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Welcome to our first newsletter of 2022.  We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday break. We look forward to working with you this year.  
We feel very fortunate to have been able to run our Growing Stars Workshop in January.  Our next workshop will be in the April school holidays, click here to go to our registration page.  Thank you to our wonderful funders, the ILT, and the ILT Foundation, our partner Able Minds, and all our volunteers who help us hold this workshop.
Did you know that the Invercargill Public Library now has a Sensory Box for people who are neurodiverse?  Click here to read more about it.  Chris has also been working in partnership with Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA), and held two webinars offering libraries the opportunity to increase awareness, develop understanding and make adaption to better support people who are neurodiverse.  If you have any ideas about how we can promote awareness of neurodiversity in our community, please drop us an email on support@learningdifferences.org.nz
Neurodiversity Celebration Week is coming up next month. Neurodiversity is a broad term and dyslexia is one type of neurodiversity.  Neurodiversity Celebration Week was founded in 2018 in England by Siena Castellon.  Siena, who is autistic, has ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia wanted to change the many stigmas and misconceptions associated with having a learning or thinking difference.  Her aim is to flip the narrative so that neurodivergent students are empowered to perceive themselves more positively.  You can find out more here

We encourage schools and businesses to participate and help change these misconceptions in our community. We will keep our facebook page updated on what we are doing during Neurodiversity Celebration Week. https://www.facebook.com/dyslexiasupportsouth


 

In this video Chris explains neurodiversity.
Here is a link to a TedX talk by Angela Loucks Alexander, entitled 'Escaping the Hidden Prison of Auditory Processing Disorder' 
 
Progressive Muscle Relaxation - Getting children back into a routine and early to bed at this time of the year is hard! Children with a learning difference can struggle to turn off their busy minds and relax to go to sleep. Here is a video Chris Cole, our Learning Differences Advisor has made to help.
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