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Dad: A film about autism and fatherhood

The 36-minute short film Dad was produced by Autism Awareness Australia, and recounts the stories of 12 Australian fathers talking about their parenting success stories, struggles and what it means to be a father to a child on the autism spectrum.

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Tantrums, defiance and how to respond

All parents experience the challenges associated with their children being ‘oppositional’, it’s the extent of the problems that indicate whether the child’s tantrums or defiance go beyond what you should expect from your average toddler or preschooler.

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Brain scans predict variations in ADHD

Using neuroimaging techniques, The Children’s Attention Project at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, has found that distinct brain patterns can help explain variations in the way children present with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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How mental health impacts on learning

Some children start school with anxieties or behaviour problems, making it hard for them to focus on learning in the classroom. Australian researchers have found a link between the mental health of five year olds and their ability to learn at school.

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How to raise kind and helpful children

It may not seem like it at times, but children want to help. As parents, it's our job to nurture and guide our children's natural inclination to be kind so they develop a lifelong habit. So how do raise kind, helpful, respectful and responsible children?

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Helping children express gender identity

Some parents may find children's confronting gender questions difficult to answer. Professor of Psychiatry Louise Newman urges parents not to panic or be cross, but to keep the conversation going, ensuring children never feel guilty or ashamed.

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Brain imaging to shed light on autism

In world first, researchers from Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute are using brain imaging to try to better understand why some autistic children develop typically in their first couple of years, before showing a drastic loss of skills.

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5 childhood illnesses: A parent's guide

Whether it’s ear infections, coughs, colds, stomach bugs or something more serious, it’s helpful for parents and carers to know the signs and symptoms and when to seek medical attention. Dr Ryan Harvey outlines five childhood illnesses to be aware of.

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