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Talking to Infants Gives them a Headstart on School

<a href="/articles/talking-to-infants-gives-them-a-headstart-on-school">Talking to Infants Gives them a Headstart on School</a>

Stanford researchers have shown that children whose parents engage them in frequent conversation get a head start on the language skills they'll use in school. Anne Fernald and colleagues at Stanford University conducted experiments that revealed parents who talk to their infant more are improving their child’s language processing skills, which in turn, helps them to learn vocabulary. Exposure to ‘child-directed speech’ – different to overheard speech – appears to sharpen an infant’s ability to process spoken language, critical to language development. Read full article

Reducing the Risk of Harm from Allergies with Empathy

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2014/02/04/reducing-the-risk-of-harm-from-allergies-with-empathy">Reducing the Risk of Harm from Allergies with Empathy</a>

The adorable first-day-at-school montages crowd my newsfeed on Facebook – little legs swimming in kaftan-sized uniforms, half a face emerging from under a too-big hat, tiny shoulders swallowed by cavernous backpacks. I love the end-of-day pictures the most – pigtails askew, shoe laces lying like puddles around bitumen-scuffed shoes, tired but happy smiles that say “I did it!” Read full article

Research and Evidence on School Starting Age

<a href="/articles/research-and-evidence-on-school-starting-age">Research and Evidence on School Starting Age</a>

Earlier this month the "Too Much, Too Soon" campaign made headlines with a letter calling for a change to the start age for formal learning in schools. Cambridge researcher David Whitebread, explains why children may need more time to develop before their formal education begins in earnest...There are several strands of evidence which all point towards the importance of play in young children’s development, and the value of an extended period of playful learning before the start of formal schooling. Read full article

Let's Read - The Australian Government's Call to Families of Young Children

<a href="/articles/lets-read-the-australian-governments-call-to-families-of-young-children">Let&#039;s Read - The Australian Government&#039;s Call to Families of Young Children</a>

A National Early Literacy Campaign launched this week in Australia aims to see all Australian children gain the foundation skills for language, literacy, and ultimately, learning success. Let’s Read is an Australian Government initiative developed by Royal Children’s Hospital’s Centre for Community Child Health, to be implemented by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The Smith Family. The campaign delivers this important message - reading with children aged 0-5years is probably the single-most important activity parents can do with their children to enhance their child’s future ability to read and write. Read full article

8 Ideas - Helping Your Child Settle Into School

<a href="/articles/8-ideas-helping-your-child-settle-into-school">8 Ideas - Helping Your Child Settle Into School</a>

For some parents, it’s one of the hardest goodbyes – the day when you leave your five year old at primary school for the first time. It’s no easier when friends gloat about how well prepared their child was, and tell you all the tricks and hints they used to get them used to the idea of ‘big school’...Following are 8 tips to help your child settle at primary school – each of these alone or together will help you and your child ease into the new experience... Read full article

Starting Primary School can be an Emotional Rollercoaster

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2012/03/06/starting-primary-school-can-be-an-emotional-rollercoaster">Starting Primary School can be an Emotional Rollercoaster</a>

It’s several weeks into the primary school year and my five-year-old son is experiencing his share of ups and downs adjusting to life at ‘big school’. The highs (for both of us) include waving me happily off each morning, and the beautiful hug he gives his sister every afternoon on their reunion at the school gates ... But then there are the difficult moments. Such a big life change has also come with its fair share of big emotions for my sensitive boy. After trying so hard to concentrate and control his impulses all day, those emotions often came home looking for an outlet. Any small thing has the potential to set him off ... Read full article

25 Words Your Toddler Should Know and More

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/21/25-words-your-toddler-should-know-and-more">25 Words Your Toddler Should Know and More</a>

Perhaps intriguingly called "Is Your Child Normal" in this segment on Channel 9 Mornings I talked about a recent conference topic of the 25 basic words most toddlers should know - and then we chatted about some preschool and school readiness issues. Parents should not panic if their toddler does not know how to say all the words on this list but it is interesting to read what Professor Descorla (Professor of Psychology and Director of the Child Study Institute, Yale University) recommends parents look for. Read full article

From Toddler to Big Boy - the Great Testosterone Surge

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2011/04/05/from-toddler-to-big-boy-the-great-testosterone-surge">From Toddler to Big Boy - the Great Testosterone Surge</a>

My son recently turned 5. I remember 12 months ago when he turned 4, thinking – that’s it, that’s the end of my baby. I couldn’t even classify him as a toddler any more – he was really a kid. His vocabulary was growing every day, and combined with his natural curiosity this meant he was asking increasingly complex questions about the world around him. He had begun to show some resilience and self-control as he matured. And then something peculiar happened. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education, Part 2 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-2-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education, Part 2 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 2 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about working with primary school teachers and about the importance of emotional intelligence for children's school readiness Read full article

Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder and the New School Year

<a href="/articles/kids-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-the-new-school-year">Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder and the New School Year</a>

Julia Richardson's article helps parents find ways to help kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (and Asperger’s Syndrome) deal with the annual challenge of new teachers, new classrooms, new classmates and a new routine. Stress caused by change is a big challenge for children with ASD but there are things that parents and schools can do to help. Read full article