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Epigenetics: Child development and genes

Epigenetics is an emerging area of research. We already knew that the experiences young children have in their first 1000 days plays a role in their development. We now know these early experiences can actually change the way their genes are expressed.

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Helping a child through loss of a pet

For most children, pets are more than just animals – they're also family members. For many children this will be their first experience with death. Depending on their age it may come with questions or confusion. Dr Sheen discusses how to help them cope.

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What I want you to know about my child

The mother of a child who displays big behaviours gives a rare glimpse inside her life in a raw open letter, revealing how it feels for her child to receive disapproving looks and comments and urges others to take a moment to see her child differently.

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Top 10 Essential Parenting Questions

What is tongue tie and should it be treated? What is a normal baby poo? Help - my child has worms! Gold Coast University Hospital Director of Paediatrics Professor Susan Moloney answers the top 10 questions parents pose about children under five.

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Making friends: How to help your child

The road to social skills starts slowly for small children. How we make friends – and keep them – changes as we age, but when it comes to helping our children get started with their first friendships, what should we do and how and when can we help?

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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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Growing up with a special needs sibling

Being raised with a brother or sister with significant disabilities can bring benefits including opportunities to learn resilience and empathy at a very young age. However, it also brings with it some challenges for both the children and the parents.

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Childhood physical activity in crisis

A global report on children’s physical activity comparing 49 countries, has found Australian children aren't moving enough. The country is lagging on Overall Physical Activity, Active Transport, Screen Time and Physical Fitness, with a grade of D-.

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