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#021 Managing Behaviours Through Trigger Solutions
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#021 Managing Behaviours Through Trigger Solutions

In this episode, Rebecca and Nanci talk about sensory, environmental, and emotional triggers, and how we can meet our children’s specific needs without limiting their experiences in the wider world. As well as playing an impromptu Trigger Game, Nanci and Rebecca explore the following concepts: Safeguarding against meltdowns before they occur. Identifying the triggers behind...

#020 Finding What Works. Talking Dyslexia With Tiffany Sunday
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#020 Finding What Works. Talking Dyslexia With Tiffany Sunday

In this episode, Rebecca talks with author, entrepreneur, mother, and fellow dyslexic Tiffany Sunday about learning by trying, throwing mud at walls, finding your community, identifying your ‘workarounds’, her inability to grasp phonics and learning to read by memorising words instead, knowledge-hungry brains, and failing upwards. Tiffany Sunday is the author of Dyslexia’s Competitive Edge and You...

#016 That Dreaded ‘T’ Word Why I Hate The Word “Talented” Revisited
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#016 That Dreaded ‘T’ Word Why I Hate The Word “Talented” Revisited

On this episode of The Literate Child Podcast, Rebecca Laffar-Smith and Nanci Nott talk about The Dreaded ‘T’ Word… Talent. Rebecca revisits the blog post she wrote, “Why I Hate The Word “Talented” – The “Gifted”/”Ungifted” Argument“, makes the case that this seemingly sweet word holds the sneaky power to undermine some children’s self-confidence. Nanci...

#015 Overcoming Judgement & Encouraging Respect.
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#015 Overcoming Judgement & Encouraging Respect.

Welcome back to The Literate Child Podcast! This week’s episode is about protecting our children from the potentially detrimental consequences of judgement. Rebecca Laffar-Smith and Nanci Nott talk about their various strategies for responding to judgement directed toward their children as people, and themselves as parents. It can be uncomfortable to have to remind other...

#014 Perth Writers Festival 2017
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#014 Perth Writers Festival 2017

A few weeks ago we hung out for a fantastic family fun day at the Perth Writer’s Festival. We roamed around, pulled aside some of the fabulous writers and illustrators from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and also grabbed some rather surprised but wonderfully engaging young families. It was wonderful to hear...

#013 A Teen’s Inspirational Dedication And A Zany Circus
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#013 A Teen’s Inspirational Dedication And A Zany Circus

In our funniest episode to date, Rebecca and Nanci speak with Xanthe Turner, the passionate, dedicated, hard-working, 14-year-old illustrator of ‘Zany Circus: Paradox‘. Xanthe and Nanci talk about what inspired the Zany Circus stories, and Rebecca shares her thoughts on why she sees ‘Zany Circus: Paradox’ as a fun and exciting teaching tool. This episode...