Friday, September 16, 2011

Does physical fitness lead to mental fitness?

Need another reason to get out there and exercise? A new
study out this month shows that older adults who stay fit, preserve the volume
of their hippocampus which is associated with more accurate and faster spatial
memory and fewer episodes of forgetting. So physical fitness does lead to
mental fitness - especially in the area of memory. Szabo, A., et al. (2011).
"Cardiorespiratory fitness, hippocampal volume, and frequency of forgetting
in older adults." Neuropsychology, Vol 25(5), 545-553

Friday, September 9, 2011

Irlen Syndrome and Dyslexia- take this quick self test

Do you or someone you know have difficulty reading? If you think you or someone you know may have Irlen Syndrome, it may be a good idea to answer the following short questions.
Answer the following questions: YES NO
Do you skip words or lines when reading?
Do you reread lines?
Do you lose your place?
Are you easily distracted when reading?
Do you need to take breaks often?
Do you find it harder to read the longer you read?
Do you get headaches when you read?
Do your eyes get red and watery?
Does reading make you tired?
Do you blink or squint?
Do you prefer to read in dim light?
Do you read close to the page?
Do you use your finger or other markers?
Do you get restless, active, or fidgety when reading?

If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, then you might be experiencing the effects of a perception problem called Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, which can interfere with your reading efficiency. Now, for the first time, there is a simple method Irlen Colored Filters worn as glasses or contact lenses, that can help people overcome this problem quickly and easily.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Learning Difficulties and Dyslexia - New Big Print Books for Young Adults

As part of the partnership between Vision Australia and SPELD Victoria, 13 new titles have been released for their clients who have a print disability. These include the following titles:

  • Bumageddon the Final Pongflict by Andy Griffiths
  • Zombie Bums from Uranus by Andy Griffiths
  • Treasure Fever by Andy Griffiths
  • Pencil of Doom by Andy Griffiths
  • Once by Morris Gleitzman
  • Then by Morris Gleitzman
  • Aristotle's Nostril by Morris Gleitzman
  • Sting by Raymond Huber
  • Lucky Star by Cathy Cassidy
  • Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool by Odo Hirsh
  • Hocus Pocus versus the Stinky Pong by Laura Milligan
  • Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block
  • I was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
Contact Vision Australia  1300 654 656 or SPELD Victoria 9489 4344 if you would like
to loan these items.