Enhancing Learning

Enhancing Learning

The Enhancing Learning team is dedicated to creating connections, conversations and creativity. We hope to see you at play soon. Anthea, Kendra & Sharna

We are three sisters (two teachers and one speechie) promoting and demonstrating that pretend play is a perfect learning opportunity for children in early childhood where the focus should be on creativity, innovation, social interaction and most of all talking! We want to inspire parent's and teacher's imagination and skills at engaging children not just in simple pretend play routines but in com

Operating as usual

17/11/2023

When play is everything and skills flourish - because play IS learning.
Best of all adults can play too!
It’s good for our soul.
Who wants to play (oops we mean “work”) in this awesome space? Therapists and teachers could this be where you bring your skills to life helping children grow?
Send us a message if you could see yourself in this space (with an amazing team of people). We would love to chat about options - part time, full time, collaborations…

03/11/2023

💯

It’s been rough.

I do not have the capacity to debate this tonight.

I’m working on a thing for schools (to replace behaviour charts) but it’s halfway done and buried under exhaustion, overwhelm, and general stress.

One day it will be done.

Em 🌈

P.s. ‘ND’ is shorthand for Neurodivergent.

12/10/2023

This workshop closes tomorrow so please grab a place for your child now. Karen's program has been incredibly successful and is designed specifically for children with a sensitive nature, anxiety and emotional regulation difficulties. Check out Karen's FB page or send her a message for more information.

Professional emotional coaching for your sensitive child 💖

Ready for your sweet child to experience calm and peace,
feeling comfortable with their emotions and knowing all they need to be, is themselves!

Sensitive and anxious kids seem to worry about simple situations at school, with friendships and in life.
Changes in routines and new experiences lead to bedtime worries so they avoid new places and people.
They don't like being apart from you and worries quickly escalate to big emotions and challenging behaviour.

ANXIETY has a way of taking over and holding kids back from enjoying life. It would be so much easier if they could just get in there and enjoy themselves, without the constant worry
It’s overwhelming and draining.

Parents come to us wanting their child to manage anxiety with confidence

And our Kids Workshop does exactly that: How to handle my anxious mind - From wild worries to Calm Confidence.

In this 4 Week LIVE online Kids Workshop your child will learn :

✅ Learn about Anxiety to Understand why they have these feelings

✅ Recognise their own unique responses to Anxiety

✅ Build better Emotional Regulation

✅ Develop a Plan To Deal With Anxiety

✅ Practice calming techniques

✅ Communicate their feelings and needs effectively

3 ways your child will learn to overcome anxiety so they become calm, confident & empowered :
✨Recognising Anxiety:
We help children identify and understand their anxiety, making it less intimidating.

✨Practical Skills and Strategies:
We equip your child with practical skills and strategies they can use in various situations, both at school and at home, fostering confidence and resilience.

✨Developing a Plan of Action:
Over a span of 4 weeks, children will learn to develop a personalized plan to effectively respond to anxiety, giving them an increased sense of control.

Proven techniques have helped children & teens to make life easier and help bring them more happiness & calm confidence!

Book in 👇

04/10/2023

We have had the pleasure of making new connections and re-energising past connections over the past few weeks.

We had a lovely afternoon, yesterday, chatting to Karen - Raising Connected Kids - Kids Emotional Well-Being. It is so lovely to have conversations with people who share your core values and philosophies around children. We are both looking forward to some collaborative efforts in the near future.

We re-connected with the amazing, Rachel Callander (author of Super Power Babies and Super Power Kids) and shared our respective frustrations and joys over the past year or two.

There is something so uplifting about spending time with passionate people! We definitely look forward to creating more opportunities to work with other amazing people, helping to make their little corner of the world better, for our children and families.

29/09/2023

We love Teacher Tom's philosophy and when he quotes Peter Gray it is a bonus!

"According to psychologist and researcher Peter Gray, we have never seen such high levels of anxiety and depression in our young children and much of that can be directly linked to the dramatic decline in childhood play over the past couple generations. We have the power to reverse this. We have the power to say, 'I’ll do this job, but only if we are going to do what is best for young children according to the evidence.'
We could be using our power to demand evidence-based childhoods for all. We could be doing that right now."

We must continue to push-back against the encroaching academic standards. The levels of anxiety and depression in children are just not acceptable. 😢 We owe it to them all to protect them.

