it the ideal time to harness brain plasticity (also called neuroplasticity). 

Regardless of an individual’s learning diagnosis or symptoms, research shows that when learners gain access to brain plasticity interventions sooner rather than later, learning consolidation is helped. The more specific the practice, the better the results.

Frequency, repetition, novelty and intensity are integral parts of a brain plasticity protocol.

For superior results, I help fast-track learning with the powerful, neuroscientific hub, mySciLEARN. This delivers personalised, easy-to-follow, game like, ‘language & reading’ practice in quick 30-minute bursts via the intelligent, web-based interventions, Fast ForWord & Clear Fluency

Children receive more repetition & corrective feedback than a teacher could deliver in the same amount of time!

The minimum protocol required to uphold the principles of positive brain plasticity (the ability of the brain to rewire and improve) is 3-days of Fast ForWord per week @ 30 minutes per day. Five days per week is encouraged for optimal results & learning can be further accelerated with multiple sessions per day (up to 60 – 90 minutes a day in total). When Clear Fluency is chosen as a secondary mission to Fast ForWord, it requires no minimum protocol, but 20- to 30-mins/day over 1- to 5-days/week is recommended.

I offer flexible protocol options to ensure each individual learner has access to the frequency, repetition & intensity of learning needed to strengthen & increase neuronal connections in the brain so that associated learning becomes easier & faster.

🚀  More than 30 years of research shows that weak auditory processing is at the core of most reading struggles.

The ability to read starts with how the brain perceives and processes sound. 

Often the auditory neurons in the brains of struggling readers are not firing fast enough to allow the child to hear the first part of a sound &/or process the rapidly changing acoustic features of speech. 

The symptoms of Auditory processing disorder (APD) include difficulty following directions, inattentiveness, and learning or reading difficulties. Children with APD can have mild or severe weaknesses in one, some or all of the areas below:

👉 Auditory discrimination: The ability to notice, compare and distinguish between distinct and separate sounds. The words sixty and sixteen may sound alike, for instance.

👉 Auditory figure-ground discrimination: The ability to pick out necessary and relevant sounds from extraneous background noises. Are you able to hear the person chatting next to you among a noisy group or if the kettle is boiling?

👉 Auditory memory: The ability to recall what you’ve heard, either immediately or when you need it later.

👉 Auditory sequencing: The ability to understand and recall the order of sounds and words. A child might say or write, “hostipal” instead of “hospital”, or hear the number 356 but write 365.

In Fast ForWord Foundations I & II, speech sounds, words & sentences are initially digitally & acoustically enhanced to stretch and emphasise the rapidly changing phonetic elements of natural speech. This allows children extra time to discriminate between the paired sounds, syllables & words being presented which often sound very much alike (i.e. knee vs me / line vs lime). As sound representations are retrained in the brain, auditory processing skills begin to improve & the game sounds become less & less enhanced until, finally, they’re practiced at normal speed.

The quality of support a developing reader receives is vital & that’s why Fast ForWord is only part of the comprehensive reading & language therapy I offer your child at Code Word Brain.

During online tutoring time/s, 1:1 Sounds-Write tuition is included as an option for all students, as is reading-breath coaching & sitting posture.

The cognitive homework program is teacher-monitored and can be done on its own (without tutoring). However, for a more comprehensive tutoring experience, you may wish to consider both 1:1 tutoring & cognitive homework – this would allow your child to continue practicing specialised phonics, reading, grammar, spelling, memory, attention, fluency, speed, & accuracy in between each of our scheduled 1:1 teacher calls.

Cognitive Homework is great for primary school learners and pre-school or kindergarten kids (aged 4½+) who require home-based interventions or support for:
  • School Readiness
  • Accelerated Learning
  • English Extension
  • Home-Schooling
  • Home-Based Language Therapy
  • Reading Difficulties
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • ADD / ADHD
  • TBI / Concussion
  • A specific learning disability
  • English Language Learners
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