I understand why some parents fear and avoid the ADHD label, but for my family it’s provided clarity, resources, and a path toward healing. ADHD doesn’t define us, but it does help explain a lot.
Two decades ago, a landmark study found a 30-million-word gap between the number of words spoken to children living in poverty in the first three years of life and those from better-off families.
In a small but never the less crucial Facebook posting yesterday, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Emergency Services and State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino made a crucial announcement saying, quote: “We don’t want any child to fall behind. That is why we will invest $65.5 million to make sure every prep has a health check, employ more speech pathologists and provide even more mental health support”
40 children’s books have been selected for new starter packs which will benefit children supported by Beanstalk reading helpers in primary schools across England.
Beanstalk has revealed 40 children’s books that will be used by the charity’s volunteers to kick-start reading engagement for the children they support.
There’s been much discussion recently regarding the “language gap” and the “word gap” — the recognition that there are huge variations in levels of children’s language ability by the time they start school. Some of our research has investigated how children’s spoken language sets the foundation for literacy development. It is clear that children with low levels of spoken language are at risk for reading failure, particularly with it comes to reading comprehension.
When John Corcoran wrote about his experience of not being able to read or write until he was in his late forties, many readers sent emails saying that they too had literacy problems. Some described painful experiences at school, while others described hiding their inability to read and write through shame. Here is a selection of their stories.
Chill Out is Code Blue for Autism’s social networking program for young adults on the autism spectrum. Designed specifically for participants enrolled in Chill, the flagship social skills coaching program, Chill Out allows each individual to design their own social life, taking pressure off family to get out and have fun.
New research being presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting suggests the more time children under 2 years old spend playing with smartphones, tablets and other handheld screens, the more likely they are to begin talking later