Teenage Pregnancy

Even though recent studies suggest that the teenage pregnancy rate in South Africa has remained relatively stable in recent years, it is difficult to ignore the fact that 71 out of every 1000 births annually are to teenage mothers.  In 2013 there were 99 000 teenage pregnancies in our country (that’s 271 girls falling pregnant […]

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When kids are too scared to try

It breaks my heart.  They sit at my desk looking like deer in headlights: eyes wide; nostrils flaring and stubbornly, resolutely refusing to even just try.   Their potential is so obvious!  I know that if I could fast forward into the future these will be the star athletes, ground-breaking scientist and award-winning actresses of tomorrow […]

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How to help children with Selective Mutism

Children with selective mutism are physically capable of speaking, but do not speak in specific situations or to specific people. For more information on Selective Mutism and how it presents in children, read this article: http://www.childpsych.co.za/barriers-to-learning/selective-mutism/ Selective Mutism (SM) is a debilitating disorder and may have a very negative impact on a child’s daily functioning in […]

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Kinders: hoekom slaap belangrik is

Om te verstaan hoe belangrik slaap vir ons oorlewing is, is dit belangrik om te kyk na wat gebeur as jy nie genoeg slaap nie. ‘n Tekort aan slaap het ‘n skrikwekkend negatiewe effek op die brein waarvan knorrigheid, prikkelbaarheid, onstuimige emosies, vergeetagtigheid, die onvermoë om te konsentreer, ‘n aangetaste geheue en swak taalbeheer maar […]

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