Category Archives: Child & Family Psychology

Parent & teacher resources: Online tools to measure your risk of burnout

Being a parent in today’s world can be tough, and while we are often very focussed on raising our children’s resilience, we also need to ensure that we have adequate resources in our own emotional reserves to meet the challenges of family life. These tools, recommended by members of the Kids First Children’s Services team,… Continue Reading

Happy Kids Happy Families: Helpful books for parents and teachers

The environment in which you raise your children will be the foundation of their lives. While no family is perfect, the values you have, models you set and strategies you use at home will be key factors in setting your children up for happy, healthy and resilient futures. We hope that these resources, compiled by… Continue Reading

Happy Kids Happy Families: Tools to keep your kids safe online

Today’s children, whether we like it or not, are digital natives. Right now, and in the years to come, your children will be learning, interacting, and communicating in an online world.   As adults, we know that digital technology offers lots of positives to kids, however, just like in the face-to-face world, children need to… Continue Reading

Happy Kids, Happy Families: How to raise resilient kids in today’s world

This event is now BOOKED OUT See below for wait-list opportunities Has the fun has gone out of your family? Is being a parent harder than you thought it would be? Do you spend more time worrying about your children’s struggles than celebrating their strengths? Are you concerned about: Frequently raised voices? Problem behaviours that… Continue Reading

Free Event: How to Help Your Child Make and Keep Friends

Does your child: Have trouble fitting in with other kids? Struggle to meet like-minded mates? Feel excluded by friendship groups Miss the social cues that other children send? Find it hard to compromise or follow the rules of games? Feel lonely after starting at a new school? Have conflict with peers because of their need… Continue Reading

4 things to do when your child has a fight with a friend

Ever heard the saying ‘we have friends for reasons and friends for seasons?’ This might sound completely rational for a grown adult whose friendship with another person might have recently cooled, but for kids, losing a friend can cause anxiety and distress. There are many reasons for childhood friendships to fracture, but when they do,… Continue Reading

Sensitive kids: How to have a successful parent-teacher meeting

I once taught a student whose anxious mum was always keen to speak with me. I understood that her earnest pursuit of my attention was simply an attempt to ensure the best for her sensitive only child and did my best to respond positively to her frequent emails, phone calls and unannounced after class visits.… Continue Reading

Practical friendship strategies to help kids cope with cliques

“They used to be my friends, Mum, but now they’re leaving me out and spreading rumours about me.”  ….. Sound familiar? Kids First Children’s Services founder and teacher, Sonja Walker, shares practical strategies for helping kids cope with the cliques that make playground politics challenging for many kids. If your child is confused about the changing… Continue Reading

Kate Kartikeyan – Psychologist

Kate Kartikeyan – Psychologist

Kate is a highly experienced psychologist and fully qualified Special Education teacher. Throughout her long career, she has supported children and families with a variety of needs, helping them to overcome the social and emotional challenges they face in a kind and compassionate way. Kate’s unique combination of skills gives her a deep understanding of… Continue Reading

How to choose a school for your gifted child

For some gifted kids, their brains are as busy as their bodies! If you have suspect that your child may be gifted, it can be hard to sift your way through all of the schooling options that are available and to make informed choices that will meet your child’s unique learning, social and emotional needs.… Continue Reading