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Local mother on raising a child with autism: ‘Never give up on your child’

Chulayo Thapelo Mthembu’s seven-year-old son Agape was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three after she noticed he wasn’t developing the way other children were.

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Does your child struggle with spelling? This might help

With silent letters and words we spell very differently to how they sound, spelling can be tricky. Here's an interesting system parents can try for children struggling to grasp English spelling.

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"Teachers have the power to change the future": taking the time to appreciate our educators on World Teacher's Day

Demanding yet invaluable, let's show up for our teachers today by acknowledging and appreciating the life-altering powers of our educators.

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WATCH: Embracing dyslexia: A father shares his son's struggle with the frustrating disorder

In 2008 filmmaker Luis Macias learned that his 8-year old son, Alejandro, was dyslexic. This documentary tackles the issues surrounding dyslexia like no other.

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This dad rewrote the report of his daughter with austism and we are in tears

When his daughter came home in tears with a disappointing report card, Shane Jackson did what any good parent would: he gave her a new, and improved, one.

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Can ADHD or autism be a gift? Yes! It's in the way we look at it

Can ADHD be a gift? What about austism? Well, maybe. It's all in the way you look at it.

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Study memes part 2: Brace yourselves – winter is here!

We're already well into both school and university exams. So we thought we'd cheer you up with a few memes because we know just how stressful exam time can be.

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“A life with Down syndrome can be as full and exciting as any other”

Actor John Franklin Stephens spoke to the United Nations, advocating for people with Down syndrome, and had everyone in the room smiling, laughing and – speaking from our own experience – probably welling up.

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Occupational therapy resource directory

Resources that will make your life easier when referring to occupational therapy.

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Sophie's story and the importance of detecting autism in our girls at an early age

2 April was World Autism Day and this year, the focus was on the empowerment of women and girls with autism. This is Sophie's story, highlighting that when our girls aren't diagnosed early on, they do not receive the support they need to help them flourish.

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How to help autistic children socialise in school

Some children with autism need a little help when socialising with others in school, while others actually prefer having fewer friends. It might just be about finding what works best for your child and adapting accordingly.

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How kids helped to design a science centre in George

Creative teaching could trigger a bigger interest in science, and could be a very necessary tool in improving education in South Africa.

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OPINION: The silver bullet to improving the matric pass rate

Cindy Glass, ex-teacher and co-founder and director of Step Up Education Centres, explains what we can do in 2018 to improve matric results.

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How to manage ADHD for happier holidays

The holidays can be stressful. Psychiatrist, Dr. Rykie Liebenberg, gives practical advice on how best to manage ADHD over the festive season and still have a great time.

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The "homework gap": SA learners who don't have access to the internet, don't have the same opportunities

Ever considered that there might be such a thing as the "homework gap"? For kids who don't have access to the same resources, it's a very real and potentially disabling thing.

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Best reading apps and programmes for children

Is your child struggling to read? These remedial reading apps are guaranteed to boost your child's confidence.

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South Africa has a reading crisis: why, and what can be done about it

Children need to be taught to read for comprehension, not just to parrot what they hear.

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14 signs your daughter may have ADHD

Does your daughter forget or misplace things all the time? Is she the classroom helper? Assessment scales for ADHD have tended to use data from boys so the signs of ADHD in girls may not be what you expect.

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Back off, mom – and 3 other things you need to hear right now as a parent of a matric student

With matric exams well under way, here are a few tips on how you can make things a little easier for your anxious teen.

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IN MEMES: The 6 stages we all go through when studying for exams

We know just how stressful exam time can be and how taxing studying can get. So we thought we'd cheer you up and remind you you're not alone.

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A few things to consider before cheating on that exam

Cheating may seem like the quickest and easiest way to do well on your exams. But have you considered the consequences if you get caught?

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Here's how anyone can become a maths whizz with Pólya’s method!

Mathematician Jennifer Ruef explains how focussing on the joy of solving puzzles, rather than memorizing rules, can actually help you with maths.

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The latest trend in SA: the flipped classroom

A lecturer at the University of the Free State shares her experiences and success with the flipped classroom method of teaching - the idea of using videos, worksheets and interaction between students to introduce them to new concepts.

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Technology can help kids learn, but only if parents and teachers are involved

Technology has once again proven to be a new and exciting way to keep learners interested and motivated to learn new concepts in class.
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