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Learning to read: Boys are from Mars; Girls are from Venus

Nov 28, 2009 | By Gillian FitzGerald
Boys and girls develop differently. Anyone who's had a son and a daughter can tell you that. From learning to kick into their babygro feet to walking and talking, girls seem to get there faster. But when it comes to building blocks or even later maths, boys seem to surge ...
The state of children's reading has received a lot of press recently.  In short, fewer kids are reading for pleasure. Not that this is that astounding in any way. Competition for kids' attention these days is fierce. Unlike when I grew up, kids now have a multitude of other options ...
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ADHD III: Beware the easy label

Nov 10, 2009 | By Gillian FitzGerald
ADHD or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a term increasingly bandied about in the world today.  It is used to describe a number of behaviours from being overly noisy, over-active and inattentive to impulsive and generally disruptive. As any parent of a child with ADHD knows, this condition is no laughing ...
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ADHD II: A breath of fresh air

Nov 03, 2009 | By Gillian FitzGerald
A while back I wrote about new research that showed that children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) actually needed to move in order to think deeply and concentrate. This was quite contrary to the popular belief that ADHD kids had to be still in order to be productive and offered ...