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What does a psychologist do?

A psychologist helps people cope more effectively with life and emotional and mental health issues. A psychologist is usually registered in a category that determines what type of client they are working with. Those that more commonly work with children are the following: a counselling psychologist (focuses on dealing with emotional difficulties and challenges using counselling techniques), a clinical psychologist (focuses on clinical abnormalities) and an educational psychologist (focuses on those who have difficulty learning in the typical manner and child development as it relates to education). A registered psychologist with an interest in children is a professional who is knowledgeable on child development and who is trained to determine academic and intellectual potential in children. They would be able to identify areas of strength and weakness in your child. They are also trained to assist you and your child with emotional issues. In addition, they have a broad knowledge of the roles of other disciplines and can appropriately refer your child to other relevant professionals such as therapists, social workers and psychiatrists.

When should I take my child to a psychologist?

If you have concerns regarding any aspect of your child’s development (behaviour, social interaction or functioning in a preschool environment) an assessment by a psychologist is often the best place to start.
A paediatrician or your family doctor is an alternative starting point as a psychologist often initially refers to a doctor to rule out medical issues. Psychologists generally prefer to identify problems at an early age with the aim of early intervention. It is useful to find a psychologist through the recommendation of other professionals, or by “word of mouth”. Ideally you should find a psychologist who has experience in working with children and a history of effective intervention with them. They should have contacts for a variety of other professionals so they can refer your child as needed. Psychologists should be able to provide guidance on what to expect from your child and how best to manage her difficulties, especially in relation to her functioning in the school environment.
Preschool, Grade R
Plastic bottles/containers with lids
Paper or a funnel
Rice, pasta, screws, beans, beads (any small, hard objects which can be placed in the bottles/containers)
Stickers for decorating
Instructions: Using a funnel or a piece of paper rolled to act as a funnel, fill the bottles/containers with... Read the full article
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Toys/household objects that can be used to measure length and height (e.g. Legos, blocks, books, apples, spoons)
Have your child use different household objects to measure length and height. Determine how many Legos tall the couch is, or have your child lie down and see how many apples tall... Read the full article
Preschool, Grade R
Cookie cutters in various geometrical shapes (If you don’t have these, you can use a knife)
Your child’s favourite “cut-able” foods – pancakes, cheese slices, fruit, bread
Using cookie cutters, cut shapes into your child’s favourite foods. Discuss the... Read the full article
Finding fun activities for your children that are educational but engaging doesn’t need to feel like work. In this blog series, I’ll be giving you lots of activity ideas for children of all ages, from toddlers to Grade 3.  

TODDLERS: (ages 1-3)

Make a Shape Book

Coloured... Read the full article
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When your children lose interest in learning, you may find yourself wondering how you’re ever going to get them excited and motivated again. These tips will help you get them fired up and back on track! Be passionate about your teaching. Even if you’re having a bad day, be expressive, smile and put excitement into your voice.... Read the full article