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Articles about Communication

Goodstart Early Learning Centre educators with child

Parent connections with early learning

We all know the importance of strong, positive relationships between families and educators, but the ability to stay connected has been challenged during COVID-19. It’s a challenge that early learning centres across Australia have had to overcome.

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Gender identity: How to talk to children

Society has traditionally told us how girls and boys should speak, look, dress and act, however children are growing up in a world in which they are being encouraged not to be limited by gender. So how can we talk to preschoolers about gender identity?

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Parenting mistakes: How to eat humble pie

Anyone who has raised a child knows parenting perfection is false. Humble pie doesn’t taste great, but it’s very good for our relationships with our little ones. Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia's most popular parenting experts, suggests 5 steps.

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Pufferfish parents: How to stop using threats

We puff ourselves up. We put on our angry face. We use our loud voice. And we threaten our children with dire consequences. One of Australia's most popular parenting experts Dr Justin Coulson looks at nine ways to stop using threats with your children.

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Preparing girls for their teen years

It’s no secret that our tweens and teens are suffering from mental illness at higher rates than previous generations, especially girls. Are there vital lessons that parents can teach in early childhood, that will help them navigate their teen years?

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The role of gestures in a child's learning

Many of us speak with our hands and now experts suggest always using our hands when talking with children. While young children are forming and expanding their vocabulary, gestures help them bridge the gap between words and the world they live in.

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Helping children build language skills

David Loyst has been studying and teaching about parenting for over 30 years as a speech language pathologist, autism consultant, and parent coach. He says it helps to think not just about language development, but ‘expressive’ language development.

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Let’s chat! Conversations with infants

While babies are born with an innate ability to tune into language, their language development is shaped by the kinds of interactions they experience from birth. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi looks at the importance of conversation.

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