Sunday, October 23, 2011

Problem Solving in Maths

Problem Solving in Mathematics.

Learning how to solve problems in mathematics is knowing what to look for. Math problems often require established procedures and knowing what and when to apply them.
To ident...
ify procedures, you have to be familiar with the problem situation and be able to collect the appropriate information, identify a strategy or strategies and use the strategy appropriately.
Problem solving requires practice! The more your practice, the better you get.
Practice, practice, practice.

Problem Solving Plan in 4 Steps:

1. Clues:
• Read the problem carefully.
• Underline clue words.
• Ask yourself if you've seen a problem similar to this one. If so, what is similar about it?
• What did you need to do?
• What facts are you given?
• What do you need to find out?

2. Game Plan:
• Define your game plan.
• Have you seen a problem like this before?
• Identify what you did.
• Define your strategies to solve this problem.
• Try out your strategies. (Using formulas, simplifying, use sketches, guess and check, look for a pattern, etc.)
• If your strategy doesn't work, it may lead you to an 'aha' moment and to a strategy that does work.

3. Solve:
• Use your strategies to solve the problem

4. Reflect:
• This part is critical. Look over your solution.
• Does it seem probable?
• Did you answer the question?
• Are you sure?
• Did you answer using the language in the question?
• Same units?

Clue Words:
When deciding on methods or procedures to use to solve problems, the first thing you will do is look for clues which are one of the most important skills in solving problems in mathematics.
If you begin to solve problems by looking for clue words, you will find that these 'words' often indicate an operation.

For instance:-

Clue Words for Addition
• sum
• total
• in all
• perimeter

Clue Words for Subtraction
• difference
• how much more
• exceed

Clue Words for Multiplication
• product
• total
• area
• times

Clue Words for Division
• share
• distribute
• quotient
• average

Although clue words vary a bit, you'll find that there will be consistency with them to guide you to the correct operation

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Useful contacts for State Schools of Distance Education and Private Education Qld

Useful contacts

Phone numbers for State Schools of Distance Education

State School of Distance Education

Brisbane School of Distance Education

(07) 3214 8200

Cairns School of Distance Education

(07) 4080 9111

Capricornia School of Distance Education (Emerald)

(07) 4987 9100

Capricornia School of Distance Education (Rockhampton)

(07) 4931 4800

Charleville School of Distance Education

(07) 4656 8999

Charters Towers School of Distance Education

(07) 4754 6888

Longreach School of Distance Education

(07) 4658 4222

Mount Isa School of the Air

(07) 4744 8333

Phone numbers for accredited Non-State Schools of Distance Education

Accredited Non-State Schools of Distance Education


Australian Christian College - Moreton, Caboolture

(07) 5490 6100

Groves Christian College, Kingston

(07) 3808 2244

Hinchinbrook Christian School, Ingham

(07) 4776 3111

Jubilee Christian College, Atherton

(07) 4091 4627

Riverside Christian College, Maryborough

(07) 4123 1031

Queensland Regional Offices

Phone numbers for offices in the Far North Queensland Region

Far North Queensland Region


Cairns Office

(07) 4046 5222

Atherton Office

(07) 4091 0800

Phone numbers for offices in the North Queensland Region

North Queensland Region


Townsville Office

(07) 4726 3111

Mount Isa Office

(07) 4744 8222

Phone numbers for offices in the Central Queensland Region

Central Queensland Region


Mackay Office

(07) 4951 6900

Rockhampton Office

(07) 4938 4661

Emerald Office

(07) 5983 7555

Gladstone Office

(07) 4971 3600

Longreach Office

(07) 4658 4599

Phone numbers for offices in the Darling Downs South West Region

Darling Downs South West Region


Toowoomba Office

(07) 4616 9111

Roma Office

(07) 4622 9711

Warwick Office

(07) 4661 0500

Kingaroy Office

(07) 4156 9500

Chinchilla Office

(07) 4662 8600

Phone numbers for offices in the North Coast Region

North Coast Region


Caboolture, Redcliffe

(07) 3881 9600

Nambour Office

(07) 4154 0300

Bundaberg Office

(07) 4661 0500

Maryborough Office

(07) 4121 1633

Phone numbers for offices in the Metropolitan Region

Metropolitan Region


Special/Specific Office

(07) 3422 8655

South Office

(07) 3422 8655

North Office

(07) 3350 7819

East Office

(07) 3350 7818

West Office

(07) 3280 1666

Band 5/6 environmental

(07) 3280 1666


(07) 3350 7825

Phone numbers for offices in the South East Region

South East Region


Gold Coast Office

(07) 5562 4888

Logan-Albert Beaudesert

(07) 3804 9666
thank you

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Various Funding to Support Children with Special Needs

Various Funding to support Children with Special Needs
The Helping Children With Autism Package
Major features: $12,000 of funding support for early intervention at approproved providers (maximum of $6000 per fiscal year), which can be accessed up until a child with ASD turns 7. Important to note that the child must be approved for the program before turning 6.

