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Learning Difficulty Information Session

As part of National Psychology week 2012 we ran a free information session for local parents on helping children with learning difficulties. You can view a video of the slides with the audio narration by clicking the image below (34 mins): Or click here to download the presentation slides (PDF) And click below to listen to the audio narration (34 …

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Child Learning Difficulties – Important Advice And Tips For Parents

Up to 25% of students have a learning difficulty and, unfortunately, these students are often unable to receive the additional support they need in a normal classroom situation. What are some common causes of learning difficulties? Learning difficulties can be related to: Developmental delay – for example, children who learn to speak at a later age may continue to have …

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What is Phonemic Awareness Training?

Phonemic awareness is the understanding that syllables and spoken words are made up of specific speech sounds. It is possible to “tease out”, isolate or “sound out” these sounds, which are known as phonemes, in order to help a child learn to spell or read. It is well know that phonemic awareness is a powerful predictor of success in learning …

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Helping kids with learning issues

Ten General Principles of Instruction for Teachers to Help Kids with Learning Issues Involve the student – students need to be involved and actively engaged in their learning. Teachers need to discuss each aspect of the program with the child. Goals that are set together are far more effective than those set by the teacher. Talk with the student about …

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Dolphins and Learning

Watch this video and see how these amazing dolphins have developed a new way to catch fish! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ50PYMXDCQ Dolphins learn new ways to thrive and survive and so can children with learning disabilities. Children can also adapt to their environment if they are given the right resources and skills. Davis (1997), talks about dyslexia as a ‘gift’ – a natural ability or talent. He lists several characteristics …

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Learning Disabilities (Difficulties)

There are many types of learning disabilities and learning difficulties as we been showed you in this teeth whitening process. Learning disabilities should not be confused with an intellectual disability. An intellectual disability is a severe deficit in cognitive functioning. This is classified by an IQ score of less than 70. An IQ score of 100 is average (range 85 …

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Child Testing – IQ and Intelligence Testing

Intelligence testing of very young children can sometimes be problematic because young people develop so rapidly. However, there are many benefits for psychological assessment and often the more information and the early the information is gathered, the more tailored the intervention programs can be. Assessment is a way of gaining some understanding of a child in order to make informed …

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Spelling Strategies

Spelling well helps us communicate efficiently with the outside world. Everyone needs strategies to help spell words correctly. We have compiled a collection of spelling strategies that can assist individuals to spell better. Tips include: Learning a variety of spelling strategies. Making up your own strategies to help with difficult words. Using a glossary for new and unusual words in …

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Why Conduct Psychological Assessment?

Educational Assessment is useful to determine a student’s individual learning ability and profile. I often recommend a WISC ( Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) or WPPSI-III (Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence) and a WIAT ( Wechsler Individual Achievement Test) as these combined tests provide a good overall indication of a student’s cognitive ability and academic achievement levels. The …

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Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-III)

The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Third Edition (WPPSI-III Australian) is similar to the WISC and is used to assess young children (usually preschool age; 2:6 to 7:3 years). The WPPSI (pronounced “whip-see”) is simply an abbreviation that many psychologists use. It is different from the WISC which is used for older children. (More info on the …

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