10 things your child’s teacher wants you to know

“What is the one thing you’d like parents to know as their children join your class this year?” This was the question we recently asked some local teachers as they prepared for the school year ahead. Each of these experienced educators had a different perspective, but all agreed that you play a huge role in […]

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. […]

Gentle School Readiness tips for parents with sensitive kids

‘Leo has a good heart and wants to be friends with everyone, but sometimes he doesn’t know when to stop. When he was diagnosed with ADHD last year, one teacher told me that she didn’t believe in the condition and that he just needed better parenting and more boundaries. I went home and cried.’ Jenny’s […]

School Holiday Workshops – Ready, Set, School

    This January, help your child make a confident start to Kindergarten! Ready Set School combines the expertise of Kids First’s psychologists, teachers, speech pathologists and occupational therapists with the experience of best-selling author of SCHOOL READY: A practical and supportive guide for parents with sensitive kids, Sonja Walker. Give your son or daughter […]

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 […]

Brando – Therapy Dog

Brando – Therapy Dog

  Brando is the canine companion of Kids First psychologist, Lincoln Comans. As cute and friendly as he looks, Brando also plays an important clinical role because his ‘boss’, Lincoln, has extensive training in Animal Assisted Intervention therapies for kids. Brando helps children to build trust, self-esteem and the courage to talk about tough topics. He […]

Lincoln Comans – Psychologist

Lincoln Comans – Psychologist

  Lincoln has supported hundreds of children during his career and his work as a school counsellor in primary and high schools uniquely positions him to provide advice and guidance to families about children’s learning and behaviour. Lincoln is well-known for his innovative use of Animal Assisted Interventions and his trusty companion, Brando the Therapy […]

School readiness tip: Tell teachers what they need to know

  The line between your family’s privacy and the things schools need to know can sometimes be a fine one. Social stigma is a terrible thing, and if you and your child have been on the receiving end of others’ harsh judgements in the past, it’s understandable that trusting strangers with intensely personal information about […]