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What makes a confident reader?

Have you ever seen a child who is able to read a passage of text aloud only to be stumped when it comes to explaining what they have just read? A child’s reading development is a

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Spatial Thinking – trainable skills?

Do all children think spatially and why do some children appear to have more developed skills in this area than others? “Spatial thinking concerns the locations of objects, their

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Heads, shoulders, knees and toes - our top tips

How children's physical needs can impact their learning and behaviour Our hot tips Amanda Smith - Unlocking Learning   Amanda's top 3 take home tips are: Language is the

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Vitamins – how they can help AD(H)D

Dopamine in AD(H)D Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is involved in regulating motor activity, attention, inhibition, behaviour, cognition, and reward mechanisms. People with

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Unlock your teen's potential - our top tips!

Here are our top tips! Sue Blair - Personality Dynamics Here are Sue's top tips! It is important to understand the different personalities in your home. A preference for

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Dys and That - our top tips!

Dys and That Praise for our Dys and That event "Thursday night was very interesting for us as teachers. We had a insight into services offered in our local area and came away

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Anxiety and Change - our hot tips!

It is often said that the only constant in life is change! And sometimes with change comes anxiety. We asked 3 of our KidsLink experts to provide their hot tips for helping

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Overcoming Maths Anxiety

It can cripple a child’s capacity to do maths and cause a lifelong fear of numbers. Maths anxiety is a well-known psychological condition, especially common among those with

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The happy family dynamic

The Happy Family Dynamic - remembering to support each member of the family When we are caring for a child with challenging behavioural issues the whole family unit is impacted.

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The Lumps and Bumps of Family Blending

A quick google search shows that the likelihood of living in a blended family is increasing. In fact according to a 60 minutes documentary, a third of all children in New Zealand

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Working with our stress and anger as parents

When faced with the stresses of family life we can sometimes feel overwhelmed and alone. It can feel like we really have not had sufficient training or preparation for being a

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You’re not the boss of me! Children who want to be in charge

“You’re not the boss of me!” Is this a phrase that sounds familiar to you? It is often hurled at a parent, by a miniature rebel, with little fists on hips, body leaning forward,

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Osteopathy - An Overview

The body is a complex network of communicating cells driven by an even more complex mechanism of communicating pathways with the PHYSICAL “orchestrator” being “the brain”. The

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Help!! My child isn’t learning

More time spent in the car, less walking around, and infant props such as exersaucers and jolly jumpers all mean less floor time and less movement. Physical awareness and body

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How does a learning difference affect behaviour?

The first indications that a child is experiencing problems at school can be misbehaviour. Day dreaming, not following instructions, not completing work, fidgeting and being

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To Medicate or not to Medicate?

To Medicate or not to Medicate? A brief guide to support sound decision making on a complex topic What’s best for this child, in this situation, at this time? This article

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The impact of retained reflexes

Retained reflexes and their impact on learning and school performance by Janet de Witt Ever wondered why he/she cannot sit still? Ever wondered why they swim like an

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The effect of VDU (visual display unit) work on kids vision

Some scary stats... The average child now has access to five computer devices On average, a 3-4 year old will spend 3 hours a day in front of a screen Children aged 5-7

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Som wrods look strang to dyslexic peple. How abowt you?

Dyslexia affects approximately 5 - 10% of the population, and I'm one of them. It takes many forms with a collection of names, such as ADHD, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia

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Art Therapy for children: play with a purpose

While children can often benefit from counselling to deal with life’s challenges, they may find it difficult or scary to properly express their fears, worries and difficulties.

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How handwriting works

Handwriting is important anytime that you are using a pen/pencil to write words or numbers. By Occupational Therapy For Children Writing is a lot more complicated than you

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Handwriting for life

Handwriting is an enduring skill  Our children are growing up in an era where keyboard skills are dominating handwriting skills. It has even been suggested that handwriting skills

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Why are good communication skills important?

Communication is the process by which we share and understand information. This can be achieved verbally, visually, non-verbally, and through writing. Communication is considered

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Going nuts over nuts?

Nuts are a great source of nutrients and a good ‘brain food’, so why do some schools ask parents not to put them in their children’s lunchboxes? Each school has an obligation to

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Strategies to prevent injury in adolescent sport

Participation in sports has many benefits including increased cardiovascular fitness, greater self-esteem, relaxation, improved co-ordination and strength, improved concentration

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The secret to being a joyful parent

Being a parent, or grandparent, can be a lot of fun but it can also involve a great deal of stress especially when our children don’t do what we would like them to do. Recently, I

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What is typical language development?

A common question asked by parents is “What is typical speech and language development?” Plunket, preschools, kindergartens and school teachers can offer parents a rough guideline

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The under 20's new health crisis

Kids of the 2000’s have been exposed to a new health concern… technology and flat desks! All forms of technology - cell phones, ipads, ipods, laptops and the new modern “flat

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Hearing loss in the classroom

Hearing loss in the classroom It is estimated that between 6 – 10 percent of New Zealand school children have some type, and degree, of hearing loss. The rate could be much higher

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