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Support Kids Like Us And Be Rewarded – The Entertainment Book

We’re raising funds for the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund, and you can help!

Order the NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you’ll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and you’ll also be supporting our fundraising. PLUS, order now to receive over $100 of bonus Early Bird Offers (hurry, these sell out quickly).

Every cent we raise from sales of the Entertainment Book or the Entertainment Digital Membership goes directly to the Bursary Fund, helping us to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds – currently around 40% of those we work with.

Also, as an exclusive offer – the first ten people to sign up through us will get a free dyslexia-friendly Barrington Stoke reading book!


“The Entertainment Book is great value for such a low price. There are a lot of savings I
get back instantly. It more than outweighs the original price. There is something for
everyone casual, fine dining, adventure and family. I couldn’t live without it.” – Susan L

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For more information about the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund and why we’re fundraising for it, visit

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An evening with Judy Hornigold

KLU were fortunate to host a relaxed evening last night with Judy Hornigold as our guest of honour. She had just completed a two-day professional development for SPELD Victoria, so it was great to be able to chat and just relax. Here are a few photos.

-Ann Williams, Convener of the Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and LD Parent Support Network, Bayside, and Chair of the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund

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An Interview with… Ann Williams

Continuing our last interview’s trend of interviewing longtime friends of KLU (a great opportunity for us to catch up with Raise the Bar Psychology’s incredible Dr. Kate Jacobs), we got in touch with an invaluable ally, and wonderful person, in the form of Ann Williams.

Ann is… Indescribable. The work she’s done over the years has been truly remarkable, and the support and services that she’s given to us at Kids Like Us have been generous beyond words. She’s got a lot going on with us at the moment, and we’ll let her tell you about that herself!

We can’t express just how much we value Ann as a friend, and we’re very grateful to her for taking the time to talk to us for our latest KLU Q&A…


Q: Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Ann: I am an ex-chalkie, having taught Maths for over 30 years. I taught in three different countries in different sectors – all girls, all boys, mixed, boarding and day schools. When I retired, I ‘discovered’ dyscalculia which is a developmental disorder like dyslexia. It’s often called ‘maths dyslexia’, as there are similarities between the two.

Q: What inspired you to do the work you do with the Dyslexia and LD Parent Support Group Bayside?

Ann: I’ve seen the concerns and worries that can occur in families who have kids with developmental disorders like dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc., and the effect it can have on kids. Many parents, when their child is initially identified as having a developmental disorder, have no idea where to go to get the help and support they need. There’s an absolute need for a group like ours, and I worked and continue to work to make sure that we’re meeting it.

Q: How did you get to know Kids Like Us?

Ann: I first met Anne Jackson at a conference about 5-10 years ago, and was struck by her passion to help 2e kids. Then, about 5 years ago, Catherine Kirby very kindly offered us the use of the Sandringham premises for our meetings – and for FREE (an offer I couldn’t refuse!)!

Q: Could you tell us a little about the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund, and your role in it?

Ann: Kids Like Us is first and foremost an organisation that exists to support the young people they work with. The Bursary Fund plays a big part in that, as around 40% of KLU students come from lower income backgrounds, or families who for one reason or another find themselves in need of financial support to help their children access the support they need.

To ensure impartiality, KLU established an independent board, staffed entirely by volunteers, to review each application to the Bursary Fund and to allocate support where we can. When Catherine approached me and asked if I’d consider becoming Chair of the Bursary Board, I saw this as an opportunity to make a real difference to the 2e kids that KLU does such wonderful work with.

I am very grateful to the other volunteer members of the Board for their unfailing support and assistance, and also to the other KLU volunteers and friends who contribute their time and effort to raise funds from the community. Without these financial contributions to the Bursary Fund, we would not be able to help families in need.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the Bursary Fund, or would like to make a donation, you can do so here.

Q: You’re leading two dyscalculia and low numeracy themed events this October, could you let us know a little about them?

Ann: When I ‘discovered’ dyscalculia it became my passion. So I undertook a Masters in Education which enabled me to delve a bit deeper into the theory of dyscalculia. I also had an article published in the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties.

Over 50% of dyslexics are also likely to have dyscalculia. The problems that they have with Maths are attributed to their dyslexia, so their Maths issues are not addressed. As an ex-Maths teacher, I think this is appalling. Maths is so important. Also, there is little awareness amongst teachers or in the community about dyscalculia, so I am trying to raise awareness about this potentially debilitating disorder.

The first of the two events, Dyscalculia Counts Too, is a full-day session led by myself and KLU’s Lucie Smith. It takes place on Friday, 13th October, and is designed for teachers (K-10) and interested parents. You can find out more about it here.

