From:                                         Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inclusion Agency <>

Sent:                                           Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:31 AM

To:                                               Inclusion

Subject:                                     Inclusion News August 2019



Welcome to the August edition of Inclusion News

This newsletter includes several articles that encourage educators and services to critically reflect on day to day practices.  Through critically reflecting on what we do already, we are able to grow our knowledge and move our actions forward.

Our first article focuses on children and change.  Interestingly, the article opens with an adult-based scenario on change, which offers insight and perspective on how change affects emotions and responses.

NAIDOC Week has wrapped up for another year, but how are services acknowledging the importance of embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, histories and contributions into daily practice?  The article, found on the Narragunnawali website is a short reflection piece around this question.

How we perceive and label children can often become self-fulfilling prophecies for the child.  Language is Powerful - A Reflection on Labelling is asking educators and services to really delve into the language they use when describing children.

Our final article relates to outdoor play during winter.  Is this something that you struggle with within your service?  It is often something which children love, but families and educators can sometimes loathe.  The Importance of Play in Winter discusses exactly what the title declares, the benefits of children being outside and also dispels a common weather and sickness misconception.

As always, we have links to community professional development opportunities.  Gowrie Training and Consultancy have several interesting courses being offered statewide.  We have also included a link to training by Lifeline Tasmania.  These training course include Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, Safe Talk, Mental Health Fist Aid, Crisis Communication Skills and Domestic Violence Awareness and Response Training.  There are also three statewide courses being offered by Autism Tasmania.  We hope that there are professional learning opportunities listed that will support your educators in their commitment to  inclusive practices.


Change Doesn't Have to be Scary!  How to Help Children With Transitions


This article discusses change in a young child's life and how we, as educators, can help to support emotional control when dealing with transitions.




Reflecting on NAIDOC Week


This article featured in Narragunnawali News in August 2016, but still remains relevant today.  The article is an early learning educator and Narragunnawali team member reflecting on the importance of teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions to both indigenous and non-Indigenous people.




Language is Powerful - A Reflection on Labelling


This article discusses the language adults use to describe children.  It looks at how labels can become self-fulfilling prophecies and offers some ideas for services to overcome the labeling of children.




The Importance of Outdoor Play in Winter


There are many emerging articles, reports and research around the benefits of getting children outside.  This article discusses why winter play is so important.




Upcoming Community Professional Development Opportunities


The Great Outdoors
How did you play as a child, where did you play and what did you learn by playing?
More likely than not you spent a lot of your time outdoors, exploring and investigating a complex, intriguing, ever-changing and often unpredictable world.
So, what has changed?  Why are we seeing children spending more itme indoors?  And what can we do to reconnect children to the great outdoors?
Click on the link for more information.






Confident and Capable
This 3 hour workshop will be facilitated by Scott Gibson, who will ensure participants build practical skills and confidence, whilst developing a deeper understanding of the benefits of woodworking with children.  A wide variety of tools and resources will be supplied to maximise this learning experience.
Click on the link for more information.





Lifeline Tasmania
As a Registered Training Organisation, Lifeline Tasmania delivers many nationally recognised and non-accredited training.  Their team of highly skilled and experienced trainers from the Community and Education Team offer a range of education courses to raise awareness on suicide prevention, mental health, crisis intervention and domestic and family violence.
For more information on the training services available please click on the link below.




Autism in Schools: Supporting students to thrive
This workshop aims to broaden your understanding of autism, boost your confidence in interacting effectively with students on the autism spectrum, and equip you with evidence based strategies that can be applied within your school.

Friday 25th October
Friday 1st November
Friday 1st November





Understanding Autism and Best Practice Support
This workshop will increase your level of understanding, boost your confidence in interacting effectively with people on the autism spectrum, and equip you with ways to apply evidence based strategies within your current job roles and organisations.

Wednesday 28th August
Tuesday 27th August
Wednesday 28th August




Positive Behaviour Support
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is an established evidence based practice for supporting people on the autism spectrum in all stages of life. It is an individualised and comprehensive approach that can be used for understanding and addressing challenging behaviours. This two-part workshop teaches the process of PBS and guides participants through the development of a positive behaviour support plan for a current behaviour of concern.

Wednesday 4th September
Wednesday 18th September
Thursday 5th September
Thursday 19th September
Wednesday 4th September
Wednesday 18th September




Please note Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inclusion Agency has offices in all three regions of the state, however, as Inclusion Professionals work predominately in early childhood and child care services across the state, please direct any inquiries to head office where we can ensure a timely reply to your enquiry.

Operational Hours

Operating 51 weeks of the year

Monday to Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm (Head Office)

After hours by arrangement

Head Office
346 Macquarie St,
South Hobart, TAS, 7004.

1800 647 718
6230 6840

Regional Offices
56 Frederick St, Launceston, Tas, 7250.
6324 1360   
11 Queen St, Burnie, Tas, 7320.
6431 302




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