Category Archives: Stress

How to help a child who finds it hard to sit still on the carpet

I am constantly asked by teachers in school how to manage a child who can’t sit still at carpet time so thought it would be useful to share some ideas. I often observe children at this time and these children … Continue reading

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Using emotional vocabulary during the school day

During the school day children may be asked to experience situations that adults may not feel comfortable experiencing, such as being vulnerable and sharing things about themselves which adults may find difficult to do. For example, asking a child to … 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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Calm Boxes – A simple and effective tool for helping children manage anxiety

Have you got children in your class who are still finding it hard to settle or need some extra help? This free hand out and accompanying video introduces the idea of calm boxes as a resource for helping children feel … 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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The importance of Building relationships

It is worthwhile exploring what opportunities exist in school to build relationships between staff and children and how these can be increased. For some children, the experience of spending individual time with a member of school staff may seem terrifying. … Continue reading

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What message does the following behaviour communicate to children?

Staff being negative about each other Staff snapping at each other Staff challenging each other in an aggressive manner Staff asking each other for help Staff providing help to each other Staff supporting and encouraging each other Staff being relaxed … 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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Managing SATs stress in schools

Decided to try something different. Here is my first video blog. What do you think?

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