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 14, 2021

The Challenge of Change in Returning to School in a COVID-19 World

This ‘The Challenge of Change in Returning to School in a COVID-19 World’ blog article was written by Marina Dickson, Organisational Lead of Course and Content Development, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   In May of last year, our Australian Childhood Foundation colleague Lauren Thomas wrote a blog called ‘Back to school in a COVID-19 …

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October 12, 2021

Planting Seeds of Self-Belief

This article is has been written by a Therapeutic Specialist at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Due to the personal nature of the article they will remain anonymous. However, what they would like to share is the role and impact we can each have on others, particularly children and young people, who need someone in their lives to plant seeds …

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May 28, 2020

Back to school in a COVID-19 world

This blog is authored by Lauren Thomas, Professional Community Engagement Manager at the Australian Childhood Foundation.  Over the past few weeks, and this week in Victoria, schools are beginning to reopen their doors for students post the Corona Virus lockdown. There are mixed feelings for all involved. During this period of lock-down Australians (indeed people all over …

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April 17, 2019

The Trauma of Separation and Divorce

It is easy to underestimate the impact of family arguments, parental separation, the leaving of one parent from the family home, the disconnection in relationships, the challenges extended family have when perhaps being prevented from seeing a child/young person due to parental acrimony and the interconnected effect these can have on children.  

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February 19, 2019

Together, let’s help to make all schools Trauma-Aware!

This blog was written by Dr. Judith Howard, a Senior Lecturer and researcher from the Queensland University of Technology. In most schools, and in many classrooms, there are students who have experienced complex childhood trauma who would benefit immensely from a system-wide, trauma-aware approach to schooling.  Despite the best intentions of schools and many school …

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December 11, 2017

Back to school – five survival tips for professionals embarking on vocational study

As I embark on a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, I prepare for a busy year of juggling a full time job, tending to my hectic family life with two little girls, a husband and a cat. Never mind my busy social life and love of travel… am I crazy? Two years ago, when I graduated from a Masters Degree in Social Work I swore - no more study for me! So how did I find myself eagerly awaiting a reading list for block 1?

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June 27, 2017

Introducing School Services Program Part 1

In late 2016, The Australian Childhood Foundation introduced a new program to its organisational structure – the Schools Services Program. The SSP was established as a result of the growing demand within the Education sector: individual schools, regional areas and at a departmental level to become Trauma Sensitive environments.

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April 17, 2017

Care for children – Compassion for self

Changing the narratives, the beliefs about identity and relationships that traumatised children have learnt is hard work.  It takes time and repetition (just as forming the problematic narratives and beliefs did) and the opportunity to do so in healthy, attuned relationships.

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March 23, 2017

Schools as Service Providers

Guest blogger, registered psychologist and school counsellor Deborah Costa shares her model around Trauma Informed systems and services for school as service providers.

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February 27, 2017

When Summer holidays go wrong – preparing children for school after a difficult time at home

Senior Training Consultant, Donna Smyth explores a 5 step process to help children prepare for a return to school, when the holidays may have been a rocky time.

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