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By Grace Adams, Speech Pathologist Asking and answering 'Wh-' questions is a key part of language development. Children must be able to understand questions in order to have a conversation and pass on information to others. Starting to ask and answer 'Wh-' questions is a milestone that most children start to reach between the age of 1 and 2 years, and they'll continue to develop their 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 Links It'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? It's important for parents to think about why homework may be a challenge for Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning Links Speech 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 sharing of information there is with 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 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 Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Education Manager It's so important to be prepared for a parent-teacher interview. 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 to truly understand how they're going at school and coping with class work. Here are our suggestions for some key questions Read more

By Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist. Starting school is a big transition not just for children but for the whole family. This article details strategies that can support your family during this transition period. Every child’s strengths and experiences are different, so you may find some strategies more relatable than others. A strengths-based approach would start by Read more