Short-term highs, long-term risks

While many people can use cannabis and not seem to suffer ill-effects directly, the younger, the longer, and the more often people use cannabis, the more likely they are to suffer from a range of harms later in life. It may not be at all clear to them, or others, that their use of cannabis has contributed to their difficulties.

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Supporting Children’s Social and Emotional Development

When children grow up to be flourishing adults it is no accident. When they are able to take on responsibility, contribute to their whānau and community and when they are a good friend, partner or parent, it is almost always due to early support.

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Another Way of Looking at Teens: Positive Youth Development

In this article, we have a closer look at teens, and how we as adults can actively assist rangatahi to develop the skills they’ll need to thrive.

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Brainwave Review: Issue 29

The recent tragedy in Christchurch has touched us all.  Our hearts go out to the many people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack, to the injured, to those who lost loved ones, and to all who witnessed the horror.  As adults we each deal with these events in different ways, as do our tamariki.

In our Autumn Brainwave Review we look at trauma and children and share research that we hope will bring help bring comfort to family and whānau.

We also have a closer look at teens, and how we as adults can actively assist rangatahi to develop the skills they’ll need to thrive.

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Resilient Rangatahi

Sooner or later everyone will have to face difficulties during their life. Being able to cope with, and even benefit from, these times is important for development. The ability to do this is often called ‘resilience’.    But, what do we mean by ‘resilience’? And how can parents, whānau, teachers or others working with rangatahi (young people) support them to develop it? To read the full article, click here

Brainwave Review: Issue 28

Our latest edition of the Brainwave Review gives you research insight into Resilient Rangatahi and understanding adolescents that have experience early adversity, to read the full review, click here

Understanding adolescents who have experienced early adversity

A number of children in New Zealand experience adversity during their early years, such as chaotic or violent family environments, abuse, neglect, poverty, and parental substance use. These adverse experiences can contribute to a number of difficulties for them, through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. It’s important that teachers and others working with adolescents understand how adversity can disrupt development and ways to provide much-needed support for these young people.  To read the full article, click here 

Brainwave Review Issue 27: Supporting and understanding the teenage years

Our latest edition of the Brainwave Review gives you insight into supporting and understanding the teenage years.

The first article Rethinking Teen Drinking explores what the research indicates around alcohol use in the teenage years.  Adolescence is an exciting and important time in development; there are many opportunities, but there are also some risks. A tricky issue for almost every parent is alcohol. Everyone has an opinion about the age teens should start drinking, and how
much influence their parents should wield.

The second article goes on to consider Explaining Social and Emotional Changes during adolescence There are big changes going on in adolescents’ lives. Not only physical changes, but also important changes in social and emotional development, as they move from being a child to becoming an adult. Although we sometimes expect them to think and behave like an adult, their brain is very different to an adult’s brain and won’t be fully developed until they’re in their twenties.

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