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  • Learning and Behavioural Difficulties

    The central nervous system relies on developmental movement patterns to create the foundation for life-long learning. If children miss out on properly experiencing and moving through these crucial developmental patterns as they are growing, it may lead to gaps in their neurological development. These gaps may not be apparent at first, but often manifest as learning difficulties or behavioural problems later in life as a result of this poor neurological development.

    Developmental immaturities can lead to:

    Learning Connections' programs provide activities that are specially designed to mimic developmental movement patterns that children need for their neurological development. Incorporating these movements into children's daily routines, helps their central nervous system to better develop motor skills, proprioception, balance, eye-tracking, sensory integration, attention and memory. The activities of Learning Connections’ programs help children to overcome immaturities through improved neurological development. These programs further children’s outcomes with enhanced emotional, social and cognitive wellbeing.

    Early Childhood Concerns

    Children learn through exploring, investigating, problem solving and negotiating. They do not learn skills in isolation; therefore difficulties in one area can affect performance in other areas. At birth the child is equipped with a set of Primitive Reflexes (e.g. sucking, grasping and startle reflexes). If these reflexes are still present within the body and are not “overcome” or controlled, it can lead to immaturities and inhibit the body’s ability to develop postural reflexes (those needed in childhood and adulthood).

    If these reflexes are not controlled, the child may be also at greater risk of experiencing difficulties learning. Brain architecture and developing abilities are built "from the bottom up". These simple circuits and skills provide the building blocks for more advanced circuits and skills over time. Increasingly complex skills build on the more basic foundational capabilities that precede them. Emotional well-being, social competence and cognitive abilities are the foundation of human development.

    Parents frequently raise valid concerns in the detection of their child’s developmental and behavioural problems from an early age and wonder whether their child will grow out of them. Many children’s problems are more subtle and unlikely to be detected until learning and behaviour problems arise at school when reading, writing and spelling are introduced. Studies indicate that fewer than 30% of children with subtle developmental or behavioural problems are detected by their health care provider.

    What happens during the first months and years of life matters because undetected and untreated problems in early life require much more extensive intervention later on. The earlier a child is involved in appropriate intervention programs, the lower the likelihood of subsequent academic or social problems. Learning Connections offers Kindergarten Screening and School Readiness programs which assess and assist children to develop in the following areas:

    • Cognitive skills
    • Language skills
    • Independence and life skills
    • Physical skills

    If your child has difficulty with tasks such as: taking turns, playing cooperatively, behaving in public, drawing recognisable pictures, retelling main facts from a story, pedalling a tricycle, reciting nursery rhymes or cutting and pasting, visit our school readiness page or call or email Learning Connections for further information.

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