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By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2018 Learning LinksIn its simplest terms, learned helplessness can be defined as when a child learns over an extended period of time that they are helpless, powerless and unable. Children develop learned helplessness after Read more

By Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist  Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder impacting social skills, language and communication, sensory sensitivities and rigid or repetitive behaviours. Autism is a spectrum disorder meaning each person with autism may present differently and therefore can require different supports. While the disorder is a lifelong condition, there Read more

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 Jackie FrenchThe ‘magic book’ 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

Frank Niklas, University of Melbourne; Caroline Cohrssen, University of Melbourne, and Collette Tayler, University of Melbourne.The next cohort of five-year-olds are just starting school. While parents will be proud and excited about this important step in their child’s life, some will also have concerns.Will my child be happy at school? Will they make 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

You’ve worked hard all year trying to keep all the balls in the air Your child is exhausted from another year at school The school report comes home and … you feel like you’re having to start again!School reports provide an overall summary of how your child has performed throughout the year and how they compare to their peers. It is important to read the guide from your school to Read more