IS YOUR SENSITIVE PRESCHOOLER STARTING SCHOOL SOON? 

 Do you want your child to THRIVE, and not just ‘cope’?

 You are not alone.

School Ready

Every child is unique, and therefore every child has unique needs.

But what if your school starter’s subtle differences set them apart from their peers?

As your child prepares to start school, are you worried about:

  • How your anxious child will manage at ‘big school’?
  • How teachers will handle your child’s emotional or behavioural vulnerabilities?
  • The effect your complex family could have on your child’s education?
  • The impact of child’s learning, social or sensory processing challenges?
  • Your unfamiliarity with Australian schools and where you fit in?

Take heart, because School Ready is the ‘sensitive’ school readiness guide you’ve been looking for.

Filled with practical advice, strategies, resources and templates for parents and teachers of children with unique needs, Sonja Walker's best-selling book School Ready offers commonsense strategies to help your child (and you!) make a happy, successful start to primary school.

School Ready will equip you to:

  • Make informed decisions that will be in your child’s best interests
  • Build strong, positive relationships with teachers and other parents
  • Collaborate with the school community to ensure your child succeeds
  • Help your child have confidence in their classroom and playground
  • Become a champion for your child so that your voice is heard at school.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SCHOOL READY

Dr Kristy Goodwin

"...incredibly practical "

"Sonja has written an incredibly practical book about a concern most parents wrestle with: ensuring their child is ready for school. This is an issue that confronts most parents before their child starts school, but is most certainly amplified for families with children with unique needs… This is a must-read for all parents and early childhood educators embarking on the journey of preparing children for school."

Dr Kristy Goodwin
Digital health and wellbeing speaker
researcher, author and mum

"... essential reading for parents and professionals alike"

"For years, I’ve been looking for a high quality school readiness resource to share with parents of sensitive children, and from now on, this excellent book will be the one that I recommend to all of the families I work with. School Ready is an invaluable tool to guide parents through the important and stressful time of school selection and transition…The wisdom and guidance Sonja Walker shares in School Ready is essential reading for parents and professionals alike."

Caroline de Fina
Child psychologist
Founder, Best Start Clinic

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"...deals with the realities of choosing a school "

"Here is a book that deals with the realities of choosing a school. It demystifies the sometimes ‘secret school business processes’ that cloud our decision making and shows  parents how we can best navigate the sometimes daunting road of education for our children… An accessible book for any parent but also any school that wants to ensure they provide the best for their yearly intake of new students"

Henrietta Stathopoulos
Education Officer - Drama
Sydney Catholic Schools Performing Arts

"A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and practical read"

"As a mother of 3, all with unique needs of their own, and a primary teacher of 30 years, I can relate to this sensitive and realistic book. Sonja Walker has thoroughly covered the many aspects and concerns about your child starting school from a parents’ point of view. She has given suggestions of how to deal with so many situations in a humorous, sensible and practical way. Personal and professional anecdotes throughout the book add a personal and very real touch to what can be a traumatic and deeply stressful time of life for all parents, and especially for those with sensitive and unique needs. A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and practical read. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any parent of a child that is starting school."

Tracey Nicholls
Primary Teacher

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ABOUT SONJA WALKER

Sonja Walker’s mission is to help kids of all ages and abilities ‘thrive and not just cope’ and her passion is empowering parents to become strong and confident advocates for their children.

  • Teacher for 30 years
  • Proud mum of a child with unique needs
  • Founder of award-winning paediatric health and education practice, Kids First Children’s Services
  • Leads a team of experienced team of psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and teachers that has supported more than 11,000 children and families get ready to meet the social, emotional and learning demands of preschool, school and life
  • Presents keynote speeches and workshops in preschools, schools and corporate settings
  • Sought after media commentator on topics related to children’s learning and development.

GET SCHOOL READY

 

For every copy of School Ready sold through this website, one disadvantaged child and their family will receive access to life-saving clean water through Kids First Children’s Services #therapists-for-good initiative

 

Get the book

Give 30 days’ access to life-saving clean water for a child and their family

 

 

Get three books

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Bonus School Ready Toolkit resource:
Resilience & independence strategies for your school starter

SCHOOL AND PRE-SCHOOL BONUS PACKS

 

School Ready is an outstanding resource to share with parents, carers and teachers in your community. Bulk packs are available for purchase for schools and pre-schools.

  • Add value to the families who join your community by gifting a copy of School Ready to each new student at Orientation Day.
  • Purchase a copy of School Ready for each member of your staff for their reference and professional development.
  • On-sell School Ready to raise funds for your school or pre-school.

Get 10 books

1 years’ access to life-saving clean water for a child and their family

Access to The School Ready Toolkit:
Resources to share with your community

Discounted flat shipping rate - $19.95

Get 30 books

3 years’ access to life-saving clean water for a child and their family

Access to The School Ready Toolkit:
Resources to share with your community

Discounted flat shipping rate - $29.95

Get 50 books

5 years’ access to life-saving clean water to a child and their family

Access to The School Ready Toolkit:
Resources to share with your community

Free shipping Australia wide

Get 100 books

Lifetime access to life-saving clean water for a child and their family

Access to The School Ready Toolkit:
Resources to share with your community

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