Category Archives: trauma

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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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 to develop a positive self-image

Children who have a positive self-image are able to share their happiness about their appearance in a healthy way, for example, showing you their new shoes or haircut. This is an important aspect of children learning to be happy with … 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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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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Relational templates within the family

The relationships that are demonstrated between the adults within the child’s family provide powerful experiences of how to manage these outside of it. Whilst children may not be able differentiate between helpful and harmful responses to situations, they are reliant … Continue reading

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What is this child trying to tell me?

What do you do if you feel upset, worried or have just had a bad day? As adults we have the ability to use language to express our thoughts and feelings about ourselves and our experiences. Children do not have … Continue reading

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