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By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2018 Learning LinksIn its simplest terms, learned helplessness can be defined as when a child learns over an extended period of time that they are helpless, powerless and unable. Children develop learned helplessness after Read more

Hua-Chen Wang, Macquarie University.The efficacy of phonics as a method of teaching has been debated for several decades, and has recently come back to the forefront of public debate.This time, the focus is on the phonics check – a screening tool designed to identify early readers who may be in need of intervention, and provide some indication of how successful current phonics 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

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager.The transition to high school is a rite of passage in life’s journey. I survived, you survived, other children have survived and so too will your current Year 6 child.In primary school your child is well supported in a friendly environment where they have gradually become familiar with their surroundings, staff and Read more

NAPLAN results have now been sent home from schools across Australia. There may be celebrations in your home or some cause for concern. There have been reports around dropping and stagnant national standards in literacy and numeracy and no doubt this will continue, but for now your focus is just on the envelope from school your child has brought home … Overall Results – there are Read more

Did you know.... 10 – 16% of all children are affected by learning disabilities and difficulties.17.7 % of all Australian children live in households in poverty.There is a strong correlation between financial disadvantage and learning disabilities/difficulties. Children with learning disabilities and difficulties are in increased risk of Read more

There are a variety of things that may indicate that your child might be struggling at school.  Behavioural problems, inability to follow instructions or avoiding taking part in activities are just some of the clues that might point to a learning difficulty.A child with a learning difficulty typically has an average to above average IQ but is reading at least 18 months below their Read more

Recalling times tables quickly is an essential skill for success in school mathematics. These small “tricks” help reduce the times tables to just 24 to learn by rote and are a feature of the numeracy programs at Learning Links. By Dr Samantha Hornery There are 169 times tables for children to memorise so that Read more