preschool

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

By Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist Supporting children on the autism spectrum in early childhood can empower them to build vital skills that last a lifetime. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  is a developmental disorder impacting social skills, language and communication, sensory sensitivities and rigid or repetitive behaviours. Autism is a spectrum Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children's Book Author  © Learning Links   Many parents are no strangers to the dreaded after school meltdown.  The temper tantrums, fighting, uncontrollable crying, emotional exhaustion, refusal to follow directions, and physical outbursts that follow a hectic school day can be exhausting for everyone involved.  This Read more

Stuttering Information

Speech & Language

Stuttering usually starts when children are two or three years old and almost always before five. It may start suddenly or develop gradually over days or weeks. Occasionally, children's stuttering seems to begin overnight. It is common for stuttering to fluctuate from day-to-day or from one conversation to the next for no obvious reason. Parents often report that their children stutter more Read more

As a general rule always plan for your child to succeed by giving an example, limit choices and build slowly, praise effort and success. 1. Start with your child’s favourite colour or the colour of something significant in your child’s life, e.g. your car. Talk about the colour of the object, e.g. “We are going in Mummy’s red car. Daddy’s car is not red”. All other colours are Read more

It is increasingly important to understand the importance of supporting bilingual children in early childhood. Australia is a country increasingly made up of people speaking different languages so it is vital that we understand how we can support English as a second language in children. Types of bilingualism There are many definitions of bilingualism; however, most Read more

Routines and transition times are an important part of life, especially in child care settings and schools. Children learn skills such as self help skills, independence, sequencing and how to act appropriately in a group by taking part in routines. Children who are experiencing difficulties should be helped to follow through completely with all routines as it is an invaluable learning Read more

Sequencing

Learning

Learning to do things in order Learning how to do things in order helps with lots of things we do in life. When faced with a task we often break it into smaller tasks to make the job easier. You can help your child develop sequencing skills by talking through tasks or steps in activities as we do them. For example, if we are pasting a picture into a book, here are tasks Read more