General Parenting

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Dealing with your anger as a parent

(3:48 mins) There are going to be days you run out of patience and your anger gets the better of you.

Connecting with your kids

(3:57 mins) My four evidence-based tips for staying connected when your kids seem hell-bent on pushing your buttons!

Discipline without damage doesn’t mean without limits, boundaries or growing up

Often times when people hear that children shouldn’t be given consequences or put in time out, but rather understood empathically and championed developmentally, they get worried! Usually the worry is…

Parenting on the same page as your partner

Getting aligned with your partner can be tough. But it can make family life easier. Here’s some ideas to parent on the same page.

How to cope with chaos at home

(4:36 mins) Wishing your home was less chaotic and more calm?

How you can have more fun with your kids… why we all need to lighten up

(5:23 mins) Ever heard the expression that parenting is all joy and no fun?

When anger turns physical

(5:50 mins) What do we do when our kids start lashing out in anger.

My kids make me crazy what’s up with that

In this video David looks at why parents feel so crazy when their kid’s behave in certain ways.  David also gives some great suggestions using a conscious attachment parenting framework…

Play ideas with a 4-year-old

(2:14 mins) Play ideas with a 4-year-old

Why you should do nothing when your child says I’m bored

(3:28 mins) All parents are familiar with the phrase “I’m bored”.  In this video I share with you why it’s a great thing that your kids get bored and why…

Don’t take your kid’s behaviour personally!

David Loyst talks us through using consciousness to become aware and manage our internal states so we can feel what is going on inside our child.

Mothers finding a Sisterhood

(4:39 mins) Mothers need each other. Here’s how to find your tribe.

How to find your way when your kid is losing their mind

It can be hard when your child is losing their mind to not jump into with them and also lose your mind. The science of child development tells us that…

When Children Fear Death

(4:31 mins) Death is a tricky subject to navigate with our kids. But it’s important to talk about it.

Preparing your toddler for the birth of a new baby sibling

Expert, practical tips for encouraging a close bond between your toddler and their new baby sibling

When siblings really dislike each other

(3:43 mins) What do you when siblings take their rivalry beyond ‘normal’?

Are sleepovers ok?

Sleepovers can be fun – but are they safe? Here are the top tips for keeping kids safe at sleepovers

Celebrating Dads

(3:06 mins) A tribute to all dads recorded for Father’s Day

Defusing Your Anger as a Parent – The Parental Pause

(5:08 mins) Want to know a simple strategy to defuse your anger when you’re losing it with your kids?

Sensitive kids

(3:53 mins) Sometimes the world can be a harsh place for our sensitive children.

Calming anxious kids

(5:30 mins) Anxiety is not an enemy state… but we need to get a handle on it.

Is it okay to use screens on play dates?

Discover the risks of using digital devices on play dates and simple ideas to tackle this sometimes tricky situation.

Listening to and advocating for your child

How to hear your child and advocate for them with power and grace – co-depending and listening.

When Parents are absent

(4:30 mins) Does one of the parents in your house travel a lot for work or other reasons?

Dealing with Sibling Rivalry

(4:09 mins) Sibling rivalry! It’s so tough… yet it’s biologically normal and we can see it as a ‘teachable moment’.

Understanding your child’s personality

By understanding which temperament traits your child has been born with, you can help them reach their full potential.

Preparing children for a death

(3:44 mins) When someone your children loves is going to die, how can you prepare them?

Understanding how your own childhood influences you as a parent

A fascinating look into how our childhood influences our parenting styles and why parents are quick to judge one another!

Preparing kids for a divorce

(4:11 mins) Going your separate ways? Here’s how to prepare the kids.

Building confidence in kids

(4:15 mins) We all want our children to be confident and capable, right?

Behaviour

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The difference between tantrums and meltdowns

Do you know the difference between and tantrum and a meltdown? Allison explores that characteristics of and motives behind each of these, sharing ways in which you can help manage…

Understanding the Sensory Systems

Let’s take a look inside your child’s brain and see why they behave the way they do, because behaviour is always a by-product of what is going on in the…

How to teach your child self control

Self control is an attribute that predicts success in school, work, relationships – life. Here’s how to teach self-control to kids.

