A Mother’s experience in teaching her child to read with Minecraft

I have known about the power of Minecraft for a while. It has opened up a whole new world for my son, and has been a real boost to his ability to socialise as he has bonded with like minded people over the game. Here a mother shares her experience with teaching her son with Asperger’s to read and write using Minecraft:



Engaged and Inspired

Less than a week after writing about ADHD as an “interest deficit” in the article ADHD: defect or difference? I observed quite a startling contrast in my own son within the space of a few minutes. Continue reading


Embrace your inner ADHD

What do you do when you have a challenging or boring task to do? Do you get distracted? Do you find other things to do? Do you sometimes find that when you are reconciling your finances, you suddenly get the urge to clean the house? When you should be tidying your house do you get distracted by checking your emails? When you have a challenging task to do at work do you find yourself chewing your pen or maybe getting up more often for a coffee, or find yourself sorting your desk? Continue reading


Working Memory

Susan Gathercole in her book ‘Working Memory and Learning: A Practical Guide for Teachers‘ defines working memory as “the ability we have to hold and manipulate information in the mind over short periods of time. It provides a mental workspace or jotting pad that is used to store important information in the course of our everyday lives”. Think of it as RAM inside a computer, compared to the hard disk drive of long term memory. Continue reading