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Paid parental leave is a powerful mechanism for reducing stress in the critical early months when the foundations of the parent-child relationships are being established. It provides a fundamental platform supporting families to manage financially, and reducing economic and social stresses associated with the arrival of a new baby.
Stuttering is a common communication difficulty affecting more than one in ten children during the preschool years. Stuttering typically begins when children start combining words into sentences between 2 and 3 years of age and ongoing research into stuttering at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute has helped improve our understanding of this common childhood communication difficulty.
Imagine being in a class or workshop. You are keen to learn something new. When the teacher starts to talk however, you cannot understand all the words she is using. You look around to see that everyone else seems to be getting their reading books from their bags and forming groups, nodding, and asking questions. You try to join in but you are totally lost and feel like giving-up. For one in five children starting school with language difficulties, this may be what their classroom experience is like.
This article was originally published on The Conversation on 4 May, 2015. By Janine Cooper Interactive devices allow parents to occupy their children for a time so they can complete a range of daily activities, including catching up with friends, shopping and eating out.