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.

Auckland Speech Therapy Ltd

Auckland Speech Therapy provides specialist assessments for speech and language by our qualified Therapists. We also have an Optometrist that provides vision screenings to ensure your child is seeing the best they can while at school.

Location

  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Speech and Language
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Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust (START)

START is the only organisation in NZ that specialises in providing effective, best practice treatment & support to children who stutter and their families.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Bullying
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Speech and Language
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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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Equilibrium

At Equilibrium, we provide safe, personalised treatments for babies, children, and their parents to help regain and maintain their health and confidence, the natural way. At Equilibrium, we balance classical homeopathy, naturopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, supplements and mental exercises. Specialising in Anxiety, Fears & Phobias, Brain Development & Brain Injury and Special Needs.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Brain Development & Brain Injury
  • Special Needs
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NumberWorks’nWords Henderson

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

  • Henderson
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Writing and Spelling
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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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Kumon

Kumon's Maths and English Programmes are tailored for each child to learn new maths concepts and to enjoy reading widely, giving them confidence in the classroom and in everyday life.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Maths
  • Reading
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Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain is an exciting, purpose built attraction, consisting of a Crystal Mine Museum, Café, Gallery–Retail Souvenir Shop and Themed Animal Park, which caters specifically for the family group; providing a unique shopping experience, with an educational and entertaining environment, where families, groups and individuals of all ages and abilities enjoy visiting on a regular basis.

Location

  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Science & Technology
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Dyslexia Made Easy

Christine knows how it feels to have dyslexia, being dyslexic herself. She can help your young person overcome difficulties with reading, spelling, maths and self-esteem, building up the self-confidence to approach learning in a new and positive way.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
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Learning Plus

Using Irlen Screening, Dyslexia Screening and the Cellfield Reading Intervention, Learning Plus provides help for children and young people with reading and processing difficulties, including Dyslexia. We work in conjunction with Visique Papakura.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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