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ODD: More than just 'bad behaviour'

If there’s one thing parents can agree on it’s that their child has had a tantrum. But how are parents to know whether their child is simply struggling with a big emotion or whether there is something more serious and long lasting to be dealt with?

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How to talk to children about disasters

Bushfires, flood, drought and other natural disasters can be traumatic for adults and children alike. Dr Andrea Baldwin looks at ways to prepare and help children cope when disaster threatens, supporting their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

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Learning to navigate life and emotions

Why is it so critical to teach social and emotional behaviour from a young age? Controlling their own social and emotional behaviour is seen as being a critical skill to help children navigate life and deal with their own emotions and experiences.

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What to do when your child is the bully

Bullying is traumatic for children, taking a toll on their physical and mental wellbeing. But what about the children doing the bullying? How should parents respond? What is going on in the child's life that means they’ve turned to bullying behaviour?

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Child speech development milestones

A child's first word is an exciting time, but often we don’t recognise that preparation for speech starts much earlier than those first recognisable sounds. As parents smile and talk with babies, they are listening to the sounds that make up language.

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Small teaching moments while travelling

For young children, the travel experience itself is education.Travel is exposing children to new experiences and broadening their minds - this could be cultural, social, environmental or geographical. But it's also about bonding and creating memories.

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Judging parents: How we learn together

Quite often there are lots of demands on parents. Raising children isn't always easy and at times parents can feel judged on their efforts. Associate Professor Iris Duhn urges more generosity and kindness by withholding judgement while offering help.

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A parent's gift guide for sensory play

We want to buy gifts our children will enjoy, but taking a moment to look at our choices through the eyes of an occupational therapist can influence our selection in ways that can also help our child build confidence, resilience and self care skills.

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