When kids are mean – Relational Aggression

(3:13 mins) Has your child been subject to put downs, sarcasm and other forms of relational aggression?

Angry Children – part 2

(3:32 mins) Anger as an emotion can be pretty challenging.

When Kids silliness becomes too much

(3:53 mins) Is your child’s silliness affecting your lives?

When siblings really dislike each other

(3:43 mins) What do you when siblings take their rivalry beyond ‘normal’?

How to manage Sensory Overload

With so much sensory information rivalling for our children’s attention, how do we help them manage the messages to try and avoid them coming to the point of overwhelm? Click…

How to find your way when your kid is losing their mind

It can be hard when your child is losing their mind to not jump into with them and also lose your mind. The science of child development tells us that…

Why does my child constantly need to move and fidget?

(3:28 mins) Why does my child constantly need to move and fidget?

Out of Control Toddlers

(3:13 mins) Help! My young child is hitting, biting and frankly out of control.

Help! My child is stealing things

(3:12 mins) How do we teach our children at different ages and stages that stealing is wrong?

Bullying among young kids

(4:45 mins) How do we respond when our young kids are bullied?

Understanding children’s choices

(3:31 mins) Why on earth is my child doing THAT? Let’s look at it through their eyes.

Understanding Overwhelm

What is overwhelm and why are our children experiencing it? Allison looks at triggers and solutions to help your child through these experiences.

When kids come home ‘naughty’ from other people’s houses

Ever had your child go off to a playdate or sleepover and come home with a bad attitude?

Why boys behaviour is their language

(3:25 mins) Does your son tend to go straight to anger? Here’s why.

Listening to and advocating for your child

How to hear your child and advocate for them with power and grace – co-depending and listening.

Angry Children – part 1

Does your child regularly lose their temper?

What to do when your tween says they hate you

(3:18 mins) Big emotions can lead to harsh words, so separate the rules from your relationship to keep them in check.

How to use evidence based punishment techniques

(6:29 mins) Let’s have a chat about what punishment actually means in the world of behaviour science. By looking at examples of real punishment that we use daily without noticing can draw a light onto how punishment doesn’t have to be the enemy.

Teaching young children to ‘use their words’ when they’re upset

We’d all love our kids to ‘use their words’ when they’re upset – learn expert tips for encouraging this in your child

Is your child being ‘naughty’ or just not coping

(3:30 mins) Are you missing something when you think your child is being ‘naughty’?

Connecting with your kids

(3:57 mins) My four evidence-based tips for staying connected when your kids seem hell-bent on pushing your buttons!

When Children tell lies

(2:58 mins) Fibs, white lies and pathological lying… how do we deal with that?

Taming tantrums at home

(6:38 mins) Why do toddlers tantrum and why does it get out of control sometimes? Learn evidence-based techniques to helping your child amidst the storm and teaching early stages of self-soothing.

Don’t take your kid’s behaviour personally!

David Loyst talks us through using consciousness to become aware and manage our internal states so we can feel what is going on inside our child.

Why does my child throw techno-tantrums?

(8:52 mins) Understand why your child throws a tantrum when you ask them to turn off the phone, gaming console or TV.

Discipline without damage doesn’t mean without limits, boundaries or growing up

Often times when people hear that children shouldn’t be given consequences or put in time out, but rather understood empathically and championed developmentally, they get worried! Usually the worry is…

Ways to really listen so your child shares more

Ever asked the kids how their day was and had no response? Here are ways to find out what’s really going on in your child’s life.

Education

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Social Wellbeing / Friendship

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How do you grow up grateful kids

We all want to grow up kids who are full of gratitude rather than full of the greeduy-gimmee’s. The most important thing to know in this is that gratitude is…

Parenting an only child

(2:57 mins) One may the loneliest number but it doesn’t mean your ‘only child’ is at a disadvantage.

How much is too much for after-school activities?

(4:07 mins) It’s all about balance. No matter how much they do, kids need time to rest, play and get their homework done.

What to do when your child has no friends

(5:01 mins) Tween friendships are built on respect, trust, shared stories and having fun. Sometimes you have to teach your child how to be a friend before they can find them in real life.

