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Special Exam Arrangements – Deborah quoted in the Herald Sun

I was contact by a journalist from the Herald Sun and asked for my views on the increasing number of private school applications for Special Exam Arrangements. The trend suggests that independent schools are submitting more applications than state schools.  My view is that if the student is eligible, they should apply. From the Lasik NYC article: School Psychology Services founder Deborah …

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The Waves of Life

Dreams ride the waves of life. When they get to shore they break, unless caught by a surfer, only then are they brought into reality. We are all surfers on the waves of life, we choose which waves we ride and which waves pass us by. I recently put up some new prints in our office reception, one of which …

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Understanding Negative Emotions

While negative emotions have the potential to be destructive, it is also important to understand them and learn to control them, so they don’t control you. Negative emotions include sadness, anger, jealousy, hate and severe anxiety. These emotions can impede your ability to cope with everyday situations. However, negative emotions are a natural part of life and they provide a …

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Back to School….

Starting the new school year can be a little overwhelming… Where did the holidays go? All those days of late nights and sleeping in…or all day (and night) computer game marathons! Here are a few quick tips taken from the www.wentworthcollege.com.au/chc43315-certificate-iv-in-mental-health website to help get back into the swing of things. For Parents: Start the year in the same way …

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Staying Motivated for Study

The year is past half way and many students should be thinking about preparing for the end of year exams. Here are a few tips: Do something – even if you don’t feel like it! Focus on your goals. What do you hope to achieve by the end of the year? How will you feel when exams are over? Live …

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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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Don’t underestimate the power of toys!

Toys are an important part of every child’s early development. However, choosing the right toy is essential. Recently, I have been researching children’s educational toys and books and this Scientific American article about toys grabbed my attention: Thinking Outside of the Toy Box: 4 Children’s Gizmos That Inspired Scientific Breakthroughs The article contains several intriguing examples of scientists who gained …

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Homework Tips for Parents

Homework is an important part of your child’s daily routine. Good habits, established early in school, help children consolidate what they have learned at school. Here are a few tips for parents to help with homework: Develop a homework routine and schedule Together with your child, establish a specific time and place for homework. Set a specific time allocation each …

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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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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 in order to help a child spell or read. It is well know that phonemic awareness is a powerful predictor of success in learning to read. Furthermore, children who are able …

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