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Dr Danielle Tracey, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Western Sydney UniversityOur children and young people live in a busy, complex and rapidly-changing world. Sadly, it is estimated that up to one in five children experience mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Today in Australia, across preschools, Read more

Being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically Asperger's Syndrome, in August 1994, I would suggest that I experience the same kinds of difficulties as others diagnosed with an ASD.For instance, we dislike change (we prefer routine), we tend to be obsessive and we become anxious very easily.We also take what is said to us literally.For example, the teacher says Read more

This article by Rick Lavoie was written with the American school system in mind. Despite the cultural differences, he makes some interesting observations about relationships between parents and teachers. Rick talks about the years he has spent working with parents and drawing on this experience, the article does highlight areas where teachers in his view could improve. Learning Links employs many Read more

Using these strategies can help your child develop their language skills.FACE your child and get down to their level, e.g. on the floor or at the table.OBSERVE and follow their interests. Join in with what they’re doing or talking about.WAIT for your child to do or say something first (a sound, word or action). Then respond to Read more

Types of bilingualismThere are many definitions of bilingualism; however, most people define it as using two languages on a regular basis.The extent to which a person is bilingual can vary. Some people are equally proficient in two languages across a range of contexts and this is often referred to as ‘balanced bilingualism’. More often, when people are bilingual, one Read more

Stuttering

Speech & Language

Stuttering is a motor speech disorder, characterised by various interruptions to the smooth flow of speech.Stuttering usually starts when children are two or three years old and almost always before five years of age. It may start suddenly or it may develop gradually over days or weeks. Occasionally, parents report that their children’s stuttering began overnight. It is common for Read more

Telling stories is not always easy.To tell a story you need to:tell who the story is about, where and when it happened; put the story in the right order - beginning, middle, end; give details about what happened first, next, at the end; suggest why the events happened; tell how the characters felt and why (more difficult for young children); use Read more

Learning more than one language can be a rewarding experience for children. Being able to communicate means we can relate positively to the people in our lives. Children who use more than one language can understand and relate to a wider range of people in their community and have the ability to express themselves in more than one way.How children learn more than one language at the Read more