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Scientific Parenting for a SMARTER Brain Seminar


8 Critical Brain Skills & Strategies for a Successful Start to Primary One

A new year and a significant milestone ahead!

As a child starts Primary One and begins his possibly 14-16 years (or more!) of formal education, it is a very good time for parents to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying cognitive or brain skills that drive successful learning and determine academic outcomes. We will list 8 essential cognitive or brain skills here which research has shown to strongly influence school performance:

1. Attention & Focus

The ability to concentrate on the task at hand and not be distracted by unimportant or irrelevant information.

2. Working Memory

The ability to not only store information but also manipulate them at the same time, critical especially for successful reading comprehension and the ability to solve multi-step Math problems.

3. Impulse Control

The ability to not “rush in” but instead be able to carefully consider the information presented before giving a response. Students with difficulties in this area may show careless behaviours and untidy work.

4. Processing Speed for incoming information

The ability to rapidly grasp information through both verbal and visual learning channels (eg. understand what the teacher is saying while examining a picture or diagram at the same time).

5. Processing Speed for responses

The ability to rapidly provide an accurate response through speaking or writing.

6. Sequencing

The brain’s ability to learn and maintain the correct order, critical for many academic and non-academic tasks ranging from spelling, reading, solving Math questions to playing sports and learning music.

7. Resilience

The ability to remain optimistic even in the face of set-backs and disappointments; to not give up easily but persevere through hard work and in challenging circumstances.

8. Emotional Intelligence

The ability to be aware of and manage one’s own emotions and also others’ emotions. This is essential for the ability to develop social skills and strong friendships, allowing one to fully thrive in school.

This Parent Seminar is catered especially to parents with children starting Primary One although all parents with children in formal schooling will benefit too. Attend this seminar to learn more about:

1)    These 8 critical cognitive skills essential for school success &

2)    Practical strategies to improve your child’s abilities in each of these 8 cognitive skills



Venue: 193-197 Thomson Road, Goldhill Centre, Singapore 307 633

Phone: 6737 3511

Date: 20th December 2014 Saturday

Time: 1:00pm – 3::00pm (Light refreshments will be served)

Cost: $5 per person

LIMITED SEATS so sign up today! 


Venue: BrainFit Studio, 193-197 Thomson Road, Goldhill Centre, Singapore 307 633

Date: 6th June 2014, Friday

Cost: $10 per person, $15 per couple

SEMINAR PRESENTER: Ms Cheryl Chia, Founder of BrainFit Studio


Ms Cheryl Chia holds a Master Degree in Physiotherapy Studies (Paediatrics) from University of Queensland (“UQ”), Australia.  She was awarded a full scholarship from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (“KK Hospital”) in Singapore to study Physiotherapy at UQ, where she was subsequently conferred membership in the Golden Key National Honour Society in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement and excellence.

Ms Chia has more than 19 years of work experience, with over 4 years of clinical physiotherapy experience in KK Hospital where she held various responsibilities including being the overall co-ordinator for paediatric neurology physiotherapy.  Ms Chia was also a part-time lecturer on Paediatric Physiotherapy at Nanyang Polytechnic and she has also authored a book titled “Fit Brains Learn Better: A Chronicle of 12 years of Brain Fitness Training.”

Ms Chia has a keen interest in cognitive neuroscience (brain research on learning skills) and its applications. As the Founder of BrainFit Studio, Ms Chia is widely recognised by industry peers and has presented in numerous international conferences related to brain fitness and intelligence development. Currently with 14 centres in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Turkey, BrainFit Studio focuses on helping children from birth to 18 years old develop a learning advantage through strengthening of their brain fitness and intelligence.