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New parent-friendly app supports wellbeing in children

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New research into parenting support for the health and wellbeing of their children has revealed what many are already aware of – that educators are one of the first ports of call for parents looking for parenting advice.

That’s why the Raising Healthy Minds app has been developed as an evidence-based pocket-resource for parents and carers. It is also a valuable tool that teachers can recommend to parents who have questions about their child’s social and emotional wellbeing. Its aim is to reinforce a positive approach to parenting and offers ways to help parents navigate emotions and behaviours in children aged 0-12 years.

The free app, developed by the Raising Children Network and funded by the Federal Government, allows users to input questions they have about a child’s social or emotional development and find easy-to-understand information and helpful tips for families.

Raising Children Network Director, Mr Derek McCormack, said the app could help educators begin conversations with parents and their children about topics such as neurodiversity.

“The Raising Healthy Mind app’s content on neurodiversity contains positive, accessible information. This is complemented by articles covering topics including how to help autistic children understand and respond to emotions, and ways to support the emotional wellbeing of a child with a learning difficulty or ADHD,” said Mr McCormack.

The app explains how ‘just like the planet needs a diversity of plants and animals to survive, society needs neurodiversity to thrive’. In addition, it offers a mix of quick-read articles, videos and animations and highlights when additional professional support might be needed. This includes guidance for parents on how to respond to behaviour, for example, articles on how to help children calm down and understand anger, as well as videos on navigating tantrums and strong emotions.

“Co-designed with experts and parents, the app aims to improve child mental health and wellbeing outcomes, with practical advice to help parents raise confident, resilient children,” Mr McCormack concluded.

Raising Healthy Minds is free to download from Google Play or the App Store.

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