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.

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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NumberWorks’nWords East Coast Bays

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

  • East Coast Bays
  • North Shore

Specialities

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

SAE Institute, Auckland is a NZQA accredited Degree Granting Institution offering programmes in electronic music production, audio engineering and film making. SAE combines sound theoretical knowledge with invaluable hands-on training.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Speciality

  • Trades & Professions
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Young Minds Consultancy

Young Minds Consultancy offers family and child consultations. Helping children, including those with special needs, behavioural problems resulting from anxiety, trauma, social/emotional issues or low self-esteem/confidence.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Social Skills
  • Special Needs
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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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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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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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STEPSforward Family Services and Support Centre

STEPSforward offers free confidential services to support families/whānau and the community to contribute to the overall well-being of children and families. Services in social work, family support, finance/budgeting planning and education programmes to empower and strengthen families/whānau to work towards solutions.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Family Relationships
  • Parenting Skills
  • Pre-employment, Careers & Life Skills
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Trauma & Grief
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Brain Play

Brain Play is a new and innovative education company that aims to introduce students aged 5 to 15 Years of all abilities to technology topics such as coding, robotics, electronics, and 3D printing. Technology is everywhere in our current world and we believe all Kiwi kids should have a chance to learn about and experience the amazing opportunities technology can provide us with.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Science & Technology
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Capable Kids and Families

Capable Kids and Families offers counselling, programs, and assessments, specialising in working with children and adolescents, and their families. Making a positive difference to their lives, children and families can learn to manage and overcome challenges and become more capable, confident, and happier.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Parenting Skills
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