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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.

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 23, 2024

Championing organisational cultures of safeguarding

‘Championing organisational cultures of safeguarding’ blog article was written by Jacintha Condillac, Senior Consultant, Education and Safeguarding Services at Australian Childhood Foundation. The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, new state legislation including new practice standard frameworks such as the Tasmanian Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework, the revised Victorian Child Safe Standards and the implementation of …

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November 14, 2023

Navigating the duality of lived experience and professional roles

‘Navigating the duality of lived experience and professional roles’ blog article was written by Sue Buratti, Program Manager, Therapeutic Services at Australian Childhood Foundation. Navigating the duality of lived experience and professional roles when supporting vulnerable children is complex and largely unacknowledged.   As we care for children who have experienced complex trauma, the invisibility of support and …

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November 14, 2023

Supporting a child who has experienced sexual abuse

‘Supporting a child who has experienced sexual abuse’ blog article was written by Jaimee Stacey, Initial Response Practitioner, Child Trauma Service at Australian Childhood Foundation. It can take an enormous amount of courage and vulnerability for a child or young person to disclose that they have been sexually abused. Often, it can take some time before …

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October 18, 2023

Healthy and happy childhoods make for the best futures

‘Healthy and happy childhoods make for the best futures’ blog article was written by Chris Hutchinson, Senior Consultant, from the Parenting and Early Years team at Australian Childhood Foundation. “One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, how big my house was or what kind of car I drove, …

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October 3, 2023

A new metaphor to explain malleability of the brain and neuronal connections

‘A new metaphor to explain malleability of the brain and neuronal connections’ blog article was written by Hanif Jaberipour, Acting Program Manager, Parenting and Early Years Program at Australian Childhood Foundation. During the first session of a recent online Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) parent group, after explaining the concept of neuronal connections and conducting …

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September 11, 2023

Trauma-informed schools: the essential role of families

‘Trauma-informed schools: the essential role of families’ blog article was written by Celina Sargent, Project Coordinator, Education and Safeguarding Services at Australian Childhood Foundation. Across Australia, more schools are working hard to create the culture, policies and practices that are needed to support trauma-informed practice. But there is more to be done. If you’re a …

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August 29, 2023

Leading the Ted Lasso way

‘Leading the Ted Lasso way’ blog article was written by Jennifer Gay, Team Leader, Therapeutic Services at Australian Childhood Foundation. Have you ever watched an episode of the hit television show, Ted Lasso? Maybe you’re a fan like me, or maybe you’re wondering why we’re talking about it in a professional blog. In my leadership …

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August 7, 2023

Reflections on Stepping Up, a new harmful sexual behaviour group for young people

‘Reflections on Stepping Up, a new harmful sexual behaviour group for young people’ blog article was written by Kim Mackay, Team Leader, Child Trauma Service and Tina Icaro, Senior Child and Family Counsellor at Australian Childhood Foundation. Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) is a complex area, with a growing number of practitioners and researchers identifying that …

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