In the realm of special needs education, the dynamic interplay between parents and educators has assumed a paramount role, giving rise to a collaborative approach that is instrumental in the comprehensive development of special needs children. This article delves into the multifaceted dimensions of this collaboration, shedding light on its significance and the evolving landscape […]

READING … It has been said that in Grade 0 – 3 a child learns to read and from Grade 4 up, they read to learn. Learning to read is different from learning to communicate. Children are born with the inherent ability to learn to communicate, but they are not born with the inherent ability […]

In the intricate tapestry of a student’s academic journey, transitions represent pivotal moments that can significantly shape both their educational experience and personal growth. Whether moving from one school to another or ascending to a higher grade, these transitions carry profound implications for academic performance and socio-emotional well-being. This article delves into the nuanced dynamics […]

Executive functions are like the brain’s conductors, orchestrating learning and thinking processes that are vital for a child’s development. In the realm of speech and language, these functions play a pivotal role in laying the foundation for effective communication. What are Executive Functions? Executive functions encompass a set of thinking and organising abilities that help […]

What Is Down’s syndrome  A Genetic condition that causes mild to serious physical and mental problems Extra chromosome (21) Three types:  Trisomy 21 (every cell has an extra copy of chromosome 21) Translocation downs syndrome (Each cell has a part of chromosome 21 attached to another chromosome) Mosaic downs syndrome (only some of the cells […]

A growing area of interest in the speech therapy profession is Gestalt language processing. Gestalt language processors are children who learn language in a way that is different from analytical language learners. Rather than learning to make sounds, then words and then sentences like analytical language learners, these children learn whole phrases first. “For those […]

Veteran educator Rauri Maarman is set to take over the reins as Principal of The Bridge Assisted Learning School in Lonehill as of November 1 this year. Maarman has more than 20 years’ of experience as an educator and leader in education and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and a passionate vision for […]

It’s easy to say that you must have reasonable expectations of your child, but what is “reasonable”? In this day and age and particularly in South Africa, we have been conditioned to believe that there is only one path to success, and that our children need to have academic talents at all cost. But not […]

Autism, is currently referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) although people with ASD themselves consider Autism a neurodiversity rather than a disorder. Almost 2% of the world’s population is diagnosed as being on the Autistic spectrum. “Spectrum” because some people appear to be mildly affected and others profoundly so. Since each person is an […]