Speech Pathology News: Braidy and Narrative

You may sometimes hear your child talking about someone in their class called Braidy. Braidy is not a student who suddenly arrived in your child’s class, Braidy is a tool used as part of our narrative program. Each part of the Braidy puppet represents part of a story.

Being able to tell stories is really important for sharing and recounting life events and provides a foundation for written stories. You can support your child with stories at home by using the Braidy language to talk about the stories you read. For example, in your think alouds you could say something like “I think the setting in this story is a billabong because I can see the water and lots of Australian animals around it.” Or “I wonder what the CHARACTER’S PLAN might be.”  You can also ask questions about the story using Braidy language for example “WHO are the characters in this story?” or “What was the KICK OFF in this story?”  By using the language of Braidy you will be reinforcing what your child is learning at school and helping them to develop an internal structure for stories which will support their talking and writing.

Parent TV Highlights: This Weeks Snapshot

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You might not know everything about parenting but the one thing you’re probably aware of is how significantly you as a parent can impact your kids. You are linked to their ability to thrive and succeed and well, that can be pretty heavy at times.

There’s no need to fret though, we’re here to help! If there was one thing that we could encourage you to look into and focus on this week, it would be your mindset. Specifically, to find out if you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?

Take a look at this video from Dr Justin Coulson to understand if your fixed mindset is holding you and your kids back and what you can do to shift it.


Kristy won’t tell you to ban or completely avoid screens (that’s unrealistic and unhelpful), but she will outline why parents and carers need to make careful choices about the types of screen activities kids engage in at certain times of the day.

Virtue of the Fortnight: Honesty

How Do You Practice Honesty?

When you are honest, you don’t try to fool yourself or others. You say what you mean and mean what you say. You only make promises you can keep. Be trustworthy in all your dealings, fefusing to lie or cheat. Admit your mistakes and fix them. Be honest with yourself and you will be honest with others. You don’t need to make things up to look good – you’re already good – honest!


I am honest. I can be trusted to keep my word. I admit my mistakes. I tell the truth, kindly and tactfully. I have no need to impress others. I accept myself as I am.

Crunch&Sip®: How do you pack a lunchbox with goodness?

Each day children need:

  • Something for lunch (main meal)
  • Something for recess (mini meal)
  • Something to munch (fruit or vegetables)
  • Water to drink

Pack foods such as wholegrains, vegetables, lean meats and reduced-fat dairy as well as fruits and water to drink. Remember if it’s all healthy food then it doesn’t matter what order your child eats their lunchbox, anything they reach for will give them the energy they need to get through the day.

The Main 
Pack a substantial meal such as a sandwich, wrap, sushi, pasta, curry, falafel or any leftovers from the night before. Remember to throw in an ice pack to keep food safe.

The Mini 
Pack a healthy snack such as cheese and grainy crackers, hard boiled eggs, homemade muffins, plain yoghurt, popcorn, tinned tuna or baked beans.

The Munch 
Pack any fruits and vegetables that your child enjoys. Pick seasonal to save money and encourage variety.

Always pack water for your child.