Supporting positive brain development in adolescence; tips and tactics


You can help support positive brain development in adolescents through considering how young people spend their time, as this is crucial to their brain development. The activities and experiences a young person is exposed to (such as music, sports, study, languages and video games) go a long way in shaping the emerging adult brain. Consider, too, that adolescents often require more time to process information and need instructions repeated in a calm and succinct manner, and it is often better to identify and suggest preferred behaviours rather than tell them what to do or what not to do.

Some tips and tactics for strengthening and supporting positive brain development in adolescents include;

* helping them find creative outlets for their feelings, as a way for them to manage their emotions.

* helping them understand and explore the short and long-term consequences of their actions.

* helping them develop empathy by talking about their emotions and about emotions in general, and how people will have different reactions to events depending on their circumstances.

* helping them develop their problem-solving and decision-making skills by supporting them to develop a process.

* role modelling the behaviour you want to see in them by being a positive role model and talking to them about how you process information and deal with your emotions and challenges.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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