Prosody Blog

Articles and conversations dedicated to innovation, research and practice with children and young people in need of support, protection and care

February 21, 2019

What are your key messages from the neurobiology of development and trauma?

This blog post is written by Marina Dickson, Executive Manager, Professional Education Services. Every year, as I prepare for the next intake of students to our Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, I start thinking about how the knowledge of neuroscience of development and trauma has influenced the practice of our whole field over a decade. The …

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February 19, 2019

Together, let’s help to make all schools Trauma-Aware!

This blog was written by Dr. Judith Howard, a Senior Lecturer and researcher from the Queensland University of Technology. In most schools, and in many classrooms, there are students who have experienced complex childhood trauma who would benefit immensely from a system-wide, trauma-aware approach to schooling.  Despite the best intentions of schools and many school …

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February 13, 2019

Five activities that promote connected safety for traumatised children and carers

This blog post is written by Dr. Joe Tucci, CEO of The Australian Childhood Foundation. Over the last two weeks, I have written two blogs about integrating the work of Steve Porges about safety into practice that centralizes it as a resource for children who have experienced trauma. In this third and final blog, I …

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February 6, 2019

How to invite safety back into the relationships around traumatised children?

This blog post was written by Joe Tucci, CEO of The Australian Childhood Foundation. Last week, I wrote about three practice principles that were derived from an exploration of the neuroscience of safety. In this blog, I describe a way of working that centralises safety as the theme for healing the physiological and psychological consequences …

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January 30, 2019

What really is safety for traumatised children and young people?

This blog post was written by Dr Joe Tucci CEO, Australian Childhood Foundation. A few years ago, Steve Porges asked me to contribute a chapter to a book about the clinical applications of his Polyvagal Theory. It was a little surreal. Like many of you, Steve has been one of the major influences on the …

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January 11, 2019

Seven ways to support children with traumatic grief at school

This blog post is written by Carolyn Grace, Senior Training Consultant, School Services Program.    “Hi my name is James, I’m thirteen and at this camp, I am remembering my foster mum who took her life…” Those words pierced my heart as I listened to James introduce himself at a grief and loss camp for …

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January 7, 2019

Is all trauma the same?

This blog post has been written by Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation. I spent some time recently reading through the literature on poly-victimisation. I remember listening to David Finkelhor more than a decade ago presenting findings from his research that found that many of the children who had been identified as …

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October 26, 2018

10 Key Messages for Schools About Functional Behaviour Assessment

This blog article was written by Dr Sonja Vanderaa, Senior Training Consultant at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   Have you ever wondered what a functional behaviour assessment is? Or how it can help the children and young people you work with? So much has been written about functional behaviour assessment (FBA) that it can be hard to …

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October 17, 2018

Short term work with children who have experienced family violence and homelessness

This blog post has been written by Cat Albert and Vanessa Gravina of the Resilient Kids, Resilient Women project. Prior to joining the Resilient Kids Resilient Women (RKRW) project, I was the type of practitioner that highly doubted the efficacy of short term interventions withtraumatised children. And to be honest, some days I still carry …

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October 15, 2018

Translating theory into practice

This blog post is written by Marina Dickson, Executive Manager of Professional Education Services at The Australian Childhood Foundation.   For the past 30 years, ACF has been combining direct therapeutic practice for children and young people with the delivery of high-quality trauma-informed professional development opportunities building on the sector’s capacity.  The ongoing integration of …

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