26/09/2023

So exciting to see Kendra on the panel with a range of amazing play supporters at the Early Childhood Australia Conference 2023, recently. "...play is profound, essential and life changing... Not merely as an extra value addition to a child's education and development, but as a fundamental foundation for every aspect of a child's journey into adulthood." Ben Kingston-Hughes

Associate Professor Hayley Christian was one of the key note speakers at the Early Childhood Australia WA Branch 2023 state conference on the weekend where she talked about how active play is an essential but overlooked aspect of early child health and development.

All types of play, including energetic play, are vital for a child’s health, development and life success.

Hayley was part of a panel, which included fellow Telethon Kids Institute researcher Sarah Pillar, Research Development Manager with Clinikids, Dr Kay Ayre from Edith Cowan University, Wongutha (Yilda)/ Noongar/ Yamatji woman Rosie Paine, Deputy Principal, and Kendra Bell-Hayes, Director of Enhanced Learning, to discuss the power of play for diverse learners.

02/09/2023

Loving all the support for PLAY in all of the many forms at todays Early Childhood Australia conference. Listening to Hayley from UWA/ Telethon Kids and ticking off how many elements the EL centre ticks off for active play and all its many benefits!

28/08/2023

In celebration of ’s impactful work, I’m sharing some of her beautiful words each day this week while we wait for her to heal.

Photos from Enhancing Learning's post 23/08/2023

Pretty happy with our new portable pod design -1st prototype ready for testing by our EL kiddies ! The EL shopping centre has a very cool Dress Shop 😎 👗

Accommodations are critical 17/08/2023

We need to change how children are supported rather than change the child.

The Enhancing Learning system identifies how the environment and the adults supporting a child in that environment need to accommodate the unique needs of a child. When this accommodation is the right match the child can engage and learn from the world around them.

This is not the medical view of the child where “disorders” are “treated”.

It is a human view of a child.

It is a view that when a child’s needs are apprec
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Accommodations are critical We need to change how children are supported rather than change the child. The Enhancing Learning system identifies how the environment and the adults supporting a child in that environment need to accommodate the unique needs of a child. When this accommodation is the right match the child can enga...

11/08/2023

Mapping out the strategies that work for each of our individual children - reframing our language is a good option to explore to that could make a significant difference for our relationship. Some important suggestions from Dr Naomi Fisher

When Choices Make Things Worse

Self-directed education involves allowing children autonomy in what they do – but this isn’t always straightforward. Many parents think that autonomy means ‘lots of choices’, and then they discover that choices send their child into a tailspin.

Some children really don’t like choice. They get easily overwhelmed by questions like, ‘What would you like to do today?’ or, ‘Would you like sausages, soup or nuggets for supper?

Autonomy isn’t the same as ‘lots of choices’. It’s more important to have the chance to make choices you find important and meaningful than having lots of options. Autonomy means that children can make decisions about their lives, but some children will need a lot more support to do this than others – and some won’t want to make lots of decisions. It’s important to meet each child where they are.

One way to support autonomy is to reduce the demands associated with choice. Rather than asking ‘Would you like to go to the zoo or the seaside?’ it might be better just to ask about one at a time. ‘I was thinking of going to the zoo.’ If there’s no response, you could wait a bit and then try the same for the seaside, at which point they may say, ‘But I thought you said the zoo.’ For these children, it can be less stressful if they are just asked whether they would like a packet of Monster Munch rather than choosing between all the packets of crisps. An autonomy-supportive environment isn’t the same as lots of choices. The tables below outlines some of the ways in which well-meaning parents can add to their children’s stress, and offers alternatives.

This is an extract from my book A Different Way to Learn: Neurodiversity and Self-Directed Education, published by JKP. Use the code NFISHER20 to get 20% off at the check out. https://uk.jkp.com/products/a-different-way-to-learn

Photos from Next Challenge's post 09/08/2023

Congratulations to Kendra, Julie and the team at Next Challenge. 20 years ago they embarked on a journey to change the face of therapy services in Perth and they are still going strong. They have been industry leaders in their journey to change the status quo and continually push for improvement in the field. Congratulations Team NC!!

