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When is it time to worry?

Article Category - Aids for Parents
Although most children seem to get on well at school, about one child in five may need extra help at some time because they find learning difficult.

Working with your child at home

Article Category - Aids for Parents
Being a parent is stressful at the best of times – and none more so when helping a child with writing and learning tasks. If the child is has learning needs the potential for stress can be much greater and there is always the risk of "tears before bedtime!"

So you think your child may have ADHD

Article Category - Lets Talk
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) manifests itself in the form of emotional and behavioural difficulties. The condition affects approximately 5-6% 0f the population and, according to many researchers, is caused by the failure of the brain to produce certain chemicals

So you think your child may have Asperger's Syndrome

Article Category - Lets Talk
Asperger's Syndrome is a disorder which is at the higher end of the autistic spectrum and a child with this condition is sometimes called a "higher functioning" autistic child.

So you think your child may have Dyslexia

Article Category - Lets Talk
Dyslexia is also known as a specific learning difficulty or SpLd. Children with Dyslexia have an "unexpected" difficulty in developing certain literacy and numeracy skills. This difficulty is unexpected because the child may develop some skills very easily- for example may be as good at thinking about Science or Technology as her/his friends but may have a lot more difficulty writing it down or reading about it.

So you think your child may have Dyspraxia

Article Category - Lets Talk
Children who suffer from dyspraxia find it difficult to learn how to coordinate their thoughts, motor skills and language. As a result, they can appear to be clumsy and to have difficulty in expressing themselves

So you think your child may have Visual Impairment

Article Category - Lets Talk
There are many different ways that a child's vision may be affected. Although visual impairments may influence a child's education, they need not necessarily have an effect on the way s/her learns

So you think your child may be being bullied

Article Category - Lets Talk
Bullying is totally unacceptable - there area no circumstances in which it should be tolerated because nobody has the right to hurt others by hitting them, excluding them from friendship groups, calling them names, spreading rumours or doing anything that is deliberately intended to hurt or upset them.
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