Category Archives: fear

Is this child “having a drama” or is it a lack of resilience?

I observed some behaviour from a 10 year old this week which was referred to “having a drama” and overreacting, which made me wonder about how this child was feeling and what he may have been trying to communicate. He was told … Continue reading

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Responding to and helping children after yesterday’s Manchester bomb attack

My heart goes out to all those affected by last night’s bomb attack.  I have been working in a primary school in Manchester all day today and listening to staff and children trying to make sense of last night’s event, expressing … Continue reading

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It’s so important to create the right environment at school

The physical environment that is created in a school impacts on the emotional wellbeing of everyone who comes in to school. For children who experience disorganization and unpredictability outside of school, the organized and ordered environment of school contributes to … Continue reading

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Natural curiosity or hyper vigilance?

As part of my role in one school i just work with staff and parents and often go in to classes to observe children. I arrange this with the teacher beforehand and ask them to identify children for me to … Continue reading

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Helping children who struggle with transition to their new class

Some children find any change extremely difficult as it can evoke feelings of loss, anxiety and uncertainty. It is useful therefore that children’s transitions to new classes are managed with patience and understanding. For a child who has experienced many … Continue reading

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“How many times have I told you”……why shouting doesn’t help

A few weeks ago I heard a teacher shouting at a nine year old as I walked past the class. “How many times have I told you” he was shouting at the child who had a book in her hand … Continue reading

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The book of positive things…..try this at school or at home

I frequently come across children in school who lack confidence and have low self-esteem, and it can often be difficult for school staff and parents to find or create enough time to help children with this on a daily basis. … Continue reading

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Children who are overly independent

I have recently started play therapy with a four year old who is very quiet, doesnt make much eye contact and is involved in a lot of solitary play  during the session. This week he was trying without success to … Continue reading

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“How many times have i told you”……why shouting doesn’t help

This week i heard a teacher shouting at a nine year old as i walked past the class. “How many times have i told you” he was shouting at the child who had a book in her hand and couldn’t … Continue reading

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An insight into one child’s behaviour

  I have been doing play therapy with a six year old boy for five weeks now, i will call him Jack. Like many children in our schools he has had some very difficult experiences outside of school, which have … Continue reading

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