Helping children make friends

(3:46 mins) Making and keeping friends can be a challenge even for adults. How can we help our kids?

5 Ways To Grow Your Child’s Social and Emotional Brain

It is one thing to know how to grow your child’s physical self, but what about growing their hearts and souls? Here Dr. Vanessa talks about the aspects of social-emotional…

When friends fallout – a parent’s guide to tween friendships

(5:35 mins) The tween attitude is all about defining themselves, but that doesn’t mean parents can’t put some limits in place to make life more livable.

Parenting Lambs – our more sensitive kids

(3:56 mins) Have you got a sensitive, shy ‘lamb’ in your family? Here’s some tips for supporting them.

Helping tweens deal with disappointment

Disappointment forges strength, perseverance, and resilience, so we need to support our kids through challenges, not try and clear them out of the way.

How to gradually build independence in tweens

(5:09 mins) Becoming an adult takes practice, that starts in the tween years. It’s the little things parents do that enable kids to build up the skills to look after themselves.

Do you make your child say I’m sorry?

Knowing how important it is for us to get along with others, we can become really focused on making sure our children mind their manners. This often includes making our…

Mean girls and king pins: A parent’s guide to dealing with bullying

(4:13 mins) Bullying is all about power and there are lots of things parents can do to make sure kids don’t give their’s up too easily.

Tweens and privacy – how much is too much?

(2:31 mins) As kids get older they deserve some privacy, but there’s a process involved, based on trust.

Nutrition

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“Forbidden” foods

Addressing the sticky subject of feeding kids sweets and lollies

Kids who won’t eat veggies or fruit

Answer the age-old question of why kids find veggies so challenging

I think my child is too big/overweight

Find out if your child is overweight and what you can do to help without harming

Toddler nutrition and sleep – what foods best encourage sleep

Food fuels your toddler’s body and they can be fussy little monkeys which makes it even harder! Learn which foods you should be focusing on to promote sleep and which…

My kid ate everything and now they won’t eat anything!

Dealing with food refusal. What to do when the baby-feeding honeymoon is over.

How we unwittingly teach kids to become emotional eaters

Find out how not to teach your kids to eat for emotional reasons

Grazers – kids who snack all day but won’t eat meals

Was your food grazer child born that way or is grazing a learned behaviour?

Medical Causes of Failure To Thrive (poor weight gain) Part 1

(5:36 mins) What causes poor weight gain in children? Learn about how failure to thrive is diagnosed and how to manage it in this 2 part video series.

Dessert – addressing the tricky questions of what, how much, when, and if you should use it as a reward or withhold as punishment

Addressing the tricky questions about dessert and whether kids should be eating it

How do I know if my child is eating enough?

Many parents worry that their child isn’t eating enough. Find out if you should be worried or not.

Milk monsters – addressing the issue of young children who still have bottles or drink too much milk

Wondering what to do with your baby or toddler who loves milk but won’t eat?

Treatment of Failure To Thrive (poor weight gain) Part 2

(3:40 mins) What causes poor weight gain in children? Learn about how failure to thrive is diagnosed and how to manage it in this 2 part video series.

Fussy or typical?

Find out if your child is actually a fussy eater or frustratingly normal.

Technology

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Why can’t I put my phone down?

Understand why your child throws a tantrum when you ask them to turn off the phone, gaming console or TV. (10:39)

The impacts of social media on our kids emotional health

Social media has become a normal part of everyday life for teens growing up.  Vanessa takes a deep dive into how this impacts the emotional health of our kids and…

Is it okay to use screens on play dates?

Discover the risks of using digital devices on play dates and simple ideas to tackle this sometimes tricky situation.

How can I keep my child safe online?

Learn the current cyber-safety risks facing young kids and simple strategies to keep them safe online.

How much screen-time is appropriate for my child 5-8 years old?

Understand how to calculate healthy screen-time limits for your child, so you can stop feeling guilty.

Impact of screens on kids under 5

(4:35 mins) What are all these screens doing to my child’s brain?

What times of the day should I limit or avoid screens?

(9:37 mins) This video will highlight two critical times of the day when parents/carers need to be careful about using screens.

