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 17, 2021

When there are no words

This ‘When there are no words’ blog article was written by Yvette Willoughby, Senior Child and Family Counsellor in the Child Trauma Service Victoria team, at Australian Childhood Foundation.   I often try to imagine what non-therapists imagine happens in the child’s therapy room. I’m sure many might think that a therapist uses similar skills …

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November 11, 2021

From Romania with love

This ‘From Romania with love’ blog article was written by Karyn Robinson, Senior Advisor in the Professional Education Services team, at Australian Childhood Foundation.   A man of profound compassion, Nelson Mandela once remarked “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” (8 May …

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November 11, 2021

Due Course – The story of a river

This ‘Due Course – The story of a river’ blog article was written by Angela Weller, Senior Manager in the Therapeutic Services team, and Matt Harvey, Therapeutic Specialist in the Canberra Therapeutic Services team, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   Ideas emerge in conversations that both surprise and challenge us, but sometimes lead to new ways …

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November 9, 2021

Trauma Sensitive Language

This ‘Trauma Sensitive Language’ blog article was written by Sue Buratti, Program Manager in the Therapeutic Services team, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   Trauma Responsive Practice is a term commonly used when referring to the way we engage with vulnerable children and young people. However, there can be uncertainty for those who are working with …

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November 5, 2021

Cup of tea?

This ‘Cup of tea?’ blog article was written by Olivia Edwinsmith, Senior Child and Family Counsellor in the South West Family Violence Partnership Program, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   “Where there’s tea, there is Hope” – Wing Pinero  I have been getting to know my 91-year-old neighbour these past 12 months; he tells me that ‘smoko’ break is 10am and 3pm, …

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September 22, 2021

On Soothing

This ‘On Soothing’ blog article was written by Chris Cussen, Senior Advisor in the Therapeutic Services team, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   Lately I have been thinking about the concept of ‘soothing.’ It is such a soft and easing word to me, and so relevant in these COVID times. When you look up ‘soothing’ …

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August 31, 2021

Be your own hero!

This ‘Be your own hero!’ blog article was written by Rebecca Cort, Senior Advisor at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   One of the big questions I get asked as a senior advisor in developmental trauma is how to work with embodied contemplation in the absence of a hero. So many of the children we work …

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August 26, 2021

Developing your Ethical Compass

This ‘Developing your Ethical Compass’ blog article was written by Rebecca Cort, Senior Advisor, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   Part of being trauma responsive is learning how to hold your own centre of gravity. As practitioners, we work in systems and organisations that hold huge power. Sustaining our own centre, in the midst and under …

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August 24, 2021

Birthdays, Parties, Anything

This ‘Birthdays, Parties, Anything’ blog article was written by Alison McLindin, Team Leader in the Therapeutic Services Victoria team, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   Myra is an old lady now, but she feels that her formative years were spent being responsible for caring for her younger brother and sister, leaving her little time for herself. When Myra …

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August 19, 2021

‘We just played basketball for 30 minutes’

This ‘We just played basketball for 30 minutes’ blog article was written by Marina Dickson, Manager in the Professional Education Services team, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   As professionals we seem to find all sorts of ways to question our own skills, capacity and efficacy in our work. One of those ways is often the …

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