Issue: 1Oct 2012 
Breakthroughs Newsletter 
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     Wow, Christmas is fast approaching! We've selected our 10 favourite educational games for gift ideas this year. They are a great way to share and enjoy time together with friends and family during the holidays and all year long.   

     As a child I always looked forward to family night which usually included lots of laughs, games and of course popcorn! Most of these games can be fun for children as well as adults. We've listed the brain skills each game develops so you can tailor the fun to your child's needs. I had no idea as a child that when I was playing Crocono, I was actually developing eye hand co-ordination, and when we played Rook I was exercising the area of my brain that helps me to organize my thoughts.  

     Some of the activities only take 5 minutes, so you can play them together even on a school night! Carefully chosen games, played at a level where everyone is enjoying themselves, can provide a great family bonding experience, as well as be a self-confidence builder. You can choose Game Guide Cover to develop listening comprehension, short term memory, organizational skills and more!

      We hope you enjoy our free Top 10 Educational Games Guide, you can download it here. Please send it on to others in your life because we can all use a little more fun in our lives!


Making a Difference Together,


Pauline Turton

Founder and Director
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I sent my daughters off to their first day of school this week, what a wide array of emotions I experienced! I was excited, nervous, proud, unsure, confident and nostalgic too. Here are some great tips to make the most of your back to school season.   more...
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I hear "My child just isn't interested in reading" all too often. I guarantee you can find something they're interested in reading. I've seen children whose parents can't get them to read a thing, yet they pour over a new video game manual cover to cover! more... 
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My favourite part of back to school is the new books and pencils! I love the newly sharpened pencils ready to draw pictures and write stories and the blank unopened books and workbooks that get me excited to start formal learning again.

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Information night is an great opportunity to find out how Breakthroughs in Learning can help you move forward. Matthew Turton will talk about some of the assessment tools used at Breakthroughs, different types of learning challenges and more.


For instance:

      • Show before and after results of real clients
      • Question and answer period to ask specific questions

The brain is like a muscle. If you exercise it, it will grow!


Study Tip 
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KWL Learning Strategy
    • A great way to help improve reading comprehension is the KWL method. Before learning about a new topic divide a page into three sections labeled K-W-L. In the K section write what you already Know about the topic. In the W section write what you WANT to learn about the subject. Afterwards record in the L section what you LEARNED. 
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Are you a parent of a child with ADHD? Check out the ADHD Parent Support Group of Kitchener-Waterloo. To see upcoming topics and special events click here.  

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We are excited to bring you these great resources and information. Please feel free to share these articles on Facebook or other social media. You never know who may need the information.

We hope you're enjoying your fall season. If you are not familiar with who we are and how we help people move forward, or perhaps know a friend that could use our service, check out our website:

Our next Information Night, Monday November 26th, would also be a great opportunity to find out about how we help students and adults develop their brains! 

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In This Issue
Product of the Month
Study Tip
Quick Links
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Click to download a free page from our Brain Booster workbook series. Specifically designed to work on the skills that form the foundation of learning! A new page every month!
Brain Food!
Fall is here,
time for soup!

Click here for a  great kid friendly soup full of wonderful things for your brain!   
Did You Know?

14% of all individuals have a learning disability.  (source

It is estimated that in the US more than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems. 



Cognitive Comedy
Q: Why was 6 afraid of  7? 

A: Because 7 ate 9!

Submitted by client
MacKayla C. age 9