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.

May 6, 2022

Trust, safety and participation: Essential ingredients for healing

‘Trust, safety and participation: Essential ingredients for healing’ blog article was written by By Donna Smyth and Colin Hayes at Australian Childhood Foundation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, children and young people have been increasingly affected by domestic and family violence, while services have scrambled to adapt and continue delivering help and support amidst challenging and changing …

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April 27, 2022

The Importance of Play for Therapeutic Professionals

‘Importance of Play for Therapeutic Professionals’ blog article was written by Tayla Howard, Team Leader, OurSPACE program at Australian Childhood Foundation. As a Play Therapist, I am always advocating the importance of play in all our lives, in the lives of children, adolescents and adults. Play may look different across the lifespan, but ultimately play …

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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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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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June 15, 2020

The story of Tim

This article was written by Daniel Howell, Senior Child and Family Counsellor at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Synergetic Play Therapy™ (2008) is a researched-informed model of play therapy blending the therapeutic power of play with nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness, and therapist authenticity. Its primary play therapy influences are Child-Centred, Experiential, and …

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May 21, 2020

Let’s Play!

For the last eight weeks, families have been ‘stuck’ inside due to Corona Virus.  It has been a juggle for many parents to manage the difficult balance between working from home, parenting and supporting the online learning of our children. Many are worried that their children might ‘fall behind’ academically or are concerned that their role as parent and caregiver is …

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February 13, 2019

Five activities that promote connected safety for traumatised children and carers

This blog post is written by Dr. Joe Tucci, CEO of The Australian Childhood Foundation. Over the last two weeks, I have written two blogs about integrating the work of Steve Porges about safety into practice that centralizes it as a resource for children who have experienced trauma. In this third and final blog, I …

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August 22, 2018

The Need for an External Regulator in the Playroom

When babies are crying, distressed, and upset, why do we rock them back and forth? Founder and President of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado, Lisa Dion, helps us to understand the importance of therapists becoming external regulators in the playroom as children work towards integrating their challenging experiences.

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February 17, 2017

‘Yarn and Calm’ – A Pilot Group Program for Children with Complex Trauma

Guest bloggers Angela Curcio and T Kaur discuss a pilot program they trialled, using group art and play therapy approaches to work children who have experienced Trauma.

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