Learning Links was established in 1972 by parents concerned about the lack of appropriate education and support services to meet their children’s needs.
Today, our focus is on preventing learning difficulties from causing disadvantage.
What does Learning Links do?
Learning Links works in collaboration with schools, early childhood settings and parents to help children with learning disabilities and difficulties.
These include conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, fine and gross motor delays and speech and language delays. The children are often anxious, have trouble communicating and interacting with others, and many have behavioural issues. In the later years they are often challenged in literacy, numeracy and impacting on their ability to complete education and participate in the community.
Early intervention for young children who experience developmental delays is critical to mitigate the risk of poor educational outcomes later in life. Learning Links is recognised as a pioneer in the area of inclusive early childhood education. At our inclusive preschool, children of all abilities learn side by side, maximising their learning abilities and wellbeing as they progress to primary school.
How do we support children with learning difficulties and disabilities?
Today in Australia, a diagnosis of a learning disability and difficulty does not entitle a child or family to financial assistance. This means that they rely solely on their family’s ability to pay for critical assessments, therapies, educational supports and targeted behavioural interventions. Learning Links raises awareness of these issues and the need to provide better access to supports.
For the many children in our community who come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, access to interventions can be particularly challenging. These children are part of families who not only lack the financial means to pay for interventions, but who may also lack the ability to provide the practical support their children need due to the hereditary nature of their learning disabilities and difficulties.
Learning Links raises funds through donations, partnerships and grants to offer its services at subsidised rates to children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We also deliver a wide range of free programs and services focussed on improving children’s literacy, numeracy and emotional well-being in schools across Sydney and in other parts of NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.
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