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NURTURING THE JOURNEY OF
LEARNING

BUILDING CONFIDENCE AND
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BRINGING EXCITEMENT BACK TO
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At Step by Step, we steer clear of the 'one size fits all' approach.

Step by Step Learning™ provides individualised services to Paediatric, school-aged children.
We support our client’s in their learning journey, and equip them with the skills required to each reach their individual potential.

Just an appreciation post for our SBSL team! After a crazy few weeks in our new home, and some new faces added to our team, Peter and I are so proud of our team and business! No matter the curveballs we are getting thrown with COVID and alike, everyone is adapting and remaining so positive and happy to support our students. We are so grateful for you all. Go team! 🤜🏼🤛🏼 #stepbysteplearning ...

Maths hacks, who has them? We believe in stripping everything back to basics so that our students are understanding the concept and not trying to find shortcuts which can lead to errors and gaps in understanding! Students we often work with express they need help with say, algebra, however they were actually struggling with their times tables and division, so we need to tackle this first. All areas of maths are intertwined, which becomes even more apparent as a child progresses through high school. So it is important that the foundations are solid so that we can build on this 🤛🏼
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Question, be honest!

How many of you have watched a movie ‘based on’ a book before actually reading the book? After a conversation with one of our senior students, it got us thinking 🤔

There is so much difference in what the book details to the movie, and this is a message to our senior students – don’t cheat the system! Watch the movie, fine, BUT always read the book too! Especially when completing a novel study which requires you to identify literary techniques RATHER THAN visual techniques ✏️ #stepbysteplearning
📸 @breakingbooks
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Sprinkling kindness and compassion towards each other AND yourself can make the world of difference, especially with so much change and uncertainty happening currently.

We are PROUD to be inclusive, diverse and accepting of all the different capabilities of our students and we will always support your family in the journey to success – whatever that means for you ❤️ #stepbysteplearning
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Does your child leave off the first sound in some words when talking? Does this make it difficult to understand what they are trying to say?

Initial Consonant Deletion (ICD) is a phonological/speech sound error seen in children with more severe phonological delays. This is when a child deletes the first sound in words. For example, they may say ‘ipper’ for ‘zipper’ or ‘eddy’ for ‘teddy’.

ICD is considered an atypical speech error. A ‘rule’ has been embedded in the child’s mind that removing the first consonant in words will make it easier to say the word. Therefore we need to retrain the brain to overwrite this rule.

If this sounds familiar, or your child makes other errors in their speech, please get in touch for a chat to see whether speech therapy may be appropriate for you! #stepbysteplearning
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Mental health is an area close to our hearts. We want you to know that it is okay to not be okay! Sometimes we are not okay, and that is okay.

A huge part of what we do is encouraging children to recognise their talents, strengths and abilities. It is so important that our children believe in themselves, and feel supported, especially when they may be struggling.

With today being R U OK? day, we want to highlight that, especially during these tough times, it is so important to connect with your family and friends and be honest about how you are feeling - let’s all support and appreciate that everyone feels differently and those feelings are ALL okay! #ruokday #stepbysteplearning
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Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dad’s who are a part of our SBSL family. Wishing you a wonderful, family-based Dad day! ✨ #stepbysteplearning
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We bet when the writers were writing this sketch, thinking it was a funny concept, that they didn’t think this would actually be our reality in 2020 😂

Can you guess the movie?
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Language is complex! Do you know the difference between expressive and receptive language?

Receptive Language is the ability to understand information. It involves understanding the words, sentences and meaning of what others say or what is read.

Expressive Language is how we put thoughts into words and sentences, in a way that makes sense and is grammatically accurate.

When you hear the term “language” you may only think about speech. But language is SO MUCH MORE than just talking.

We work with children who experience both receptive and expressive language disorders. Unfortunately, they are more common than some may think - but with early intervention and the right support, children CAN thrive and develop the skills required to be independent communicators! #stepbysteplearning
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Emotional awareness is something that we learn. It’s how we teach self-awareness and empathy, and it’s how we relate to other people. Increased emotional awareness, and the ability to communicate this effectively, often helps reduce frustration in children, and is also a vital social skill.

There are many skills we try to teach the children we work with, to facilitate these skills:

✏️ Identifying facial expressions used to convey different emotions
✏️ Using vocabulary to identify the emotions we feel in different situations
✏️ Identifying situations which make us feel different emotions such as happy, sad, frustrated, excited, etc.
✏️ Identifying the emotions of other people (e.g. family members and friends)
✏️ Identifying situations which lead to certain emotions in other people

As health professionals, we are strong advocates for good mental health ESPECIALLY in our young children. Often we work together with psychologists and behavioural therapists, to support the development of these skills, as well as ways of managing the emotions. A multidisciplinary team is the best type of team! ✨ #stepbysteplearning
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One of our favourite tools we love to recommend when parents ask us what more they can be doing at home: @playosmo!

This is a great tool for our younger students (up to about 10-12 yrs) that incorporates Maths, English and problem solving with a series of games and interactive play.

