Mark Le Messurier is a teacher, counsellor and coach to young people and their parents.
He's proud to work alongside his daughter, Noni Le Messurier.
Mark is the author of nine publications.
Mark lives in Adelaide, Australia, and is married to Sharon. They have two daughters, Kim and Noni. Plus, two beloved fawn parti-coloured whippets called Maxi and Luca - brother and sister. Maxi and Luca are delta THERAPY DOGS and regularly visit Mark's rooms. Mark's background spans twenty years in schools and includes special education, adult education and community education projects. He is a recipient of the prestigious Australian National Excellence in Teaching Award.
Mark works in schools and in private practice counselling, coaching and teaching children and teens he affectionately refers to as the "Tough Kids"; these are the kids who seemingly can't delay gratification, can't listen and filter out distractions, process new information, remember it, plan, persist, adapt to change, keep track of time and self-regulate emotion and behaviour. Many of the young individuals he works with display clusters of troubling behaviours that attract formal identification; Giftedness, Immaturity, Global Development Delay, Oppositional behaviours, Specific Learning Difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyslexia, Language Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Mark's work focuses on strengthening their success through mentorship and targeted interventions. He sees the encouragement of stronger, trusting relationships between parents, teachers and students as key. Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of individuals;
Mark is the co-creator of What's the Buzz? It is a unique 16 lesson social skills enrichment programme designed to explicitly teach children how to think and relate socially and is for children, who for all manner of reasons, struggle to make friends and fit in socially. It now runs in many schools around Australia and is in dozens of countries. Current research reveals that teaching 'social thinking' to young people with social delay does improve their ability to interact socially and wellbeing. Kids can learn these vital living skills through direct teaching, role-play practice and social games in the context of a small friendly group. Mark runs What's the Buzz? groups most days each week. Courses begin at the start of each semester. To find out more, or to enrol follow these links,
Through invitation, Mark regularly presents at conferences for public and independent schools, for parent organisations and interested groups throughout Australia and Australasia. His presentations relate to mentoring, ADD & ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Difficulties, practical ideas to develop emotional resilience in children, sibling rivalry and how-to deal with it, behaviour change workshops for parents and teachers and more.
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Mark is also the architect of the unique Mentoring Program currently building capacity in South Australian Catholic schools. The program provides for ongoing care and support from a compassionate, stable adult working within the school system. The hope is that gradually, more and more 'at risk' and 'vulnerable' students will be supported by the amazing ripple effect that is beginning to radiate from this uplifting program. A program that is producing far more value than anyone ever dreamed.
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