Is Your Child Ready for School?

Starting school can be an exciting time for your child, and it helps to be prepared.

Learning is based on our ability to take in and process sensory information, combined with motor skills and coordination, and success in the classroom depends on building a good foundation of sensory motor skills prior to starting school. 

These foundations are built during the first seven years of a child’s life, in readiness for lifelong learning in all areas – social, emotional, physical, behavioural and academic.

Learning to Read

Learning happens when we are relaxed and able to take in and process new sensory information.The ability to read, for example, is a complex process, requiring sensory and motor skills to be able to work together, transforming symbols on the page into meaningful images.

To do this, the child needs to have developed motor coordination, core strength, auditory skills and a sense of balance to be able to sit still and focus on the teacher’s voice, while at the same time, blocking out background sounds. Both eyes need to be able to work together as a team, tracking smoothly across a page of writing, while the brain is interpreting the images.

Screening for classroom readiness can identify gaps in early sensory and motor development, which can then be addressed, helping your child to have the best start in school. Identifying and addressing potential issues early can prevent them from becoming major problems later on.

Children who struggle with academic learning often show signs of anxiety, becoming easily overwhelmed in a busy classroom. This in turn causes further delay as their ability to process sensory information is compromised. A child who struggles to learn to read, for example, is often described as being dyslexic. Screening invariably reveals gaps in early development.

The Good News

The good news as that these gaps can be addressed through an individualised 1:1 developmental exercise program, recapitulating the early stages that may have been missed or are incomplete. Addressing these gaps  has the potential to bring about significant change, as evidenced by testimonials and case studies.

A simple screening for school readiness can help your child to have the best possible start to their school career.

Years of Experience

Rosalind is a PACFA accredited Holistic Counsellor and Psychotherapist and long-term resident of Moruya, on the south coast of New South Wales. An empathic and compassionate listener she will respect your need for safety, trust and confidentiality in the therapeutic relationship.

Rosalind brings to therapy the depth of understanding that comes from lived experience.