Helping introverted kids to thrive
While extroverts draw energy from social interactions, introverted children tend to find them physically and emotionally draining. Observe your child’s limits in this regard and check in with them if you’re not sure
It isn’t coddling to help your child feel comfortable with new situations, places and people. Accept that they might need extra alone time and privacy, especially after prolonged group activity. Recognise that they may prefer just a couple of friends they are close to instead of a large circle. As in so many aspects of life, it’s quality, not quantity that counts.
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An Illustrated Reading: Something Bad Happened
News and world events can seem overwhelming, even frightening, for younger children. American child psychologist Dawn Huebner has written a book, Something Bad Happened, to help kids explore and manage their fears, and created some useful worksheets and other support materials to use at home. READ MORE…
Police Ambulance Clinical Emergency Response (PACER)
Central Coast Local Health District has adopted the PACER model of mental health care with the aim of reducing delays and unnecessary transportations to local emergency departments. Police can now seek timely and appropriate assistance via telephone, or from mobile mental health clinicians. Click here for more information about the PACER initiative.
Please note: PACER referrals are made directly by police. All other referrals to Central Coast Mental Health Service should still be made via the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 051.
Iris Foundation is dedicated to early intervention as a means to preventing poor mental health and suicide. If you or someone you know needs urgent assistance, please contact one of the services listed below. (Click on the images to access more information.)