Autism and Language Learning: Challenges and Considerations

Difficulties with learning language are typical symptoms of autism disorders. Children with autism experience problems due to complications with their memory and will normally learn to speak much later than…

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How Language is Processed in the Brain

Language has existed for about two million years, but it is only in the last 150 that we have begun to understand what happens when we listen and speak. Language…

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What’s in a Name? Common Family Names: Their History and Meaning

There are over six million surnames in America, lending credence to the oft-recited “cultural melting pot” cliché. Surprisingly however, one in every 25 Americans is called Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown,…

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Special Needs and Language Learning: Advice for Parents

The benefits of learning a second language as a child are widely acknowledged . Becoming bilingual has been proven to increase both literacy skills and confidence in children and extend…

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Alternative Communication When Speaking Isn’t an Option

When Speaking Isn’t an Option The alternatives to vocal communication Everyone has the right to have his or her voice heard. But for some, it is not as simple as…

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Theories of Multiple Intelligences – Which Kind of Clever Are You?

An exploration into the theory of multiple intelligences Some of us are exceptional at math but wouldn’t even know where to look for a semibreve. Some of us can play…

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Ways to Maintain or Increase Brain Function

It was originally thought that once cognitive decline started it was irreversible but recent studies have shown that brain function can be maintained and even increased. This is good news…

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Language and the Brain

The way the brain processes and is affected by language has been a subject of study for decades. Language is considered to be one of the key traits that sets…

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How Different Reasoning Skill Strengths Affect Your Life

When 17th century French philosopher René Descartes coined the phrase ‘I think therefore I am’, he managed to neatly sum up the fact that the ability to reason has always…

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy How to change the world even after you’re gone

“You Can’t Take It With You,” is a phrase we often hear that reminds us that what we have now isn’t going to last forever. It may be true that…

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