In Josh’s chat show he talks with people in the kid’s mental health and well-being fields to discover the person behind their work and what motivates them.

Author Visits – everything you want to know

Author Visits – everything you want to know

Fellow kids author Kate Searle interviews me about how I organise my school visits. If you’re an author or illustrator and you’re just starting out, this is a must watch. While this has a strong Western Australian focus, the principles apply across Australia.

We cover:

  • How to book a school visit.
  • How to create an engaging presentation
  • How much to charge
  • Do you bring books to sell?
  • How do you create a presentation for a chapter book?
  • What equipment do you need?
  • How early should you turn up?


To book Josh: https://joshlangley.com.au/incursions/
Paper Bird Speakers Agency:
Children’s Book Council of Australia WA Branch
Writing WA Literati:

Literature Centre WA

Understanding adult ADHD – a personal perspective with Sally Murphy

Popular Australian children’s author Sally Murphy was recently diagnosed with ADHD and this is her story. You might find yourself reflected in what she discusses.

2.45: What made Sally think that she may have ADHD?
6.00: Sally discusses the process of getting the diagnosis.
12.09: Is there a cross over with anxiety / depression?
16.10: How has the diagnosis and deeper understanding of yourself changed your life?
19: 10: Creativity and ADHD
12.30: What lights Sally up?

(link to the “Light Up” episode that Sally mentions https://joshlangley.com.au/what-lights-you-up/)

Sally Murphy is one of Australia’s best children’s authors, she’s written 30 books including verse novels, picture books, junior novels and educational titles. In 2022 Sally was awarded an Order of Australia medal, for her contributions to children’s literature and education. And when she isn’t writing, she’s a university academic, avid reader, swimmer and beach-walker.

Follow Sally’s midlife ADHD journey: https://www.instagram.com/midlifedivergence/
Or find out more about Sally http://sallymurphy.com.au/

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How to help ADHD kids in the classroom with Fiona Kearnan

How can we better help teachers, help their ADHD students? I chatted to author of ‘Flicking the Switch – Reaching and Teaching Students with ADHD’, Fiona Kearnan about this important topic.

2.33: What does ADHD look like in the classroom, how can teachers identify what’s going on?
3.27: Behaviour charts and self-esteem – are they helpful or harmful?
6.34: How can teachers build deeper relationships with their students?
9.44: Dopamine – how does it affect kids with ADHD and what can teachers do support these kids and create a calmer classroom.
19.30: What lights Fiona up?
21.40: When Fiona received a letter from a student.

About Fiona: She is the author of “Flicking the Switch: Reaching and Teaching Students with ADHD”. Fiona Kearnan has been researching the impacts of ADHD on student behaviour and learning for over 30 years. She studied primary teaching at The University of Melbourne, obtained special education qualifications at Deakin University, and completed her master’s degree in Behaviour at Monash University. Fiona has over 25 years of classroom experience in both primary, secondary and special education settings. https://fionakearnan.com/

Get deeper engagement with students in your classroom and find out about a FREE trial of Josh Langley’s Inspiring Kids Student Wellbeing Program: https://joshlangley.com.au/school-program/

Talking about Kids and ADHD with Chrissie Davies

Talking about Kids and ADHD with Chrissie Davies

Chrissie Davies runs Chaos to Calm Consultancy and has just released a new kids book to help families and educators better understand ADHD.

In this interview we discuss:

  • 2.16: What exactly is ADHD?
  • 6.02: Self-Acceptance and ADHD
  • 7.04: ADHD and the genetic link and Chrissie’s own ADHD diagnosis
  • 8.35: Why girls after often late diagnosed ADHD and how no-one believed that Chrissie’s daughter had ADHD
  • 9.44: Why parents should be prepared to advocate for their kids
  • 10.13: Why radical acceptance is so important for parents
  • 11.35: Chrissies top-down approach..
  • 12.39: Build a support network.
  • 15.00: A different way of parenting.
  • 16.00: Unpacking Chrissie’s new book, “Love Me, Love My ADHD”
  • 18.45: Collaborating with the illustrator
  • 19.38: Why “Love Me, Love My ADHD” is an important resource for teachers.
  • 22.10: When a school really understands neurodivergent kids.
  • 23.24: What lights Chrissy up?

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I asked a bunch of creatives about what lights them up and this is what they said

During the last series of Josh Langley Gets to Know I asked my guests at the end of each interview, ‘What lights you up?’ Their answers inspired me to make a short film so we can remember what’s really important in life.

Featuring: Prof Helen Milroy, Barry Divola, Emma Young, David Allan Petale, Laurie Steed, Brigid Lowry, Ming Johanson, Cameron Macintosh, Gary Lonesborough, Barry Nicholls, Kitty Black, Jeremy Kalbstein, Maria Papas, Georgia Richter, Jessica Walton.

JLGTK Ep 2.28 Barry Nicholls – On Men, Mental Health and Cricket

When I first received a copy of Second Innings: On Men, Mental Health and Cricket, (Fremantle Press) back in June, 2021, I read it in two sittings and immediately tried to line Barry up for an Interview. It wasn’t until December I was able to talk to him and it was worth the wait. Trigger Warning: if anything in the interview affects you, please talk to someone. Contacts below.

If you need someone to talk to, call: • Lifeline on 13 11 14 • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 • MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978 • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 • Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 • Headspace on 1800 650 890 • QLife on 1800 184 527

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