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EMDR: How do I Know if EMDR Therapy Will Help My Child?

EMDR: How do I Know if EMDR Therapy Will Help My Child?

As a parent, whose child is struggling with anxiety or unsettled following trauma, it can be difficult to know what to do. Maybe, following a distressing incident, your child has experienced flashbacks or intrusive memories, maybe you are aware of emotional or...

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IQ Testing for Children

IQ Testing for Children

The WISC-V makes up an integral part of any psychoeducational assessment. The test is considered to be the “gold standard” in intelligence testing for children. The assessment can be administered to children as young as 6 years up to 16 years – at which point an adult...

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Free Dyslexia Screening Test for Children Aged 5-16 Years

Free Dyslexia Screening Test for Children Aged 5-16 Years

Since January 2019, I have been offering FREE screening tests for dyslexia. I speak to so many parents, who don’t know where to turn, who feel helpless when they see their child struggling at school, whether that’s emotionally or academically. It was this regular...

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The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play

I often tell my little girl (5yo) and little boy (4yo) “don’t get any bigger – stay small so I can scoop and snuggle you up!” My daughter laughs and says “no mummy – I’m going to get bigger than you, and I can’t wait!”. I love this dialogue. We repeat it often,...

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What is Self-Talk and Can We Influence it?

What is Self-Talk and Can We Influence it?

As we go about our daily routines, an internal monologue narrates our experience. This is termed self-talk and it serves to guide our behaviours and influence the way we interact with others. It also plays a major role in how we feel about ourselves, other people, and...

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Errors in Thinking

Errors in Thinking

Quite often our conscious thoughts aren't realistic; they're irrational and inaccurate. This inaccurate thinking can in turn result in lowering our mood and changing our behaviour. Believing our irrational thoughts can lead to problems including communication issues,...

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How what you eat affects your brain

How what you eat affects your brain

Most of us know that sugar isn’t good for us, is linked to many chronic diseases, and is addictive. In an interview with The Guardian (Aug 2017) research scientist J.J DiNicolantonio (St. Luke’s Mid American Heart Institute) described the white stuff as...

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6 effective ways to encourage your child to read

6 effective ways to encourage your child to read

Staying involved in your child’s reading is important. Teachers may not always know when a child first begins to fall behind in their reading skills as some children are able to mask their difficulties pretty well. They may also be too embarrassed to ask for help even...

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Use it. Or lose it! How to sneak learning in to play

Use it. Or lose it! How to sneak learning in to play

The school holidays are a welcome break for children to unwind, recuperate and take a rest from the structured routines from school. We know our children need, and look forward to the break – and as parents often we do too. Its time for fun, socialising, spending time...

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