Have you caused your child’s Autism?

Over the past few decades we have seen a dramatic increase in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children across the world. In the early 2000’s international studies identified ASD in around 1 out of every 150 children, but in July 2016, the Word Health Organisation set the prevalence at 1 out of every 68 children! This is a huge increase! The diagnosis is much more common in boys (1 out of every 42) than it is in girls (1 out of every 189), although this may be because it is harder to detect in girls (unless you are seeing a service with lots of experience with girls on the autism spectrum). Along with this increase has come a host of attempts to answer the all important que

Are the side-effects of homework dangerous?

What side-effects I hear you ask? Well, if you stop and think about it there are many side-effects to homework in most households... and they can be genuinely dangerous! Consider that your child has a full-time job already. They are physically at school 30-hours a week. If you add average travel time of (3-5 hours a week), and then just one extra curricular activity - most children are already investing 35-40 hours every week into their career as a student. This starts from 4-5 years of age! On top of this many schools expect homework from the first few weeks of Kindergarten... this can include additional work sheets, spelling lists, maths problems, and a range of projects. However, there is