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.

Academic Excellence in English Ltd (AEE Tutoring)

AEE tutoring provides English, Mathematics, and lessons in other languages for NZ native speakers and ESOL students. Students from Year 1 through to adults are catered for at a beginning, intermediate or advanced level of learning.

Location

  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Languages
  • Maths
  • Reading
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Dany Yeats Psychology

Dany Yeats supports children and their families with emotional, behavioural and social concerns and helps overcome barriers to learning.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Parenting Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Wee Wisdom Montessori Schools

Wee Wisdom Montessori Preschools nurture children to become competent learners, preparing them not only for school, but for life itself. Our philosophy is to nurture the development of each child in our care in partnership with the family, whanau and community.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Childcare Centres
  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Writing and Spelling
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Suretotalk Speech Therapy

Suretotalk is a specialised private practice helping children & young people with speech & language difficulties. We offer in-clinic (Birkenhead) & mobile services throughout the North Shore & Central Auckland.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Special Needs
  • Speech and Language
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Butterfly Creek

Butterfly Creek hosts a family day of learning and discovery, connecting children with the living world through innovative, colourful and challenging attractions and exhibits.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Science & Technology
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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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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Howick Village Optometrists

A friendly, family-owned practice providing diagnostic assessments and solutions for your child’s eye health and vision challenges.

Location

  • East Auckland

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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South Auckland Ears

South Auckland Ears is a nurse led ear clinic specializing in removing wax and debris from ears of adults and children. Foreign bodies other than wax can also be removed.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Behaviour Concerns
  • Hearing
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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QRS Therapy 4 Children

Our team of professional specialists offer therapy for children and young people between the ages of new born to 18 years affected by sensory, motor, communication, learning and behavioural difficulties.

Locations

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

Specialities

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Brain Development & Brain Injury
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Handwriting
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Speech and Language
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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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