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By Melissa Bourchier IQ Tests, Intelligence Testing, Cognitive Assessments, Educational Assessment, Achievement Tests… These terms are very confusing! Let’s look at two groups of testing here: IQ (Intelligence Quotient) testing, intelligence testing, and cognitive assessments are one group. I will refer to this as a cognitive...

  Although becoming a parent can be an amazing experience, it can also bring a multitude of challenges. Whether you are preparing yourself for parenthood, or are already a parent, recognising the changes that may occur when you have a baby can help you understand how...

After a couple become parents, their perception of their relationship can shift to incorporate their children. It’s easy to see how this shift can happen. Children, especially in the early days, demand a lot of time and energy, and the focus a couple used to...

We would define balance as: 1) the even distribution of weight that enables someone or something to remain upright and steady; 2) a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. Balance as a verb, is defined as "to place...

With so many Psychologists to choose from, how do choose the right one for you? People like you seek help from a Psychologist for a number of reasons such as sleep difficulties, loss and grief, building confidence and self esteem, anxiety, depression, marital or relationship difficulties,...

When your child has a problem, view this as an opportunity to teach and connect! Have your child explain the problem to you in their own words, without interruption. This will help them develop language to get help in future; to break the problem up into causal steps; and...

The Festive Season is a busy time of the year that can be both joyful and overwhelming. Social gatherings, presents, shopping, cooking, decorating, preparing. All of these things plus the more than usual contact with family and friends can elicit difficult emotions and some personal...

There can be a lot or pressure during the Christmas period to spend, spend, spend. For those struggling financially, this can cause a lot of stress and worry. A  fun filled Christmas does not necessarily need to be an expensive one. These tips from Vida will  help you reduce financial stress, without making your Christmas any less special. 1. Make a Realistic Budget in Advance and Stick to it: This will need to cover presents, groceries, decorations, Christmas tree, get-aways, etc. 2. Reduce the Cost of  Buying Presents:  Decide a present price limit with your family and ask everyone  to stick to it. Buy presents for children only Organise Kris Kringle, where everyone only buys a present for one adult and one child in the group. Offer to give your time: e.g. babysit, bake a birthday cake, walk the dog, pick off/drop off children to school. You could make and give vouchers so they have something to open. Put hampers together with home cooked treats made by you. This is often a much appreciated gift.  This could include short bread, almond meringues, chocolate truffles, and ginger bread. Plan presents to buy: this will save time and minimises the chances of impulse buying (and spending more). Check out the post Christmas sales, as these can be a great place to buy presents for next year. 3. Reduce the cost of Hosting...

Although Christmas is often thought of as a time of joy unfortunately for a lot of Australians it can be a time of isolation and dread.  Things such as distance from loved ones, financial difficulty, mental health issues and conflict can be reasons why someone...