5 Things to do Before Your Child Goes to School

2 minute read We all remember the feeling of going back to school. Your child may be looking forward to it, they may dread it, or 2021 could even be their first year of school, bringing nerves, tears, and sometimes tantrums. After a big break filled with fun and adventure, returning to school can be difficult. To ensure your child has a smooth transition back to school, there are things you can do to help prepare them for the challenge.

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Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss. Test Your Child’s Hearing At Home

Why are hearing checks important for kids? An estimated 1 in 10 children suffer from hearing loss which left undetected can lead to speech, learning and behavioural issues. The World Health Organisation recommends that all children should have their hearing checked by the time they start school. It’s important to rule out the possibility of a hearing loss, as it can be misdiagnosed for a behavioural issue or learning difficulty.

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Women in technology and digital innovation - who is leading the way?

Women are still under-represented in tech across Australia. The latest stats show only 28% of the Australian IT workforce is female, only one in four IT graduates are female, and there’s still a persistent 19% gender pay gap. This is both a retention and a pipeline issue. Women only account for 25% of those with post-secondary IT qualifications in Australia, and participation by women in the IT labour force is also lower than other occupations - 28% compared to 45% across all professional industries.

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ADHD and hearing loss

Could inattention in your child actually be hearing loss? Children with unaddressed hearing issues are often labelled as disruptive or inattentive. Before any diagnosis of ADHD, it is important that other factors or undiagnosed conditions that might be responsible for inattention are eliminated. For example, a child might have ongoing middle-ear infections causing hearing problems. A simple hearing check can rule this out and make sure your child receives the right intervention to help them thrive in and out of the classroom.

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Sound Scouts is now FREE for Australian school children thanks to funding from the Australian Government and support from Hearing Australia. Call 1300 424 122 for assistance.