Breathing exercises to calm children and reduce anxiety

Stress is a fact of modern life. We enjoy unprecedented levels of convenience and technological advancement and our daily lives are busy and high pressured, even for our children. Our body’s autonomic nervous system has sophisticated mechanisms designed to deal… Continue Reading >

Navigating the Rollercoaster of New Parenthood

By Julie Borninkhof, Chief Executive Officer, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA)    Becoming a parent evokes all kinds of emotions and thoughts. Many people find that pregnancy or having a baby is more challenging than they anticipated and it’s… Continue Reading >

How To Tackle Back To School Anxiety

Although the first day back at school, or even the first ever day at school, can be an exciting prospect for some children, adjustment difficulties are common. Anxious feelings are expected and normal in children returning to school, changing schools,… Continue Reading >

5 Tips to Help Ease ‘Back to School’ Anxiety

The transition back to class once the summer is over can be a stressful time for both children and parents alike. While some anxiety is normal and to be expected, it’s important to know the difference between the usual back-to-school… Continue Reading >

5 Ways Back to School Anxiety Shows up In Kids

Starting the new school year can be very exciting, but for many kids it is also a time of transition which can leave them feeling worried and unsure. Back-to-school anxiety is very normal and can occur at any age, whether… Continue Reading >

Dealing with Anxiety and Extreme Fussy Eating in Children

At dinner, my child refuses to come to the table. She has massive meltdowns if the food is not familiar to her! She will scream that the food is yuck, and that she is not eating it”. “At bedtime she… Continue Reading >

Top 8 Back to School Tips

Returning to school after the summer holiday break can often be a difficult transition for many children and teenagers on the autism spectrum. Starting a new class, or a new school, can cause anxiety and uncertainty. New teachers, unfamiliar environments,… Continue Reading >

Preparing your kids for school after Christmas fun and festivities

The key to getting kids ready for school after the Christmas festivities is to ease them into it well before they are due to start. The following tips will help you along this process. 1. Get them back into a sleep schedule. 2. Get back into a routine. 3. Limit screen time. 4. Talk about new school year anxiety.

What’s causing your stress and how to manage it?

The end of the year can be very stressful especially with he festive season looming. 2021 has been a rollercoaster of a year.  It is important to find ways to manage stress as well as recognise the signs of stress…. Continue Reading >

Post-natal depression in fathers of twins or triplets

Caring for twins and triplets can come with an increased risk of developing post-natal depression, not only for mothers but also for the fathers as well. When caring for multiples it puts a lot of additional pressure on the parents…. Continue Reading >