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.

NumberWorks’nWords Takapuna

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

  • North Shore
  • Takapuna / Devonport

Specialities

  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Writing and Spelling
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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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The Performance.Net South 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

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Dance
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Parents Centres New Zealand

We believe that parenting is everything and that great parents will grow great children! We work with parents to equip them with the best in knowledge, skills and support so that they can be the best parents they can possibly be.

Locations

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

Specialities

  • Family Relationships
  • Health & Development Concerns
  • Parenting Skills
  • Sleep
  • Special Needs
  • Trauma & Grief
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Language4Life

Language4Life is a private mobile Speech and Language service in Auckland covering the North Shore, Hisbiscus Coast and Rodney regions. Individualised therapy programmes are provided to children, adolescents and young adults, tailored to their specific needs to help them achieve their maximum communication potential.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Behaviour Concerns
  • Speech and Language
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Good Vibrations Music Ltd

Music Therapy for children is a child-centred approach that uses music as a medium to support child development. We develop a program specifically focused on the child’s individual needs, supporting specific goals around communication, behaviour, physical and mental health.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Brain Development & Brain Injury
  • Speech and Language
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
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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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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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The School of Voice and Drama Skills and Specialist Coaching

The School of Voice and Drama provides motivating, effective, creative and analytical learning strategies for anyone wanting to help their child build a range of skills in English, Communication and Drama fields. Diagnostic assessment and implementing personalised programmes are all catered for.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Pre-employment, Careers & Life Skills
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Speech and Language
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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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