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Early intervention critical for autism: expert

A leading autism expert has reiterated the importance of early intervention for children with autism. Benison O’Reilly, co-author of the Australian Autism Handbook, stressed the importance of individualised and intensive early intervention treatments for children diagnosed with autism as vital for ...

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Kids who lie have good memory skills

Scientists have found the first clear evidence that children who are good liars have better verbal working memories. Psychologist Elena Hoicka, a member of the team from the University of Sheffield, said: “While parents are usually not too proud when ...

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Girls may be masking autism, research shows

New research from Bond University has revealed autism may be going undiagnosed in girls. A study from the university’s Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorder showed while girls often appear more socially competent than boys it could be a façade for ...

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Opinion: reject lunchbox inspections

Over the past 10 years, I have been collecting stories and anecdotes about school lunchbox inspections. For the uninitiated, I’m talking here about the apparently widespread and growing practice of teachers inspecting the food children bring to school and deciding ...

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The power of strength-based parenting

As parents, we all hope to raise happy kids. Yet this simple goal has become increasingly complex in today’s world and there are unprecedented levels of youth depression and anxiety in Australia. Parents need to do as much as they ...

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