As kindergarten students of 2013 complete their first school year, a new crop of children are getting ready for their turn at this pivotal milestone.
The national disability insurance scheme will cover ''most'' people with autism and could pay the full cost of early intervention programs, Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin has declared in the latest clue as to what the $22 billion-a-year scheme will cover.
Children with autism
"Quite frankly we just want to be treated like everyone else."
I didn't even know kids that young could suffer from depression, but I learned that many do, especially if they also have ADHD.
It's difficult to know what to do.
When I read about pressure seeking, I knew immediately that was my son, not that I knew what to do about it.
My eight-year-old daughter kicks my thigh, then my stomach. "I hate you. I HATE YOU!" she screams. She has a death-grip on my arm, pulls it harder than you'd think a child could and leans in to bite.
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A black labrador named Tamsin has transformed this Melbourne family's life.
The move sparked outcry from disability rights advocates.
It's often not easy, and many siblings will go on to experience anxiety in adulthood.
It can prevent parents from seeing and accepting their child as the wonderful human being they are and recognising their strengths.
Everybody has a right to communication.