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  • Plan B? – 10 Tips for Managing Your Explosive Child

    When faced with defiant or violent behavior, most parents try “Plan A,” where they impose their will on an oppositional child. The problem? Plan A doesn’t work. Parents who move to “Plan B” — a collaborative and proactive parenting style — have a much better chance of solving their children’s behavior problems.

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  • Daydreaming or Distracted – Misunderstanding ADHD

    We all have students in class who look as if their brains may have been hijacked. These are the students who have a faraway look in their eyes and struggle to stay present during the school day. They fail to make efficient transitions between activities and classes. They often arrive late and can't get oriented to classroom tasks. For years, I have referred to these students as "daydreamers." But after learning more about what is behind their struggle to stay present in class, I've come to realize there is a serious problem with doing so.

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  • School’s Veggie Garden Brings Community Together

    Arden Anglican School in Beecroft is reaping the benefits (literally!) of a partnership with local businesses to build a school veggie garden.

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  • Helping with Older Adult Well-being

    For some, listening to the radio is a way to kill time while driving or catch up on the day’s news, but for older adults the desire to tune in might have deeper implications.

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  • Something for Dads – Being an Active Father

    I was genuinely surprised by what it meant to become a father. My ‘arrival’ into this lofty status was etched on the reassuring words of other dads – statements like ‘You’ll be right mate’ or ‘It’s the best thing ever’. So when I found out this wasn’t strictly true – at least for me – you can appreciate my response!

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  • Some Ideas to Help You Consider International Baccalaureate

    The International Baccalaureate®, or the IB as it’s known, is a highly regarded ‘take anywhere’ educational certification recognised by employers and universities around the world.


    It is renowned not just for its academic standards, but for a whole-of-person focus on becoming a responsible adult engaged in life and lifelong learning. Its Learner Profile identifies 10 qualities it wants students to have: inquirers, knowledgeable people, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, reflective. With an emphasis on the ‘global’ good, the IB requires every child to learn a second language.

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  • Home-Like Models of Residential Care for the Elderly

    Clustered, home-like models of residential aged care lead to better quality of life for residents at a comparable cost. That’s one of the key findings of a Flinders University study that compared the approach with standard Australian care models.

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  • Is your child developing social and communication skills appropriately?

    Imagine not having the necessary skills to communicate and interact with your friends, family, co-workers, or the cashier at the supermarket. How would it impact on your ability to achieve your daily or weekly tasks?

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  • Developmental Language Disorder – Explained

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  • How Fairy Tales Invite Us To Think Harder and Smarter

    Take a story, turn it into something larger than life, add a touch of magic, let it simmer for a few centuries, and presto! You have a fairy tale. With their high coefficients of weirdness, these stories — less about fairies than about monsters and wild things — haunt our collective cultural imagination. At their core, fairy tales are deceptively simple: transparent on the level of plot, but also sophisticated, complex, and full of mystery when it comes to their deeper meaning.

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