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Emotional Health

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children's Book Author  © 2018 Learning LinksMany parents are no strangers to the dreaded afterschool meltdown.  The temper tantrums, fighting, uncontrollable crying, emotional exhaustion, refusal to follow Read more

by Lorraine Foy, Provisional Psychologist Learning LinksAnxiety and DepressionAnxiety and depression are common concerns in childhood and adolescence.Most children learn to cope with a range of normal fears and worries, such as the dark, loud noises, storms, and monsters. Anxiety becomes a concern when it stops children from participating in Read more

Preparing for Naplan

Emotional Health

 by Andrew FullerLet’s start by letting you know what NAPLAN is not. It is not a measure of how intelligent you are. It is not a measure of what you are capable of. Your results on NAPLAN don't affect if you pass the year or not.We want you to do your best on NAPLAN but we don’t want you to worry about it. Worry never helps you to do your best. If you have Read more

Kenneth Rigby, University of South AustraliaIn Australia approximately one student in five is bullied at school every few weeks or more often. Many of these students suffer serious emotional and psychological harm, such as Read more

 Mark Onslow, University of Sydney. Starting school can be daunting for any child. Often it is the first excursion into the world without parent contact. The teacher is a new person in the child’s life, who, among many other things, is a daytime caregiver.For a child who stutters, the school years can be a wonderfully supportive experience. However, those Read more

Letter of Introduction If your child has learning difficulties, you have an extra task to do before your child starts high school. It is wise to prepare a teacher information sheet about your child and make 10 copies.Personally hand this sheet to each teacher and the year coordinator so they all understand your child’s special needs. A one-page summary is all that is needed and Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager.The transition to high school is a rite of passage in life’s journey. I survived, you survived, other children have survived and so too will your current Year 6 child.In primary school your child is well supported in a friendly environment where they have gradually become familiar with their surroundings, staff and Read more