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.

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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June 23, 2020

Coercive Control in Family Violence

This article was written by Bianca Stephenson-Gromer, a Senior Child Counsellor at the Australian Childhood Foundation. In recent years, with a greater awareness of family violence and the debilitating impact it can have on the victim-survivors, children and the community, more and more people are feeling empowered to report and speak out about their torturous experiences of family violence. There are a …

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June 1, 2020

A unique window into our world – a supervisors reflections on therapy in the time of COVID19

This blog is written by Sharon Duthie, a Team Leader in the Australian Childhood Foundation’s Therapeutic Services.  As the global pandemic COVID-19 has swept across the world, so too have sweeping changes to the way we practice. We are now seeing the parent/carers, children and young people online for therapy. We are seeing them through a different lens; quite literally through a window on …

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May 29, 2020

Living with the invisible threat

This blog is authored by Mandy Flint, a Senior Advisor in the Australian Childhood Foundation’s Professional Education Services. COVID19 has brought about some challenges that for many of us are extraordinary. None of us could have anticipated the level of personal and professional challenge that would be imposed on us in order to keep us safe …

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December 11, 2019

T’was the weeks before Christmas

This blog was written by Noel MacNamara, Executive Manager of Research and Policy at The Australian Childhood Foundation. ‘Tis the season to be dysregulated Fa la la la la, la la la la! Christmas is a very special time of the year for so many of us. Despite our heartfelt desire to provide fun and …

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October 17, 2018

Short term work with children who have experienced family violence and homelessness

This blog post has been written by Cat Albert and Vanessa Gravina of the Resilient Kids, Resilient Women project. Prior to joining the Resilient Kids Resilient Women (RKRW) project, I was the type of practitioner that highly doubted the efficacy of short term interventions withtraumatised children. And to be honest, some days I still carry …

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March 15, 2018

Increasing child participation in community contexts

Children are vulnerable in communities that do not listen to them, that do not value their voice or opinions, that do not conceive of children as having the capacity to meaningfully contribute to society. Vulnerable, because these attitudes or cultural approaches mean that they can be overlooked, minimised or left unheard or unbelieved.

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May 11, 2017

I killed my fish

As a Child Psychologist working with traumatised children, I hear a lot of stories, some of which are sad or cruel, some unbelievable or amazing. These stories provide me some insight in the different ways these children experience the world. It is my challenge to unravel the story and try and discover the key to why this story is so upsetting or overwhelming to them. Sometimes that leads to an unexpected outcome.

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December 5, 2016

Permanency and Stability in Out of Home Care

We recently had the opportunity to submit to the Victorian Enquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendments (Permanent Care and Other Matters) ACT 2014 (Permanency Amendment Inquiry). In the submission, we highlighted our experience working with children placed in Out of Home Care in Victoria, as well as our strongly held belief that permanence promotes stability. 

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October 24, 2016

Children’s Week – Students share their artworks to communicate the message of Children’s Rights.

This week is Children's Week - celebrating the rights of all children to enjoy childhood.  In this entry we have selected a shortlist of artworks submitted to us by young people in Victoria.  Each artwork is accompanied with the artists own description of their work. 

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