Together for a better internet

April 9th, 2019

By Sandra English               Psych4Schools Guest Blogger The online behaviour of young people attracts significant discussion, with some experts attributing negative outcomes, including mental health issues to online engagement. Some studies have noted that the increased time spent time on social media may contribute to negative body image [1], sleeping difficulties [2] or symptoms of depression.[3] […]

Technologies for students with dyslexia: Part 2 Writing

March 6th, 2019

  By Jemima Hutton Psych4Schools Guest Blogger Dear teachers, This is the second of two blogs, the first related to reading, and this one to writing. Both use scenarios to help you consider ways to implement digital technologies in your classroom. I have specifically written this way in the hope that you will act, not […]

Technologies for students with dyslexia: Part 1 Reading

February 11th, 2019

By Jemima Hutton Psych4Schools Guest Blogger Dear teachers, At 19 years of age, I still act like a total child when it comes to writing something like this blog. I am simply overwhelmed and quite frankly, intimidated by the enormity of the task. The irony of a dyslexic writing about how other dyslexics can engage […]

Separation anxiety

February 6th, 2019

Separation anxiety is part of normal childhood development. It begins around six months of age and typically resolves by the time children complete preschool. A healthy level of separation anxiety indicates the development of a close bond and attachment to the primary caregiver. However, about 4 per cent of primary school age children experience excessive […]

Getting to know your students

January 31st, 2019

Welcome back to our Members and eNews Subscribers. A special welcome to new members who have joined in recent days. This is a busy time of year as teachers, support staff and other school professionals meet new students, organise programs, teaching and learning activities and resources. We would like to share five ideas that you […]

Psych4Schools consulting psychologist role

December 5th, 2018

Would you like to work with Psych4Schools? Consult with us for up to 5 hours a week working from home or other suitable locations in your State or Territory. This role involves research, creation and development of publishable materials and assisting with social media.  You will be registered by the Psychology Board of Australia and […]

Is there a lonely child in your classroom?

November 21st, 2018

By Guest Blogger Melbourne Psychologist Jeannine Mills It’s normal to feel lonely every now and then but feeling lonely a lot of the time can be worrying. Loneliness is a ‘disconnection from others and refers to a negative perception of one’s relationships’[1]Peplau & Perlman 1982, referenced in M. H. Lim, (August 2018) Is Loneliness Australia’s […]

New release: Updated Intellectual Disability (revised) ebooklet

September 20th, 2018

This week we released the revised Working with children with intellectual disability (revised) ebooklet. The revised ebooklet includes recommendations for how to help students with a mild to moderate intellectual disability in the classroom. Topics covered include: Working with a teachers aide and others in the classroom General classroom strategies Giving instructions Make reasonable adjustments to […]

Calm books for the classroom

August 20th, 2018

A few years ago, I worked with Toby*, a Year 2 boy with dyslexia who was having trouble controlling his anger in the classroom. When he perceived tasks as too hard he would scrunch up work, throw pens, workbooks and other materials, sometimes yell, swear, and on rare occasions hit and push other students. Over […]

Resources to help students make and keep friends

June 4th, 2018

At this time of the year peer acceptance and friendship issues often come to a head, requiring teacher support to assist children to manage and resolve their difficulties. Whatever the time of the year, children and adolescents who find it difficult to make friends frequently feel lonely and unhappy. They are also at risk of […]

NEW RELEASE: Difficulty making friends ebooklet

May 28th, 2018

Friendship offers opportunities for sharing, learning, fun, excitement, self-disclosure, support, advice and long-term relationships. For many children, making and keeping friends is quite effortless, but for some it is a challenge. Sadly, about one in ten school-age children have no friends and are disliked by most of their classmates.[1] Asher, S.R., and Williams, G.A., (1996) Children […]

NAPLAN is coming…

May 7th, 2018

NAPLAN is possibly the most emotionally charged acronym in Australian education. The mere mention of NAPLAN can trigger stress, anxiety, blame, and passionate emotional debate. ­­Whether you agree or disagree with the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to participate. Now is a […]

Zoe talks about parental anxiety on Nightlife ABC radio

March 28th, 2018

On Friday night Sarah Macdonald spoke to Zoe Ganim, Psych4Schools, Prof. Jennifer Hudson, Macquarie University, and Susan Boyd, P&C Federation, about anxious parents on the Nightlife Program on ABC radio. They spoke about what anxiety is, are there more anxious parents now than in previous generations, will the children be anxious, and how to manage […]

Supporting students who are bullied

March 14th, 2018

The National Day Against Bullying and Violence is Friday,16 March. Around Australia, teachers will talk to students about the need to tell a teacher if they or another student is being bullied. This message is clearly captured in most if not all school policies and discussed regularly in classroom bullying prevention programs. Despite this, few […]

Children ‘on the run’

March 5th, 2018

Children who are constantly moving, are typically not observing, listening, hearing or fully understanding the world around them. Their learning and social emotional development is ‘at risk’ of not developing in the same way or at the same expected rate as their peers. They often demonstrate a number of the following behaviours: reduced imaginary play […]

Revised ADHD ebooklet now available

February 28th, 2018

  The latest up-to-date strategies for working with a child with ADHD in your classroom is now available. The booklet includes recommendations for assisting the child in the following areas: General strategies Improve concentration and reduce attention drifting How teachers can help How the child can help themselves Adapt the way you give instructions Modify […]