Learning difficulties – is a diagnosis really necessary?

Is your child struggling to focus and pay attention at school? Maybe they are delayed in learning to read, and their teacher has suggested they could have symptoms of ADD/ADHD or dyslexia. As a result you might be asking yourself “Does my child need a diagnosis?” The short answer is “Not necessarily”.  Put simply, a […]

Understanding ADD/ADHD – an Holistic Approach to Healing

Picture this – your child is struggling at school, talkative and disruptive, and their teacher asks you to have them assessed for ADD/ADHD. How do you feel? Are you relieved because a diagnosis offers some understanding about why they are so restless and often difficult to be with?  Or does this bring dread to your […]

Writing by Hand Boosts Memory and Supports Learning

In a world where we want to do everything digitally, does it really matter if your child’s handwriting is illegible? The short answer is “YES”. Writing by hand actually boosts memory and learning. Brain research highlights the benefits of drawing letters, as opposed to learning them by typing or tracing. This research demonstrated that handwriting […]

Sensory Development – Supporting Learning and Behaviour in Children

Can you answer YES to any of these? Is your child: behind the class in reading, spelling, and writing? always getting into trouble for being restless and talkative? lack focus and struggle to pay attention in class? Children who struggle in the classroom are often pathologised and given labels. Restless children may be described as […]

Signs of ADHD and Difficulties with Listening or Auditory Processing

Restlessness and problems with focus and concentration can often be linked to difficulties with listening or auditory processing. You know your child can hear, but how well can they listen, or process what they are hearing? Can you answer YES to any of these? Does your child: Have signs of or a diagnosis of Autism, ADHD, […]

Dyslexia and links to Sensory Processing Difficulties?

Is your child falling behind at school? Are they struggling with signs of dyslexia and finding learning to read and/or write is difficult?  Did you know that signs of dyslexia are often linked to immaturities in areas of sensory processing? Can you answer YES to any of these? Easily losing their place when reading, skips […]

Success Stories – How an Holistic Approach Supports Learning

Rear view of multi ethnic group of school kids playing tug of war in playground

Behaviours are what we see on the surface. They are our children’s way of letting us know they are struggling. When we look beneath the behaviours we see learning difficulties and gaps in early stages of development. The solution is to address the “why”. We can do this by going back and “filling in the […]

Challenging Behaviours and Learning Difficulties

At times, all parents feel at a loss to understand what their child might be needing from them. This is normal. The vast array of options to address a child’s challenging behaviours and learning difficulties can leave many of us feeling totally confused.  Child Behaviour as the Tip of an Iceberg Challenging behaviours are like the tip […]

Developmental Immaturities and Links to Classroom Struggles

Classroom struggles are a familiar story. Many children find the intensity and variety of classroom sensations completely overwhelming. This feeling of overwhelm makes it difficult to concentrate and pay attention. For these children, learning is more that simply a matter of trying harder. Generally smart, they often feel dumb as they struggle to keep up […]

Dyslexia – an Holistic View

Are you worried that your child might have signs of dyslexia, or other learning difficulties? Learning to read seems simple enough. After all, how hard can it be to interpret those symbols on the page? For many, however, classroom reading instruction is the beginning of a lifetime of struggle, anxiety, embarrassment, shame and poor self […]