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Children Have Rights – Why Does that Make Some People Angry?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/11/21/children-have-rights-%E2%80%93-why-does-that-make-some-people-angry">Children Have Rights – Why Does that Make Some People Angry?</a>

When someone publishes a piece in mainstream media using the term ‘children’s rights’ or something similar, there’s often a stream of angry and defensive comments from adults who flip the argument to questions like “what about the rights of parents?” – usually those comments also express annoyance at the focus on a child’s rights...My question is – what are adults scared of? Why does the term “children’s rights” make some adults uncomfortable? Read full article

A Forum on Australia's Child Rights on World Human Rights Day

<a href="/blogs/2012/11/20/a-forum-on-australias-child-rights-on-world-human-rights-day">A Forum on Australia&#039;s Child Rights on World Human Rights Day</a>

A panel of inspiring change makers is meeting for a forum on Australia's child rights this World Human Rights Day, December 10, in Sydney. A forum for youth advocates and the next generation of change makers. Read full article

An Argument for Using Science in the Treatment of Autism

<a href="/articles/an-argument-for-using-science-in-the-treatment-of-autism">An Argument for Using Science in the Treatment of Autism</a>

If Autism Spectrum Disorders are not treated with evidence-based interventions, it’s estimated that individual lifetime care costs could be as high as $US3.2million. Professor Karola Dillenburger from Queen’s University Belfast says governments investing in early, evidence-based intervention will be saving money for their communities and improving the chances of a child reaching their full potential. This article looks at the argument that parents should focus on evidence-based behavioural science to treat children with an ASD. Read full article

How to Give Good at Christmas - my Personal Recommendation

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/11/15/how-to-give-good-at-christmas-my-personal-recommendation">How to Give Good at Christmas - my Personal Recommendation</a>

It's my absolute pleasure to recommend you consider a UNICEF gift this Christmas. A gift that helps a vulnerable child seems a beautiful way to celebrate families getting together during the Chirstmas holiday season. And I love the name for this initiative: Give Good gifts. UNICEF gifts are delivered to the children who need it most. The gifts include polio vaccines, nutritional health supplements, educational tools, baby weigh scales, water pumps, bicycles for UNICEF field and community workers, emergency shelter and vital community infrastructure. Read full article

Neuroblastoma in Children - One Family's Story

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/05/neuroblastoma-in-children-one-familys-story">Neuroblastoma in Children - One Family&#039;s Story</a>

Michaela Flanagan’s daughter, Ciara, was diagnosed with a childhood cancer called neuroblastoma when she was just 12 weeks old. Ciara was immediately put on an aggressive treatment regimen and underwent two strenuous operations and eight bouts of powerful chemotherapy. Throughout her first 12 months of life, Ciara spent half of it in hospital… Read full article

Changes to Autism Diagnostic Criteria - What Does this Mean for Families?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/09/19/changes-to-autism-diagnostic-criteria-what-does-this-mean-for-famili">Changes to Autism Diagnostic Criteria - What Does this Mean for Families?</a>

Benison O"Reilly, co-author of the Australian Autism Handbook, and Yvette Vignando appeared on Mornings on Channel 9 to talk about the changes to diagnostic criteria for children with autism - and more generally, about what is known about the risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Read full article

PKU a Metabolic Disorder - Remember the Heel Prick Test?

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2012/08/24/pku-a-metabolic-disorder-remember-the-heel-prick-test">PKU a Metabolic Disorder - Remember the Heel Prick Test?</a>

Have you ever noticed the labels on some artificially sweetened foods which read: 'PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALININE.' You may have heard of PKU, or phenylketonuria, but what is it? I recently read an article about Queensland mum, Zoe Mitter and her son Cayden, aged two. I found Zoe and Cayden's story fascinating so I gave Zoe a call because I really think the more all of us know, the more understanding and the more helpful we can be for children like Cayden when we have them at our homes or when they're visiting cafes and restaurants. Read full article

Impact of Economic Disadvantage on Children in Australia

<a href="/blogs/2012/08/23/impact-of-economic-disadvantage-on-children-in-australia">Impact of Economic Disadvantage on Children in Australia</a>

As an adult, it can be easy to forget what life was like growing up, to remember what mattered most, whose opinion counted and the daily decisions that needed to be made ...The University of NSW’s Social Policy Research Centre, in partnership with a range of non-government and government agencies, has recently released research that uniquely captures the experiences and insights of young people living in economic adversity. The Making a Difference study interviewed around 100 young people aged 11 to 17 years over an 18 month period. It offers a rare view on their experiences, how they cope with disadvantage and what they think can be done about it. Read full article

What do You Know about Indigenous Children in Australia?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/08/09/what-do-you-know-about-indigenous-children-in-australia">What do You Know about Indigenous Children in Australia?</a>

Today is International Day of the World's Indigenous People - the theme is "Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices". Here in Australia we still have a long way to go, in my opinion, in promoting and listening to Indigenous voices when it comes to improving the conditions of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children ... The United Nations' press release for today's activities points out the importance of us listening to voices of Indigenous people via the media ...read what SNAICC has to say about protecting the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Read full article

Sibshops - Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs

<a href="/parenting-resources/illness-and-injury/sibshops-workshops-for-siblings-of-children-with-special-need">Sibshops - Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs</a>

"Sibshops" is a guidebook for organising and conducting workshops for siblings of children with a broad variety of special needs. These workshops provide children and young adults with much-needed social and emotional support from their peers in a recreational and fun atmosphere. They can speak openly about how they feel (positively and negatively) about having a brother or sister with special needs in an understanding and supportive environment. Read full article