Searching for Answers?
Here are some questions to help in your search for answers
Does your child have problems with:
- Mouth ulcers?
- Skin rashes or eczema?
- Persistent runny or stuffy nose?
- Colic or complains of stomach pains?
- Projectile vomiting?
- Tiredness or sluggishness?
- Is your child a sugar lover?
- Irritable and ‘out-of-sorts’?
- Does the child “go bananas” after a party?
- Is the child’s crankiness relieved by food?
- Does the child have extreme mood extremes?
- Is the child a fussy eater?
Is there an automatic “what” when you start speaking?
Has the child
- failed to acknowledge your presence when you enter the room?
- had a history of ear infections?
- indicated poor balance and poor hearing (often go together)?
- had trouble learning phonics sounds?
- over- reacted to loud noises eg lawnmower, vacuum cleaner?
- over- reacted to sudden noises eg firecracker, train?
Does the child
- forget to pass on phone messages?
- have difficulty remembering the order of things that are heard?
- have difficulty following verbal instructions?
- mix up words like ‘thin’ and ‘fin’, ‘pin’ and ‘pen’?
- have difficulty thinking of rhyming words?
- miss the point of the joke even though you know they have a sense of humour?
- speak indistinctly or too loudly or too softly?
- Do you often get the response “I don’t know?”
- Do you often need to repeat or explain simple instructions?
- Would the child rather show you something than explain it in words?
- Is reading, reading comprehension and arithmetic problems hard for your child?
Does the child have a real dislike of
- being touched or cuddled?
- having their hair brushed or combed or washed?
- change of any kind?
- standing still for 20 secs with eyes shut?
Did your child
- have a difficult birth?
- fail to explore like other toddlers?
- fail to crawl?
- climb high and dangerous places without any fear at all?
Does the child
- suffer car sickness?
- seem lopsided when they walk, stand or sit still?
- seem unconcerned about frequent falls and bruises?
- have difficulty in learning to tie shoelaces?
- have difficulty in learning to stack piles of blocks?
- have difficulty in deciding which hand to write with?
Does the child
- get headaches or feel dizzy after close work?
- have a poor sitting posture or sit in a manner where only one eye is focussed on work?
- have trouble catching a ball?
- have trouble copying from the blackboard or make numerous errors?
- have trouble keeping lines of numbers in straight columns?
- have trouble keeping writing on the lines?
- dislike bright or fluoro lighting?
- Are eyes itching or burning or sore or red or watery at any time?
- Do they complain of seeing double, the words are blurry or move?
- Is often in trouble for “untidy” or ‘careless’ work?
Where to get help?
- A Certified Irlen Screener or diagnostician
- A Cellfield Clinician
- A Learning Difficulties Specialist Centre
- A Remedial (Special) Education Teacher
- An Occupational Therapist
- A Speech Therapist
- An Educational Psychologist
- A Chiropractor
- Move To Learn Program
- A Behavioural Optometrist
- An Audiologist
- Support Groups
- Is the organisation of self and work very poor?
- Does the child have obvious difficulty starting and/or finishing simple tasks?
- Is there a lack of concentration?
- Does the child lack a sense of rhythm?
- Does the child lack basic concepts of time eg today, next week, early or late?
- Is the child haphazard in the way they look for things in a drawer or carry out instructions?
- Consistently lose things?