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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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Why it’s important to celebrate your “you-ness”

Why it’s important to celebrate your “you-ness”

Why is it that we are happy to spend our hard-earnt money on “limited edition” items believing them to be rare and special but struggle to celebrate our own uniqueness in the same manner? Surely, this same philosophy should extend to celebrating our own / our...

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How to nurture a child’s sense of gratitude

How to nurture a child’s sense of gratitude

My daughter, Asara, sat still while I tried to fish-plait her hair this morning and said to me, “Mummy. We should say thank you to the cows”. She paused to make sure I was listening and then continued; “Because they give us milk and we have milk everyday”. I smiled at...

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