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.

Jenny Bell Oranga

An educational consultancy focused on empowering your child to be resilient for life. Running proven, effective programmes as a positive fun learning experience, these programs promote self-esteem, problem solving, resilience, self-expression, building confidence and positive relationships with peers and adults.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • Hamilton
  • Waikato

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Depression & Mood
  • Teacher & Parent Education
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Connect 2 Success

An experienced specialist, Gill offers cognitive and educational assessments and tuition - a flexible service aimed at uncovering your child’s barriers to learning.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Paterson Burn Optometrists – Waiuku

At Paterson Burn we care about encouraging good eye health in every sense which is why we aim to be leaders in the New Zealand optics industry by following a simple principle, to focus on you and your family, providing comprehensive and advanced eye examinations and treatments.

Location

  • Hamilton

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Love of Learning

I work in conjunction with SPELD New Zealand to provide tuition to people living with Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia and other Specific Learning Difficulties.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
  • Writing and Spelling
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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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The Performance.Net South Auckland

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

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Dance
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Educational Psychology

We provide assessment services, direction & support for concerns or difficulties with your child’s development, learning, academic performance, social relationships, or their feelings, moods or behaviour.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Special Needs
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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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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Ultimate Transformations Ltd

Ultimate Transformations is an Educational Consultancy, Coaching and Training Organisation committed to inspiring students with learning difficulties to rediscover the joy of learning and be successful lifelong learners. Our coaching is deeper in scope than tutoring as we use holistic interventions that include self-awareness, executive functioning and emotional self-regulation skills in addition to teaching academic skills.

Locations

  • Hamilton
  • Waikato

Specialities

  • ADHD & Other Behaviour Disorders
  • Reading
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
  • Writing and Spelling
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Massey University Centre For Psychology

The Centre for Psychology offers professional and cost-effective psychological services to the North Shore community. Our team offers a wide range of such services to individuals of all ages including children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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