Learning

Judith Locke, Queensland University of Technology Parents are often guilty of helping their child a bit too much with their homework. Sometimes the homework battle can be made that little bit easier if you just tell your Read more

There are a variety of things that may indicate that your child might be struggling at school.  Behavioural problems, inability to follow instructions or avoiding taking part in activities are just some of the clues that might point to a learning difficulty. A child with a learning difficulty typically has an average to above average IQ but is reading at least 18 months below their Read more

Being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically Asperger's Syndrome, in August 1994, I would suggest that I experience the same kinds of difficulties as others diagnosed with an ASD. For instance, we dislike change (we prefer routine), we tend to be obsessive and we become anxious very easily. We also take what is said to us literally. For example, the teacher says Read more

Learning to read is a complex task, and takes lots of time and practice. Here are some ideas for reading at home with your child to make it a productive and rewarding activity. Make reading sessions short It's ideal to give undivided attention when reading at home with your child. Short, regular sessions of about 10-20 minutes are better than having a long session once Read more

By Dr Samantha Hornery, Education Manager During the year your child has learnt many important skills. School holidays are a great time to relax and have fun, but it can also be enough time for this important learning to be forgotten. To avoid this we have compiled a list of suggested activities, games and excursions to keep your child thinking during the holidays. You can use these ideas Read more

As a general rule always plan for your child to succeed by giving an example, limit choices and build slowly, praise effort and success. 1. Start with your child’s favourite colour or the colour of something significant in your child’s life, e.g. your car. Talk about the colour of the object, e.g. “We are going in Mummy’s red car. Daddy’s car is not red”. All other colours are Read more

This article by Rick Lavoie was written with the American school system in mind. Despite the cultural differences, he makes some interesting observations about relationships between parents and teachers. Rick talks about the years he has spent working with parents and drawing on this experience, the article does highlight areas where teachers in his view could improve. Learning Links employs many Read more

Using these strategies can help your child develop their language skills. FACE your child and get down to their level, e.g. on the floor or at the table. OBSERVE and follow their interests. Join in with what they’re doing or talking about. WAIT for your child to do or say something first (a sound, word or action). Then respond to Read more