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Let's start: a program for Territory parents and children



Let's start: a program for Territory parents and children

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Let's Start parent child program


Robinson, Gary; Mares, Sarah; Jones, Yomei; Stock, Carolin; Hallenstein, Birgit; Branchut, Virginie


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This paper describes the 'Let's Start' program for Aboriginal parents and children in the Northern Territory, including its context, rationale, and the evidence of its effectiveness. This program follows on from the 'Ngaripirliga'ajirri - Exploring Together Program' for school aged children in the Tiwi Islands, run from 1999-2004, and the 'Let's Start - Exploring Together for Indigenous Preschools' program for younger children in the Tiwi Islands as well as Darwin, which was run from 2006-2010. Based on this experience, the program has been adapted and redeveloped as the 'Let's Start Parent-Child Program'.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).


Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research

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Background -- Introduction -- What is Let's Start? -- Early intervention: context and rationale -- Conclusion: the Let's Start approach -- References.




Children, Aboriginal Australian; Services for; Parenting; Study and teaching

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Menzies School of Health Research

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21 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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9781922104021; 9781922104038

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5Lets Start Parent Child Program Background and Acknowledgements and Rural Cluster Schools; Murrupurtiyanuwu Catholic School & Catholic Education Office; Top End Remote Health Services (Tiwi); Tiwi Islands Shire Council, the Tiwi Education Board and the Tiwi Land Council; Nauiyu Nambiyu Inc., Deewin Kurim and the Vic-Daly Shire Council. The Lets Start team is grateful for the cooperation and support of principals and staff of over 40 schools and preschools in Darwin, Palmerston, VictoriaDaly Rivers Shire and the Tiwi Islands. The Lets Start research team is Associate Professor Gary Robinson, Professor Sven Silburn and Dr Sarah Mares, a Child Psychiatrist and Senior Research Fellow. Professor Steve Zubrick from the Telethon Institute of Child Health Research was a member of the research team until 2010. Dr Bill Tyler, Honorary Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Child Development and Education has been responsible for statistical analysis and continues to work with the research team in this capacity. Current members of the Lets Start team are Yomei Jones, Carolin Stock, Birgit Hallenstein, Virginie Branchut, Cherie Mackley, Kaylene Puruntatameri, Roger Tipungwuti, Rickiesha Hodson and Marie Marrar. I learnt a lot actually .. we talked about how kids react at school, how kids react at home, do they listen and how it is differentwe sit together, yarn about children sitting together with other parents at first I notice parents feel shame finding the words about their children but now we are just going ahead when we go home we dont gossip about people to our families .. they (Lets Start) talk to us a lot and encourage us more and I started putting my head up. L., Parent, Milikapiti, 2008.