Blogs: Learning to Learn

Preparing your child for school


Once your child reaches school age there’s a few things they can be doing for themselves. Preparing your child for school early on will help the transition from home or preschool. The more they’re prepared for school, the easier the transition will be, and the less stress and anxiety your child will experience. Continue reading »

Children learning to live bravely


Children with learning differences are some of the bravest children I know. They show grit, resilience and a level of persistence that some of us would only dream of. Overlapping the category of children with learning differences are children with high sensitivities and high anxiety. They too blow me away with their inner strength and courage.  Continue reading »

Making a creative life for your kids

Creative children

In a time where the school curriculum seems to become narrower and narrower, outlets for expressing creativity are becoming more and more vital in the lives of our children.  Schools are time-pressured to deliver lessons around literacy and numeracy and as such, subjects such as art, music, drama and dance tend to suffer the most.  Unfortunately, many of our children who find literacy and numeracy difficult, have talents in the arts areas that, without stimulation, will go unnoticed.  Many of our challenging boys, for example, often have shown incredible artistic, musical or dancing ability – and seem to take on a whole new persona when in the midst of creating their own unique piece. Continue reading »

Back to school blues for children with learning difficulties


It’s that time again when parents are reminded by relentless advertising on TV that its is time to get their children ready to return to school. I meet many parents during the course of the year and I have noticed that most of them groan when you ask if they are looking forward to the beginning of the school term, but for very different reasons. Continue reading »

Learning to move, moving to learn


One of the most important factors in preventing learning difficulties from developing in children is to ensure that from the moment of birth each child is free when awake to engage their natural-born instinct to move.

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ADHD and Krill oil


Parent often ask me what they can do at home to help their children with learning difficulties. Because we are engaged in a process of remediating the underlying causes of these difficulties, many of these children are enrolled in our Extra Lesson neuro developmental movement therapy programme . This programme removes immaturities and “roadblocks” on the neurological pathways children need for learning. The first thing they can do then is to commit to doing the home exercise programme every day. Continue reading »

Alphabet kids


In a recent workshop for RTLBs I discussed all of the different diagnosis which are given to children today with learning or behaviours difficulties. We now have ADHD, ADD, GDD, PDD, ODD and PDAD together with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and Aspergers. The list seems to be endless and no doubt there will be more added as time goes by. However it has been my experience that these are just descriptions of symptoms. It is only in recent years that any real understanding of underlying causes has emerged.

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Balance and learning


BALANCE is a Key to Successful Learning

Vision and hearing, good fuel and hydration are obvious to most of us. However, many parents and teachers do not realise the importance of good balance to the process of thinking.

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Barriers to learning


Getting ready to go back to school holds excitement and anticipation for some students and pure dread for others. Those children who have all of their “learning equipment” up and running are rested and rearing to go. But for many others, the 10 – 20 % of children with learning difficulties, the thought of school brings anxiety and stress.

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Child WOF – helping your children learn


As a parent your first steps are to ensure that your child’s most obvious learning equipment is in good order and functioning well. Parents should submit their children to what is effectively a learning “warrant of fitness” list before starting or entering school. Initially this should cover the following criteria:

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