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.

Future Problem Solving

Opening doors to imagination, ingenuity & creativity, we stimulate critical, ethical & creative thinking skills. Students learn a 6-step problem solving process as they grapple with global & community issues.

Location

  • Online Service

Specialities

  • Gifted & Talented
  • Teacher & Parent Education
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Sally Barrable

A qualified speech and language therapist with over 20 years’ experience, offering personalised plans for children experiencing communication-based difficulties or delays.

Locations

  • Albany / Upper Harbour
  • East Coast Bays

Specialities

  • Special Needs
  • Speech and Language
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Thinking Caps For Kids

An in-school and after-school tutoring service, we offer one to one and group sessions for children in Years 3 -13.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Exam Tutoring & Preparation
  • Maths
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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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Tim Bray Productions

Tim Bray Productions is recognised as Auckland’s leading theatre for children, producing four world-class shows per year mainly based on New Zealand stories at The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna. Our shows, Youth Theatre and Gift a Seat programmes are geared around making theatre accessible to all children and young people and inspiring them in a love for literature and the performing arts.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Creative Arts
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Learning
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Speech and Language
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SPELD NZ

Providing specialised assessment, tuition and support for people with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities nationwide.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Handwriting
  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Teacher & Parent Education
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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NumberWorks’nWords Birkenhead

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!

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Writing and Spelling
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Cellfield NZ Ltd

Cellfield is a great treatment programme for children with dyslexia. As a computer-based intervention programme, Cellfield uses neuroscience research from the last 30 years to achieve outstanding results in as little as two weeks!

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Virtual Reality Studio

Virtual Reality Studio is New Zealand's first virtual reality public experience. Offering a number of experiences that excite the mind and embrace a new form of cutting edge entertainment never seen before. Enter a world beyond the imagination and step into another dimension.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Science & Technology
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Mary Ashby-Green

Specialising in children struggling at school with learning, dyslexia, behaviour & anxiety, Mary can help your child thrive with a toolbox of strategies to make life & learning fun again.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Behaviour Concerns
  • Bullying
  • Reading
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
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