• The Right to Communicate
    The Right to Communicate

    Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the term used to describe various methods of communication that can ‘add-on’ to speech and help to get around problems with ordinary speech. We all use some form of AAC in our everyday life – waving goodbye or giving a thumbs up for example – however, some people with …

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  • Can stem cells help people with cerebral palsy?
    Can stem cells help people with cerebral palsy?

    Cerebral Palsy (CP) is an umbrella term that is used to describe the effects of damage to a developing brain. It is the most common childhood disability in South Africa, affecting about 2 in every 1 000 live births. It is not a disease and while no cure has yet been discovered, can stem cell …

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  • Parenting Tips That Make a Positive Difference Part 2
    Parenting Tips That Make a Positive Difference Part 2

    More great guidelines to help you instill confidence and good values in your child. Speak and act right Children learn a lot about how to act by watching their parents, and the younger they are, the more cues they take from you. You are constantly being watched by your child. Before you lash out or …

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  • Parenting Tips That Make a Positive Difference Part 1
    Parenting Tips That Make a Positive Difference Part 1

    No one said that parenting would be easy – but with a few simple guidelines you can ensure that you raise a happy, balanced little person who will go on to be a happy, balanced adult. Boost your little one’s self-esteem Your child’s sense of self starts developing when she is a baby. She sees …

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  • Can technology give children with learning disabilities a voice?
    Can technology give children with learning disabilities a voice?

    There’s no doubt that computers, especially laptop computers with innovative technology, have played a major role in accelerating the learning and communication ability of children with disabilities. According to Janice Light, Professor of Communication Sciences at Penn State University in America, “More than 2 million Americans are unable to use speech to communicate, and children …

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  • TV: Is too much really that bad for kids?
    TV: Is too much really that bad for kids?

    In today’s world it’s pretty hard to escape TV, especially if you’re a child. It’s often left on in the background, even if no one is watching, and many parents use it as a substitute babysitter. It’s even harder to avoid TV during holidays when parents are at work. With so much TV being watched, …

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  • Spina Bifida
    Spina Bifida

    What is it? Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect involving incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord, and/or their protective coverings. It occurs when the foetus’s spine fails to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. Infants born with Spina Bifida sometimes have an open lesion on their spine where damage to the …

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  • Spotlight on Cerebral Palsy
    Spotlight on Cerebral Palsy

    Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the term used to describe a group of conditions that affect movement and posture, and which are the result of damage to the brain while it is still developing. The word cerebral refers to the brain, while palsy is the weakening or loss of motor function. WHAT CAUSES CP? CP is …

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  • Autism
    Autism

    Did you know? The diagnostic criteria for autism agreed upon by most authorities are: Severe abnormality of reciprocal social relatedness; Severe abnormality of communication development (including language); Restricted, repetitive behaviour and patterns of behaviour, interests, activities and imagination. Various medical professionals and clinicians have noted that children regress into autism after a period of normal …

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  • ADHD
    ADHD

    Did you know? (Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder) ADHD refers to a set of behaviours resulting from lower than normal levels of some neurotransmitters in the brain, which interfere with the functioning of some areas of the brain. ADHD is also associated with other conditions but for this article we will consider those children whose …

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  • Hydrocephaly (Water on the brain)
    Hydrocephaly (Water on the brain)

    Did you know? In Hydrocephaly there is a build-up of Cerebro Spinal Fluid (CSF) in the ventricles of the brain. The fluid is under increased pressure which can cause compression of the brain and thus damage to the brain. This can occur before birth or any time after. Hydrocephalus affects 1 in 500 children. Causes …

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  • Food Can Affect Your Child’s Behaviour
    Food Can Affect Your Child’s Behaviour

    Did you know? Sometimes it seems that human behaviour revolves around food. Food and mealtimes are such an important social component of today’s society and bring enjoyment to us in many ways. Food is much more than a daily need. Do these statements sound familiar? “You can tell when my kids have eaten sugar. It …

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