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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

Helping young children to heal from trauma with ‘Monkey Tales’

Young children who have experienced trauma will now be able to benefit from one of STARTTS’ most successful projects combatting trauma in early childhood. Thanks to funding from the Commonwealth Bank at Fairfield, STARTTS is revamping the popular ‘Monkey Tales’ program which has proved very successful in helping children in their recovery from trauma.

Monkey Tales is an early childhood program aimed at children of refugee families. Through music and storytelling, it helps children to overcome past traumatic situations, enhances recovery and prevents lifelong mental health problems. The program is run by specialist early childhood counsellors and helps children overcome the ordeal of being exposed to war or torture, being born and/or living in refugee camps and transitioning to a new country.

Monkey Tales uses a series of fun and meaningful song-stories to guide children in a process of healing. The stories cover topics such as separation/reunion, regulation, resilience and emotions. They will be available in multiple languages (written and audio).

The funding from Commonwealth Bank will cover the costs of the Monkey Tales artwork, translation, voice over and printing/recording costs. STARTTS would like to thank the Commonwealth Bank for their generous support of this program.

If you’d like to find out more about our work with children and young people, visit our website.


STARTTS aims to be a safe place for all people and cultures. We work alongside people with expansive sexualities, genders and bodies with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to celebrate the diverse and rich lives of individuals and communities.


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