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SMITH was reared the Mallee region of Northern Victoria. She later
won a teaching scholarship and worked as an Infant Teacher and in lower
primary school before marrying and raising four daughters. Four years
teaching at the Swan Hill Centre for Intellectually Handicapped Children
influenced all her subsequent teaching and was extremely effective with
any child who needed extra help with learning.
Betty undertook further studies at Melbourne State College and at Mount
Gravatt CAE in Brisbane in 1985 and this led to teaching and program development
jobs in primary and secondary positions in Victoria and Queensland.
were true stories of success to inspire readers and show evidence that
others with learning problems had achieved success. Mandy's story shows
how important it is to identify problems early in a student's life. It
is hoped that young readers, parents and teachers will find motivating
role-models among the stories in this book.
Disabilities can be known by many different names such as Dyslexia, ADHD
and Specific Learning Disabilities. Problems can be overcome to varying
degrees, while other gifts can compensate to provide a successful and
"It gives me great pleasure to endorse Betty Smith's book. It has, and will continue to provide parents and students with the support and encouragement to "hang in there" and keep going.
and the belief that everything will work out for the best are both very
important for a happy passage through school and a confidence to face
adulthood and their chosen career. Betty's book provides these qualities
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