Visual aids versus visual imaging

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Visual aids versus visual imaging

Visual aids and visual imaging  - what's the difference?

Visual aids are tools such as Lego blocks, pictures, plastic letter shapes which are used to help a child grasp a concept or put together the letters of a word correctly. Children can handle or look at these visual aids and work out where to put the pieces for the best outcome.

Visual imaging is using the inner regions of the brain to create an inner picture or movie….

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 Making Words Work

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Making Words Work

I was working with a seven year old boy today who is struggling to spell well. During our half hour together it became clear that he talked to himself in patterns of ‘I can’t’, ‘It’s hard’ and ‘it’s a problem’.

I could have responded with words such as ‘yes you can’ or ‘it’s really easy if you try harder’ or ‘don’t think like that.’ We say these phrases with good intentions. Yet the words do not always shift the learner into a more positive place or affect their learning or behaviour...

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Fun or conflict?

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Fun or conflict?

Have you ever noticed the behaviours of children in a playground or at the beach? When we are on the beach  I love watching people, particularly children.  From a distance I play little guessing games – are these friends or siblings and how do they all get on together in this setting of sea, sand and open space.

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What's in a name?

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What's in a name?

Have you ever been addressed by a name that wasn’t yours? Ever had someone call you a name that was close to your name and wondered whether to correct the person or not?

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A new school year

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A new school year

I was in a stationery store yesterday and couldn’t help noticing how many parents with children were there. Each parent was reading a stationery list and the children were treating it like a treasure hunt...

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Depressing Yourself

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Depressing Yourself

In a recent article in NZ Listener Marc Wilson writes about peope “suffering panic attacks”.  I oftenhear people talking about “panic attacks.”

There seem to be a lot of them around.  I’ve never actually seen one myself.

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