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...
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,...
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...
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...
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 “…more...
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...