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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Die impak van leerprobleme en gestremdhede

Die take wat ons daagliks  in ons gesins-lewe moet takel kan met tye moeilik genoeg wees, maar as ‘n familielid gestrem is of leerprobleme het kan dit soveel meer uitdagend wees en geweldige druk op die familie-sisteem plaas.  Dit  kan fisies en emosioneel uitputtend wees, gaan dikwels gepaard met verwarrende emosies soos  woede, frustrasie, skuldgevoelens  […]

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Teenage Pregnancy

I was recently invited by Radio 786 to talk about the worrying phenomenon of teenage pregnancy in our schools and communities.   Listen to the full interview here: Teenage Pregnancy 130217 Pt 2 Anel AnnandaleAnel Annandale is a prominent Educational Psychologist with a passion for early childhood development and a special interest in neuropsychology. She […]

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