School & Learning

Learning difficulties are varied and vast, from reading to math difficulties, and can impact the child’s self-esteem and academic success. Find out how the Kids Clinic can assess and develop an appropriate treatment plan that can help your child thrive in school, at home and in the community.

A collaborative approach

The term ‘learning difficulties’ is an umbrella term referring to difficulties in specific academic areas such as reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia) or math (dyscalculia). Learning difficulties are usually life-long and can either be present at birth (for example, if a person has a neurological condition that causes them to learn differently) or caused by external factors, like someone’s family, opportunities, experiences. They can also interfere with organizational skills, memory, attention, and more.

Signs and symptoms of learning difficulties are most often diagnosed during school years. They can affect a child’s life beyond academics and can impact relationships within the family. Early identification and intervention are important: with appropriate support, children with learning difficulties can achieve great success in school, at home and in the community.

We can help you

Marsden Psychology’s neuropsychologists are able to provide a thorough assessment of learning difficulties and diagnosis of dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. They will ensure that your child receives an accurate assessment of their learning and will provide feedback to you and your child’s school about the best ways to adjust learning to meet their needs. 

Furthermore, Marsden Psychology can provide support with:

  • Teaching your child techniques to improve their academic, organizational and study skills
  • Setting learning goals and determining strategies and services to support the child’s learning in school
  • Providing accommodations at school 
  • Encouraging your child to pursue interests that give them confidence
  • Improving your child’s skills, help them develop coping strategies, and use their strengths to improve learning 

If you think your child has a learning disability, our team can assess your child’s academics and behaviours in order to determine if they need additional, research-based interventions. We use a collaborative approach, working closely with the school, to monitor your child’s progress during the interventions and determine if they are meeting their goals. 

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What to expect

Making your first appointment

Once you’ve decided to try therapy, call our kind and caring admin team on (02) 9139 0126 to discuss what you are having difficulty with and book your first appointment.

Attending the initial consultation

In the initial consultation, your therapist is looking to build a picture of how you’ve come to where you are today and what you are looking to get out of therapy. Your therapist will do their best to address any questions or concerns you may have about the process.

Creating a treatment plan together

Over the first three sessions, your therapist will work collaboratively with you to establish goals for therapy. They are designed to be specific, realistic, and tailored to your needs.

Undergoing therapy

As your therapy goes on, you will continue the process of building a trusting relationship with your therapist. You will work with them to find alternative ways of thinking and behaving, build resilience and learn new skills that will help to see yourself and the world differently, and promote helpful actions in life.

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Not sure where to start or have a question?

There can be lots of questions that come up when you’re trying to make a decision about whether to see a psychologist. If you have a question that we haven’t answered in our FAQ, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.