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16th November 2015

TheBug Archie audio files are now playable again.


About the authors


Mark Le MessurierMark Le Messurier is a teacher, counsellor and coach to young people and their parents. He has also authored eleven publications:

Stop and Think Friendship (2000) co-authored with Lindy Petersen
Cognitive Behavioural Training: a How-to Guide for Successful Behaviour (2004)
Reflections on Dyslexia – a training and development film on learning difficulties (2006)
Parenting Tough Kids: Simple Proven Strategies for Success (2007 and reprinted in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Stop and Think Friendship DVD Package (2009) co-authored with Lindy Petersen
"ADHD and Specific Learning Difficulties as Companions" (2009) Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties 09/2002; 7:20-25
Teaching Tough Kids (2011) winner of the UK's National Association for Special Needs (NASEN) Book Award - 'Best book to Promote Professional Development'.
What's the Buzz? A Social Skills Enrichment Programme for Primary Students (2011) co-authored with Madhavi Nawana Parker
Raising Beaut Kids: Recipes for parents on when to say 'yes' and how to say 'no' (2014)
What's the Buzz? For Early Learners: A complete social skills foundation course (2015) co-authored with Madhavi Nawana Parker
Archie's BIG BOOK of BIG Friendship adventures (2015) co-authored with Madhavi Nawana Parker

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 lives in Adelaide, Australia, and is married to Sharon. They have two daughters, Kim and Noni. Plus, two beloved Delta Therapy dogs called Maxi and Luca. They regularly visit Mark's private practice at Wayville where he mentors children and teens he affectionately calls the 'Tough Kids'; these are the kids who display clusters of troubling behaviours that affect self-regulation, and consequently their emotion, behaviour, learning and connections to peers. His work focuses on strengthening their success through mentorship and targeted interventions. He views the encouragement of stronger, trusting relationships between parents, teachers and students as key. Mark says, "None of us can magically fix kids up. All we have is the desire to participate in trusting relationships with them, and teach a few strategic ideas in the right moments."

Mark trains many educators, psychologists, counsellors, social workers and youth workers around Australasia to deliver What's the Buzz? To young people, but his heart is in running his own What's the Buzz? children's groups. He does this most days of the week.

Through invitation, Mark presents at conferences for educators, for parent organisations and interested groups.

Presentations for educators

Presentations for parents

Mark is also the architect of the unique 'Mentoring Program' building humanity in Australian schools. The programme provides for additional ongoing care from a compassionate adult working within the school system. The hope is that more and more vulnerable students will be supported by the amazing ripple effect this protective and positive behavioural change programme has already delivered to hundreds of students to date. A programme that has produced far more than anyone ever dreamed.

To contact Mark, email



Madhavi Nawana ParkerMadhavi Nawana Parker began her focus on social and emotional literacy programs in 1996 following the completion of University studies in Psychology and Rehabilitation Counselling. As Social Skills Program Coordinator at Autism SA, Madhavi developed and facilitated social skills programs throughout metropolitan and country South Australia. Autism SA is a state-wide service providing specialised support for families and schools living and working with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

As well as facilitating social skills programmes Madhavi also advised schools and organisations on appropriate ways to encourage social and emotional development of individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

Madhavi commenced private practice in 2001 at the Behavioural Medicine Institute of Australia. While continuing work in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Madhavi extended her work to include young people with a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She also began providing training for parents, schools and allied health professionals on encouraging prosocial behaviour by teaching relevant skills and implementing positive discipline.

Madhavi is frequently contracted as a Behaviour Consultant for schools and organisations throughout Australia. She works collaboratively with principals, teachers, special education coordinators, school counsellors and psychologists to address the unique needs of her clients. Further to this, Madhavi works with students and parents in schools to develop skills and systems to promote family wellbeing. She also facilitates social skills groups using the What's the Buzz?programme across Australia.

Madhavi passionately presents at conferences to teachers, parents and allied health professionals. Her presentations focus on a range of topics including Positive Discipline, Resilience, Wellbeing, Anxiety and how to implement and maintain the What's the Buzz? programme.

Madhavi lives in Adelaide, South Australia, with her husband James, their daughter Soraya and sons Toby and Zach.

To contact Madhavi, email