Building Blocks for Learning

The building blocks for learning happen in stages, each one following the other in a natural sequence. Starting with a solid foundation can help to keep the rest of the stack steady. Your child’s early learning is a bit like this. A good foundation in infancy and early childhood can help to support all later […]

Retained Primitive Reflexes

When I assess a child with learning and behavioural difficulties, one of the first things I am looking for is signs of Retained Primitive Reflexes.  Success in the classroom requires much more than simply being a certain age before starting school. Your child’s learning experience will be much more enjoyable if they have a good […]

Floor Play and Tummy Time

  Babies are amazing. They are born knowing exactly what they need to do to grow and develop. They don’t need us to push or prompt, or provide them with any fancy gadgetry. All they need is a safe place for some floor play and tummy time, and you to watch over them.  They’ll grow […]

Teenagers and Adolescents

Adolescence is generally considered to be the period between ages 12 to 24. It’s a time when your young person is challenging the status quo, pushing boundaries and starting to question almost everything. The good news is these are normal behaviours, although they may vary in intensity between families, or even individual children. Not the […]

Raising a Secure Child

Raising a secure child is not always easy, particularly in today’s world. We all want to do our best as parents but sometimes we can feel a bit stuck and unsure. This is normal,  particularly if our own childhood was difficult. The good news is that it is possible to change the narrative, and we […]

Developmental Delay

Does your child often “act out” for no apparent reason? Perhaps you are worried they might have signs of autism or ADHD? Maybe you are concerned that they are falling behind other children in reaching certain milestones? Children often find it hard to tell us how they are feeling. They get angry or frustrated and […]

Auditory Processing Difficulties

Are you confused about the difference between hearing and listening, and wonder how they affect learning and behaviour? Do you ever wonder why your child can detect the sound of lolly wrappers at 50 metres, but appears unable to listen and follow instructions? You know your child can hear, but how well can they listen, […]

Sensory Motor Development

Immaturities in early stages of sensory and motor development are often at the root of learning and behavioural difficulties.  Gaps in early development can make it difficult for a child to sit still in class and be ready to learn. They may also be struggle to make friends, and are often in trouble for wriggling […]

Circle of Security Parenting Support

 The Circle of Security Parenting program offers support for parents who would like to develop their parenting skills. First time parenting can be a scary time. With so many new emotions surfacing, it’s normal to wonder if you are doing everything “right”. Perhaps you are worried that giving your children too much attention will “spoil” them. Maybe you […]

Television and Early Child Development

The question about appropriate screen time for babies and toddlers, and the impact on their early development, is one that concerns many parents. It’s tempting, isn’t it, to turn on the television, to have just a few minutes all to yourself? Baby seems to love it, and sits transfixed, staring at the screen. As mums, […]