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.

Danks Davis Dyslexia

A fun, multisensory programme designed to help children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, unlock their potential, build confidence and achieve success.

Locations

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

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Writing and Spelling
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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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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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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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Paterson Burn Optometrists

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.

Locations

  • Auckland
  • Central Auckland

Specialities

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

Specialists in Dyslexia, Academy of Learning provides quality one-on-one tuition in Reading, Written Language, Spelling, Handwriting, Mathematics and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Handwriting
  • Reading
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
  • Writing and Spelling
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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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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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Thinking Caps For Kids

An in-school and after-school tutoring service, we offer one to one and group sessions for children in Years 3 -13.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Exam Tutoring & Preparation
  • Maths
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Indigo

We provide assistance for children, young people and adults with learning, behavioural, emotional and cognitive needs. Our services cover a broad range of abilities and difficulties from struggling learners to giftedness; emotional issues and behavioural concerns. We provide assessments, strategies and support to overcome these difficulties.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • ADHD & Other Behaviour Disorders
  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Social Skills
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
  • Testing for Special Abilities
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