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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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Nannies network at conference

Networking and professional development was the focus of the Australian Nanny Conference over the weekend. The first of its kind in Australia, the conference had a wide range of speakers and programs , with seminars presented by various childcare and nannying ...

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Speech treatments require multilingual focus

Treatments for speech and sound impediments must take into account the needs of children from multilingual backgrounds, research from Charles Sturt University shows. Sarah Verdon, research fellow at Charles Sturt University, found in her research into speech and sound disorder ...

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Leave time for creative play, educator says

The current focus on literacy and numeracy outcomes could inhibit a child’s creativity, a Queensland-based early learning provider has said. Sue Southey, co-director of Springwood Community Kindergarten, said increased pressure from parents for more formalised learning in early childhood has created an imbalance ...

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Budget: ECA and FDCA response

Early Childhood Australia and Family Day Care Australia have both issued responses to the childcare reforms announced in the federal Budget. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced a $4.4 billion package to streamline childcare rebates into a single subsidy. If passed, families ...

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