Category Archives: Family and child Psychology

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

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

What to do if your child is afraid of Santa

  For most children, having a photo taken with Santa is all part of Christmas holiday fun. However, some young children find this outing to be a frightening experience. Robyn Fallshaw, psychologist, explains why it’s not uncommon for young children to be scared of Santa…. “Children’s natural sense of self-preservation often kicks in when they are… 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

5 Reasons some kids can’t sit still

Do you have a child who just loves to move and won’t sit still? Well, the truth is your son or daughter is probably not making a conscious decision to move – it is likely that they just can’t sit still. Occupational Therapists in Sydney’s northern beaches explain why. Many teachers and parents struggle to manage… 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

Playground politics: Great comeback lines that won’t get your kids into trouble

It can be tough knowing how to respond when we’re being teased or bullied.  Sometimes what we say can make it worse! This article by Kids First’s psychologists may help you and your child understand what bullying is, and know how to respond to bullies in a way that won’t inflame the situation. What is… Continue Reading