Category Archives: Behaviour Management

Providing Social Skills to Hearing Impaired Children

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Children who are deaf or hard of hearing don’t hear all or certain sounds due to an inability to detect these sounds within the ear. They substitute their communication in different ways which may include sign, lip reading, images or text. Some children with a hearing impairment wear hearing aids or have a cochlear implant in order to assist the hearing process. So providing social skills to hearing impaired children sometimes needs to be delivered in more structured ways. The causes of a...

Parents Are A Child’s Best Teacher

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Finding the right early intervention services is invaluable to your child’s learning. But parents are a child’s best teacher when it comes to building on those basic concepts that involve play. All the interactions of a parent can be used to help develop basic concepts, fine and gross motor skills within your child with special needs, such as: singing nursery rhymes or talking to your child, through touch, such as patting and rubbing playing with your child, dressing and feeding...

Develop Language with Puppet Play

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One of the best ways a child can develop language about themselves and the world around them is through puppet play. It is highly motivating, can be kept very inexpensive and relieve some performance pressure since your child isn’t so much focused on producing or retrieving the language. Puppets can be created from material scraps, odd socks and buttons – just about anything around the house can be turned into a motivating language tool. Even using your child’s favorite soft...

Disability Students Are Bullied More

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It isn’t right but it is a fact, according to the latest findings from a study published in Paediatrics, that primary aged children with a disability or health care need is more likely to be the target of bullying in mainstream schooling. Almost 1500 children, their parents and teachers were surveyed and found that 1 in 3 chldren had some sort of extra health care need. When the results of these surveys were then cross examined with school records it was evident that children with...

Avoiding A “Casey Heynes Bullying Incident”

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Casey’s bully story could have been any boy’s story. The country is reeling from this video footage because the video speaks volumes more louder than words and what can really happen in playgrounds all over Australia has been now shown to the world. This story fuelled a great debate amongst parents and professionals as to what Casey did was right or wrong. I’m not entering my own views as that is not what I’m writing this article for. What would be more productive to...

Simple & Motivating Activities to Encourage Language or Learning

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We all know how motivating lollies or toys are to get our children to clean their room up or behave themselves when out somewhere but have you ever thought to use them in games to encourage the development of language and learning? Children who are having difficulty learning basic concepts or sounds sometimes need extrinsic reinforcement until the ‘inner proudness’ kicks in. As the task becomes easier the extra rewards can be slowly replaced with words of praise. Always keep the toy...

As Parents, Are You Guilty of Yelling At Your Kids?

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As we know yelling at our children is non productive. Not only does our blood pressure go up but it teaches them the same strategy to deal with anger instead of better resolution strategies, but none of us are perfect right? So now that we are almost at the end of the summer break in Australia our patience as parents has been well and truly tried and tested with bantering of questions and sibling arguments and to help you get through the rest of the break without ‘losing your...

A Parent’s Inspiration

Always love reading this poem to keep things in perspective… “If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again” By Dianne Loomans If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously...

Reduce the Chances of Bullying

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I am not an idealist and expect to eradicate bullying – there is always a hero, which means there has to be a villain. But I was shocked to learn that with all the Social Acceptance Programs and Bullying Behaviour Management Strategies implemented in schools today bullying statistics have increased! Here are two statistics* that stood out for me: 1. School violence has decreased 4% BUT bullying has increased by 5% Between 1999 and 2001 bullying started to increase and in 2005-2006 86% of...

Before Shopping With Kids

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Before shopping with kids discuss with your children what is needed by going through the cupboards or pantry at home and see what is missing. This a great way to involve them in avoiding the regular tantrum disasters that quite often are associated with taking children shopping with you. While they are retrieving vocabulary of various food items missing in the cupboards have your child write or draw the list of items they want to look for at the shops for you. The sense of responsibility is...