Learning Links was established in 1972 by parents concerned about the lack of appropriate education and support services to meet their children’s needs.
Today, our focus is on preventing learning difficulties from causing disadvantage.
What we do
Learning Links works in collaboration with schools, early childhood settings and parents to help children with learning disabilities and difficulties.
These include conditions such as ADHD, high functioning Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, fine and gross motor delays and speech and language delays. The children are often anxious, have trouble communicating and interacting with others, and many have behavioural issues. In the later years they are often challenged in literacy, numeracy and impacting on their ability to complete education and participate in the community.
Early intervention for young children who experience developmental delays is critical to mitigate the risk of poor educational outcomes later in life. Learning Links is recognised as a pioneer in the area of inclusive early childhood education. At our inclusive preschool, children of all abilities learn side by side, maximising their learning abilities and wellbeing as they progress to primary school.
How we support children with learning difficulties and disabilities
Today in Australia, a diagnosis of a learning disability and difficulty does not entitle a child or family to financial assistance. This means that they rely solely on their family’s ability to pay for critical assessments, therapies, educational supports and targeted behavioural interventions. Learning Links raises awareness of these issues and the need to provide better access to supports.
For the many children in our community who come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, access to interventions can be particularly challenging. These children are part of families who not only lack the financial means to pay for interventions, but who may also lack the ability to provide the practical support their children need due to the hereditary nature of their learning disabilities and difficulties.
Learning Links raises funds through donations, partnerships and grants to offer its services at subsidised rates to children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We also deliver a wide range of free programs and services focussed on improving children’s literacy, numeracy and emotional well-being in schools across Sydney and in other parts of NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.
How to gently prepare your child for prep
Written by Rebecca English, Lecturer in Education, Queensland University of Technology There are so many ways to raise your children, and it seems more and more parents are trying to be gentle in their approaches. But this can be tricky once they hit school age. From about age five, children spend a significant amount of […]
Monday, 29th January 2018
How facing challenging situations can prepare your child for school
Written by Jennie Hudson Professor in Psychology, Macquarie University Children are going back to school soon and, for many, it may be a time of change. Maybe it is your child’s first year of school, their first year of high school, or maybe they’re switching schools. Whatever the change, it will bring many new opportunities for […]
Tuesday, 16th January 2018
Clubs unite in support of children with learning difficulties
Local clubs have united to address literacy and numeracy levels across schools in Canterbury. Working closely with Learning Links, the partnership has seen the delivery of specialist intervention programs in schools, with a focus on supporting children with learning difficulties and disabilities. The joint club initiative by Canterbury League Club, Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, Lantern […]
Monday, 18th December 2017
Learning Links announced as FICAP Charity Partner
The Financial Industry Community Aid Program (FICAP) has announced Learning Links as their newest charity partner. A wonderful win for Learning Links that will greatly support the educational needs of children and families with learning difficulties and disabilities. We are thrilled to be selected as one of the FICAP charities said Learning Links CEO, Birgitte […]
Monday, 20th November 2017
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