Photos from Enhancing Learning's post 06/08/2023

At Enhancing Learning we know “engagement” of the child is key - learning happens when you are immersed in something you love doing. It was time for a slight makeover of the display of our growing engagement tools that our team road test and know they are loved by children (and can handle tough love too😆). There are empty spaces we need to fill though so back to playing - I mean researching 😉
Head to our online shop to see our selections so fsr
https://www.enhancinglearning.com.au/learning-resources/

# lcdtablets

Photos from Enhancing Learning's post 06/08/2023

At Enhancing Learning we know “engagement” of the child is key - learning happens when you are immersed in something you love doing. It was time for a slight makeover of the display of our growing engagement tools that our team road test and know they are loved by children (and can handle tough love too😆). There are empty spaces we need to fill though so back to playing - I mean researching 😉

Support Your Child 04/08/2023

Do you have a child on a long wait list for speech or OT? Do you need more immediate support? Are you keen to learn more about how you can help your child WHILE you wait? Then join one of our parent workshops now. We have had a wonderful response from families in your shoes so click the link below and gain access to strategies that are helpful immediately!

Support Your Child This interactive and engaging workshop has been designed specifically for families supporting a child with emotional regulation, sensory or communication difficulties. Come along and discover key strategies you can use immediately and gain an understanding of the underlying reasons for your child& #3...

Support Your Child 31/07/2023

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR OUR WORKSHOPS.
Support your child with behaviour, regulation, communication difficulties.

Support Your Child This interactive and engaging workshop has been designed specifically for families supporting a child with emotional regulation, sensory or communication difficulties. Come along and discover key strategies you can use immediately and gain an understanding of the underlying reasons for your child& #3...

Photos from Enhancing Learning's post 28/07/2023

Wheatbelt Early Childhood Conference set up and ready for fun 🤩

28/07/2023

Bobby Bear is making children laugh eating pizza

The importance of parents and teachers understanding systems thinking 26/07/2023

Feeling inspired by an article by Leyla Acaroglu so I felt compelled to share how powerful systems thinking is for helping parents and teachers to better support children with developmental differences (children not making the same progress in certain skills).

We start our training sessions about our learning framework with a systems thinking explanation.

Every session.

Because at the heart of every challenging behaviour or difference in developmental progression, is a system.

It’s critical
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The importance of parents and teachers understanding systems thinking Feeling inspired by an article by Leyla Acaroglu so I felt compelled to share how powerful systems thinking is for helping parents and teachers to better support children with developmental differences (children not making the same progress in certain skills). We start our training sessions about ou...

25/07/2023

Feeling so grateful for the wonderful people we are surrounded by in the Enhancing Learning team. They care deeply, go above and beyond, strive to find better ways of doing things and bring out the best in themselves and those around them. We have received so much beautiful feedback from the families we work with in the recent weeks and I just wanted to share the joy 🙌🫶

Photos from Wheatbelt Early Childhood Educator Conference & Family Expo 2023's post 25/07/2023
21/07/2023

Do you have a child on a long wait list for speech or OT? Do you need more immediate support? Are you keen to learn more about how you can help your child WHILE you wait? Then join one of our parent workshops now. We have had a wonderful response from families in your shoes so click the link below and gain access to strategies that are helpful immediately!

17/07/2023

There is time…

Mind the Play Gap

The pressure to teach things to your children starts early. The parents of two and three year olds tell me that they feel that they should be stopping their children from playing to teach their children their letters and enrol them in swimming lessons. They tell me that already by the early years of primary school, many children have structured after school activities every day. They worry that if they don’t follow suit, their children will be disadvantaged. They worry that their children will never catch up if they miss those essential early lessons.

It’s odd, because one thing is certain. If, as an adult, I feel that I have missed any part of the things children learn at primary school, it won’t take me long to catch up. If I’ve managed somehow to skip learning about the ancient Egyptians (a topic covered in British primary schools), I can read a book or two and soon I will know as much as your average 8-year-old does after completing their Ancient Egypt topic. Certainly I will know as much as that 8-year-old remembers thirty years later. Even when it comes to basics such as learning to read or numeracy, it does not take as long for adults who did not have the opportunity to learn in childhood to acquire these skills in adulthood. They do not have to go back and complete 7 years of primary education in order to reach the level of an eleven-year-old.

Primary school goes slow, and there’s a reason for that. Young children find formal academic learning harder than most adults. They find all the non-academic demands of school challenging and they aren’t necessarily motivated to learn what they are being taught. For all the talk of children being like ‘sponges’, most of them do not soak up academic knowledge effortlessly. Many of them find it hard to do all the things school requires of them.

There are situations in which young children learn ‘like sponges’, but these are generally immersive situations. Put a young child in a environment where everyone is speaking a foreign language, and they are likely to learn how to speak it more efficiently than an adult in the same situation. Put them in a situation where they can explore and test out hypotheses (like working out how to use an electronic device or games console), and again, they’ll learn more quickly than your average adult who is likely to wait to be told what to do or ask where the instructions are. They are less afraid to get it wrong than adults, and so they dive right in.

