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.

Visique Frith and Laird Optometrists

Visique Frith and Laird is a team of Auckland optometrists providing professional eye care, individual tailored advice, friendly service and quality products.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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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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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 West 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

  • West Auckland

Specialities

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

A private, locally-owned practice with a strong focus on customer care, we have a particular interest in vision and eye-care for children & young people. We also diagnose & treat visual processing disorders including Irlen Syndrome.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Visique Papakura Optometrists

We provide comprehensive, affordable eye care, specialising in visual training programmes for children and the diagnosis of Irlen Syndrome. We work closely with Joanna Sharp from Learning Plus to assist students towards better learning outcomes through the combination of prescription glasses or contact lenses and various learning interventions.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • 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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NumberWorks’nWords Royal Oak

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

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

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