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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.

May 29, 2024

Supporting the mental health of LGBTQIA+ children and young people

At Australian Childhood Foundation, we know how crucial it is to proactively support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people who identify as LGBTQIA+. Social factors such as rejection, bullying, discrimination, and lack of support can severely impact their wellbeing, leading to issues like anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. So, what can …

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May 10, 2024

Evaluating the BUGK parenting program: second time around

‘Evaluating the BUGK program: second time around’ blog article was written by Hanif Reza Jaberipour, Acting Program Manager, Parenting and Early Years Program at Australian Childhood Foundation. In 2005, Australian Childhood Foundation developed an evaluated group work program with a focus on the parent-child relationship called Great Kids. In 2010, this work evolved into what …

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May 7, 2024

Breaking the cycle: Addressing the impacts of gender-based violence on Australian children and young people

‘Breaking the cycle: Addressing the impacts of gender-based violence on Australian children and young people’ blog article was written by Cait Wilding, Team Leader at Australian Childhood Foundation. If you, or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000. For confidential support regarding family violence, call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). To report concerns relating …

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April 5, 2024

Bringing Up Great Kids – a reflective parenting program for both parents and facilitators

‘Bringing Up Great Kids – a reflective parenting program for both parents and facilitators’ blog article was written by Nina Moffat, Parenting and Early Years Consultant and Therapeutic Specialist at Australian Childhood Foundation. Throughout all variations of our Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) Parenting Program, there is a strong focus on personal reflection for parents. …

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March 25, 2024

The “beneath” provides us with the whole picture

‘The “beneath” provides us with the whole picture’ blog article was written by Pat Jewell, Program Manager, Parenting and Early Years Program at Australian Childhood Foundation. There is a lovely picture book called ‘Beneath’ by Cori Doerrfeld. It tells the story of a young child who is having a bad day and hides from the …

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March 12, 2024

Empowering diversity: Adapting the BUGK Parenting Program for multicultural parenting

‘Empowering diversity: Adapting the BUGK Parenting Program for multicultural parenting’ blog article was written by Jo Newbold, Senior Consultant, Parenting and Early Years Program at Australian Childhood Foundation, who interviewed Esther Mwathi, Bringing up Great Kids (BUGK) Facilitator. Embracing and fostering inclusivity and understanding are key to the success of our Bringing up Great Kids (BUGK) Parenting …

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February 19, 2024

Can we really ‘bounce back’ after experiencing trauma?

‘Can we really ‘bounce back’ after experiencing trauma?’ blog article was written by Sophie Varvel, Team Leader of NSW Therapeutic Services at Australian Childhood Foundation. Let’s reconsider the notion of urging children to ‘bounce back’ after experiencing trauma. In my mind, the phrase conjures images of a bouncy ball, careening off the ground, aiming for great heights. …

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January 23, 2024

Tennis lessons: using tennis to explore rupture and repair with a ten-year-old

‘Tennis lessons: using tennis to explore rupture and repair with a ten-year-old’ blog article was written by Chris Cussen, Lead of Product Development, Content Creation, and Projects for Therapeutic Services at Australian Childhood Foundation. Our son is ten years old, and over these summer holidays, he has suddenly discovered tennis. We watched the Australian Open (AO) and …

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January 19, 2024

Always Was and Always Will Be

Australian Childhood Foundation supports the need for meaningful change and believes that such change is long overdue. The ongoing over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults in our child protection and justice systems has not changed despite many inquiries, reviews and commitments over many years to address these issues. We cannot claim …

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December 19, 2023

Everyone needs to play

‘Everyone needs to play’ story was written by Pat Jewell, Program Manager, Parenting and Early Years Program at Australian Childhood Foundation. It is well known that play is important for children. Children, especially young children explore and experience the world through play. But what about adults who did not get the experience of playing as …

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