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Learning disabilities: coping with challenging behaviour

Children with learning disabilities can have challenging behaviour. Dealing with your child's challenging behaviour can be stressful, but you don't have to tackle it alone. All children can behave in ways that are difficult to deal with - for example, having tantrums, kicking or throwing things. Children who…

Questions to ask the surgeon or dentist

Important questions to ask the surgeon or dentist if you're thinking about having treatment abroad. Having all the information you need can help you make an informed choice about having treatment abroad. Questions to ask 1. What are your qualifications and where can I verify them?2. Do you have…

Paan, bidi and shisha

Tobacco that you don't smoke (including paan, betel quid and chewing tobacco) is not a 'safe' way to use tobacco. It causes cancer and can be as addictive as smoking. Find out the risks and how you can quit. Chewing tobacco and cancer risk Betel quid, paan or…

Autism diagnosis for adults

Have you ever wondered if you're autistic? Finding out if you're autistic could help answer questions that may have bothered you all your adult life. There are a number of online autism tests, but these vary in accuracy and none will be able to tell if you're definitely…

Starting periods

Most girls start their periods when they're about 12, but they can start as early as 8, so it's important to talk to girls from an early age to make sure they're prepared before the big day. Many parents feel awkward talking about periods, especially…

Spotting signs of child sexual abuse

One in 20 children in the UK will experience child sexual abuse. Here are the signs to be aware of and what to do if you suspect a child is being sexually abused.  What is child sexual abuse? What are the signs that a child…

Dental treatment abroad

If you're considering dental treatment abroad, do your research and be aware of the potential risks. There are no official statistics on the number of people travelling abroad for dental treatment. But a 2007 survey by the consumer association Which? found dentistry is one of…

Charities for disabled children/SEN/additional needs

Links to charities for disabled children and young people General UK-based charities helping disabled children and young people Contact a Family (CAF) for families with disabled children Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity The ACE Centre Self Help UK - Guide to patient support and self help  Seesaw -…

Mental health

There's nothing unusual or shameful about mental illness. Most of us have problems at some time in our lives, such as money worries, stress at work or the death of a loved one, which can affect our mental health. Find out how to recognise the signs and where…

How to volunteer

Volunteering is a rewarding way to use your spare time. There are many people, charities and organisations who could benefit from your support. First of all, decide what kind of volunteering would suit you. Think about the sort of organisation you'd like to volunteer for, the activities you'd like…