Social Skills

Managing children’s behaviour is a challenge for every parent. As children develop, they often use behaviour to express their feelings and needs because they haven’t yet learnt how to communicate them effectively. Sometimes, the behaviours that children use to communicate their feelings and needs can be undesirable, such as tears and temper tantrums. While these behaviours can be challenging, Read more

Social cues are the pieces of information we subconsciously know without ever being explicitly taught them. These pieces of information are usually the unwritten rules or customs, the nuances of social communications or the assumptions and expectations we’re aware of within different contexts. Social cues and codes are learnt from an early age through observation of repeated behaviours within Read more

Anxiety and Depression Anxiety and depression are common concerns in childhood and adolescence. Most children learn to cope with a range of normal fears and worries, such as the dark, loud noises, storms, and monsters. Anxiety becomes a concern when it stops children from participating in activities at school or socially; when the fears and worries seem out of proportion; or if Read more

Dr Danielle Tracey, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Western Sydney University Our 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 book From Surviving to Thriving, ‘teflon coated’. Non-stick children are those who can cope with the ‘rough and tumble’ of home, school and Read more

Telling stories is not always easy. To tell a story you need to: tell who the story is about, where and when it happened; put the story in the right order - beginning, middle, end; give details about what happened first, next, at the end; suggest why the events happened; tell how the characters felt and why (more difficult for young children); use Read more

Play helps children’s social skills, movement, thinking and language. It also helps children grow and be healthy. FIND any opportunity to play with your child throughout the day. LOOK at what your child is interested in and join them. Sometimes give them choices to help them play. WAIT for your child to lead the play and respond. You Read more

The following strategies may help support your child’s interaction with other children. • Increase the time your child spends playing with someone else. By observing your child carefully you will see times he or she is able to accept someone sitting next to him or her. This is the beginning of joint attention in an activity • When you are sitting next to your child, you can help him Read more