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 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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August 19, 2020

Culturally Safe Practice

This article was written by Stacey Dellow, Team Leader in Therapeutic Services Program at the Australian Childhood Foundation. What is culturally safe practice? From my perspective as an Aboriginal woman, I need it to include components of the following; collaboration, authentic partnerships, prioritising relationships and having a place for critical reflection.  These things give the …

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August 17, 2020

Reflections on behaviour

This blog was written by Hanif Reza Jaberipour, Senior Consultant in the Parenting and Early Years Program at the Australian Childhood Foundation. As a parent or professional, in living or working with children affected by trauma, the behaviour is what we see. It is behaviour that challenges us, shows us clues about what’s going on inside the child, and …

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August 6, 2020

Supporting parents in Iran

This article was authored by Soodeh Shobeiri, a Senior Family Consultant and Facilitator of various training for families in Iran. 15 years ago, as a young mum, I had only access to the inner world of one child; my own childhood. I presumed my own childhood as the normal and standard way of being a …

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August 3, 2020

The impact of family violence on the parent-child relationship.

This article was written by Stefanie Ronzoni, Senior Child Counsellor in the Australian Childhood Foundation’s Therapeutic Services.   We now know that the relationship between a mother and her child is directly impacted as a result of family violence.  Family violence affects a mother’s sense of confidence in her parenting and ability to be present and available to her child in all the ways that she would …

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July 29, 2020

Safe and Confidential – The challenges of digital therapeutic service delivery

This article was co-authored by Dr Joe Tucci, CEO, and Lauren Thomas, Manager Service Development at Projects both at the Australian Childhood Foundation We work with children, young people and their families in times of upheaval for them. Times where they have experienced abuse, family violence and chronic stress. Over the decades that the Australian …

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