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How to Talk to Your Child About Their School Report

It’s that time of year again when you receive your child’s school report. For some parents and carers, understanding what it means can be challenging. Some children will be happy and others may be disappointed. Parents and carers need to interpret the information in the report so you can determine the strengths of your child, [...]

By |2018-12-07T14:52:02+00:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

National Day of Action Against Violence and Bullying

The Prime Minister's invitation to principals to tackle bullying is welcome on this National Day of Action against Violence and Bullying. "Bullying and violence has no place in Australia," Mr Turnbull said when announcing extra funding to schools to tackle the problem. His interest is welcome. It may be an inconvenient truth, but bullying is [...]

By |2018-03-19T16:56:03+00:00March 19th, 2018|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How to Support Students with Autism Through College

Thirty years ago it was rare for a student with ASD to enter college. But over the past decades, there has been much improvement in the detection and awareness of ASD in children. Now, with the provision of effective treatments, those with average or above average intellectual abilities are enrolling at universities. However, college presents [...]

By |2018-02-05T10:53:02+00:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s Not Just You

It's not just you. Balancing work and study is getting harder in Australia. Australia has experienced progressive higher education policies, a social inclusion agenda and widened tertiary access. This has resulted in a rise in working-class, mature-aged, first-in-family and Indigenous students attending university. But government income support has not been quite so progressive. In fact, [...]

Early Intervention Key to Supporting Students With Anxiety

Roughly one in five students drop out of university in Australia in their first year. Students with prior emotional difficulties, who are doing their degrees part-time, mature age at entry, or from a lower socioeconomic status background are most likely to be in this category. Not all of these factors can be changed. But there are ways parents and [...]

By |2018-01-08T15:04:23+00:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

10 Ways to Stimulate a Student’s Curiosity

What makes children want to learn? According to research, it's the joy of exploration—a hidden force that drives learning, critical thinking, and reasoning. We call this ability curiosity, and we recognize it in children when we see them exploring their environment, devouring books and information, asking questions, investigating concepts, manipulating data, searching for meaning, connecting with people and nature, [...]

By |2017-11-30T09:57:03+00:00November 30th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

William Glasser, Psychiatrist Who Promoted Mental Health as a Choice, Dies at 88

Dr. Glasser trained therapists and others mainly through the William Glasser Institute, a nonprofit organization he founded outside Chicago. In his book “Choice Theory,” he summarized its strategy as helping patients and schoolchildren to shift their view of reality fundamentally — from one where behavior is controlled externally by coercion, to one where individuals control [...]

School Suspensions

On the weekend, the Fairfax media carried an article entitled, How schools fail to curb bad behaviour. The article reported on research by Uniting Care that showed the amount of long-term suspensions in NSW had increased by 36% between 2006 & 2011. Suspension is a topic of hot debate in education. What good does kicking [...]