Caring for a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) presents a unique set of challenges as well as opportunities for learning and development. The hyperactivity, impulsiveness, inattention and other behaviours that are associated with the condition can open you and your child up to a rollercoaster of events and…

Every parent has his unique parenting style which may be based on several factors including your own upbringing and cultural and religious background. Even couples may have their own differences when it comes to imparting life lessons and rearing their brood. That’s perfectly normal. But despite these differences, there are a few crucial matters that you and…

If you grew up in an era before the internet began to play such a crucial role in people’s every day lives, you may think of bullying as something that merely happens on the playground. Unfortunately, bullying in today’s hyper-connected world has taken on proportions that many parents simply can’t comprehend. Aggression, threats and hostile…

Australia Counselling Founder Clinton Power interviewed internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator and child psychiatrist Dr Dan Siegel about his new book called Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. In this interview Dr Siegel discusses: The benefits, challenges and purpose of adolescence. Some of the most common myths of adolescence What is happening in the…

Any angst-filled teenager will tell you that nobody truly understands what they are going through, and in many ways, they are right. The teen years are fraught with questions of self identity, achievement, confidence, sexuality and more, all being negotiated against a background of wild hormone changes. Even those of us who had turbulent teen…

Bedwetting, or “nocturnal enuresis”, is surprisingly common. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that 20% of 5 year olds are bedwetters, as are 10% of 6 year olds. Thankfully, most children grow out of it in time. What many parents don’t know is that bedwetting has a hereditary component, so a child may well stop…

Say “learning disorder” and most people will immediately think of dyslexia. However, the brain can have difficulty receiving, processing and responding to all kinds of information and this can affect performance in the areas of writing, arithmetic, listening, speaking or spelling as well as reading. Here are the most common misconceptions about what learning disorders…

With the advent of social networks, chat messengers and mobile phones humans have made themselves more vulnerable to a fresh form of bullying. Gone are the days when children experienced embarrassing harassment in back alleys of schools at the hand of bullies. Now the abusive behaviour has taken a global shield by resorting to the…