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Australian Autism Handbook - New Edition

<a href="/parenting-resources/autism-and-asperger/australian-autism-handbook-new-edition">Australian Autism Handbook - New Edition</a>

Book: The Australian Autism Handbook by Benison O'Reilly and Kathryn Wicks, Edition 2 is an essential one-stop resource guide written specifically for Australian parents whose children have just been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The second part of the book is an invaluable Resource Guide which lists each state system plus a comprehensive list of websites and booklists. Read full article

Raising the Best Possible Child

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/raising-the-best-possible-child">Raising the Best Possible Child</a>

Book: Occupational Therapist, Jo Jackson-King has written a book for parents that shows them how to encourage their children to make the most of their natural temperaments. This book gives parents up to date information on topics including childcare, leaving a child to cry, discipline, physical and emotional milestones and education. There are also sections on teaching your child to navigate their own and others' emotions, manage stress and stay focused. Read full article

There Were 15 Nine Year Olds in My House - A Birthday Party

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2010/10/31/there-were-15-nine-year-olds-in-my-house-a-birthday-party">There Were 15 Nine Year Olds in My House - A Birthday Party</a>

Just the mere mention of a child's birthday party is enough to send me into a sweat. I hate them. No, really...I simply refuse to pay an exorbitant amount of money for themed parties, clowns, face-painters, magicians, musicians, hookers and blow. Not going to happen. I will, however, spend a goodly amount of money on awesome loot bags for all attendees, great food for kids (no fairy bread here, thank you very much), and great food (and wine) for the adults. Read full article

Blessings - A Visit with Dainere Anthoney

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2010/09/20/blessings-a-visit-with-dainere-anthoney">Blessings - A Visit with Dainere Anthoney</a>

I've written about the beautiful Dainere Anthoney for happychild previously. It is too easy to describe every seriously ill child as 'exceptional', but this young lady truly is. She captured the heart of my Twitter followers and nationwide journalist colleagues some months ago when her wish was to have her personal blog published in book form... Even though I've interviewed Dainere & Yvonne on my radio program, and written about her several times, we had not yet met in person. Read full article

Are Gifted Children More or Less Emotionally Intelligent?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/08/11/are-gifted-children-more-or-less-emotionally-intelligent">Are Gifted Children More or Less Emotionally Intelligent?</a>

Sorry, I can't answer the question posed in the title of this post. I'm fairly sure that the question can't really be answered at all. And the more research I read about this issue, the more convinced I am that it's important not to generalise and stereotype on the topic of giftedness and social skills. I do believe that often giftedness in children brings with it many social and emotional challenges but I do not believe that giftedness equals lower levels of emotional intelligence. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence and Gifted Children - Stop the Stereotypes

Yvette Vignando talks about research that indicates giftedness is not necessarily associated with low levels of Emotional Intelligence, or social problems. Is there a bigger issue? Do parents, teachers and peers of gifted children need to become more appreciative of intellectual diversity? Read full article

The Girl Who Gave Me a Rainbow

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2010/07/07/the-girl-who-gave-me-a-rainbow">The Girl Who Gave Me a Rainbow</a>

I've done some tough interviews in my 20 year broadcasting career. Politicians, world leaders, superstars, mums, dads, kids, cops, rich, poor ... people with joyous stories to celebrate, people with tragedies to share. For Starlight Day this year, I did an interview with 12 year old Dainere Anthoney. It was both a pleasure and a heartbreak, but to me this is what my job, and my privileged position is all about. Read full article

Smart But Scattered: Part 2 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson

<a href="/articles/smart-but-scattered-part-2-of-interview-with-authors-dick-guare-and-peg-dawson">Smart But Scattered: Part 2 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson</a>

In Part 2 of this interview Yvette Vignando interviews authors of 'Smart But Scattered' about how parents can work with their children on emotional control, especially once their children are teenagers. Guare and Dawson also discuss strategies for working with your child's school. Read full article

Smart But Scattered: Part 1 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson

<a href="/articles/smart-but-scattered-part-1-of-interview-with-authors-dick-guare-and-peg-dawson">Smart But Scattered: Part 1 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson</a>

In Part 1 of this interview Yvette Vignando interviews authors of 'Smart But Scattered' about how parents can recognise the need for and help their child develop higher level 'executive' skills such as organisational skills, planning, and time management. Read full article

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Giftedness and Social & Emotional Development: Interview with Dr Cheryl Dissanayake

<a href="/articles/autism-spectrum-disorder-giftedness-and-social-emotional-development-interview-with-dr-cher">Autism Spectrum Disorder, Giftedness and Social &amp; Emotional Development: Interview with Dr Cheryl Dissanayake</a>

In this interview with Dr Cheryl Dissanayake, founder and director of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, there is valuable guidance on parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr Dissanayake also discusses early intervention, parenting programs, giftedness and social and emotional development. Read full article