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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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The value of play to literacy and numeracy

Children may learn to recognise letters and numbers by repetition and copying, but exploring their world through play where a stick represents a horse or a plate is a hat, forms foundations for abstract thinking in literacy, maths and problem solving.

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Why talking to your baby or child matters

The world of the young child is exciting. Research tells us the importance of early communication and the need for children to experiment with sounds, babbling, making noises, learning vocabulary, and communicating from as early an age as possible.

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Why repetitive reading helps your child

While even the most welcome book can wear out its welcome when your child insists on reading it over and over again each evening, it may help to know that rhyme, rhythm and repetition are all contributing a vital part to your child’s learning journey.

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Understanding stuttering in preschoolers

Australian research has found that while stuttering is more common than previously thought, four-year-old preschoolers who stutter aren’t more shy or withdrawn than their peers. In fact they have stronger expressive language skills than their peers.

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Why spend one-on-one time with your child

Interested in boosting your child’s self-confidence, brain development, language and social skills? More one-on-one time may be part of the answer, contributing numerous benefits to a child's development according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Twin Milestones – expect the unexpected

Parents of twins can be unsettled if one child is walking or talking long before the other but it’s difficult to know when to seek advice or assistance. Associate Professor Jeff Craig says while twins can be similar, they can also be quite different.

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