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Children remember how we treat them

  A letter saying 'sorry'.                                                                                     Dear Niece, I am writing to you about …
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Workshop for parents in Nambour 2018

A book for parents I can't help but think that the book 'The Whole-Brain Child' will be a great help for many parents. I really love the way the authors have presented their strategies for parents who are emotionally focused (right brain) and also parents who are more focused on creating solutions (left brain). That…
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Play Therapy for children with challenges is not all play

  First, children have a natural ability to play from a very early age. They are able to express their thoughts, feelings and experiences in therapy with play. This method of expression is a useful tool for children aged 3 to 12 years as developmentally they have not acquired adult language. Play in the therapy…
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Bobbi’s Cat

In 2017 I moved Swing High Counselling for Children from the Palmwoods village a few streets down to my home address 5 Bush Tree Crt. Little did I realise that my young clients would enjoy the company of my cat, Lynx. We inherited Lynx from my daughter when she went overseas. Lynx was a stray…
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‘Women please take care of yourselves!’

 I had a dream I was 50 years of age before I had the courage to do my Psychology Degree. I knew I wanted to be a therapist from the very beginning if I'm honest. Why did it take so long to enrol in university? What held me back? My excuses I said that I…
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Leading your child to growth and healing

  The start When you feel as though your child might need some extra help, it's the beginning of a journey that you may not finish. You may end up not taking your child to a therapist. Why? Because it can be scary for some parents. The 'what ifs' The 'what ifs' come first. What…
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How Play Therapy helps children develop confidence -Part B

Self-efficacy/confidence We all need self-efficacy to cope in life. Self-efficacy is a belief that we are able to perform in ways that will help meet our needs. For example, children with high self-efficacy believe they have many ways to help themselves to learn something new, even if they run into a snag. They are motivated…
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Play therapy helps children develop confidence – Part A

The story of Jill, 8 years In a recent session with a young child name Jill, aged 8 years, I noticed growth in her level of confidence. According to her parents, Jill was not confident at school and so found it very difficult to make friends. She always had to ask other children if she…
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After school activities for preps

Here are some thoughts.... How do children deal with the new routine of prep? I wonder what it would be like for a five year old on his first days at prep? Would he feel happy, sad, afraid, excited or angry? If so how would he express his feelings? If he was at kindergarten, childcare…
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Children are not small adults

Children grow at their own pace I was a teacher before I was a parent. As a teacher I knew that 8 year olds learnt certain skills. When I had my own children this knowledge was further expanded. I needed to respond to each of my children in different ways. Not only were they different…
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