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Emotional Health

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager.The transition to high school is a rite of passage in life’s journey. I survived, you survived, other children have survived and so too will your current Year 6 child.In primary school your child is well supported in a friendly environment where they have gradually become familiar with their surroundings, staff and Read more

Beth Saggers, Queensland University of TechnologyIn our series, Better Teachers, we’ll explore how to improve teacher education in Australia. We’ll look at what the evidence says on a range of themes including how Read more

Dr Danielle Tracey, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Western Sydney UniversityOur children and young people live in a busy, complex and rapidly-changing world. Sadly, it is estimated that up to one in five children experience mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Today in Australia, across preschools, Read more

How to teach your child to buckle up and enjoy the thrill of life’s rollercoaster ride!The greatest challenge for parents in our world today is to raise children who are ‘non-stick’ or as Andrew Fuller describes in his bookFrom Surviving to Thriving, ‘teflon coated’.Non-stick children are those who can cope with the ‘rough and tumble’ of home, school and Read more

Early childhood experiences and family input are important in building emotional resilience in children. As children become older, their need for consistency and continuing family attachment continues to be critical for their emotional development and behaviour.It is widely accepted that childhood and early adolescent experiences play a vital role in later adult behaviour including how we Read more

Helping children build inner strength to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of growing up is one of the best things parents can do.In a time when we are faced with increasing uncertainty about the future, parents feel a greater sense of responsibility to protect their children from harm and provide extra support.Many things are beyond our control, but parents have the opportunity to Read more

Some children have trouble coping with changes in routine.  Children with autism spectrum disorder in particular find changes extremely difficult and you may need special help beyond these tips.If you have a child who seems to have trouble coping with change, try to give your child plenty of preparation time when you know something out of routine is to occur.  For example, “After lunch we Read more

Some days it seems the only predictable thing about it is the unpredictability.  The only consistent attribute - the inconsistency.There is little argument on any level that autism is baffling, even to those who spend their lives around it.  The child who lives with autism may look ‘normal’ but his behaviour can be perplexing and downright difficult.Autism was once thought an Read more