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By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning Links As children progress through primary school, the importance of peer friendships becomes more significant and feeling included in playground activities becomes a vital factor in the healthy development of their social and emotional wellbeing.When children feel invited, accepted, appreciated, and included they are Read more

 Mark Onslow, University of Sydney. Starting school can be daunting for any child. Often it is the first excursion into the world without parent contact. The teacher is a new person in the child’s life, who, among many other things, is a daytime caregiver.For a child who stutters, the school years can be a wonderfully supportive experience. However, those Read more

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

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

Helping children build inner strength to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of growing up is one of the best things parents can do.In a time when we are faced with increasing uncertainty about the future, parents feel a greater sense of responsibility to protect their children from harm and provide extra support.Many things are beyond our control, but parents have the opportunity to Read more

Adequate social language skills are essential for academic, social and vocational success.Since the 1980’s, parents and professionals alike have become increasingly aware that effective non-verbal and verbal skills such as starting, maintaining and ending a conversation, expressing emotions, dealing with conflict or understanding humour are not always easy tasks for children with pragmatic Read more

We provide a range of education and support programs to parents and carers in situations that test the strength of relationships and endurance of primary care givers. Our Psychologists are accredited to teach specific parenting courses including: 123 Magic Parenting skills for parents of children 2-12 yearsThis 3 session parent group provides Read more