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.

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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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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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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Tim Bray Productions

Tim Bray Productions is recognised as Auckland’s leading theatre for children, producing four world-class shows per year mainly based on New Zealand stories at The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna. Our shows, Youth Theatre and Gift a Seat programmes are geared around making theatre accessible to all children and young people and inspiring them in a love for literature and the performing arts.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Creative Arts
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Learning
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Speech and Language
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Blink Optometrists

Blink is the Auckland Optometrist practice you come to for personal attention. We offer the highest level of expertise in professional eye care available to adults, adolescence and children. At the centre of our vision is you. Because we are independently owned and operated, you’ll feel relaxed with our informal approach and our genuine care for your eye health.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Jenny Bell Oranga

An educational consultancy focused on empowering your child to be resilient for life. Running proven, effective programmes as a positive fun learning experience, these programs promote self-esteem, problem solving, resilience, self-expression, building confidence and positive relationships with peers and adults.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • Hamilton
  • Waikato

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Depression & Mood
  • Teacher & Parent Education
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Positively Psychology

Positively Psychology supports children’s wellbeing and learning through workshops and facilitation for teachers and parents. We promote the well-being and learning of young people and professionals through positive, appreciative and culturally sensitive practice.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Teacher & Parent Education
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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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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Paterson Burn Optometrists – Hamilton CBD

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

  • Hamilton
  • Waikato

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Conductive Education Early Intervention Centre

Conductive Education offers a unique, intensive method of education, targeting physical development alongside cognitive and sensory development. We motivate young children to be actively involved as they learn functional, daily-living skills to create the building blocks for richer, interactive, and more independent lives.

Locations

  • Hamilton
  • Waikato

Specialities

  • Brain Development & Brain Injury
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Posture, Balance, Flexibility & Strength
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Special Needs
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