Category: Schooling

Homework assistance

I remember attending a conference last year, when another psychologist said, “We are meant to love our children unconditionally, but this is hard to do when you have to battle through homework with them!” As much as this is amusing, unfortunately there is an element of truth to this; it is amazing how many parents I speak to who ask for help to get their kids through their homework in the afternoons with as little hassle and fighting as possible. So, I’ve decided to share with you some pearls of wisdom gathered over the years from various sources, in order to help the homework process become as painless as possible for you and your children.

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Emigrating with children

Unfortunately we are living in a time where many people are leaving their countries to settle in other parts of the world. The thing is, certain events in a person’s life are considered to be stressful and, the more stressed a person is, the more susceptible they are to illnesses, amongst other things. Events that are likely to cause difficulties for people have been ranked and given a stress number according to how much of an impact they will have on your life, with 100 (death of a spouse) being the most stressful. Consider the following, which almost always feature when emigrating:

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Choosing the right school for your child

No one promised us that parenting would be easy, however, as many of us know, parenting is also filled with joy, loving and warm, chocolaty moments. Nevertheless, even as we want to develop independence in our children and nurture them so they are able to make their own decisions, this is not something we do alone. From the age of approximately 5 years old, we start to share our responsibilities with regard to our children’s development with their school, which includes their teachers and peers. So it makes sense that we need to be very careful about how we choose the right school, as this decision will affect who they become. This article is applicable regardless of the age of your child and the level of school you are looking at, from nursery or pre-school, to primary and high school.

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Identifying and assessing the child with barriers to learning

For many years, professionals have debated over an acceptable definition for learning disabilities, one that is narrow enough to be useful but broad enough to cover all the different characteristics of a learning disability. A useful, if broad definition is, an individual of at least average intelligence who appears capable of school success but has unexpected and unexplained difficulties in acquiring academic success. There also tends to be an uneven growth pattern; this refers to uneven development of the different elements of mental ability, therefore while some of the components are maturing in the expected sequence, others are delayed. An individual is not considered to have a learning disability if they have impaired vision, emotional difficulties, hearing loss, impacting environmental factors, a physical disability, low intelligence or brain damage. There are a number of different disorders that affect a child’s ability to acquire, retain, understand, organise and use verbal and non-verbal information, many of which would be classified as a learning disability.

A learning difficulty is caused by an interruption in the learning process that affects the child’s ability to reach their learning potential.

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Developmental charts

This is a basic developmental chart that outlines broad guidelines as to what the average child is achieving at that particular …

Homework assistance

I remember attending a conference last year, when another psychologist said, “We are meant to love our children unconditionally, …

Choosing age-appropriate toys

Children’s needs are relatively simple; they need to be given food, warmth, shelter, stimulation and unconditional love. …