Holiday Entertainment and Feeding Frenzy

Holiday Entertainment and Feeding Frenzy

Friday is the 1st of December and pretty much the end of the school year. As a result, your families have to be entertained, but more than that FED! The Christmas decorations have to go up on Friday (well in my house anyway) and Sunday the 3rd of December, we celebrate the First Sunday of… READ MORE

Stop the Summer Slide

Stop the Summer Slide

By Adelle Schwark Speech and Language Therapist We all know that the world has become smaller. One of the benefits for me has been the close contact I have with other therapists around the world. I spend, probably too much time, on Instagram and Pinterest getting ideas and learning new things. The Summer Slide is… READ MORE

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

I’m sure that you can all relate to the following scenario: It’s early in the morning and you have packed your bags for your annual family holiday. There is an air of great excitement as you drive out of your home towards your destination. You start to picture your long-awaited time of rest and relaxation,… READ MORE

Helping your child to improve his/her concentration

Helping your child to improve his/her concentration

Life is very difficult for our little ones with concentration difficulties. They are often missing out on information and instructions and as a result get into trouble both at school and at home. Make sure you have your child’s attention before you give an instruction. Touch your child on the shoulder and ensure you have… READ MORE

Dealing with the stress of final exams…

Dealing with the stress of final exams…

At this time of the year, a number of young people are writing exams at schools and universities. This results in a lot of pressure from within and from many parents, sometimes resulting in young people suffering from depression or anxiety or both! In ‘The Star’, 07th November, the article below raised concerns about ‘Anxiety,… READ MORE

The Digital Footprint and the Dangers Thereof

The Digital Footprint and the Dangers Thereof

I have been fortunate enough to view and listen to many discussions about the effect of youth using, and possibly abusing the digital media space. I recently read a book by Emma Sadleir and Lizzie Harrison entitled, “Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones” which is a MUST READ for all pupils from Grade 5 upwards. It is… READ MORE

Exercise is crucial all year round

Exercise is crucial all year round

This is the last Friday in October. No I am not kidding, next week we are in the month of November already, I’m not sure how everyone else is feeling, but SERIOUSLY, WHERE DID THIS YEAR GO? This time of the year is manic and I am not going to deal with the obvious, I… READ MORE

Using Rewards & Punishments

Using Rewards & Punishments

Rewards • Be clear about the requirements to receive a reward. It’s likely that your idea of a clean room and your child’s idea of a clean room differ. Be specific with your requirements, for example: “If you pick up your clothes off the floor and put them neatly in your cupboard, vacuum your room… READ MORE

Analogue Parents – Digital Children

Analogue Parents – Digital Children

Dear Parents, Educationally speaking, much has been written and spoken about on the subject of Information, Communication and Technology (I.C.T.) in the last few years and rightly so. Some of the information has been biased either for or against the topic, other articles have been aimed at being sensationalistic with a high “shock content” and… READ MORE

Preparing for Assessments

Preparing for Assessments

We are nearing that time of year again where we head into our year-end Assessments, and this can bring about a lot of anxiety, stress and pressure for both us as parents and our children – in fact, at times, we feel it more than our children do! I do believe, however, that much of… READ MORE

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