Episode 25 of Have The Nerve is now available. In this episode, our host Susan Wood continues the topic: children with disabilities and their challenges in school. However, this time the topic extends to the experiences of high school students.

The Underdogs - Disability and High School Ep25

Susan is joined by Amanda Lane Brown and Jody Tompson, who previously appeared in the episode ‘Be Curious, Not Judgemental – Disability and Primary Schools‘ as they continue the conversation on children with disabilities and their experiences in school.

Amanda is a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience in rehabilitation, specialising in working with children with spinal cord injuries or neurological impairments.Jody is a paediatric nurse consultant who works in the community and has 26 years of experience in paediatric rehabilitation and disability.

They discuss the transition from primary school to high school and the key issues that may arise when children are in the significant shift, such as

  • dealing with questions from other children about their disabilities
  • finding commonalities with their peers
  • dealing with bullying 
  • and more

The episode covers a range of topics related to children with disabilities in high school. These topics include self-esteem, body image comparisons, raging hormones, bullying, and the endless cycle of trying to be someone you aren’t. Whether you’re a student with a disability or a parent of one, this episode provides practical information that can be helpful in navigating the unique challenges of high school.

After the break, enjoy the latest episode. You can also select your preferred platform for our podcast, Have The Nerve.

CONTENT WARNING: This episode discusses suicidal ideation and addiction. Listener discretion is advised. If you are struggling with similar feelings, we encourage you to please call the 24-hour crisis support service Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Information in this episode

Credits: Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is a for-purpose organisation that supports people with a spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions. This episode has been written, produced and edited by Susan Wood. Logo art by Cobie Ann Moore.  

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