Why does my child throw techno-tantrums?

(8:52 mins) Understand why your child throws a tantrum when you ask them to turn off the phone, gaming console or TV.

How much screen-time is healthy for my pre-schooler 2-5 years old?

Learn how much time is healthy for pre-schoolers to be spending on screens.

Is it okay to hand over my phone if my child tells me they’re bored?

(5:30 mins) Dr Kristy dispels the myths and gives simple advice about whether it’s okay to give kids screens when they’re bored.

Learn if it’s okay to use screen-time as a digital reward or punishment tool.

(6:25 mins) Learn if it’s okay to use screen-time as a digital reward or punishment tool.

What are some guilt-free (even educational) ideas for screen-time for pre-schoolers?

Learn some educational ways you can use screens with your pre-schooler.

Children & Screens – Finding the Balance

(4:41 mins) Is time spent on screens affecting my child’s development?

Mental Health

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Preparing children for a death

(3:44 mins) When someone your children loves is going to die, how can you prepare them?

Calming anxious kids

(5:30 mins) Anxiety is not an enemy state… but we need to get a handle on it.

OCD in children (what are the signs and at what point should you get help)

OCD is misunderstood but important for parents to know about. Learn what the signs are and when to seek help.

Helping Children cope with Death

(4:20 mins) When someone your children loves dies, here are some of the things which are good to know.

Talking to children about suicide

(4:09 mins) How do you explain to a child that someone they love has died by suicide?

Different types of anxiety that present in children and when to get help

Learn about the different ways that anxiety presents in kids and when to seek professional help

How to talk to your children about death

(4:16 mins) Death is a reality that we all need to face including our children.

Perfectionism in children

(3:22 mins) Is your child a perfectionist?

Handling goodbyes / separation anxiety at childcare or school

Expert tips for handling those tricky drop-offs as you help your child settle into childcare or school

Understanding Overwhelm

What is overwhelm and why are our children experiencing it? Allison looks at triggers and solutions to help your child through these experiences.

When Children Fear Death

(4:31 mins) Death is a tricky subject to navigate with our kids. But it’s important to talk about it.

Common childhood mental health problems and developmental conditions explained

Many mental health conditions start in childhood. Learn about the common signs to look out for.

Health

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Medical Causes of Failure To Thrive (poor weight gain) Part 1

(5:36 mins) What causes poor weight gain in children? Learn about how failure to thrive is diagnosed and how to manage it in this 2 part video series.

What Do Peadiatricians Do?

(1:15 mins) Find out the different ways a paediatrician can support you and your child through this video.

Treatment of Failure To Thrive (poor weight gain) Part 2

(3:40 mins) What causes poor weight gain in children? Learn about how failure to thrive is diagnosed and how to manage it in this 2 part video series.

Constipation Causes, Signs and Symptoms (Part 1)

(11:46 mins) In this video, learn about the causes of constipation as well as how to recognise it and prevent it.

Causes Of Tummy Pain

(9:30 mins) Tummy pain is a common symptom of childhood, learn to distinguish between the less serious and more serious causes of abdominal pain and when to seek medical attention.

Treatment Of Fevers in Children – Part 2

(4:29) Learn the definition of fever, how to take temperatures and how to manage them in this 2 part video series.

Sleep, night terrors and bedwetting

(4:59 mins) Sleep: are you getting enough?

Vulvovaginitis (Itchy Girl Bits)

(7:54 mins) This video covers the causes and treatment of the common “itchy girl bits” complaint of childhood.

Causes of Bed Wetting (nocturnal enuresis) – Part 1

(5:23 mins) Dr. Megs runs through risk factors, medical causes and treatment options for nocturnal enuresis otherwise known as bedwetting in this 2 part video series.

Causes Of Fevers in Children – Part 1

(6:11 mins) Learn the definition of fever, how to take temperatures and how to manage them in this 2 part video series.

Treamtment of Bed Wetting (nocturnal enuresis) – Part 2

(4:38 mins)  Dr. Megs runs through risk factors, medical causes and treatment options for nocturnal enuresis otherwise known as bedwetting in this 2 part video series.

Constipation Treatment and Medication (Part 2)

(13:51 mins) Dr Megs talks through various treatment options for constipation and which are suitable for your child at various ages.

