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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

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 Read more

A relationship based parenting program for parents with a child aged 0-8 years This parenting group will help you to: • Support you and your child’s relationship • Manage your own stress as a parent • Understand your child’s behaviour • Help your child manage their emotions • Support your child to feel secureThursdays (8 weeks),13, 20 Oct, 3, 10, Read more

Families have changed a great deal in recent years and there are now many different forms of family, as well as different styles of parenting. One thing is certain – whatever ‘family’ means to you it is the most important part of children’s lives.The family in which your child grows up will have a big influence on how well your child will cope with situations, relationships and Read more

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There are lots of different kinds of dads. Whether you are in a two-parent nuclear family, in a stepfamily, have the fulltime care as a single parent, or have your children with you for some of the time, being a dad is your most important job.In the past, fathers were often the ones who were responsible for discipline and setting rules and mothers did most of the caring, but more recently Read more

How to teach your child to buckle up and enjoy the thrill of life’s rollercoaster ride!The greatest challenge for parents in our world today is to raise children who are ‘non-stick’ or as Andrew Fuller describes in his bookFrom Surviving to Thriving, ‘teflon coated’.Non-stick children are those who can cope with the ‘rough and tumble’ of home, school and Read more

Early childhood experiences and family input are important in building emotional resilience in children. As children become older, their need for consistency and continuing family attachment continues to be critical for their emotional development and behaviour.It is widely accepted that childhood and early adolescent experiences play a vital role in later adult behaviour including how we Read more

Learning to read is a complex task, and takes lots of time and practice. Here are some ideas to make reading with your child at home fun and rewarding.Giving your child undivided attention to hear him read is ideal. Short, regular sessions of about 10-15 minutes are better than having a long session once a week.There are different types of books. Some are fiction, or made up stories, such Read more