Prosody Blog

Articles and conversations dedicated to innovation, research and practice with children and young people in need of support, protection and care

August 22, 2018

Popping Bubbles

Therapeutic Specialist, Kylie McKenzie guides us through The Popping Bubbles Program, which uses connecting activities to support both mothers and infants to bond together after they have both experienced the danger and violation of family violence.

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August 22, 2018

Reflections on Day 2 of the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference

This blog is the second in a series of daily blogs being published during the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference. Each day a member of the Australian Childhood Foundation's Senior Executive will share their reflections on the content in sessions they attended. Today's blog is written by Noel MacNamara, Executive Manager Research and Policy. 

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August 13, 2018

The Power of Connection and Confidence – An Interview with a Kinship Carer

Senior Training Consultant, Ciara Merrifield, chats with a Kinship Carer to hear about her experiences as well as discover how the ‘Trauma-informed care’ training course has enabled her to gain valuable insight on the impacts of trauma in children's development.

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November 22, 2017

What is love?

The recent launch of ACF’s new logo and the narrative of love that accompanies it has prompted me to consider this concept of love in our work with traumatised children. Having love as a value seems fundamental to everything we do in both our personal and professional lives. Yet, when we unpack what love means in the context of children who have experienced trauma, it is way more complex.

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May 18, 2015

Neurobiology of Self-Care

An exploration of self-care from a neurobiological perspective, placing it at the centre of effective practice in work with traumatised children, young people and families. 

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May 14, 2015

Caring for a Traumatised Teen

Adolescence is a period of significant growth, change and development, and is often an exciting as well as challenging time for young people and their parents or carers.  In this blog entry we discuss the insights neurobiology has to support the role of carers of traumatised young people.

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April 28, 2015

9 Plain English Principles of Trauma Informed Care

The trauma literature can be overwhelming. Its basis in neuroscience offers incredible insights into its impact. But it also is challenging to decipher and make relevant to the ways in which children that have experienced abuse and neglect can be effectively supported.  

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March 9, 2015

What if the world hurts?

What if your teacher’s voice feels like a dentist drill? What if the walls of your classroom feel like they are crowded and moving? What if the seam on your sock drives you to distraction and makes it almost impossible to listen to what is being said to you? Beth Guy looks at the topic of sensory defensiveness and what it means for children and young people as well as those who support them.

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December 11, 2014

The Neurobiology of Christmas – 10 things Parents and Carers can do to help a traumatised child cope with this holiday season

The holiday period around Christmas is a time of celebration and joy for most families.  However for many children who have experienced abuse and neglect and are living in alternative care, it can be a stressful and sad time sometimes evoking memories of past. This entry provides ideas for how to be a support.

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