Preparing for next year now

November 27th, 2014

Exams to mark? Reports to finalise? Students tired and irritable? Social events and school functions to attend? The end of the year in schools is often a busy and trying time for both staff and students. The last thing you probably feel like doing is thinking about next year.  Making some time in the next few weeks, […]

Is anyone ‘tuning in’?

October 14th, 2014

I read with interest an article in The Age (Sunday 4/10/2104) by American Paediatrician Jane Scott, titled Parents, down phone and listen, which highlighted issues associated with parents who use social media, whilst caring for children. Scott notes that when carers constantly use social media in the presence of their children there are frequent breaks […]

Learning difficulties the questions teachers ask

August 19th, 2014

Yesterday 160 teachers, psychologists and other school professionals in NSW gave up their afternoon to attend our Five common learning difficulties: Key teaching strategies presentation. The two hour presentation, hosted by Braddock Public School, was jam-packed with the six key teaching strategies for learning difficulties, followed by specific recommendations for the learning disabilities associated with […]

Apps for learning difficulties

July 28th, 2014

I recently attended a professional learning seminar with Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) that focused on apps for students with learning difficulties. During the presentation a teacher helped set the speech function on my iphone. The directions were simple, ‘Go to settings, general, accessibility, speech selection ‘on’, highlight words.’ Now using the microphone next to the […]

Student with a slow work pace? Poor processing speed?

June 15th, 2014

Processing speed relates to an individual’s ability to perform simple repetitive cognitive tasks quickly and automatically.[1] Schneider, W. J., & McGrew, K. (2012). The Cattell-Horn-Carroll model of intelligence. In, D. Flanagan & P. Harrison (Eds.), Contemporary …continue. Issues with processing speed only become evident once a person knows how to do a task, rather than in the initial […]

Students with Severe Language Disorder

April 30th, 2014

Children with a language difficulty have trouble understanding, using and processing language. Approximately 6 per cent of school-aged children have significant speech and language problems.[1] Speech Pathology Australia 2003 sourced from  In some parts of Australia, the number is as high as 13 per cent. [ref]   McLeod, S., & McKinnon, D. (2007). Prevalence of communication disorders compared […]

How to promote learning with students with dyscalculia

March 23rd, 2014

Previously we wrote abut how children with dyscalculia (mathematics disability) lack an intuitive grasp for number. They experience significant difficulties in understanding the size or quantity of a number and the relationship of numbers to one another.   Children with dyscalculia display significant mathematical delays when compared with peers or to benchmarks or standards. They […]

Have you heard of dyscalculia?

February 18th, 2014

Children with dyscalculia (mathematics disability) have a poor sense of number. They experience significant difficulties grasping and understanding the size or quantity of a number and the relationship of numbers to one another. Approximately 3 to 6 per cent of children suffer from dyscalculia. Despite its prominence, most teachers, psychologists, and many researchers know very […]

Are you preparing for the school year ahead?

December 1st, 2013

Yes, you are busy but a little bit of time and effort preparing for the year ahead can reduce a lot of hassles and stress in the new year. Spend some time in your end of year staff, or department meeting discussing, in small groups, the main student and parent issues that occurred this year […]

Finish the year on a calm note

November 26th, 2013

The last few weeks of the school year can be stressful juggling last minute tasks while finalising student assessments, reports, and attending end of year events and functions. Below are a few ideas to help you keep calm when managing challenges that can arise at school. Know how to calm yourself quickly Remaining calm is one […]

Better sleep = better learning

October 15th, 2013

Do you have students who seem to forget everything they learned the day before? There are a variety of reasons why students do not retain learning. One that is often overlooked is lack of regular, good quality sleep.  Poor sleep patterns impact both on learning and wellbeing.  Recent research shows that 65% of Grade 4 students are regularly […]

‘Helicopter’ parents in the classroom

August 27th, 2013

‘Helicopter’ parents are overprotective parents who relentlessly hover over their children, removing all challenges and potential dangers, and micromanaging their affairs. They want ‘happy’ children and often have unrealistic expectations of what the school can and should do for their child.  ‘Helicopter’ parenting can have a serious negative impact. Recent research by Lereyaa, Samarab and Wolkec (2013, […]

Oral language is vital

July 14th, 2013

‘What I do I can say What I say can be written down What is written down can be read.’A simple saying, that highlights an often neglected aspect of the curriculum, from early years to senior years–the development of oral language competence.  Learning to read is fundamentally a linguistic task, drawing heavily on a child’s […]

Students who get nervous speaking in class

June 19th, 2013

Many children (and adults) feel nervous about speaking in public. In fact it is one of the most searched and read topics on the Psych4Schools website. Teachers tend to be most concerned about those children who fear speaking publicly in all situations, including reading aloud or answering questions in class, but are also seeking guidance about […]

Why is this student underachieving?* Or overachieving?

May 21st, 2013

I’ll let you in on a little secret… IQ is not, I repeat NOT the best predictor of student success.  If you work in a school you probably already know this but many students, parents, governments and other members of the community do not and it’s time to share this with them. Last week I […]