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By Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist  Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder impacting social skills, language and communication, sensory sensitivities and rigid or repetitive behaviours. Autism is a spectrum disorder meaning each person with autism may present differently and therefore can require different supports. While the disorder is a lifelong condition, there Read more

Stephen Lamb, Victoria University and Shuyan Huo, Victoria Read more

Heather Fehring, RMIT UniversityIf you ask any parent if they Read more

 by David KinnaneWithout Google or Wikipedia, can you name all the members of the Jackson 5?Everyone knows Michael. Most of us over the age of 35 know Jermaine. After a bit of effort, some of us will remember Tito and Marlon. But there’s another one: the member I almost always forget at trivia nights.*Much the same happens when it comes to naming the five, Read more

* by Jackie FrenchThe ‘magic book’ Read more

Preparing for Naplan

Emotional Health

 by Andrew FullerLet’s start by letting you know what NAPLAN is not. It is not a measure of how intelligent you are. It is not a measure of what you are capable of. Your results on NAPLAN don't affect if you pass the year or not.We want you to do your best on NAPLAN but we don’t want you to worry about it. Worry never helps you to do your best. If you have Read more

 Author Val BadhamReprinted with kind permission from SPELDNSWMost children start school already knowing that words are made up of different sounds, are aware of words that rhyme and can identify the beginning sound of a word. This is known as phonemic awareness.Educational research in the past twenty years has identified Read more

Margaret Kristin Merga, Murdoch University and Saiyidi Mat Roni, Edith Cowan University. There is a common perception that children are more likely to read if it is on a device such as an iPad or Kindles. But new research shows that this is not necessarily the case.In a study of children in Year 4 and 6, those who had regular access to devices with eReading Read more