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Sensory Processing Disorder - A Mother's Perspective

“Your son has Sensory Processing Disorder”. It was 2009 and it was the first time I had ever heard of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and I had no idea what it meant. I thought it sounded like a made up diagnosis for mothers who couldn’t control their child’s behaviour....

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The curse of the hidden disability

Imagine a person in a wheelchair getting in trouble for not being able to walk or a blind person being asked to stand up in class and describe what they can see. Children with hidden disabilities are often asked to perform tasks that are incredibly hard for them on a daily basis. A dyslexic child...

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We need to be the eye of the storm for our children

This time of year in Australia we experience a lot of storms.  They can bring so much chaos and devastation but at the centre of all this mayhem, the eye of the storm is extremely calm.  As parents we have all experienced days (or sometimes longer) when we feel like we are in a constant...

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Changing people's perception of "the naughty child"

My husband travels a lot for work and he often tells a story of how before he had children the sound of a child screaming on a flight would really irritate him but now that he is a father and has travelled with his own kids he feels very differently.  It no longer bothers him.  Instead,...

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We must not hold our children back with old limiting beliefs

Do you ever reflect on yourself as a carefree child who couldn’t wait to grow up and achieve amazing, exciting things in life and wonder when self-doubt and negative beliefs started to develop within you?  My 5 year old daughter wants to sing her own songs on stage and teach other...

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It is not our children who are behind, it's society

What is considered “normal” and acceptable is constantly changing in our society. One night while reading an Enid Blyton story to my children, The Magic Faraway Tree, it struck me how different parenting had become over the years. In the story, each morning after the children had done...

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