The Kids Health Network features top paediatric specialists and professionals. This series will look at common health problems that are regularly seen in our children, presented in a clear to understand way.
Featuring General Practitioner, Dr Andrew Leech, this is the kids health podcast you’ve been searching for! Providing informative discussions, up to date evidence based information and practical tips each week.
Dr Andrew is a fellow of the RACGP in Australia and has completed added paediatric training through the child health diploma. He is also a father of two children. Join us for further discussions and other useful information on our facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas for future topics.
Episode 42: Starting School
Starting at a new school can be daunting for both parent and child.
In this podcast we meet Annie Gerhardy. Annie has a passion for fostering young minds and supporting their development through her role in the early learning years.
We discuss the links between education and health, as well as mental health. We talk about how to help kids become interested in school when they might be dis-engaging or suffering separation anxiety. We will also look at the challenges faced by kids and their families when starting school for the first time.
Happy Sleeping Families
Happy Sleeping Families
Experienced Paediatric nurse and sleep consultant, Tara Mitchell, talks to us on this episode about the gentle sleep approach. Tara is a trained sleep consultant and has become increasingly popular across her social media platforms. She offers range of packages online and face to face. We talk about important sleep strategies for babies and toddlers, and some tips that might help your journey.
For more information check out https://gentlesleep.com.au/
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Understanding our Teens
Clark Wight is an internationally renowned teacher and expert in the area of engaging teenagers, in particular teenage boys and supporting their needs when facing adversity. Todays podcast will cover this area along with communication with children and teens. We also discuss some of the tricky areas of dealing with phones, gaming and pornography as well as alcohol and drug use.
Clarks approach is very common sense and practical and will help both parents and educators of children. We also discussed the idea of building resilience in children through being vulnerable ourselves and telling our real life stories.
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Autism in Girls
In this podcast we welcome back Miriam Kirby, a developmental paediatric psychologist who has extensive experience working with children with autism.
Rates of autism prevalence suggest that boys are, on average, 4 times more likely to have autism than girls. But this figure may hide the true incidence of autism in girls and women as it can be harder to diagnose and even go unnoticed in some. New research suggests that current diagnostic methods overlook girls. Parents with daughters on the spectrum will often share frustrating tales of how difficult it was to get a proper diagnosis for their daughters, some take until adulthood to reach this.
So how does autism affect girls? How do girls with autism cope at school?
In this episode we discuss why autism can be difficult to diagnose in girls and why they often present late. We also discuss the effect of later diagnosis may have on treatment and what treatment is available.
Grief and Loss - helping children to cope
When someone dies, your child might have strong feelings – sadness, despair, anger, confusion and anxiety. These feelings are normal. In this discussion with Maddison Pike, child psychologist, we look at some of the feelings children experience following the loss of a loved one. We also discuss how to talk about grief with a child and when to seek help from a health professional.
ADHD – the go to guide
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common mental-health condition in children and is present in most countries around the world. Although there is an abundance of literature on ADHD with plenty of scientific information, this condition remains controversial and often under diagnosed.
In this episode we meet developmental paediatrician (Prof Desiree Silva) and an ADHD coach (Dr Michele Toner), both of whom are passionate about improving the lives of children with ADHD and their families. They both have over 20 years of experience in the field and recognise the need for this practical guide.
I ask them about practical tips for how you can manage and advocate for your child in different settings, with or without medication. We discuss many aspects of ADHD from how it is diagnosed through to parenting and teaching tips and ideas. We also discuss evidence to date for medication and alternative therapies, most importantly considering myths that parents might be concerned about.
I also discover that many (30%) parents of children with ADHD may also have underlying ADHD themselves.
Allied health workers, general practitioners and others who have contact with these children will also benefit from this podcast along with their fantastic book.
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Informative podcast for parents and carers
This podcast is not only informative but tackles some of the biggest healths concerns that plague the parents of today. From cyberbullying and autism to toilet training and mental health, Dr Leech engages with an array of experts in their field to offer their perspective on a variety of important issues that parents may want to know more about but don’t know where to turn. Definitely recommend listening to this if you’re a parent!
Professional and informative!
This fills such a big gap in the podcast world!!
Too often we’re bombarded with health information from people with no qualifications or experience. Dr Leech brings so much knowledge and experience to this podcast.
Real life, interesting and practical for parents.
Dr Patrick Leech
Excellent information and very practical advice for new parents. Valuable for new parents to know they are not alone in these vital areas. Additional input from experts with much experience in different fields is very insightful. Looking forward to many more areas in this complex area of child development. Great initiative by Dr Andrew Leech.