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To help improve your child’s muscle control, it is important to follow your child’s interests and make activities relaxing and fun. Praise your child for trying activities and don’t worry if they can’t complete them. Try to encourage your child to watch your face and remember that they often enjoy watching themselves or others make lip and tongue movements in a mirror. Here are some Read more

All children are born with potential but what is that potential? When a child is developing differently to other children, this potential is harder to judge. No-one can or does know exactly what that potential is; it has to unfold with time. Parents of children with additional needs often say, “it’s not knowing that’s the hardest” and many want to know what they can do to help their Read more

Apple’s iPad is one of the growing number of touch screen based electronic devices hitting our stores. With an appearance like laptop computers without a keyboard, the devices offer wonderful opportunities for entertainment and learning and have captured the imaginations of children and adults worldwide. The iPad can certainly entertain; you can watch movies, read books and magazines, share Read more

Parents often ask what they can do to enhance their school age child’s language. Here are a few ideas if your child needs help in this area. Descriptive language Difficulties with descriptions can limit your child’s language to labelling and commenting.  Descriptions provide additional information and allow your child to express him or herself using more complex Read more

Once upon a time I wrote an article about Smarties that rose from a four-year-old’s birthday party. His mother had made him a birthday cake and decorated it with Smarties. From this, young Nigel and I engaged in a vigorous mathematical conversation. He was a lively young fellow and remembers that he had four candles on his birthday cake and that it was cut into eight pieces – one for each Read more

You decide to give your child’s ‘therapy’ a miss today and take your family to the beach instead. You feel a little guilty but you also feel you and your family need a break. Everyone is tired of working on all those goals – to increase movement skills, refine hand skills, improve muscle strength and endurance, increase tactile awareness, learn concepts such as big/little, full/empty Read more

A great many children who are referred to Learning Links are experiencing difficulties in the area of reading. Some students experience problems in the mechanics of reading, for example phonological awareness, some experience problems comprehending what they read, whilst others experience problems in both of these areas. Many students do not see themselves as readers, even though they have Read more

The NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy & Numeracy) is held each year during May for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Students take part in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation) and Numeracy tests over the course of three days. NAPLAN can be a useful tool in determining whether your child may need help in aspects of their schooling. It Read more