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
Every noise is deafening, flashing lights seem like lightning and people all around are staring.
One mum offers some advice on how kids with autism can navigate their tween years.
a 43-year-old mother of two, whose son was diagnosed with Autism, writes an open letter to any parent going through this experience.
For children on the autism spectrum, transitions (think walking from class to class or catching the bus to and from school) are some of the most stressful times of their day.
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After a cancer diagnosis this mum of four was desperately trying to come to terms with their new normal. The only answer was a lesson she learned from her 5-year-old daughter Georgia, who has Down syndrome.
"Let me know so we can it make work." These were the words that lead this mum to RSVP "Hell yes," to a party invite for her son for the first time ever.
Now James is able to summon his parents if he feels he is about to have a seizure, tell them when something is wrong, and even engage in a bit of sibling rivalry.
They say a dog is a man's best friend. And yet, for 6-year-old artist Iris Grace Halmshaw, who was diagnosed with autism in 2011, it's her cat Thula.
After a rather difficult therapy session, I accompanied the mum and her eight-year-old autistic daughter to the waiting room. I introduced myself to the older sibling, and thanked her for waiting so patiently.
The mother of a teenager with developmental disabilities says they were subject to discrimination at a Sydney theatre when they were asked to leave ten minutes into a performance.