The second is The Cost of Not Counting, an information evening taking place on Wednesday, 18th October, and led by myself and a brilliant collaborator of mine, Nathalie Parry. This event is designed for parents and others who work with children who have dyscalculia or low numeracy, and can be found here.

Q: What do you do in your downtime?

Ann: What downtime?! I’m retired now and am kept very busy. I am an admin of a very active Facebook group, also I find time to play Bridge twice a week and to exercise regularly.

Q: Can you describe yourself in one word?

Ann: Curious – I like to find out why and how things (and people) work.

Q: If you were a fictional character, which character do you think you’d be – and why?

Ann: Alice (of ‘Alice in Wonderland’). Partly because Charles Dodgson (also known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll!) was a mathematician, but also because so many female protagonists, for example Elizabeth Bennet (protagonist of ‘Pride and Prejudice’) were constrained by their gender, and I would hate that.

Q: What was your favourite book when you were at school?

Ann: Wuthering Heights. So romantic! I grew up in Accrington, which is a disadvantaged part of Lancashire in the North of England, not far from Howarth where the Brontës grew up. So as a teenager, when I walked up on the moors I imagined Heathcliff there, waiting for me!

Q: Finally, what’s been the best thing so far for you about 2017?

Ann: Hearing good news about my husband’s health.


If you’d like to know more about Ann, you can meet her at her free monthly Coffee, Cake & Chat mornings held in our rooms at Kids Like Us – the August morning takes place next Friday, 4th August, and you can book in for this morning here. Bookings are completely free, and just to give an idea of numbers!


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An Interview with… Dr. Kate Jacobs

At Kids Like Us we deeply value our community – the staff that work for us, our volunteers, our KLU family, and also the friends we’ve made across the years. No matter where these friends come from – government, Lions and Rotary Clubs or other organisations, we’re truly grateful for the friendship they offer, and for the incredible work they do.

One of our most treasured friends is Dr. Kate Jacobs of Raise the Bar Psychology. Kate is a long-time friend of ours, and we’re always happy to see her!

Kate is an incredibly busy person with lots to do, so we’re very grateful to her for taking the time to talk to us for our latest KLU Q&A…


Q: Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Kate: I’m an Educational and Developmental Psychologist with a practice called Raise the Bar Psychology. The clinic is in Moorabbin, though we also provide services in Collingwood. The focus at Raise the Bar Psychology is on learning assessments and interventions for students experiencing learning difficulties. I also lecture in educational psychology at Monash University and I have a nearly 2 year-old named Abbey.

Q: What inspired you to go into Psychology?

Kate: I see psychology as being fundamentally about helping people to understand themselves. I think this is incredibly important as self-understanding is the first step towards self-acceptance. Human beings are wonderfully complex and unique, and we need to celebrate and embrace people’s uniqueness rather than try and squeeze them into predetermined categories or boxes.

Q: How did you get to know Kids Like Us?

Kate: A mutual colleague suggested we get in touch with each other, so about 2 years ago I went down and had a chat with Catherine and Anne. It was very clear right from the start that we shared a passion for supporting students with their learning and that our services very much aligned and complimented each other in a number of ways. I feel like I have been working with KLU for far longer than 2 years. I see KLU as a very dear old friend.

Q: What do you do in your down-time?

Kate: I like spending time with family and friends, either playing with the kids or having a nice meal.

Q: Can you describe yourself in one word?

Kate: Inquisitive.

Q: If you were a fictional character, which character do you think you’d be – and why?

Kate: Hermione from Harry Potter. I can be a little bit of a know-it-all!

Q: What was your favourite book when you were at school?

Kate: In Primary School for the longest time I only ever wanted to read Enid Blyton books. Harry Potter was first released just as I was finishing school, and I have read the whole series countless times.

Q: Finally, what’s been the best thing so far for you about 2017?

Kate: Raise the Bar Psychology has continued to grow since we opened the new clinic location in Moorabbin just over a year ago and the team has expanded over this time to five psychologists. I am very privileged to be able to work so closely with people who are as passionate as I am about supporting students and families with learning.


If you’d like to know more about Kate and Raise the Bar Psychology, you can visit their website at Thanks again for everything, Kate!

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Coming Up at Kids Like Us

Kids Like Us has a number of events coming up in the coming weeks and months, and we thought we’d take a moment to put them all together in one nice easy-to-read list! We have a few more events on the boil at the moment, so watch this space for more info!


KLU Gardening Bee

A gardening bee for members of the KLU family to get together while helping us to beautify the KLU Garden.

