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Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock performing Katy Perry's 'Roar'

An uplifting and optimistic take on Katy Perry's hit song, 'Roar', performed by patients and staff of the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, New Hampshire, USA. Get well soon, courageous kids! Read full article

An Autism Diagnosis - What Next?

<a href="/articles/an-autism-diagnosis-what-next">An Autism Diagnosis - What Next?</a>

On 13th May 2013 we are proud to be offering an exclusive webinar (online seminar) invitation to happychild visitors. Authors of the just-released Australian Autism Handbook will be presenting a one hour seminar on what to look for in an early intervention program and how to get funding and support. Five attendees will also receive a copy of the Australian Autism Handbook. Read full article

In a Different World, You Wouldn't Call Your Son Retarded

<a href="/blogs/2013/03/20/in-a-different-world-you-wouldnt-call-your-son-retarded">In a Different World, You Wouldn&#039;t Call Your Son Retarded</a>

by Meg Evans: I met you last weekend when I was leaving a crowded shopping centre. Your son, who might have been about ten years old, suddenly did a cartwheel in front of me while I was walking to my car. You took hold of your son’s hand and then glanced toward me and apologised by saying, “He’s retarded, sorry.” ...I have always believed in the power of stories to shape the future. In that spirit, I’ve composed a vignette describing another parking lot encounter, which takes place in the year 2025. Read full article

Giving Students with Autism a Creative Chance

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2013/03/19/giving-students-with-autism-a-creative-chance">Giving Students with Autism a Creative Chance</a>

At the Creativity Project event in Sydney last week, Professor Sandra Jones takes the stage, followed closely by her co-presenter, author, Lincoln P. Jones. Their topic is 'How educators can help and inspire young people and develop their creativity' and they have travelled a journey to find those answers together. Read full article

Australia Gets a B Minus on Report Card - Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians

<a href="/articles/australia-gets-a-b-minus-on-report-card-health-and-wellbeing-of-young-australians">Australia Gets a B Minus on Report Card - Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians</a>

This morning at Parliament House Canberra, Ms Elaine Henry OAM, Chairperson of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) launched ARACY's second Report Card on the Wellbeing of Young Australians. Describing Australia as "middle of the road" when it comes to children's health and wellbeing in Australia, the Report Card identifies areas of concern in areas such as child poverty, infant mortality, and youth participation in education and employment. Speaking at the launch, Dr Norman Swan, also a board member of ARACY highglighted income inequality and early childhood education as significant areas of deficit in Australia's policy and practice. Read full article

Hands Up for Helping Families of Premature Babies

<a href="/blogs/2013/03/12/hands-up-for-helping-families-of-premature-babies">Hands Up for Helping Families of Premature Babies</a>

March is always a hard month for me; I try to stay busy and keep focused so that my mind doesn’t have time to spend on my own thoughts. On the 15th of March this year, it will be nine years since I saw my precious baby, Marcus. I feel weird calling it an anniversary; this word makes it sound like a celebration. To me, it will always be another year since I got to kiss, hold, cuddle, talk to, touch, dream of his life, and so much more. Read full article

Creating Room to Read

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/creating-room-to-read">Creating Room to Read</a>

The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive's quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books. What's happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world," he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector-and succeeded spectacularly. Read full article

Breaking News - We Had Birthday Party Success

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2013/03/07/breaking-news-we-had-birthday-party-success">Breaking News - We Had Birthday Party Success</a>

Recently the Huffington Post featured an article called The Upside of Autism by Jackie Morgan MacDougall. It opened with these lines: "People often talk about the difficulties associated with parenting a child with autism..." MacDougall’s article rang many bells with me. Once you’ve stared into the abyss - as I did once when Joe, my then 3-year-old son with autism, was assessed as having moderate-to-severe developmental delay - any achievement, any milestone, is celebrated with extra fervour. Read full article

Reporting on Gun Crimes? Leave Autism Out of It

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2013/01/25/reporting-on-gun-crimes-leave-autism-out-of-it">Reporting on Gun Crimes? Leave Autism Out of It</a>

I have an 11-year-old son with autism. His lack of social understanding means he can occasionally be insensitive; he embarrassed me the other day by loudly pointing out the “fat lady” at the supermarket. He’s also the sweetest kid in the world. For no particular reason he will hug me and say, I love you.” Our son is socially naive, a babe in the wood; much more likely to experience hurt than to hurt others. When the dreadful news of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, came through I crossed my fingers and hoped the words ‘autistic’ or ‘Asperger’s’ would not enter the equation, as they had after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. Read full article

Trigger - a Short Film about Food Allergy in Children

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2012/11/21/trigger-a-short-film-about-food-allergy-in-children">Trigger - a Short Film about Food Allergy in Children</a>

Trigger is a short film about children and allergy. Despite statistics showing increased cases of severe food allergies each year – nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish allergies there remains a real lack of public awareness about the potentially lethal consequences these allergies carry. 'Trigger’ was created by Australian journalist and mother Grace Farah, whose six year old daughter suffers from severe food allergies. Read full article