Who has an Osmo at home already? What are your favourite games to play?
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#DidYouKnow that 1.2 million Aussies have a communication disability that impacts on their daily life? We are PROUD to be celebrating Speech Pathology Week with our fellow speechies this week 🙌🏼

So this week, we are bringing awareness to the Speech Therapy side of our business. Communication impairments are unseen, which therefore can make them harder to understand and super frustrating for the person who is experiencing it! It is our job to make sure that every single person can communication with confidence!

It is important to always treat a person with a communication disability with dignity and respect! Here are some helpful tips when:

✏️ Try to minimise the background noise

✏️ Listen carefully and when you’re talking, slow down!

✏️ Give the person time to respond to you, be patient and try not to interrupt them.

✏️ Simplify your language by using forms of assisted methods such as key words or visuals.

✏️ Try asking ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions if you think the person may not understand what you are trying to say.

We are BIG advocates for inclusion at SBSL. That includes gender, race, AND ability! Here’s to our fellow speechies 🥂 #stepbysteplearning
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What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?

​AAC refers to all the ways we communicate without speech. We all use forms of AAC everyday - facial expressions, gestures and written language included!

​We may not realise how often we ALL communicate without talking.

​People with more severe speech or language difficulties may need AAC to help them communicate. Some may use it all the time, others may say some words but use AAC for longer sentences or with people they don’t know well.

​We are BIG advocates for inclusion, and with that comes an understanding into how different people use tools to benefit their life #stepbysteplearning
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If being an educator has taught us anything, it is this!

​Even as an adult, there is no such thing as a “perfect way” to learn and grow! You will make mistakes, you will get frustrated, you may get judged, people may tell you you are doing it “all wrong” -and that’s okay!

​What matters is that you are learning and growing – in whatever way that looks like for YOU! Be gentle on yourself, and remember you’ve done a great job for trying in the first place #stepbysteplearning
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SCHOOL READINESS has many practical skills which should be considered when working out if your child is ready for school. These include things like:

✏️ Independence – going to the bathroom, blowing their nose, eating out of a lunch box, asking for help.

✏️ Attachment – Will your child be able to transition into time away from you? This is particularly important if your child doesn’t attend day care or a preschool program.

​We encourage parents to role play situations such as the ones above, to provide opportunities for your child to practise these skills. We also encourage photos to be taken of the environment (school gate, classroom, bag area, playground), so that when the time comes, it looks familiar to your child.

​It is normal to feel a little anxious when you are preparing your child for school. Our goal is to help support our families with this transition, especially for our special needs students who may find it a little more overwhelming. Please know that our inbox is always open if you have any questions or would like some advice on how this transition can be smoother, for you and your child 🙂 #stepbysteplearning
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Is your child falling behind in Maths? This weeks’ find is a great tool! These @pascal_press Blake’s Maths Guide books are a great resource for some extra work and some parent inclusion in homework. Parents, you can use these to see where your child’s understanding is at or where they may be lacking. These Math guides are so easy to read with visual references to help reinforce understanding of Maths topics 📚 #stepbysteplearning ...

Meet our Belinda! She is one of our passionate tutors here at SBSL. She is currently completing a Bachelor or Primary Education, and she thoroughly enjoys planning lessons that not only focus on students weaknesses, but are fun and engaging! She works with primary students in Kindergarten to Year 6, as well as Junior High School students (Year 7 & 8) in both Maths and English.

​We are so particular when choosing team members to be part of SBSL, because we believe that passion is energy, and that energy can help create a calm and engaging environment for each student! #stepbysteplearning
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#DidYouKnow that we offer morning sessions before school?!? This can be so beneficial for our students to maximise concentration and engagement in sessions! Working around a school schedule, with sporting and other commitments, can be super tough! Morning sessions can be better suited to some of our families for this reason also.

If you may be interested in a morning session, please get in touch and we will try to be as accommodating as possible ☀️ #stepbysteplearning
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Sabotage - a strategy we use with our little ones to encourage more language output!

As parents, you often know exactly what it is your child wants. HOWEVER, it is important to provide opportunities for your child to tell you this, so that we can facilitate language use and growth.

For example, if your child is pointing to an object in a jar they cannot reach, ask them “What do you want?”, “Do you want the red car?” If your child provides a short, one-worded response, this should THEN be positively reinforced with praise and by giving them the item. As hard as it is to jump in and meet their needs straight away, a little sabotage can go a long way 😉

For more language stimulation strategies to use with your little one, head to our website and check out our free resource on this topic ❤️ #stepbysteplearning
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‘The Human Experience’; our current English ‘theme’ for the HSC.

This module is all about identifying how texts represent and show the different human experiences in one’s life. This may be through examining how texts represent human qualities and emotions associated with, or arising from human experiences.

So, Year 12’s of 2020 - it’s great to know your prescribed texts back to front, but have you selected your own supporting texts yet? We are of course here to help if you need a hand with making your decision! #stepbysteplearning
📸 @bookspluscaffeine
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