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One Nation senator Pauline Hanson told Insiders: ‘You can have a test on your child first’ before vaccinating. AAP/Richard Wainwright

Is there a test your child can take before getting vaccinated, as Pauline Hanson said?

Speaking on the ABC program Insiders, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson suggested there are tests available to see if children will have an adverse reaction to vaccinations. We asked three experts.
Researchers have identified a specific difference shared by most (but not all) brains of people who had autism. from www.shutterstock.com.au

New study finds common link across autism spectrum disorders

One of the big questions in autism research is whether autism is a single disorder or many different disorders that happen to present in the same way.
Dyspraxia is a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning it affects brain function and unfolds as the person grows. somsak nitimongkolchai/Shutterstock

Explainer: what is dyspraxia and how is it different to clumsiness?

Most of us learn to tie our shoelaces, dress ourselves and eat with cutlery with relative ease. But for children with dyspraxia, these tasks are incredibly difficult to master.
There are a number of reasons some children struggle to walk with a flat foot. from www.shutterstock.com.au

What it means when kids walk on their toes

Some toddlers are unable to walk with their whole foot on the ground. This should be checked out by a health professional.
Deficiencies in a critical nutrient can lead to an abnormally wired brain. Illustration of a network of nerve cells in the. brain. Benedict Campbell, Wellcome Images/Flickr

New autism research: a nutrient called carnitine might counteract gene mutations linked with ASD risks

A gene mutation that causes problems for neural stem cells – the building blocks of the brain – could be corrected by adding carnitine.
Navigating work and stress can be hard for anyone, but especially so if you have ASD. Woman at work via www.shutterstock.com

How can we help young adults with autism thrive in the workplace?

The outlook can be bleak for people with ASD who have difficulty navigating the stressful work world. A trial project in Connecticut sought to find a new way to help them become truly independent.

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