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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 are Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author© 2018 Learning LinksChildren with ADHD can be naturally gifted with a wide range of skills, talents, and abilities. Most literature though, is quick to point out the negative characteristics of ADHD such as inattention, hyperactivity and 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 Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist What is resilience? Resilience is a subject that parents often ask about particularly when their child struggles with school, self-esteem or friendships issues. This article will explore the factors which need to be present to allow resilience to develop and strategies for parents and Read more

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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