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By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning Links As children progress through primary school, the importance of peer friendships becomes more significant and feeling included in playground activities becomes a vital factor in the healthy development of their social and emotional wellbeing.When children feel invited, accepted, appreciated, and included they are Read more

Receiving your child's mid-year school report can be quite nerve-wracking if you know they've had some challenges during the first half of the year.Regardless of their results, the important thing with any report or assessment is to:Look for the effort – this is what makes learning and progress possible. Find the strengths in the report, there will be areas working Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning LinksIt's homework time again and there’s nothing but tears, refusal, arguments, tantrums, meltdowns or complete avoidance and procrastination. Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!! Why does homework have to be such an epic battle every night?Sound familiar?Homework can be challenging, difficult and down-right painful in some households, Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning LinksSpeech and language development is a critical step in nurturing the foundation of communication, self-expression and literacy. Children develop speech and language skills at vastly different rates, and sometimes this can leave parents worried about their own child’s development, particularly if they seem to be speaking Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Education Manager.As a parent it is entirely your decision as to how much or little information you divulge to your child’s teacher about the previous assessments and interventions you’ve undertaken with your child. We won’t go into the pros and cons for this at the moment – it takes trust to hand over all of this information and you’ll need Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Education Manager.If your child has additional learning needs you’re probably going to be in regular communication with your child’s teacher. Here are our top tips to get this communication started and keep it going:1. Ask your child’s teacher for their preferred communication method – is it a communication Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager. It's so important to be prepared for parent-teacher interviews. It's usually a short period of time and the meeting can fly by before you’ve had a chance to ask any real questions about your child. Here are our top tips to be prepared for this upcoming chat, with the key questions for your child's Read more

Written by Ameneh Shahaeian, Research Fellow in Developmental and Educational Psychology, Australian Catholic UniversityThere is magic in stories. We all remember hearing them as children, and we loved them. Imaginary Read more