So no, I don’t worry about children missing out on early structured ‘learning’ opportunities. I think that can be caught up later, when the child is ready.

What I do worry about is play. I can’t go back and spend my days playing in the way that my children can. If I missed out on playing as a child, it’s not simple to go back and do it in adulthood. That stage in my development is passed. My time for free imaginative play is over. That doesn’t mean I can’t play in other ways, but it does mean that I can’t really get excited or immersed in dinosaur tea parties or role-playing Puss-in-Boots. I can catch up on missed curriculum, but I can’t go back and catch up on years of play.

Yet we don’t think twice about stopping children playing to do the things that we as adults deem important. When we worry about them missing out on early phonics or extra maths, we rarely think about all that playing time they lose when we try to persuade them to sit still and do what they are told. We value adult-led activities over child-led, every time, and our children miss out as a result.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Shout it from the hilltops. Childhood is the time for play.

Illustration: Alex Guillaume under Unsplash

2023 EYES Conference & Retreat | Humanitix 16/07/2023

Wonderful PD opportunity for educators coming up! The first EYES conference since covid and we are excited to be there. Please share as far and wide as you can.

2023 EYES Conference & Retreat | Humanitix 2023 EYES Conference & Retreat, Hosted at Swan Valley Adventure Centre, 58 Yule Ave, Middle Swan WA 6056, Australia, Fri 18th Aug 2023, 4:00 pm - Sat 19th Aug 2023, 8:00 pm AWST. Tickets are between $40-$230. Only on Humanitix

28/06/2023

In breakout session three of our Wheatbelt Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Conference one of the sessions you can choose from is "Supporting oral language, communication and regulation in the classroom", presented by Anthea and Kendra from Enhancing Learning.

Check out the session brief below!

"With Speech and OT waitlists at an all-time high, many early years educators are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. If you are asking yourself the following questions:

👉Can I better support children with speech and language difficulties?
👉Can I better support children with self- regulation issues?
👉Is there anything I can do while children are on a waitlist?
.. then this session is perfect for you!

Discover key strategies developed by our speech pathologists, occupational therapists & teachers that you can use immediately. But best of all see how it can all be done through pretend play!"

You can find the whole program, complete with breakout session information on our website!

Enhancing Learning

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TryBooking 23/06/2023

Don't forget to have a look at the Wheatbelt Early Childhood Conference & Expo. We will be presenting 2 workshops and there are many other fabulous workshops on offer. Please share with anyone who lives or works in the Wheatbelt area.

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What’s happening at Enhancing Learning 05/06/2023

Since we opened the doors to our Enhancing Learning Centre in Mandurah, Western Australia there has been a consistent focus - building a wonderful team and community who

* value child agency,
* embrace neurological and physiological approaches to learning, and
* value growing great humans.

We would like to welcome new members to the EL community and offer a summary to current members of the latest updates to our new learning site.

* Our Turn on Learning Map can be downloaded for use by pa

What’s happening at Enhancing Learning Since we opened the doors to our Enhancing Learning Centre in Mandurah, Western Australia there has been a consistent focus - building a wonderful team and community who * value child agency, * embrace neurological and physiological approaches to learning, and * value growing great humans. We would....

01/06/2023

If only schools could focus on progression not year expectations

A teacher’s challenge: keeping students switched on to learn in the classroom 30/05/2023

It’s the first day of term and you are standing in front of a class full of beaming faces. Well, maybe not all beaming.

Some are still crying in the arms of their mums and dads.

Others are wandering around the classroom touching things.

Some are deep in conversation with a peer rather than showing any real interest in you.

You are an amazing teacher. You have prepared in depth for this new beginning, this fresh set of students eager to learn. You have planned in great detail the curriculum y
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A teacher’s challenge: keeping students switched on to learn in the classroom It’s the first day of term and you are standing in front of a class full of beaming faces. Well, maybe not all beaming. Some are still crying in the arms of their mums and dads.

Enhancing Learning - Home 16/05/2023

We are calling for Expressions of Interest for an Occupational Therapist to join our amazing team. Please have a look at our ghost platform - https://enhancing-learning.ghost.io and website - www.enhancinglearning.com.au to understand our play-based philosophy on therapy. Please forward your resume to [email protected] if you are ready to help us build connections, start conversations and embrace creativity.

