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We are creating ‘entitled’ children

A frustrated Occupational Therapist gives her opinion on the generation of spoiled children, who are not to blame. Interesting strategies and answers, but of course her advice does not apply to all families and children. I think as a professional OT you may get that impression, working with children who are in need of change.

https://yourot.com/parenting-club/2017/5/24/what-are-we-doing-to-our-children


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The Gift of Dyslexia Workshop

I hope that everyone who has ever considered changing career to helping dyslexic children and adults, has seen this flyer – and the rare opportunity to start the dyslexic training in Sydney. For most trainees this will be all they need to make an impact in the class room or with their own child.

If you have any questions or if you would like to work with me at Sydney Dyslexia afterwards, please contact me on email: hoi.barbara1@gmail.com

The official Registration Form – Gift of Dyslexia Workshop

Venue: Crows Nest Centre, Sydney, Australia

10-13 July 2017

 

Register early, as places are limited to 18.

Minimum numbers apply so do not make travel arrangements without sufficient insurance before you receive confirmation.

Early-bird – Registration & payment AU$1955 required by 13 June 2017

Registration after 13 June 2017 AU$2300 closes 3 July 2017

 

Please note that your place will not be confirmed until payment is received.

 

Attendees:
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(Charges will appear as Sage Learning Limited)

 

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Please send my tax invoice, receipt and confirmation to:

 

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Email form to: margot@giftdyslexia.co.nz


Or Post to: 14 McLintock Street, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037, New Zealand

 

Any questions please phone: +64 4 478 2208 or email margot@giftdyslexia.co.nz


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The Power Of Storytelling

Yes, I agree, storytelling is powerful and important – not only in classrooms. Every speech becomes more memorable and emotionally charged, when spiced with stories and we all rather like being entertained than lectured.

Picture this: Maria is highly visual and everything about school confuses her. She is only six, you know – and already there is a huge pressure. After all, in Year One there is an expectancy to read, write stories, do your numbers, sit exams and complete homework after a day, where nothing made sense. Just words, explanations. Everyone just talks and talks. Most of the words they use don’t even mean anything to Maria. They don’t add to pictures and if they do, the pictures seem to be wrong. Maria is very bright and was so looking forward to go to school and finally learn and enjoy it like her bigger sister. Now she just pretends to know it already, to find reading just boring, disrupts others when they read or makes fun. She already knows that she is different to her friends, who seem to understand so much more. ‘What’s wrong with me? ‘ she wants to know.

One day, she sits in class, looking bored and feeling stupid, chewing on her already diminished fingernails and chatting to her best friend Emma, when a new teacher walks in. A young girl, who just finished her teaching degree, asks them to sit around her on the floor and starts telling them a story about an ancient place a long time ago, when Pharaohs ruled the lands and slavery was common-place. She creates images in the minds of these children, who listen spell-bound, transported out of the classroom and into another world. Maria is now soaking up every word, filing it into memory – and loving her new favorite subject: history.

 

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/storytelling-in-the-classroom-matters-matthew-friday?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow


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Fidget Spinners

In case you are not up to the latest and hottest toy of this year – or were like me, very late to realize – you may have asked yourself the same question: What are Fidget Spinners?

According to Wikipedia, fidget spinner is a type of stress-relieving toy. … The toy may help people who have trouble focusing or fidgeting by acting as a release mechanism for nervous energy or stress. Invented in the 1990s, fidget spinners became a popular toy in 2017, as fidget toys in general began experiencing mainstream popularity.

I have asked a few of my clients about them – all of them actually had them in their school bag and were proudly showing off their spinners – and if they actually helped them to focus or feel less stressed. The answer was that it wasn’t really that, but they just either like to be having the latest, coolest tool or that it is a good toy to collect.

There seems to be no negative side effect and some people on the internet even claimed that it helped them to kick an addiction to an electronic device.

Have you had any experience? Good or bad?