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Some children who are diagnosed with autism when they are young lose the symptoms and the diagnosis as they grow older, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health in America.

A Canadian programme shown to reduce aggression and encourage empathy in children by bringing a very young baby into the classroom was officially launched in England by the Pre-School Learning Alliance last week (23 November)

Nurture groups make a big difference to the behaviour and social skills of children who might otherwise be at risk of exclusion, says an Ofsted report.

Families can find ways to resolve problems in their relationships with the help of a professional play therapist, as Cath Hunter explains.

Success in working with children who cannot stay in control comes down to the team working among well-supported staff at any early years setting, says Pat Gordon-Smith.

Supporting children who cannot stay in control may be the ultimate challenge for conscientious practitioners, says Pat Gordon-Smith in the first of four articles on responding to behaviour.

Families and practitioners alike have welcomed the benefits of having an on-site psychotherapist at a children's centre. Child and adolescent psychotherapist Inge-Martine Pretorius and Tamar Karni explain why.

Burnwood Nursery School has cut dramatically its number of children on the special needs register. Head teacher Juliet Levingstone explains how, in the second of a series on Stoke-on-Trent's nursery schools.

Should childcarers allow aggressive play, and where does the line have to be drawn? Elaine Lee considers the views of various professionals.

Children go through recognisable developmental stages in their ability to make friends, which nursery life can foster, writes Philip Erwin