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How to Help Your Child Make Friends

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Most parents worry about whether their child has enough friends or the right friends at school. Margie Sheedy writes about the important skill of making friends and shares some tips from Dr John Irvine. Read full article

Social Skills for Starting Primary School

<a href="/articles/social-skills-for-starting-primary-school">Social Skills for Starting Primary School</a>

Helping your child to develop the personal strengths and social skills they need to survive the transition to primary school. Julia Richardson talks to an experience pre-school teacher and outlines some tips to help your child meet the challenge of starting primary school. Read full article

Coaching Kids to Overcome Playground Conflict

<a href="/articles/coaching-kids-to-overcome-playground-conflict">Coaching Kids to Overcome Playground Conflict</a>

If your child is getting a hard time in the school or preschool playground, don’t despair. This article shares some ways to help conquer the conflict and build their self-esteem at the same time. Five steps to help your child solve problems in the playground. Read full article

Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder and the New School Year

<a href="/articles/kids-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-the-new-school-year">Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder and the New School Year</a>

Julia Richardson's article helps parents find ways to help kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (and Asperger’s Syndrome) deal with the annual challenge of new teachers, new classrooms, new classmates and a new routine. Stress caused by change is a big challenge for children with ASD but there are things that parents and schools can do to help. Read full article

Interview With Erin Shale - The Best School For Your Child

<a href="/articles/interview-with-erin-shale-the-best-school-for-your-child">Interview With Erin Shale - The Best School For Your Child</a>

“There's no one best school in the world obviously but you can maximise the chance of your child being as happy as possible by selecting the right school.” If you are choosing a high school for your child, this interview with school counsellor and author Erin Shale is packed with guidance and ideas for parents going through this importance process. Read full article

Starting School - Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder - 5 Tips for Reducing Stress

<a href="/articles/starting-school-kids-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-5-tips-for-reducing-stress">Starting School - Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder - 5 Tips for Reducing Stress</a>

Justine Watson has dedicated her career to helping families deal with the particular challenges faced by kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She knows that the change of routine that comes with each new school year can be enormously stressful for the kids, and their parents. She also knows that parents can do something to make the experience less traumatic for the whole family. Read full article

Gifted and Talented Children - the Emotional Path to Success

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Bright, sensitive, competitive kids and those recognised as gifted and talented can face a series of emotional challenges as they grow up. Their own high expectations and those of parents or teachers might also start to make them self-conscious or risk averse about their talent. In this article Verity Leatherdale writes about some excellent ideas from Helen Dudeney from the Australian Gifted Support Centre. Read full article