Ann-Elizabeth Magiris: The Importance Of School Readiness Assessment | Raising Parents #41

In this episode, host Dina Sargeant is joined by Ann-Elizabeth Magiris, a licensed Psychologist. She began her career as an ABA therapist in the early 2000s, specializing in helping children with autism

Starting school is a significant milestone in a child’s life. While some countries prescribe specific ages for children to begin primary school, some children may have more skills than others upon reaching school age, while some have less. Tune in to Ann-Elizabeth Magiris and Dina Sargeant as they elaborate on school readiness assessment for parents and provide valuable guidance on preparing children for school.

Meet Ann-Elizabeth Magiris

Ann-Elizabeth Magiris is a licensed Psychologist. Her professional journey commenced as an ABA therapist in the early 2000s, focusing on assisting children with autism.

This experience propelled her into collaborating with the Victorian school system, where she conducted assessments for children facing learning difficulties and devised mental health plans. She assumed ownership of Healthy Young Minds in Bundoora, Victoria, which offers a range of services, from school assessments and educational support to child counseling and parental guidance.

About the episode

In this thought-provoking episode of Raising Parents, Ann-Elizabeth discusses her perspective on parenting, emphasizing the importance of nurturing children and teaching them essential life skills. She highlights the inevitable changes in relationship dynamics when raising a child. Transitioning to the topic of School Readiness Assessment, Ann-Elizabeth elaborates on its significance in evaluating a child’s readiness for formal schooling.

She suggests that parents typically seek this assessment around mid-year before their child starts school. Additionally, she discusses how assessment results can guide parenting approaches. Moreover, she emphasizes the importance of early intervention in identifying children’s skills and addresses concerns about assessment pressure on children.

Furthermore, she discusses observing a child’s social, educational, and independent skills as key factors in school readiness. Moreover, she underscores the significance of independence and social skills for a smooth transition to school. Transitioning to Ann-Elizabeth Magiris’ discussion, she elaborates on the challenges parents face in preparing their children for school.

Emphasizing the importance of early intervention and collaboration with preschool teachers to address any concerns or red flags, Ann-Elizabeth recommends building resilience and independence in children through various daily practices.

In conclusion

Proactive communication with preschool teachers, early intervention, and fostering resilience and independence in children are essential strategies for parents to ensure their child’s readiness for school. By addressing challenges early on and implementing daily practices that promote learning and adaptability, parents can support their children’s development and lay a strong foundation for their educational journey.

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