Parenting Boys

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Sleep

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Does overnight sleep guidance necessarily mean bedtime sleep guidance?

Not everyone necessarily wants to eradicate the bedtime feed-to-sleep habit but that doesn’t mean you can’t work on the rest of the night and get the overnight wakings resolved. We…

Quiet time ideas for young children who no longer nap.

Mourning the loss of your child’s midday nap is certainly hard for any parent but we have the lowdown on the best way to encourage quiet time so your little…

Should I start with night sleeps or naps first?

Considering tackling your little one’s behavioural sleep issues can be an overwhelming prospect but it doesn’t have to mean that you’re signing up for 24/7 intense sleep training duty. In…

Ideal nap time routine

It’s not realistic to do a full bedtime routine for every nap but there are certainly some easy ways to ensure that your little one is as calm and ready…

The facts on night terrors vs nightmares

Both night terrors and nightmares are awful to witness as a parent but they’re really different processes and need to be responded to in very different ways. Learn how to…

Sleep, night terrors and bedwetting

(4:59 mins) Sleep: are you getting enough?

How to break the feed / sleep association

You baby wants to feed to sleep and it might be the only way they know how to drift off but for some people in their situation this just doesn’t…

How to tell when your child no longer needs a nap

Children can drop their nap all together anywhere between the age of 2.5 to 5 years…so how do you know where your child fits into that range? We talk you…

Tips for avoiding older siblings being disturbed

The fear of waking a sleeping older sibling can be enough to put parents off the idea of trying to help their younger child learn to sleep better. We have…

Bedtime monsters – what’s the best approach?

Monster spray OR reassuring your little one that there are no monsters…what is the best approach? It’s so hard when your child has irrational fears impacting their sleep but we…

How to introduce a comfort toy

A comfort toy or cloth can be a great idea as it means your little one has a reassuring item that can help soothe them back to sleep regardless of…

When should I introduce a pillow

Many a well-meaning older generation family member has suggested that maybe the sleepless toddler would prefer a pillow but when is the right time to introduce one?

Bedtime wind down tips for young children

We all know that bedtime routines are important but what’s the best order to do things and how can we try to help our little ones wind down enough so…

Best way to approach early risers for 3-5 years

Waking up in the wee hours to start the day is definitely not something most parents enjoy but when there is a small child in the house that thinks it’s…

Best approach night lights

A pretty nightlight is a lovely addition to a nursery but when is it actually something that’s necessary? And if you do introduce one, when is the best age to…

Toddler nutrition and sleep – what foods best encourage sleep

Food fuels your toddler’s body and they can be fussy little monkeys which makes it even harder! Learn which foods you should be focusing on to promote sleep and which…

What age is best to move a child from cot to bed

Moving from a cot to a bed is a big leap and it’s one that many families rush into without stopping to consider the possible ramifications. Make sure you have…

Ideal bedtime routine

Having a bedtime routine is an important part of making sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. This is the ideal bedtime routine I recommend.

Tips for ditching the dummy

What is the ideal age to kick the dummy habit and what is the best approach? Losing a comfort item that your little one is strongly attached to can be…

Teaching your older baby to find their dummy

Sleep guidance does not mean you necessarily have to remove the dummy from an older child’s sleep environment, but it will mean that we have to help them learn to…

Sleep – how much is needed at age 3-5 years?

At such a busy age full of exciting new developmental stages and leaps it’s important that little ones get the sleep they need to be able to grow and thrive….

Does it matter which parent does the baby whispering?

It can be confusing working out who is better off going to your little one when you first start sleep training. Should it be dad because your little one will…

Sleep guidance when room sharing with your child

For whatever reason you may wish to continue room-sharing with your little one but also reduce the amount of wakings they have overnight. This is completely achievable, and we talk…

Developmental Milestones

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Play ideas with a 5-year-old

(1:32 mins) Play ideas with a 5-year-old

My child doesn’t hold their pencil properly, when do I need professional help?

(3:16 mins) My child doesn’t hold their pencil properly, when do I need professional help?

What does a paediatric Occupational Therapist do?

