Make Your Child Brilliant

Bernadette Tynan has spent nearly 20 years researching the secrets of the brain. She combs the United Kingdom to spot children who are slipping through the net of the educational system and unlock their hidden gifts - using brain-training techniques any parent can try at home.

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  • Manchester 6 of 6
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    September 20, 2008

    Educational researcher Bernadette Tynan uses "brain-training" to reveal and develop children's talents. One child discovers how learning different languages gives a fresh insight into how the brain actually works; how the way how you stand can affect how you feel; and how having a passion and gift in an area that doesn't rest in the core areas of the curriculum doesn't mean you should give it up.

  • Leeds 5 of 6
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    September 19, 2008

    Educational researcher Bernadette Tynan uses "brain-training" to reveal and develop children's talents. Ten-year-old Nicholas struggles with literacy, and his approach to learning has left him at the bottom of the class. Tynan sees that he is a hands-on learner and devises a program and challenge for him that build on his talents for learning by doing.

  • Liverpool 4 of 6
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    September 18, 2008

    Educational researcher Bernadette Tynan uses "brain-training" to reveal and develop children's talents. She works with Sophie, a girl with strong leadership skills who sometimes lacks confidence. Sophie discovers that trampolining tones the brain as well as the body and that a game of football between school and homework can help her get into the right relaxed yet alert brain state for learning.

  • Nottingham 3 of 6
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    September 17, 2008

    Educational researcher Bernadette Tynan uses "brain-training" to reveal and develop children's talents. Molly, 11, has a really curious mind but hasn't figured out how to organize and remember the information she is constantly gathering. Bernadette sets Molly the challenge of delivering a scientific demonstration about marine evolution to an audience at the aquarium.

  • London 2 of 6
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    September 16, 2008

    Educational researcher Bernadette Tynan uses "brain-training" to reveal and develop children's talents. Aaliyah has an aptitude for drawing but she has difficulty communicating her ideas. Bernadette sets her a special challenge that will harness her artistic ability and tackle her reticence - in just two months, she will present her own version of a famous painting to an audience at the National Gallery.

  • Brighton 1 of 6
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    September 15, 2008

    Educational researcher Bernadette Tynan uses "brain-training" to reveal and develop children's talents. From a shortlist of five talented kids, she chooses to work with Connor, a creative boy with a short attention span. She sets him the ambitious task of designing and staging a fashion show with his fellow pupils as models.