Children

*News Flash* – Children Are Competent And Capable Individuals!

*News Flash* – Children Are Competent And Capable Individuals!

3 min read

This is the philosophy that early childhood educators hold onto in their practice – the belief that children of all ages are active participants in all matters affecting their lives. Children are regarded as equal members of society whose feelings, thoughts and actions are respected and valued.It seems fitting for early childhood educators to hold […]

Telling Stories in the Counselling Room

Telling Stories in the Counselling Room

5 min read

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. These are the opening words to Patrick Ness’ 2011 children’s fiction book, A Monster Calls. A recent visit to a book shop ended the way it often does for me – I go in with my thoughts and purse trained towards one particular book or author, […]

Research on the Effectiveness of the SKATTLE Therapeutic School Groups

Research on the Effectiveness of the SKATTLE Therapeutic School Groups

3 min read

Narrative Therapy continues to be a popular therapeutic model, particularly for children and adolescents. Narrative Therapy involves re-authoring stories or conversations by using a non-blaming approach where the counsellor focuses on the young person being the expert in their own lives. This leads to the assumption that the young person has the required skills, abilities, competencies, commitment, […]

Productivity and Happiness: The ‘Snowball Effect’

Productivity and Happiness: The ‘Snowball Effect’

2 min read

The SKATTLE team have been having a lot of conversations recently around the relationship between productivity and happiness. There are bounds of studies and research into how these factors can have a positive effect on one’s work lifestyle. It has had the team wondering; do these factors interact in the family life, too? Many studies argue […]

It starts with us – National Youth Week 2015

It starts with us – National Youth Week 2015

3 min read

As National Youth Week comes to a close for another year it seems timely to reflect on some of the knowledge and skills that young people have shared with us this term. The theme for 2015’s celebration of young people is, It starts with us. This is a celebration that we want to be a part of […]

Three Tips To Get Yourself Heard (And Have Killer Conversations)

Three Tips To Get Yourself Heard (And Have Killer Conversations)

3 min read

I will be the first to admit that sometimes, I’m not the best at communication. More than once I’ve written a SKATTLE article, and upon proofreading it, wonder “What was I even talking about here?!” Sometimes I’ll be having a conversation with a friend and see them become totally lost in my rambles. Even though […]

Max & Co – toys who are more than just comfort objects

Max & Co – toys who are more than just comfort objects

4 min read

There are some pretty fancy names floating around that describe the bond that people have with objects such as toys or blankets. ‘Attachment objects’, ‘comfort objects’, and ‘transitional objects’ are some of the terms that have been coined to describe soft favourites like ‘blankies’ and stuffed animals. Pretty scientific, hey? While I’ve been interested to read up on some of […]