Learning

To learn is to grow

The learning needs of children and young people change throughout their growing years. Although each developmental milestone commonly has an age level associated with it, the actual age when a normally developing child reaches that milestone can vary quite a bit – every person is unique! Every child also has different strengths. Developing those strengths may assist a young person to grow in confidence – even when other skills are found challenging.

Causes of learning challenges

Sometimes it is difficult to know the cause of why a child or young person is finding learning a new skill difficult. The reasons are many so it can take time, and patience, to discover the underlying cause. However, for an intervention to be successful, understanding what is going on can make a big difference to the approach and outcome. Be sure to consider WHY things are not going so well.

Remember…

There is no “one” solution

There is no single convenient answer to many of the most important concerns affecting your children and family. No matter how badly we might wish for a simple answer or “quick fix”, we are faced with having to evaluate conflicting viewpoints affecting any given issue or problem. In truth, things are often more complicated than we would like them to be and it requires real effort from parents, Service Providers and the community.

Be realistic

For the vast majority of children and young people it would be wrong to say that they have a problem from which they will never overcome or that little can be done to improve their situation. But, depending on your circumstances, the road forward may be long with many detours, speed bumps and the odd confusing road sign! Perseverance is often key.

Personal experience

Ultimately, what works best for you and your child will be determined by your own personal experience – what worked brilliantly for your neighbour’s child may be of no benefit at all to your own, even though symptomatically the problem appears identical.

Because:

  • You know your child and family circumstances best;
  • there may be no consensus as to the cause of certain problems or what the best solution is, and
  • you are ultimately responsible for the care and welfare of your child…

KidsLink recommends that  you make your own enquiries as to the suitability, or otherwise, of any particular service or service provider.

Occupational Therapy for Children

Does your child have messy, illegible handwriting? Are they having difficulty with schoolwork? Are they disorganised? Is homework a stressful time for everyone? We offer assessments and occupational therapy for learning concerns, handwriting, co-ordination and motor skills. Let us help unleash your child’s potential!

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Handwriting
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Northern Communication & Hear Say

Are you concerned about your child’s communication or learning abilities? As specialists in speech, language, communication and learning skills, Northern Communication can provide customised solutions for your child’s needs. Hear Say offers affordable and comprehensive speech and language assessment and therapy for a variety of communication and auditory processing disorders.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Speech and Language
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Unlocking Learning

Unlocking Learning – guiding your child to develop problem-solving strategies and providing skills, encouragement & support to transfer into their learning and everyday life.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Reading
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Writing and Spelling
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Paediatric Therapy Ltd

Paediatric Therapy Limited consists of therapists who are paediatric specialists and are dedicated to working with children to help them reach their developmental potential.

Locations

  • East Auckland
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Handwriting
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
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NumberWorks’nWords East Coast Bays

NumberWorks’nWords provides face to face, quality, personally tailored Maths and English tuition programmes to help students catch up and get ahead. All abilities, NZ curriculum & fun!

Locations

  • East Coast Bays
  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Writing and Spelling
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Helen O’Grady Drama Academy

We provide after school classes where, through drama, students build confidence and self-esteem, improve their verbal and listening skills, explore their imagination, perform and have great fun all at the same time.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Creative Arts
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Speech and Language
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Porse Homebased Childcare

With over 20 years experience delivering quality in-home childcare and nationally recognised childcare education and training, we offer genuine expertise and loving care.

Locations

  • East Auckland
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • In-home childcare
  • Trades & Professions
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Villa Education Trust

The Villa Education Trust operates three middle schools in Auckland. Providing outstanding education for years 7 -10 students irrespective of back ground or individual needs by combining the positive aspects of New Zealand schooling with a personalized and supportive learning environment.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Behaviour Concerns
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Special Needs
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The Performance.Net Rodney

We tutor Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. The ‘big idea’ of this education is to nurture and promote skills that will be the key to future success. Our aim is to develop young people who can present themselves to the world with pride and confidence.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Dance
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Brain / Body In Synch

Educational and developmental Kinesiology and Brain Gym are used in one to one sessions to overcome learning and emotional blocks, and integrate primitive reflexes.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Teacher & Parent Education
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