5 Productive Ways for Parents to Help with School Work

Recent studies show that Australian parents spend less time helping their kids with homework than the global average.

But is this necessarily a bad thing?

The average Australian parents are dedicating 4.4 hours a week to homework help…

Which is a figure that shouldn’t be scoffed at.

But it does pale in comparison to the commitment hours of other countries…

With the average hours hovering around the 6.7 a week mark.

Federal Minister for Education Simon Birmingham has appealed to parents to do more to address Australian students performance in maths, literacy and science assessments.

But is helping with homework really the key?

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New Year Resolutions for Parents — Part 2: Supporting Educational Needs and Fostering Success

In Part 1 of this post, we offered parents 8 simple, practical and effective tips for supporting your child’s mental health this year (and into the future).

In Part 2, we’ll be sharing 8 equally simple tactics to help your child not only survive this school year…

But also to thrive in the educational setting, and use the things they learn to achieve success in all their future endeavours.

You’ll find some of our recommendations double up over both posts…

But that’s because many of these actions have a multitude of benefits.

And because — as research increasingly shows — mental health and academic performance are inextricably linked.

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5 Ways to Set ‘High Expectations’ Without ‘High Pressure’

Australian students are excelling when their teachers hold them to high expectations.

But in equal numbers, kids around the country are suffering from poorer mental health…

And it’s being largely attributed to mounting pressures at school.

But what’s the difference between high expectations and high pressure?

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How and Why Kids Need to Learn Resilience

Resilience, put simply, is the ability to respond positively to adversity.

It’s a term that was first extensively researched by developmental psychologist Norman Garmezy.

In his research he noticed particular children who — despite the odds — succeeded in the face of adversity.

Kids experiencing severe disadvantage or neglect…

Who would still flourish at school and in later life.

Before his study into resilience, psychologists often looked at adversity from the other side of the coin…

The short and long term detrimental impacts of negative or traumatic experiences.

And while dealing with such challenges after the fact is still an important focus of counselling…

Focusing on nurturing resilience from a young age offers a different service.

One that supports prevention, you might say, rather than ‘cure’.

So why do kids need to learn resilience? 

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School Readiness: What is the right age for your child?

In Victoria, kids must turn five before the 30th of April in their first year of school.

But even with these guidelines, many parents still struggle with whether they should hold their child back a year…

Or if they should start early.

In fact, a recent study showed that parents are suffering from excessive stress and anxiety over the decision!

It’s a concerning but not completely surprising finding…

The first year of a child’s schooling can set the path for their educational experience…

For better or worse.

So in this post, we’ll be addressing some of the implications of school starting age…

And how you can help pick the best path for your child.

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9 Ways a Psychologist Can Help Children Reach Their Full Potential

Psychology ain’t what it used to be — and that’s a good thing!

Seeing a psychologist is no longer a “quiet secret” to be kept from friends and family.

And it’s certainly nothing to be ashamed of…

In fact, counselling (and educational coaching) is increasingly viewed as a healthy and effective way to address many common challenges that would otherwise prevent children from reaching their full potential.

So why can it be particularly beneficial for children?

Well, childhood is often a time when we’re most open and receptive to new ideas and different ways of looking at things.

Ok fair enough. but exactly how can a child benefit from seeing a psychologist?

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Educational Psychology: How it Helps Learning

Many people consider psychology as a treatment for emotional issues, such as anxiety, trauma counselling or depression.

And while these are important aspects of the field in which all psychologists are trained…

Educational psychology is a particular branch of psychology concerned with learning — one that all our psychologists have studied at a postgraduate level.

It is a science that relies on quantitative data from testing and evaluation, and that uses findings from other fields like neuroscience and neuropsychology.

This data gives incredible insight into a person’s learning potential…

And the best way for them to achieve it.

So what does Educational Psychology involve?

And how can it help your child with learning and at school?

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NEPSY: Assessments for improving your child’s learning potential — Part 3

In part 1 and 2 of our blogs on our learning assessments, we taught you about the WIAT-III and WISC-V  assessments.

We have invested in the most update-to-date versions of these assessments so that they can best identify your child’s learning potential and their educational needs.

And now we’d like you to learn about another invaluable assessment tool that we recently acquired — the NEPSY.

It’s a unique and effective test, offered by only a few psychology clinics in Melbourne, and designed to assess the neuropsychological development of children aged 3 to 16.

But before we get into the nitty gritty of the assessment, you’re probably wondering…

What is neuropsychological development?

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WIAT-III: Assessments for improving your child’s learning potential — Part 2

Learning assessments help to ease the frustrations or concerns parents may have about their child’s academic performance.

And importantly, learning assessments can help your child to achieve their full potential during their school years.

By assessing the major areas that impact learning, our psychologists get a comprehensive insight into your child’s ability, potential, and any barriers stopping them from achieving it.

From there, the best approaches and solutions can be put in place to help a child thrive school.

In our first post of this series, we delved into one of the key tools for assessing learning potential — the WISC-V assessment.

In this post, we’ll give you a run down of one of our other core assessment tools — the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test — and how it can help your child.

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