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Helping struggling families in need

At times we have all known families who are struggling and perhaps wondered how to approach them with offers of help, while many other families suffer silently refusing to admit to anyone they're in need. So how can we help our vulnerable families?

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Dyspraxia: signs, and support for children

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), commonly known as dyspraxia, is more than just clumsiness. It is a motor skill disorder that primarily affects an individual’s ability to learn and perform motor skills. Brian and Sam Elbers know the challenges.

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Children’s book helps kids with anxiety

Author Katrina Roe aims to help children with feelings of anxiety through her book Gemma Gets the Jitters, providing a valuable learning and story-telling resource for parents of children dealing with their child’s distressing phobias or anxiety.

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Yours, mine and ours: blending families

Navigating a blended family can be tricky. Instant children and siblings, along with new additions. The dynamics can make your head spin. We talk to one couple who have made it work.

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Harrison Craig’s story of resilience

Harrison Craig was bullied for his stutter growing up, but went on to discover his talent for singing and win television talent show The Voice in 2013. Through his book Harrison’s Song he encourages children to find their talent and overcome challenges.

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Living with children’s food allergies

When Katrina Roe’s daughter was three years old and heading to a friend’s birthday party, her mother was astonished to hear her daughter say that she hated parties. Her food allergies left her feeling isolated and removed from her friends and the festivities.

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Dealing with childhood asthma

Emily Eases Her Wheezes is Katrina Roe’s second picture book. In the book, Emily the elephant, who gets asthma, is not allowed to exercise. The book was listed as a Notable Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

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