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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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Using brain science to build potential

Many parents understand that robust vocabulary in a child can have advantages such as helping children create a solid foundation for school, but research also reminds us that early language environment impacts on more than just a child’s vocabulary.

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Giving children the best start in life

Research shows one in five Australian children are starting school developmentally vulnerable. The Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth is leading a project to ensure every child starts school ready to learn, engage and face challenges.

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The ongoing benefits of bilingualism

Researchers have found that the benefits of learning two languages as a child extend well into adulthood. For families who speak a language other than English at home, embracing that language can have many positive outcomes for their children.

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The benefits of STEM for preschoolers

In today’s world, science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills are life skills according to Professor Tom Lowrie, and by the time our preschoolers are teens they will need STEM thinking to do daily tasks and will hold jobs not yet imagined.

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The role of parents and home learning

Dr Kate Liley highlights the importance of the home learning environment in supporting children’s development. She discusses how it features strongly in research as being key to children’s language, physical, intellectual and social development.

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Starting school and the impact of age

Every year in households with four-year-olds, parents ask: 'Should I send my child to school even though they may be the youngest in their class?' The answer isn’t simple, but research indicates benefits for children at the older end of their cohort.

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Breakthrough in apraxia speech research

A team of researchers, led by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute speech pathologist Professor Angela Morgan, has made a breakthrough in identifying a potential cause of apraxia, a debilitating speech disorder affecting one in 1000 children.

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