Sarah McMurtrie’s Articles, Tips and Ideas to Support Carers, Parents, Caseworkers and Teachers

Sarah McMurtrie is a teacher, writer and imminent psychologist specialising in supporting traumatised children and adolescents. Sarah is also the author of UNTWIST which is a trauma informed care tool designed to facilitate meaningful connection and communication with displaced children, especially adolescents aged 10 to 17 years.

Below are some links and also articles which Sarah has shared:

Untwist Order Form

Trauma Booklet

Helping Children to Regulate Their Emotions Fact Sheet


Useful Links:







Brene Brown

Explores effects of Shame. Researched based. Great ideas to consider

Dan Siegel

Supports our understanding of children’s behaviour- with a great hand/brain model of what happens when students ‘flip out’-  Enhances self awareness/emotional regulation. Author of :‘ No Drama Discipline’ +  ‘ Parenting from the Inside Out’


Dan Siegel

Connecting to Calm- A  must see if you have a teenager!

Bruce Perry

He’s Honey pot of sites and resources for children that have experienced trauma.

Dan Hughes

PACE model. (Therapeutic Care)- holds workshops in Australia- worth seeing!

Josh Shipp

Great ted talks. (Previously a child in care- focus on supporting teens)


Amy Cubby

Power of positive body posture







Australian Childhood Foundation

Check their resources page- free to down load

The Child Trauma Academy

Posts useful info

The Australian Child  & Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network

Posts useful info

Science of the Greater Good

Worth subscribing to great useful emails.




Calmer Classrooms

Make sure your child’s school/ teacher have these resources (lots of OT resources: chew stixx, pencil toppers, Fidgipods)- worth subscribing to her mailing list- lots of good ideas. check out the short films- “Room to Breathe”





Environments have the ability to change our mood. McDonalds or a candle lit dinner? Our tummy gets full either way but the experience is different.  Lighting, furniture, music + sensory tools can have a significant impact in a childs ability to calm/ self sooth.

Chat to your local OT. Most have great sites or resources to share- worth asking them!





Supports children’s ability to be Calm, present + engaged. Mindfulness in schools) ( Sydney Uni mindfulness in school project)


FREE. There are 100’s – the following are worth starting with…

Calm ( image: word calm in white writing) Headspace ( image: orange dot), Smiling Mind  ( Image: cloud- smile) Relax Melodies (Image: moon. Has good sleep stories),            Happify ( Image: letter ‘h’) Colourfly ( Image: swan)