Date: Sunday 2nd July

Time: 10:00-12:30

Who: Volunteers

Volunteer link:


Watch the Doctor Who Season Finale with KLU!

We’re huge fans of Doctor Who at KLU, and so are getting together to watch the season finale on our big screen! Feel free to join us!

Date: Sunday 2nd July

Time: 17:00-18:30

Who: Whovians!

Link: Facebook


KLU Writing Creatively Workshops

Four creative writing workshops that can be attended either individually or as a set.

Dates: Tuesday 4th July,  Friday 7th July,  Tuesday 11th July,  Friday 13th July

Time: 14:00 – 16:30

Who: Students from Years 3-7



KLU Open House, Book Sale, Sausage Sizzle & More!

This one does what it says on the tin! Join us for good company, good books, good food and hopefully good weather!

Date: Sunday 9th July

Time: 09:00-13:00

Who: Helpers and guests

Link: Facebook

Volunteer link:


How Can Technology Support Students with Diverse Learning Needs?

An information evening led by Dr. Cheryl Dobbs detailing a range of assistive technologies that can be used to support students with diverse learning needs.

Date: Wednesday 2nd August

Time: 19:00 – 20:30

Who: Parents, students, teachers, grandparents and friends


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Can You Help Us? Kids Like Us Volunteers

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The kids need you, we need you, can you help us?

Hi, my name’s Kylie Grau, and I’m a mum of a child who attends and loves KLU. After seeing how the kids benefit, I wanted to help support Catherine, Anne and the team who do an amazing job at KLU.

We’d love to run more social and fun programs the kids are interested in, and I’d love more parents to join me and co-ordinate some activities such as drawing/sketching, science-based activities with botanists, chemists or aeronautical experts, creative writing, crotchet, chess, book clubs, sci-fi clubs, and many more ideas.

We’ll need many hands to execute this well. Be involved as little or much as you would like, but let’s do it together. Please email me if you’re interested! We could organise a catch-up at the next Coffee and Chat morning on Friday, 7th of July, or during a weekend or evening if preferred.

Many thanks in advance,

Kylie Grau

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An Interview with… Alex Ashcroft

We’re working on a number of interviews with a range of interesting people at the moment, but while we wait to hear back from them, we thought you might like a look into the man behind the questions, me, Alex (not Alexa!) Ashcroft.

For insight into the guy you’ll most often hear from at the other end of an email, read on for our latest KLU Q&A…


Q: How did you first hear about Kids Like Us?

Alex: At a meet-up of school mums, my mum met Catherine, and the two got talking about their mutual backgrounds with young people just like Kids Like Us students. Later, when Kids Like Us needed some admin support and I needed an internship placement for a course, we teamed up to meet the needs of both!

Q: What made you decide to join Kids Like Us?

Alex: When the company running my course unexpectedly collapsed, Catherine generously asked to keep me on as an Administration Officer! It didn’t take a moment’s thought before I accepted – Kids Like Us does incredible work, and I’m happy to be a part of it!

Q: Tell us a little about what you do at Kids Like Us

Alex: I’m a kind of jack-of-all-trades/guy Friday! If something needs doing, I’m the go-to guy to work out how to make it happen. From social media to managing the website, handling sales and calls to organising events, I wear many hats!

Q: What’s the best thing about what you do?

Alex: Hearing about the incredible successes the kids have is without question the best thing about working at Kids Like Us. Recently, I organised the Inspire collection, a selection of short stories, poems and more all submitted by Kids Like Us students, and seeing the remarkable work they put together during term time, in the midst of all the other things going on in their lives, was breathtaking! We’re getting close to releasing Inspire, now, so watch this space!

Q: What do you do when you’re not at Kids Like Us?

Alex: I’m a typical arts guy! I’m heavily involved in my local theatre, helping out in set-builds, front-of-house and pretty much however else I can be useful! I’m also a huge fan of literature (by the time I’m old I’m going to have a pretty impressive library!), films (especially the Marvel and Star Trek films at the moment), sci-fi in general and video games!

Q: If you were a fictional character, which character do you think you’d be – and why?

Alex: I’ve always liked to think I’d be someone like Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings – steadfast, honourable and eloquent! …that said, I’m probably most like a background Ravenclaw from Harry Potter – or maybe Hermione! Why? I’m book-smart, deeply committed to my friends and always coming up with odd but effective solutions to problems!

Q: What was your favourite book when you were at school?

