Helping young children return to school after remote learning

October 17th, 2021

In some Australian states and territories children will return to school progressively over the next few weeks following lockdown periods. What can parents/carers and teachers do to help with this transition? The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne recently presented a videoconference with an expert panel on helping Year F-2 children return to school. The panel […]

Helping to reduce pandemic fatigue and fear in children

August 23rd, 2021

Pandemic fatigue refers to the mental exhaustion that comes from the sustained increase of stress and uncertainty during the global pandemic of COVID-19. 1  The devastating impact of the coronavirus threatens our sense of control and safety causing concern, fear, and excessive worry. Increasingly, the issues surrounding COVID-19 and other life-threatening local, national, and global […]

Do you have students with a poor sense of number?

August 2nd, 2021

With mid-year reports completed, the second half of the year now presents the challenge of helping those who experience significant difficulties grasping the size or quantity of a number and the relationship of numbers to one another. Dyscalculia is a mathematics disability causing significant difficulties with: mastering a sense of number grasping, and understanding the […]

Building friendship skills to reduce bullying

March 15th, 2021

The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative, connecting schools and communities to find workable solutions to bullying and violence. The key theme, ‘Take Action Together’, will be addressed in many schools on Friday 19 March as children, teachers and parents work together to find solutions to […]

Separation anxiety – revised ebooklet available

February 15th, 2021

Separation anxiety can affect children of all ages. About four per cent of primary school age children experience excessive separation anxiety when separated from their parent or primary care giver [1]. Typically, these children persistently worry about being forgotten, or fear their parent/carer being harmed or not returning. Separation anxiety and associated fears can also be […]

Summer reading from Psych4Schools

December 7th, 2020

We wish you well as you work tirelessly to close off the school year and 2020. During this summer break, we invite you to read our two new Psych4schools ebooklets to help enhance your school’s capacity to manage some of the potential challenges 2021 may present. Working with children who fear life-threatening events (revised) provides […]

Impact of COVID-19 and preparing for Term 4

September 23rd, 2020

As teachers and students take a well-earned break, we wish to send a huge shout-out to teachers who have been working harder than ever to ensure the wellbeing of our nation’s children, as well as managing teaching and learning programs. This is such a challenge when many adults, including teachers are feeling heightened levels of […]

Working with children who are conduct disordered and violent

September 14th, 2020

The most challenging behaviours encountered in schools are exhibited by violent, out of control, conduct disordered children. Conduct Disorder (CD) affects a small percentage of children and is typically diagnosed between 10 and 16 years of age. [1] Conduct disordered behaviour frequently creates crisis situations in schools. The following examples illustrate the seriousness of the problem […]

Supporting parents with at-home learning

April 5th, 2020

Psych4Schools thanks our nation’s teachers and school support staff who have spent weeks preparing and delivering teaching and learning packages for students and families to support at-home learning. Carefully selected physical materials will help cater for the diverse needs of learners and those without access to remote learning tools. For many there will be some […]

Emotional Self-Regulation

February 16th, 2020

By Psych4Schools Guest Blogger Astrid Gates with Murray Evely Emotional self-regulation is the ability to monitor and manage our own behaviour, calm ourselves when we’re distressed and pick ourselves up when we’re feeling low. Self-regulation skills are developmental in nature, just like learning to walk, talk and read. Since children make progress academically when they […]

Helping students to talk about the 2019-2020 bushfires

January 23rd, 2020

The bushfires that have ravaged communities around Australia from late 2019 continue to devastate Australians and raise many issues for them and the international community.  Although Australia is prone to bushfire, the massive fuel loads, the vastness of the fire zones – some with their own weather systems – the voraciousness of the fires that […]

A transition profile to assist in supporting a child with ASD

December 11th, 2019

I recently asked teachers to name key things they would like to know about a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who was about to come into their class or year level. These discussions revealed some common suggestions: What are the behaviour triggers for the child? What are their likes and interests? How much […]

Working with children who are anxious (new ed. book 2) available now

October 21st, 2019

Many people, including young children and adolescents, struggle with anxiety on a daily basis. Australian school psychologists have identified anxiety as the most common issue encountered in their work with students and their families in primary schools;[1] with one in five children and adolescents having elevated symptoms of anxiety.[2] High levels of anxiety negatively impact […]

Help prevent anxiety (new ed. 1)

October 14th, 2019

Australian school psychologists have identified anxiety as the most common issue encountered in their work with students and their families in primary schools.[1] One in five children and adolescents have elevated symptoms of anxiety.[2] Early intervention is key to promoting positive mental health and strong learning outcomes. This ebooklet provides a brief overview of anxiety and a […]

Reduce anxiety: Create a safe classroom and school environment

July 23rd, 2019

There is often no single cause for anxiety. Common risk factors include having a parent with anxiety, stressful life events, health issues, frequent lack of sleep, neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disabilities and temperament. Children who are exposed to one or more stressful or traumatic life events are more likely to have high levels of anxiety. Such […]