Promoting language development in traumatised children: 3 ideas

July 15th, 2015

By Psychologist Alison Soutter, Psych4Schools Guest Blogger There is such a strong nexus between drug and alcohol issues, domestic violence and harm to children. People who are drunk or drug affected most days or who live in fear are unlikely to be able to provide the care infants and young children need. For many children […]

Good teaching practice to help reduce anxiety – a few ideas

May 27th, 2015

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue for Australian children and adolescents. One in five children and adolescents have a range of elevated symptoms of anxiety.[1] Barrett, P., (2014) Treatment guidance for common health disorders: Childhood anxiety disorders. InPsych, The Bulletin of the Australian … Continue reading  Many are not recognised, treated or appropriately supported.[2] Orygen […]

Traumatised children in the playground

April 22nd, 2015

By Psychologist Alison Soutter, Psych4Schools Guest Blogger In almost every school there are children suffering from trauma. Often teachers will be unaware that children have experienced or witnessed traumatic incidents, in particular the many children who are affected by domestic violence. These children may have witnessed violence, been injured while trying to intervene and/or been […]

Challenging homophobia in the classroom

April 9th, 2015

You may have read recent news reports describing alarmingly high levels of homophobia in Australian teenage males. A study conducted by Beyond Blue revealed that the 14 to 17 year old boys surveyed were more homophobic than the general population. Approximately 40% revealed they did not feel comfortable around same sex attracted people, and 38% […]

Common learning disabilities: Recommended resources

March 24th, 2015

Over the past two weeks Murray and I have presented about common learning disabilities in Canberra and Geelong. Students with learning difficulties account for about 16% of all students in the average classroom. As a result, we need to be continually planning and amending our teaching practices to suit the learning needs of both the […]

How to help kids manage stress

March 16th, 2015

By Dr Ash Nayate, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Guest Blogger Stress mangement can be a challenge for many people, but particularly for children and teens. This is partly due to relative immaturity in their cognition, which means they don’t have the same levels of reasoning, judgement and impulse control as most adults. So, when faced with a […]

Greeting your students as they enter the classroom

February 9th, 2015

Late last year a colleague of mine told me he had begun greeting each of his students as they entered the classroom before a lesson, after it was suggested at a PD he had attended. Almost immediately he noticed a shift in the behaviour of his students.  Students who were regularly disruptive were less so, […]

Teaching traumatised children

January 31st, 2015

By Psychologist Alison Soutter, Psych4Schools Guest Blogger A trauma is a psychologically distressing event that overwhelms a person’s coping ability and convinces them they are about to experience serious injury or death. It can undermine a person’s trust in the world and have ongoing effects. In most classrooms there are children who are suffering from […]

How to help a student with no friends

January 27th, 2015

Teachers and other school professionals are frequently called on to assist students who have difficulties making and keeping friends. This is particularly true at the beginning of a new school year. Friendship issues are a normal part of school life, and in most circumstances will be resolved in time with little or no adult intervention. […]

The most effective way to discourage bullying

January 14th, 2015

By Dr Ash Nayate, Clinical Neuropsychologist   Psych4Schools Guest Blogger Bullying is a widespread concern for kids and teens, and despite our best efforts, as educators we can often feel like we’re one step behind. Most schools do an outstanding job of establishing anti-bullying policies, investing in student wellbeing, and teaching kids the strategies to […]

Preparing for next year now

November 27th, 2014

Exams to mark? Reports to finalise? Students tired and irritable? Social events and school functions to attend? The end of the year in schools is often a busy and trying time for both staff and students. The last thing you probably feel like doing is thinking about next year.  Making some time in the next few weeks, […]

Is anyone ‘tuning in’?

October 14th, 2014

I read with interest an article in The Age (Sunday 4/10/2104) by American Paediatrician Jane Scott, titled Parents, down phone and listen, which highlighted issues associated with parents who use social media, whilst caring for children. Scott notes that when carers constantly use social media in the presence of their children there are frequent breaks […]

Learning difficulties the questions teachers ask

August 19th, 2014

Yesterday 160 teachers, psychologists and other school professionals in NSW gave up their afternoon to attend our Five common learning difficulties: Key teaching strategies presentation. The two hour presentation, hosted by Braddock Public School, was jam-packed with the six key teaching strategies for learning difficulties, followed by specific recommendations for the learning disabilities associated with […]

Apps for learning difficulties

July 28th, 2014

I recently attended a professional learning seminar with Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) that focused on apps for students with learning difficulties. During the presentation a teacher helped set the speech function on my iphone. The directions were simple, ‘Go to settings, general, accessibility, speech selection ‘on’, highlight words.’ Now using the microphone next to the […]

Student with a slow work pace? Poor processing speed?

June 15th, 2014

Processing speed relates to an individual’s ability to perform simple repetitive cognitive tasks quickly and automatically.[1] Schneider, W. J., & McGrew, K. (2012). The Cattell-Horn-Carroll model of intelligence. In, D. Flanagan & P. Harrison (Eds.), Contemporary … Continue reading. Issues with processing speed only become evident once a person knows how to do a task, rather than in the […]