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.

November 13, 2020

Empowering Carers with SPACE

This blog article was written by Colin Hayes, Therapeutic Specialist and Shaun Chandran, Manager, Therapeutic Services, Western Australia. In October 2020, the Australian Childhood Foundation launched OurSPACE WA: a new state-wide therapeutic consultation and support service in Western Australia for Department of Communities foster and family carers, where the placement may be under stress and/or …

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October 28, 2020

Creating safety through small acts of reconciliation

This blog article was written by Sue Buratti, Program Manager, Therapeutic Services, NSW.  “At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians”. (Reconciliation.org.au) OurSPACE is a new program in the NSW landscape. It was funded in October 2019 and started receiving …

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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 2, 2020

A wall around the heart

This article was written by Rebecca Brewer, a Therapeutic Specialist based in Warrnambool, Victoria for the Australian Childhood Foundation. As a primarily non-directive child play therapist, the move to teletherapy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it challenges for myself as a professional, as well for the children I work with. Perusing Creative …

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August 27, 2020

Listen like you have never listened before

This article was written by Pat Jewell, Program Manager of the Parenting and Early Years Program at the Australian Childhood Foundation.  Over ten years ago now, I and a team of professionals experienced in working with parents worked together to develop the Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) program.  At the time, the program was developed …

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August 26, 2020

When you can’t give them Disneyland – positive stories of COVID times

This article was written by Jenny Gay, Team Leader with support from Paullette Hoogerwerf, Allira Williams, Nina Moffatt, Rozana Olaya and Natalie Rio who are each Therapeutic Specialists at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Years ago, I attended some training with Dan Hughes, an expert in attachment-based parenting for children and young people in foster and …

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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 12, 2020

So Much Change! Helping parents and children cope with the pace of change

This article is written by Diana Kay, a Senior Consultant in the Parenting and Early Years Program at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   We are living in extraordinary times! The world as we know it has become topsy-turvy in almost every possible way! The Olympics have been postponed, Wimbledon has been cancelled, international and domestic …

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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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