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A call to re-think our obsession with social media

May 6th, 2014 (No Comments)

“Look Up” (see below) was posted by Gary Turk on April 25 2014. By today – May 6 – it has had over 15,250,000 views and 123, 000 likes. Why? Because it cleverly and beautifully resonates with a concern many of us have about way they social media can actually damage society. Our online presence has […]

Tension because of Asperger’s and ADHD

April 29th, 2014 (No Comments)

My 15 year old son has ADD and Aspergers and my 11 year old daughter has ADHD. We have a very stressful home environment at the moment and would appreciate any information on how to cope better.

Is your child using drugs?

March 25th, 2014 (No Comments)

Teens will be teens. They sleep late, fail a test here and there or get uncharacteristically moody. But what if these behaviors are happening more often than usual, or all at the same time? You know your teen better than anyone, but it is important to know what to look for if you suspect he […]

Brilliant drug & alcohol resource for parents of teens

March 25th, 2014 (No Comments)

The biggest challenge for parents is often just staying informed about what is really happening in the world of their teens. This is nowhere more true than in the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Fortunately we have ready and free access to some of the best research in the world, and some […]

And people wonder why teens have body image issues!

March 17th, 2014 (No Comments)

Great quick video demonstrating the power of Photoshop in distorting reality (no wonder our teens have body image issues!)

Parenting and school performance are inexorably linked

January 13th, 2014 (No Comments)

“Billions fail to stop slide in world student rankings” The Australian Dec 4 2013 Billions have been spent on facilities and technology for schools, and student performance has gone backwards. Class sizes have diminished, teachers have mandatory ongoing professional development, and student performance has gone backwards. The slide in the ability of Australian school students […]

How far will you travel?

November 17th, 2013 (No Comments)

Graham is prepared to travel to any school or group that would like to benefit from his presentations. Over the years he has been to every corner of Australia, and most places in between, and overseas. With the more remote locations it is best, wherever possible, to group schools in the area to cover the […]

Are you government or corporately funded?

November 16th, 2013 (No Comments)

No. YSA is totally dependant on the fees we charge hosts. There is a suggested fee schedule (here) but we are always willing to discuss the particular needs and circumstances of schools. We are well aware of how tight school budgets can be.

How many people are involved in the presentations?

November 14th, 2013 (No Comments)

All presentations, currently, are delivered by Graham. His unique style of combining humour, energy, anecdotes and deeply reflective moments means that his audience is always engaged.

What are your AV requirements?

November 12th, 2013 (No Comments)

Over the years Graham has found that overuse of technology is counter-productive. One of the big issues with using some form of Multi-Media presentation is that it denies almost all flexibility, the progress of your presentation becomes a slave to the data-projector rather than a response to the audience. Plus, it doesn’t always work! Graham’s […]

How much involvement is required from teachers?

November 12th, 2013 (No Comments)

All of the presentations are deliberately designed to require minimal school staff involvement. After all, we want to make your job easier. In general we require only as many staff members as are necessary for OH&S requirements and to intervene should any student become particularly unruly. (This has only happened twice in 20 years so […]

Are the presentations religious?

November 12th, 2013 (No Comments)

In short, no. YSA is not associated with any religious organisations. All presentations are designed to present useful life, resilience and development information that is not dependant upon a particular world or religious view.

More to life than an ATAR

November 9th, 2013 (No Comments)

An ATAR says what you achieved at high school; it is essentially only useful for your first year out of school – it will get you into a uni course or into a job. After that your progress is entirely determined by your performance. In many ways even more important than your ATAR or “leaving […]

Don’t, I repeat DON’T text or use a mobile phone while driving

November 9th, 2013 (No Comments)

Such a sad story, but perhaps the glamour and tragedy could be used to make teens think twice. This is a story that every new driver should read.  Model Loses life while talking on phone

Are all young people drinking?

November 9th, 2013 (No Comments)

In the words of Harold Arlen it’s time to ‘accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative’ in thinking about teen behaviour.
I have always thought that we (meaning those of us who speak to and about teenagers) are far too focused on the negative statistics. Promiscuity, suicide, bullying, drug and alcohol abuse are easy attention grabbers and make wonderful PowerPoint slides because they have such frightening consequences. No one wants to think about, let alone experience, having a teenager hurt by any of them.

Brilliant video

November 9th, 2013 (No Comments)

Don’t we wish we all had 1) the creativity and 2) the time to do stuff like this Post by Funny Videos.

Holy Trinity Inverell NSW, Students & parents

November 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

Graham is a dynamic and engaging speaker whose presentation spoke to both primary and secondary parents and offered clear and practical strategies to assist with the challenges faced in raising pre-teens and teens.

Lockyer Valley High Qld, Years 11 & 12

November 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

Graham has a very interesting and unique method of delivering a host of issues that are very relevant to our youth.

Toowoomba High Qld, Year 12

November 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

Engaging and informative; thoughtful and insightful

SASS Conference, Highlands/Goulburn

November 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

Graham is extremely engaging, entertaining and thought provoking. Very motivational. A joy to listen to. Very realistic. What a positive way to end the day Yes, he does talk too fast Wonderful to listen to Very interesting & funny Very funny. Easy to listen to. Inspiring. Made me feel like what I do during my […]

Launceston Christian School TAS, Staff students & parents

November 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

Many after school professional development sessions are soporific, not so with Graham he was energetic, funny, inspiring and most importantly relevant. Excellent, engaging, entertaining and well researched Very personable, amusing and dedicated to ‘bettering’ the lives of families through better parenting It was a powerful and challenging presentation that really confirmed the value of having […]

James Nash, Qld Year 12

November 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

Style: Stand up comedy mixed with motivational speaker Impact: positive and reinforcement of critical issues in a manner that DOES NOT come across as an adult  hand on hip waving finger “tut tut tut”

Swan Valley Anglican WA, years 6-9

November 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

Graham will be remembered for his humour and ability to make the children think about their situations at home.

