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.

June 23, 2021

How do we continue to do it all from home? Routines are your best friend

This ‘How do we continue to do it all from home? Routines are your best friend’ blog article was written by Chris Hutchinson, Senior Consultant in the Parenting and Early Years Team, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   We’ve been asked this question many times – how can we continue to manage everything at home; …

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June 22, 2021

Delivering the Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) Program Online During COVID

This ‘Delivering the Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) Program Online During COVID’ blog article was written by Jan Dacosta, EACH Therapeutic Specialist and Stefanie Ronzoni, Senior Child Counsellor, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   The Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) Program was delivered online during COVID restrictions, to a group of Mothers who had experienced family violence. Where family …

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June 17, 2021

The Making of a Wardrobe – Bringing Creativity into Therapy

This ‘The Making of a Wardrobe – Bringing Creativity into Therapy’ blog article was written by Jennifer Gay, Team Leader in Therapeutic Services, at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Recently a young person that ACF was working with in a Therapeutic Foster Care program told her counsellor on a home visit that her safe place to …

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June 15, 2021

When all the System Needs Love

This ‘When all the System Needs Love’ blog article was written by Tayla Howard, Therapeutic Specialist, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   In the OurSPACE program we provide direct therapeutic intervention to children and young people in Out-Of-Home-Care (OOHC). I describe myself as working in trauma informed ways from a child-centered approach. In working this way children can expect unconditional positive …

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March 10, 2021

Explosive Adolescence

This blog is written by Pat Jewell, Manager of Parenting and the Early Years Program at the Australian Childhood Foundation. When there is an adolescent in the house there is often tension as the parents and the adolescent try to work out how to relate to each other in this new and different landscape. During …

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December 17, 2020

Rock cairns, reflections and lessons from 2020

This blog article was written by Chris Cussen, a Senior Advisor in the Therapeutic Services of the Australian Childhood Foundation.   A friend introduced me to proper hiking when I was in my early 20s. I learned about things like switchbacks, trangias, scroggin, gaiters, and cairns as a part of this new adventure. Cairns are …

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December 11, 2020

Message of Hope

This article was written by Noel MacNamara, Executive Manager, Research & Policy at the Australian Childhood Foundation, Deputy Director, Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care and Carer. Two years ago, we were called to our kinship care child’s school almost daily. Sometimes she had disrupted other children, sometimes she had poked someone with a pencil, one …

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November 27, 2020

Parenting After Family Violence Program

Women and their children are traumatised by the experience of family violence. It terrifies them. It destabilises the foundations of their world. It undermines the strengths of their relationships. It can overwhelm them. Family violence is experienced deep in the minds and bodies of those who experience it. They see it. They often hear it. …

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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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