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The disciplinary technique can reduce aggression and help get children to follow family rules. Brooke Fasani Auchincloss/The Image Bank via Getty Images

Timeouts improve kids’ behavior if you do them the right way

Having loads of extra quality time with a toddler or preschooler and feeling flustered? Make sure you know how and where to do this basic disciplinary method the right way.
The frequency and intensity of repetitive behaviours vary between mild and severe, which is why it’s called a spectrum. Dubova/Shutterstock

It’s 25 years since we redefined autism – here’s what we’ve learnt

It's been 25 years since autism was redefined and the surge in diagnoses and research began. But while we've come along way in our understanding of the spectrum, advances in drug therapies has lagged.
Early intervention can help children with autism to develop their communication skills. from www.shutterstock.com

Why early diagnosis of autism should lead to early intervention

Unlike Australia, New Zealand doesn't fund early intervention therapy for autistic children, but there are programmes pre-school teachers and parents can use to help kids develop.
You can’t test for autism with a simple blood test or scan, which can make the diagnostic process difficult and dependent on the skill and experience of the clinician. altanaka/Shutterstock

New autism guidelines aim to improve diagnostics and access to services

Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria for autism support services are patchy and inconsistent, meaning those with the greatest need don't necessarily have the greatest access.
Children are often sad when separated from their parents for a short time, but the effects are pronounced if the separation is long. Eakachai Lessin/Shutterstock.com

Why long-term separation from parents harms kids

Kids often experience anxiety when separated from parents for short periods. Longer separations, happening with some immigrant children, is a different matter, a leading child psychiatrist explains.
A small percentage of children will need intensive instruction when being taught to read. Flickr/horrigans

How to teach literacy so no child is left behind

We need a clear plan in place to ensure that no child falls through the net. Such a plan needs to be both effective and cost-effective.
Children growing up in a world of social media are developing a very different conception of privacy to that of their parents. Ed Ivanushkin/Flickr

Online and out there: how children view privacy differently from adults

Many people are shocked by what children are willing to share about themselves online. Is it that they don't understand privacy, or just have a different conception of it compared to adults?

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