The Better Outcome for Mental Health (BOMH) plan, which includes the "Access To Allied Psychological Services"
Major features: Can be set up by your GP, with up to 12 sessions with a psychologist or other mental health professional claimable under Medicare (we use ours to help cover DD's social group therapy). I don't fully get this program, so I would welcome any additional input from other families using it.

Carer's Allowance (non means tested -- some families might also qualify for the Carer's Payment) - Edited to add: Asperger's & Autism are automatic qualifier, PDD-NOS on a case by case basis
Major features: Fortnightly payment of $106.70; health care card

NSW Family Assistance Fund - DADHC
In NSW you coud apply for fences, play equipment, holiday using this:
Up to $2000. Not sure how hard this is to get.

Adam Scott Foundation Autism Grants Program has been designed to provide young people living with autism, the access to Apple iPads and their innovative Autism specialised applications. In these early stages, Apple iPads are already proving to be useful tools for children with Autism to improve communication skills. The Adam Scott Foundation Autism Grants Program is available to young people, aged 6-16 as of 16 November 2010, with an Autism Diagnosis across Australia. To be eligible you must be a permanent Australian resident.
More info: The Smith Family - Learning for Life - Helping Disadvantaged Kids. Look in left-hand margin under 'What we do' for more great services available. World Vision's Kids Hope Aus program mentoring Aussie kids needing additional support and their families
The Developing Foundation is a support group by families seeking appropriate tre...atment for a family member with a brain injury or a developmental disability. click your State/Ter Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres #. Register for respite by ringing frecall 1800 052 222. Entitlement is 63 days/year. See Centrelink's website for up to date information CRCC# also have a Carer Kit available at no charge that they can mail out in the post.ritory.
 Queensland has the Family Support Package

ABA Therapy As A Deductible Medical Expense[u][/u]
I found my snippet on declaring ABA as a deductible medical expense. Here are two past private rulings by the Australian Tax Office that declate them as such:

In-home Childcare can be used by families with kids with disabilities. It still costs more than regular childcare.
Enhanced Primary Care - Medicare
GP has to create a EPC plan and you get 5 x OT, speech, pysio, psychologist (5 is total but can be spread over them) if you are seeing at least 2 x allied health providers. It's per calander year and max $48.95 each.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

School Behavior Tips: Impulse Control for ADHD Children

Help children with ADHD think before they act by establishing clear expectations, positive incentives, and predictable consequences for good or bad school behavior.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunshine Coast ASD Support Group Meeting - 27th Oct

27 October · 10:00 - 12:00

Maroochy Waterfront Hotel
Maroochy Waterfront Hotel 42-46 David Low Way
Bli Bli UBD ref: map 68 H4

Created by:

ForSunshine Coast ASD Support Group (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

More info

“Listen laugh & learn that you are not alone”

The group is an informal way to meet other parents and carers of those with loved ones on the spectrum and also to meet other toddlers, teens and adults with ASD. Share stories, enjoy a coffee in an atmosphere where you can relax and feel welcome. Children are also welcome.

Guest speakers: Aaron from Child & Youth Mental Health - details to be advised.

Social Network Group 18-35 year olds - Kawana

TimeThursday 13th October 7pm

LocationNicklin Way, Kawana Hotel Waters Hotel

Created by:

Meet others who just "get" you!  This is a social network for young adults with Asperger's Syndrome/Autism (18-35 year olds)> Come along for a drink/meal and a chat and let us know what type of social activities you're looking for.

Facilitated by Nelle Frances & Aaron Roberston
Ph: 0422 621 749 or email

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Latest Sunshine Coast ASD Support Group Updates

Please find links on the Latest Updates:

Carer Quality of Life Survey

Sunshine Butterflies Newsletter

Share your Story - Department of Communities

Autism Gold Coast Quarterly Newsletter

Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2012

The Sunshine Council Draft Access Inclusion Plan feedback

Chore Charts for any age


Here is a wonderful opportunity for 8 to 12 year old neurotypical siblings of an individual on the autism spectrum to take part in an 8 week group program aimed at assisting them to better understand their sibling on the spectrum. This FREE program conducted at Griffith University, Mount Gravatt campus, assists children to enhance their own personal coping, to help their sibling, but also to let go of taking personal responsibility for problems outside their control. This is a group full of useful information, practical learning, and fun. To register your interest and find out more about this opportunity please email Emilita Cornain on

Kind regards,

The Team at Minds and Hearts

Minds and Hearts

Suite 6, Level 1, 88 Boundary Street


PO Box 5675


Ph: 07-3844 9466

Fax: 07 3844 9533

Tuesday, September 27, 2011







by October’s Sunshine Coast ASD Support Group Meeting 26 October

Unlimited rides is $15 paid on the day

Please contact me for further details  (to be put in contact with Mary or Amanda for tickets)