Author Archive | Joalida Smit

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a particular form of therapy that uses play to engage children and adolescents to explore their psychological worlds. It is a powerful therapy to uncover the hidden motives, patterns and conflicts that may impact on behaviour, mood and coping. It is the job of the therapist to interpret those patterns in a way that […]

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Treating dyslexia: from theory to practise

Dyslexia is defined as a difficulty interpreting letters and numbers in a child with otherwise normal intelligence. In my previous blogpost I discussed the importance of the cerebellum in literacy and learning. Here I would like to discuss three other theories about dyslexia and link its importance to assessment and treatment. Phonological processing Phonology refers to […]

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Dyslexia and the brain

Dyslexia is well-known to the general public, but unlike what most people think, it is not just about poor spelling! From a neuropsychological perspective, dyslexia can be understood as a neurodevelopmental difficulty in how children (and adults) process information. It is characterised by the following cognitive difficulties: 1. Phonological awareness Dyslexics have difficulty processing certain […]

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Should I be worried?

The three-step guide to help you think like a psychologist Psychological intervention is not something we should take lightly, it is a serious investment in time, energy and money; although it may be unsettling for the entire family, it can also be a very empowering experience. I believe that the decision to intervene should be […]

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