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12 November 2015
Is your child easily distracted? Does your child have difficulty staying focussed and on task? At the Developmental Learning Centre, we offer a FREE Online Learning Difficulties Symptom Test and we found that of all the issues listed, the one ticked by parents more often than any...
23 September 2015
Check out the blog below from our good friends at Integrated Listening Systems summaring some terrific findings by neuroscientists about the best ways to learn.   1) To prepare for a test, take a test! It turns out that testing is an excellent way to cement information as...
30 August 2015
  After 8 fantastic years, we are waving goodbye to Olivia Riddell, our wonderful Practice Manager who looks after our Tauranga and Auckland Centres. Olivia has made an amazing contribution to our business and we wish her all the luck in the world in her move to New Plymouth.  As sad as...
12 August 2015
At the Developmental Learning Centre we see many parents with children who are experiencing difficulties related to balance, gross and fine motor difficulties and learning. As a learning difficulties therapist, I am always interested in understanding the child’s history and if their natural...
25 July 2015
What is Dyspraxia? To understand what dyspraxia is we must first learn what “praxia” is. Praxia is from the Greek word “praxis” which means movement process. Praxis is the process by which we figure out how to plan our actions and move our bodies easefully towards...
7 July 2015
Why are omega 3 fatty acids important for learning and development? At the Developmental Learning Centre, parents often ask me what they can do at home to help their children with learning difficulties. Because we are engaged in a process of fixing the underlying causes of these difficulties,...
15 May 2015
As a parent your first steps are to ensure that your child’s most obvious learning equipment is in good order and functioning well. Parents should submit their children to what is effectively a learning “warrant of fitness” before they enter school. Initially this should cover the...
16 April 2015
In previous articles I have discussed some of the “equipment” your child needs to have in good working order for learning at school to be easeful and enjoyable. Vision and hearing, good fuel and hydration are obvious to most of us. However, many parents and teachers do not realise the...
16 April 2015
What medication is generally prescribed for ADHD and how does it work? If your child has gone through a full ADHD assessment process with a paediatrician, and received a formal diagnosis it is most likely that a trial of Ritalin, Concerta or other stimulant medication will be offered. In simple...
26 March 2015
What is Autism? Autism (or Autistic Spectrum Disorder) covers a range of developmental disorders characterised by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication, severely restricted interests and highly repetitive behaviour. This includes individuals who are non-...
20 March 2015
What does Learning Difficulties expert Rosemary Murphy have to say? Rosemary Murphy opened the evening with the burning question on everyone’s minds, ‘What can be done to help my child struggling with learning difficulties?’ She explained the need to look beyond the symptoms...
14 March 2015
There are many names given to children with learning or behavioural difficulties  ADHD (Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder) ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) GDD (Global Developmental Delay) PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) ODD (Oppositional...
24 February 2015
A ground breaking, educational research study being carried out by Rosemary Murphy, Director of The Developmental Learning Centre has yielded its first results. The study’s aim was to explore the effectiveness of sound therapy on children with learning difficulties. In particular Mrs Murphy...
24 February 2015
For further information or to make an appointment contact us. Extra Lesson™ Research into the effects of Extra Lesson™ on 15 students with learning difficulties showed that students improved on average by 22 months in reading accuracy and 23 months in reading comprehension after 7...
24 February 2015
A new year means new pressures With a new term comes new dramas. This term – exams! And classes for next year! The results of both having huge influences on the future prospects of children. With so much of learning these days being delivered through spoken language, especially at High...
24 February 2015
Listen Up: Hearing Loss Linked To Learning Difficulties in Children and Teenagers Why are more children experiencing hearing loss? When children are constantly plugged in they are overloading their auditory system, which loses its protective mechanism with sustained exposure to loud...
24 February 2015
A diagnosis of autism is perhaps the most difficult a parent can face But recent research in the USA has shown that many autistic children respond well to Bone Conduction Listening Therapy. This type of sound therapy is easier for oversensitive autistic children to listen to, and this...
24 February 2015
Perhaps the greatest achievement of early life is the ability to stand upright and then to walk.  Every healthy child has an irrepressible need to move and struggle to attain an upright position, and these early movements actually build a sensory “map” of where they are in...
23 February 2015
Why is spatial orientation important for a child's development? Spatial orientation is one of the key capacities which must be mature if a child is to learn to read and write easily. The early childhood movement patterns like rolling, creeping, crawling, rocking and later walking, running,...
23 February 2015
One of the most significant differences between today’s children and those of previous generations is that modern children are very sedentary. Babies today are less likely to spend as much time as they need each day in movement on the floor Instead they spend hours each day in...
23 February 2015
During my years as a primary teacher, I gradually became aware of the children in my classes who did not seem to learn as easily or as quickly as others.  And while it's easy to put this difference down to variations in IQ, I began to notice that many of these children were not in fact...
23 February 2015
Symptoms of ADHD: What symptoms does a child with ADHD show? As a toddler and pre-schooler he will have been extremely busy and active, much preferring to play outside or run around inside, and less interested in more passive activities such as looking at books or drawing. Socially he may...
23 February 2015
A study conducted by Nadine Gaab , PhD at the laboratory of Cognitive neuro Science , Children’s Hospital, Boston used MRI to examine the brains of 9-12 year olds with developmental dyslexia. She found that compared to typical readers, children with dyslexia have difficulty processing fast...
23 February 2015
Back to school: Why do learning difficulties get worse during term time? Over the school holiday period most parents of children with learning difficulties delight in a significant decrease in anxiety levels in their children. Once school begins again however it does not take long for stress...
23 February 2015
Dyslexia was accepted by the Ministry of Education as a legitimate learning difficulty two years ago. Since that time a process of consultation has been occurring but little of real help has emerged. There are some who believe the answer is to focus on the advantages of being dyslexic and simply...
17 February 2015
A ground breaking, educational research study being carried out by Rosemary Murphy, Director of The Developmental Learning Centre, Tauranga  has yielded its first results. The study’s aim was to explore the effectiveness of sound therapy on children with learning difficulties. In...
17 February 2015
Dear Parents, I am passionate about helping children with learning difficulties to overcome these difficulties as much as possible. I am also passionate about helping parents recognize the early signs of these learning difficulties should they appear in their children so that they can access the...
17 February 2015
I am a mother, wife, teacher and educator. I began my career path at the tender age of 4 when I entered a small, private, primary school as their youngest pupil. From the first day I loved school so much that I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up! I trained as a teacher at Hamilton...
16 February 2015
Are there more children today with Learning Difficulties? If you ask any senior teacher they will invariably tell you that there are more children today with learning and behavioural difficulties than there were 35 years ago. In those days there would be one or two children who stood out in the...
16 February 2015
Every parent who has ever delivered their child to school on their very first day at the tender age of 5 years will recall the myriad of emotions which flooded their parental being at that moment: excitement that the big day has finally arrived, pride at how mature and excited your...
16 February 2015
What is dyslexia? Dyslexia is a significant, persistent difficulty with reading, spelling and writing skills in a child, adolescent or adult of normal intelligence. At the Developmental Learning Centre we believe that although dyslexia is not an illness, it does have underlying causes. These...
1 February 2015
What do ADHD and Autism have in common? Of all the learning difficulties, ADHD(Attention- Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder) and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are the two of the most challenging for teachers to manage in the classroom. Children with symptoms of ADHD are disruptive in the...
24 February 2014
Below are some of the notable research studies using an Integrated Listening Systems Programme (iLs) to treat auditory processing disorders. It is important to note that the “Tomatis Method”, as mentioned in some of the studies below, refers to a method of auditory stimulation developed...