Enhancing Learning - Home Enhancing Learning provide Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Educational Consulting in the Greater Mandurah area. We provide support for families and allow children to develop at their own rate.

07/05/2023

“Unconditional positive social interaction” might be my favourite phrase I’ve read in awhile ❤️

I sat in on a behavior plan meeting one time where the adults were somewhat baffled. All the “usual tricks” hadn’t worked for the child: reward charts, earning privileges, stickers, etc.

Finally what they agreed as a team to put into the behavior plan was that this child would respond best if given “unconditional positive social interaction” with the adults in their life. The presenting therapist went on to explain that even though it might seem unorthodox, this positive social interaction should not be tied to anything the child did or didn’t do, but just to build rapport with them that they could draw strength from to participate in classroom routines and so on.

I was glad that that was what we settled on, since I agree with that more than I agree with a "behavior plan". It seemed a little silly to have to write into a plan, because I’m pretty sure if we just treated *all* children that way…they would flourish in the context of connected relationship.

[Image description: A quote written over a picture of a boy walking into school with a backpack. The quote reads, "If a child doesn't feel safe in school, doesn't feel heard or doesn't like their teacher, a behavior plan will not be effective. If a child feels safe in school, feels heard and likes their teacher, a behavior plan will not be needed." The quote is by Greg Santucci, Occupational Therapist.]

02/05/2023

Looking for support for your child with emotional regulation difficulties, communication or language concerns? Then join us for an informative and engaging workshop on Friday 19th May at 9.30 am. Tickets are $60 each and all other details are in the flyer below.
Please feel free to share to anyone who may be looking for immediate strategies to support children particularly those sitting on a wait list for speech, OT or a paediatrician.

22/04/2023

We are looking forward to a road trip to the Wheatbelt to keep talking about learning, development and play!

Anthea and Kendra from Enhancing Learning will be joining us at the Wheatbelt Early Childhood Educators Conference on July 29!

Here is some information about their sessions:

Session 1: Building Connections, Conversations and Creativity.
The demands of the early childhood environment have changed dramatically over the past few
years, with reduced access to allied health, increased demands from governing bodies and
increasing societal changes. How do we navigate this changing landscape? Come and discover
how a few key tweaks to the systems you already have in place could be the difference in
creating environments that are full of children and adults connecting, conversing and creating.
Walk away with a framework to support your current strategies and a couple of new strategies
to add to your toolbox.

Session 2: Supporting Oral Language, Communication and Regulation in the Classroom.
With Speech and OT waitlists at an all-time high, many early years educators are feeling
overwhelmed and frustrated. If you are asking yourself the following questions:
· Can I better support children with speech and language difficulties?
· Can I better support children with self-regulation issues?
· Is there anything I can do while children are on a waitlist?
.. then this session is perfect for you.

Discover key strategies developed by our speech pathologists, occupational therapists &
teachers that you can use immediately. But best of all see how it can all be done through
pretend play!

Check out our website to see the other great workshops we have planned!

Enhancing Learning

https://www.wheatbeltconference2023.com.au/conference

01/01/2018

The 4 year olds paw patrol pups needed rescuing...

30/12/2017

We are not yet there - still need to get this message out...

Maybe we need to adjust our early education mindset...

08/12/2017

A lovely morning watching 1-4 year olds engaged across the continuum of pretend play. Some even quickly stepping up to linking the pods - the pizzeria running out of dough triggered a boy to dash to the supermarket while boys & girls purchasing tools from the hardware shop proceeded to fix up pods, tables & signage. Thanks for having us at your Christmas party Fairview Play Cafe!

01/12/2017

Teacher Tom

Love reading Teacher Tom's thoughts on so many things!👏👏👏

If our goal is well-adjusted, "successful" citizens, we know what we need to do. In the early years, it isn't about reading or math. It's not about learning to sit in desks or filling out work sheets or queuing up for this or that. If we are really committed to our children, we will recognize that their futures are not dependent upon any of that stuff, but rather this really hard, messy, emotional work we do every day as we play with our fellow citizens.

27/11/2017

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Play is children’s language, children’s work and children’s relaxation. Children need to play for healthy development.

Everyone benefits when we invest in the early years. Sign up to show your support for the campaign and to stay updated with how we achieve change: http://www.everyonebenefits.org.au/getinvolved

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19/11/2017

Let's Pretend Play

It was such a great day. Congratulations to the organisers of the event. The activities were fantastic and we loved being a part of it.

What an amazing morning as part of the Big Pram Walk Busselton - such a great event and so many lovely people to meet!

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