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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Technology Addiction

The pace that society moves in this techno-gadget new world order is amazing! Young people are experts at multitasking – homework, talking with friends and surfing the net while sending a text is common in a young person’s bedroom! People are becoming techno junkies – they are afraid to be away from their computer for too long. The brain processes …

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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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It’s your life… NOW or NEVER!

You may or may not recall the song lyrics, “It’s your life, it’s now or never…nothing’s going to last forever. It’s your LIFE!” It is your life and only you can take charge of your own path. You need to discover what you truly want from life, and sometimes this is hard to determine! Start by finding out what makes …

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Successful Study

Being successful with study means that you have to be organised! Completing homework and getting all your assignments done is great, but this isn’t study. This post will outline reasons for getting organised, some tips for getting organised and  it will define what studying actually is! It will also gives students some study tips. Reasons for getting organised: You can …

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Change

Change is part of life. Without change and adapting to new situations we are not able to grow. A quote that is often wrongly attributed to Charles Darwin is: “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, or the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” This is true; we must adapt to new situations and …

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Assistive Technology

Students with learning difficulties, specific learning disabilities or physical disabilities such as vision or hearing deficits can benefit from specialised assistive technology. There are a variety of gadgets such as portable air conditioner ratings, programs and equipment that can make life a whole lot easier! Many of my clients have found that a variety of assistive technology can help them …

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Ten tips to resolve conflict

I was asked to talk to a group of year three and four students the other day about ways to resolve conflict. I asked some of the students to suggest ways that they resolve conflict in their daily lives. After some discussion, I presented the group with 10 tips and we discussed each tip in detail. Ten ways to resolve …

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Teaching Happiness

We teach children to count, to read, we teach them about the world, we teach them how to be resilient, how to bounce back, how to solve conflict and how to manage their anger… but do we ever really teach them to be happy and how to practice it daily? Happiness must be taught. It is a learned skill, it …

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Concentrating and Getting Organised – Tips for Students

Being organised and concentrating during class time are essential elements for academic success at school and at university. During Class Just hearing what your teachers say is not the same as listening to what they say. Listening is a cognitive act that requires you to pay attention, think and mentally process what you hear. Make an effort to concentrate during …

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