Learning Solutions is a project of Anxiety Solutions CBT Psychology Practice.
Learning Solutions arose out of an observed need. Many parents are anxious about the well-being of their children. One area of concern is a child’s learning. Another area of concern is a child’s behaviour.
Sometimes parents just do not know where to turn or who to trust when assessing their child. At other times parents have been on a journey of having their child assessed by several professionals and still feel confused.
Renee Mill realised that parents want clarity about:
- The diagnosis of their child
- The way their child learns
- The best way to treat the problem(s)
- The meaning of the report(s) given out by therapists
Having worked for over a decade as part of a multi-disciplinary team in Johannesburg, Renee believed that the best way to solve this problem is:
- Have a child assessed comprehensively, holistically and in a 3 dimensional manner
- Bring together several experts to brain storm about the issues
- Help parents understand the jargon and reports so that parents can be part of informed decision making
- Plan the treatment so that parents have clear goals and outcomes
- Work with therapists whose focus is on doing an expert assessment and where there is accountability
It is very common that when a child has learning difficulties, they end up doing the rounds of assessments. For example, Joe’s teacher may recommend an OT assessment. Mom takes Joe for the assessment and after that he has a year of occupational therapy.
The next teacher believes that it is a language processing difficulty. Mom takes Joe for a language assessment. The speech pathologist recommends that Joe has speech therapy once a week. The OT says Joe still requires OT. Joe goes to 2 therapies for the year.
The next year, Joe’s latest teacher feels that it is an emotional issue. Off Joe goes to a play therapist and sure enough she recommends play therapy once a week. Mom is now confused. Is it an emotional issue? Which therapy should she prioritise? Who can she ask as each therapist believes their therapy is paramount?
Each child is unique. Sometimes a child only needs one type of therapy and understanding the problem, and solving it, is simple. However, too often the scenario above plays out.
If you have experienced what Joe’s mum has, we can help you.
If you have not started your journey of assessments but would like a comprehensive assessment from the get go, we can help you.
For more information call 02 9328 5899.