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By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2018 Learning LinksThe best way to describe the term ‘hidden curriculum’ is the information in life that everybody automatically knows without ever being explicitly taught. These pieces of information are usually the unwritten rules or customs, the nuances of social communications or the assumptions and expectations within different 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 are Read more

Beth Saggers, Queensland University of TechnologyIn our series, Better Teachers, we’ll explore how to improve teacher education in Australia. We’ll look at what the evidence says on a range of themes including how Read more

Some children have trouble coping with changes in routine.  Children with autism spectrum disorder in particular find changes extremely difficult and you may need special help beyond these tips.If you have a child who seems to have trouble coping with change, try to give your child plenty of preparation time when you know something out of routine is to occur.  For example, “After lunch we Read more

Some days it seems the only predictable thing about it is the unpredictability.  The only consistent attribute - the inconsistency.There is little argument on any level that autism is baffling, even to those who spend their lives around it.  The child who lives with autism may look ‘normal’ but his behaviour can be perplexing and downright difficult.Autism was once thought an Read more

Think of an uncomfortable situation - the weather is cold, you are wearing a scratchy woollen jumper, it is the end of the day, dark and the lights are irritating your eyes. Not only that, you've just picked the kids up and you are now stuck in rush hour heading home.The traffic is at a stand still and the sirens that are whirring past are really getting on your nerves. To top it all off, the Read more

Secret Agent Society Social Skills for children with high functioning ASD (aged 8-12 years) The Secret Agent Society (SAS) Small Group Program is a breakthrough social skills program for 8-to-12-year-old children with social and emotional challenges, including those with high functioning autism.The program runs for either 10 weeks or 19 weeks and consists of Read more

We provide a range of assessment services to determine children’s learning strengths and needs – an important first step in understanding how best to help them. A comprehensive written report will be provided and discussed with you after the assessment, outlining the results and recommendations to help your child.It is best to discuss your concerns with Learning Links to determine the Read more