St John’s Dubbo – Understanding Your Teenager

November 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

Parents enjoyed the Presentation immensely. Will be booking year 9 and Living With Your Teenager programs for next year!

Churchlands WA

November 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

Graham uses humour to connect with the students and then is able to cut through to the essential messages relevant to teenagers. He was very well received!

Iona, Qld Leaders

November 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

Graham’s unique style of presentation kept the students engaged and enthusiastic not only for the presentation but for the rest of the weekend.

St Margaret’s Brisbane Year 11

November 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

An Inspiring and enthusiatic man who has a knack of incorporating relatable humour to his teenage audience

My teen will not get up in the morning and is too tired for school

September 12th, 2013 (No Comments)

Question Hi, I am wondering why teenage boys tend to want to sleep all day & can’t get up for school? I have a 14 yr old & he hates getting up in the morning, it takes me 2 hrs to get him up & i must say i am over this daily routine. He […]

My teen is abusive with me

August 12th, 2013 (No Comments)

Question My teen can’t argue without being abusive, what can I do?

Ask.FM – a new danger in social networking

July 20th, 2013 (No Comments)

30 years ago parents checked under mattresses for inappropriate magazines. 15 years ago parents started to take a sneaky look at their child’s text messages and mobile phones were banned in classrooms. 10 years ago we started to track internet browser history and block websites deemed to be unsuitable. Our methods of safeguarding our children […]

My teenager won’t go to school

July 12th, 2013 (No Comments)

Question: My teenager won’t go to school. How do I get him/her to go?

My niece is manipulative and threatening

May 12th, 2013 (No Comments)

Question My 15 year old niece is very clever; but she refuses to attend school, has an older boyfriend whom she manipulates. She is abusive to parents & grandmother, & has lately taken to damaging walls & breaking things including a mirror. Parents & grandmother are distraught, especially since they can’t get the child to […]

My teenager has no respect

April 12th, 2013 (No Comments)

Question How do i get my 15.7 year old son to accept responsibility, and not blame everyone else but himself for the simplist of things, He seems to have not a lot of respect for his family but plenty of respect for his peers, He likes to put people down, and use his power in […]

Facebook is not (necessarily) the devil!

February 26th, 2013 (No Comments)

Saint Stephen’s College on the Gold Coast is having enormous success using a Facebook page as a real time news and information resource for a year level. The page was set up early in 2012 with the year 11 group. It quickly became the central resource for all information and announcements as well as a […]

My step-daughter is impossible to live with

February 12th, 2013 (No Comments)

Question I am step father to my partner’s 15 year old girl. over a number of years this child has been very naughty (probably no diff to many other children) however now that she is 15 and year 10 (Just – put in a very poor effort last year she has developed a network of […]

Vivo: promoting student development by positive reinforcement.

February 4th, 2013 (No Comments)

Toowoomba State High School principal, Chris Zilm, is thrilled with the success of the Vivo program. This web based system allows teachers to award points to students’ accounts – to affirm positive behaviour, as rewards for quiz and test performance, as incentives, etc. Students can then use their points to purchase items from the Vivo […]

Pre 2012 staff comments

January 1st, 2013 (No Comments)

My child can’t go to school because she has anxiety

December 12th, 2012 (No Comments)

Question What do I do with my nearly 15 year old daughter who can’t go to main stream school due to the fact that she has anxiety. We’ve been seeing psychs and she’s been on medication for nearly 7 years and nothing works. We’ve been advised not to force her to school any more but […]

My son is using school attendance as blackmail!

November 12th, 2012 (No Comments)

Question: I have a 15 year old son who is in grade 10. He asked me last weekend if I would get Broadband, and I told him that I couldn’t afford it and it was an un-necessary expense. Because of that he refuses to go to school until I get it on. What can I […]

My child goes out for too long on a school night!

November 12th, 2012 (No Comments)

QUESTION How do I stop my child going out at night after school for so long on a school night?

My son is totally out of control

November 12th, 2010 (No Comments)

Question Hi, My husband and I have a 15yo son who is over 6ft tall. He has not been to school for two years and refuses to go. He smokes heaps of pot ( and probably other drugs)sleeps all day and gets aggressive or violent if we try to challenge him. Hes been in trouble […]

My 15 year old daughter wants more freedom

April 12th, 2010 (No Comments)

Question My daughter is always getting upset when I do not let her go to a party or just let her go out and hang with mates. She always says that other kids in her class get to go out and have a good time but the problem is she says she will go and […]

Children can’t concentrate because they claim to have been abused

January 12th, 2010 (No Comments)

Question What shall I do to children who cannot concentrate in school, because they claimed that they were sexually abuse by a close relative on their childhood? And how can I know it is true?

Contracts for teenagers

November 12th, 2009 (No Comments)

Question Need to put together a contract for my troubled 18 yrs old son. Is there a sample copy for me to use as a guide?