Alex: Tough call… I was a big fan of the Harry Potter books back in Primary School, and I’ve been a Lord of the Rings fan for as long as I can remember… If I had to pick one, I think I’d choose Skulduggery Pleasant at the moment – it was a book broadly aimed at kids that didn’t feel like it was talking down to me, with an interesting story, characters whose morality was never quite what it seemed, and dialogue that, looking back on it now, really reminds me of the style of things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers!

As for my favourite book now… For older readers, I honestly can’t recommend American Gods by Neil Gaiman and The Expanse series starting with Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey more – both are books I’ve read over and over, and both have brilliant TV series ongoing at the moment too!

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The Importance of Asking for Help

A member of our KLU staff and one of our students recently teamed up to put this piece together, and we absolutely love it! We’ve had laminated versions of this spread around our sites and keep hearing comments from visitors about how much they appreciate the message, so thought it would be a great idea to put this out their even further to our online community.

The Importance of Asking for Help

(to share with KLU students)

28 April, 2017

People who ask questions do better in life.

It is great to be an independent learner, but knowing when to ask for help is wise.

Some people think if they ask questions, they don’t look smart.

Smart people do not know everything about a topic or a skill. For example, writing.

Asking for help from your teacher, helps build a relationship with your teacher. You make them feel needed and most teachers really like to be helpful.

Teachers don’t know everything but they have a lot of experience they want to share.

Sometimes it’s important for students to check-in with the teacher or a fellow student to make sure you are doing the right thing (eg, seeking clarification). For example, understanding the instructions or the vocabulary used.

When it is a test you should not ask your peers for help.

Asking for guidance or clarification on parts of assignments is sensible even for the brightest and best students.


Michelle Garcia Winner. (n.d.) Thoughts on Encouraging Students to Ask for Help. Retrieved on 28 April, 2017, from

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An Interview with… Naomi Castelan

As you might remember, some time ago Kids Like Us put out a call for tutors, youth workers and psychologists. One person to answer the call was Naomi Castelan, and we’re incredibly glad that she did!

Naomi is a brilliant and truly valued addition to our team, and it’s been great getting to know her!

As with many of our new staff, we sat down with Naomi to have a quick chat about all things her, KLU life and fiction in our latest KLU Q&A… Thanks for chatting with us, Naomi!


Q: How did you first hear about Kids Like Us?

Naomi: I first heard about KLU when I stumbled across an advertisement for a psychologist on an ethical jobs website.

Q: What made you decide to join Kids Like Us?

Naomi: The approach of caring for kids as well as their families in a genuinely caring and holistic way really resonated with me, and I am so excited to be able to be a part of the community that Anne and Catherine have brought together.

Q: Tell us a little about what you do at Kids Like Us

Naomi: I meet kids to work out what they need educationally as well as emotionally, and then providing counselling if it would be beneficial.

Q: What’s the best thing about what you do?

Naomi: Getting to know the great kids and their loving families!

Q: What do you do when you’re not at Kids Like Us?

Naomi: I do a lot of playing cricket with my 8 year old so and going on train rides with my 12 year old son, especially old-timey steam trains.

Q: If you were a fictional character, which character do you think you’d be – and why?

Naomi: Pippi Longstocking – because I love adventures, and my hair has a mind of its own!

Q: What was your favourite book when you were at school?

Naomi: Playing Beatie Bow by the enchanting Australian author Ruth Park. I wished I could go back in time just like the main character, Abigail.

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Anne Jackson: Frankston & Peninsula Transcultural Network Meeting + CHIP Forum

Kids Like Us’ Co-founder and Director of Education, Anne Jackson, will be appearing at two brilliant events tonight (Tuesday, May 2nd) and tomorrow night, (Wednesday, May 3rd). At both of these events, Anne will be promoting awareness and knowledge of twice-exceptionality, and sharing her experiences of how to support those like the young people we work with.

Tonight’s event details

What: ‘The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem’ – Narrative Therapy in the context of Giftedness and Twice Exceptional Children. Anne will be sharing her insights and experiences from her work with ‘Kids Like Us’.

When: Tuesday 2nd May, 18:00 (6pm) – 20:00 (8pm)

Where: headspace Frankston, 62 Playne Street, Frankston


Tomorrow’s event details

What: “Twice Exceptional” with Anne Jackson. This forum will address what can be done to support the child who is able or even gifted but who potentially struggles with physical differences, ASD, reading, math, ADHD, mental health issues or other differences that makes the academic system see them as merely ‘average’.

When: Wednesday 3rd May, 19:00 (7pm) – 20:20 (8:20pm)

Where: The Auditorium, Kardinia International College, Bell Post Hill

Cost: $10 Members / $5 Students / $15 Non-members (no refunds on credits)


Other information: Attendance certificates are available on request for teachers and students.