Prosody Blog

Prosody is the pitch and tone of the human voice. It is the very essence of connection. Our blog hosts articles and stories dedicated to innovation, research and practice with children and young people.

October 9, 2020

Children’s mental health starts with adults

This article was written by Dr Joe Tucci, psychologist and social worker and the CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation. When children see painted wooden spoons appearing in a garden bed in their neighbourhood, they stop and point to them. For them, they are not just wooden spoons. They see them as little people. Spoonville …

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October 6, 2020

Mindful Parenting

The practise of mindfulness has many benefits. Amongst these, in our work with parents and families, we have observed that it can support parents in their efforts to develop contingent and thoughtful rather than reactive ways of responding to their children. This transformational change in parents comes as the result of the regular mindfulness practice …

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September 24, 2020

Sibling Relationships in Therapeutic Planning

This article was written by Sue Buratti, Senior Manager of Therapeutic Services in NSW at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Sibling relationships can be the most rewarding and challenging of all relationships across our lifespan. They can provide an unbreakable connection or can be a source of deep pain. For children who cannot live with their …

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September 21, 2020

Free Play and Wellbeing

This article was written by Chris Hutchinson, Senior Consultant in the Parenting and Early Years Program at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Play is universal, children all around the world do their own version of play. Even if play is not intentionally encouraged in a country or community somehow children still find ways to play. Through …

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September 17, 2020

Going Viral – 8 free resources for work with children, young people and families.

During the Coronavirus Pandemic, children remain at the heart of everything we do. We know that children, like their parents and carers, are currently experiencing a lot of fear, worry, and anxiety as a result of the Coronavirus crisis (see our research here). Understanding the concerns shared with us, we have produced a number of …

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September 15, 2020

Putting children first in legislation

This article was written by Lauren Thomas, Program Manager – Service Development and Projects at the Australian Childhood Foundation. In December it will be 30 years since Australia ratified the United Nations Charter for the Rights of Children (UNCRC). For thirty years we have agreed – along with almost every other nation in the world now – …

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September 9, 2020

Putting children first in organisations

This blog article was written by Deb Holmes, Manager in Safeguarding Children Services at the Australian Childhood Foundation.  At Safeguarding Children Services within the Australian Childhood Foundation every week and every day is about putting children first.  Our work with organisations is focussed on building their capacity to keep the children and young people that …

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September 7, 2020

Do we really put children first?

This article was written by Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation.  I have a problem with Child Protection Week. It is important. Actually, it is vital. Starting yesterday, on Father’s Day, Australia is acknowledging its 30th such week. I have been involved in almost 25 of them as the CEO of the Australian …

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September 2, 2020

A wall around the heart

This article was written by Rebecca Brewer, a Therapeutic Specialist based in Warrnambool, Victoria for the Australian Childhood Foundation. As a primarily non-directive child play therapist, the move to teletherapy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it challenges for myself as a professional, as well for the children I work with. Perusing Creative …

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August 27, 2020

Listen like you have never listened before

This article was written by Pat Jewell, Program Manager of the Parenting and Early Years Program at the Australian Childhood Foundation.  Over ten years ago now, I and a team of professionals experienced in working with parents worked together to develop the Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) program.  At the time, the program was developed …

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