(2:21 mins) Have you wondered what a paediatric Occupational Therapist does? Children don’t go to work you think? While they might not go to work like adults, their days are…

Children are not small adults

One of the mistakes parents often make is thinking of their growing children as though they were small adults. In this mindset, we can often, by downward extension, apply the…

Early childhood language development – “red flags” (at what point should parents seek help)

(7:02 mins) Learn about normal early childhood language milestones and the “red flags” that might indicate further assessment is necessary.

When is the best time to toilet train my child?

(3:52 mins) When is the best time to toilet train my child?

How do I parent my child so they will develop their social and emotional brain?

David Loyst explores the different types of parenting and how these help develop your child’s social and emotional behaviours.

Tips for rapid toilet training

(3:05 mins) Have you recently started toilet training your little one? Here are some tips and tricks to getting them successful quickly!

Play ideas with a 3-year-old

(2:22 mins) Play ideas with a 3-year-old

Does my child need to crawl before they walk?

(4:07 mins) Research has found crawling has many developmental benefits such as integrating both sides of the babies brain, eye hand coordination, developing binocular vision and building self-confidence. When your…

Play ideas with a 4-year-old

(2:14 mins) Play ideas with a 4-year-old

Ask an Expert

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Recipes

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Rainbow Fritters

Fritters packed full of different coloured veggies made with chickpea flour. Course Lunch / snack Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 8 minutes Total Time 18 minutes Servings 10 Ingredients…

Banana and Blueberry Fritters

A fruity, sweet snack or dessert. Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 15 minutes Servings 6 small fritters Calories 62 kcal 2 ripe bananas 1/4 –…

Fruity Oat Breakfast Bites

Oats baked with fruit to make little hand held breakfast bites or a healthy kids’ snacks. Great for blw (baby-led weaning). Course Breakfast / Snack Prep Time 5 minutes Cook…

Mini Blender Muffins

Mini blender muffins perfect for baby-led weaning, toddlers or to pop into lunch boxes. Course Breakfast, Snack Servings 12 mini muffins Ingredients 1 banana 80g (1 cup) oats 125g (1/2…

Sweetcorn Quinoa Fritters

Made with store cupboard / freezer ingredients and easy to make. Great for baby-led weaning, toddlers and for lunch boxes Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time…

Plum and Almond Baked Oats

Delicious oats baked with plums and almonds to make a hand held breakfast great for kids and babies. Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 28 minutes Total Time 38 minutes…

Sweet and Sour Quinoa Balls

Sweet and sour quinoa balls are perfect for a lunch box, finger food or as part of a main meal. Great for kids and for baby-led weaning (blw) Prep Time…

5 lunchbox ideas with cucumber

Check out these fabulous different ways you can use cucumber to create a healthy lunchbox for you kids.

Tuna and Potato Cakes

Great for baby-led weaning and the whole family will enjoy too. Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 50 minutes Ingredients 500 g Potatoes (peeled and cut…

Parenting Girls

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Safety

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Developmental Conditions

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Accepting reality as a parent

Taking action and going with the flow as you parent your child. Using surrendered action as the means to help your child grow.

Treatment and Diagnosis of ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) – Part 2

(4:56 mins) This 2 part video series covers the signs of ADHD, the natural history of executive functions, and when an intervention may be required.

Common childhood mental health problems and developmental conditions explained

Many mental health conditions start in childhood. Learn about the common signs to look out for.

Supporting siblings of children with special needs

(3:34 mins) For families where at least one child has additional needs, their siblings can sometimes struggle.

Listening to and advocating for your child

How to hear your child and advocate for them with power and grace – co-depending and listening.

Autism Part 2: Diagnosis and Treatment

(11:01 mins) Part 2 of our Autism topic covers the old and new classification systems for ASD, how and who can diagnose it, and the different diagnosis and treatments available

Autism Part 1: What are the signs and symptoms

(15:04 mins) Learn about what Autism is, how common it is in Australia, the risk factors associated with the condition and the features.

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) – Part 1

(6:11 mins) This 2 part video series covers the signs of ADHD, the natural history of executive functions, and when an intervention may be required.

Sexuality Education

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Coparenting

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Teens

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Single Parenting

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