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Primary school offering treatment hope for children with ‘callous-unemotional traits’

There’s a playroom at Ingleburn Public School in south-west Sydney with tubs of Lego, bright-painted walls and a therapist with a microphone concealed behind a one-sided mirror.

It’s the first clinic of its kind: purpose-built on primary school grounds to deliver a new therapy for children who display “callous-unemotional traits”, a set of characteristics that can be an early warning sign for psychopathy.

  • Kate Aubusson
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

The results of a clinical trial of this new therapy – an enhanced version of a gold-standard treatment called Parent-Child Interaction Therapy – are giving hope to the families of these misunderstood children, and the skills to bond with them.

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