Tag Archives: behaviour

Attention seeking is attention needing

We all need to feel seen, heard, valued and understood.  Sadly for some of our children this may not always happen on a regular basis at home, resulting in them showing us through their behaviour at school that this is … Continue reading

Posted in Making a Difference, Reflective language | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Enhancing children’s well-being and supporting behaviour

I wrote my Making a Difference Guide to try and provide easy solutions to help school staff enhance children’s well-being and support their behaviour.  I’ve made a short video discussing how you might use it in your own work, along … Continue reading

Posted in Making a Difference | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making a Difference guide

My Making a Difference guide is now available for purchase online.  Based on many conversations with school staff over the last few years it is a resource to support staff in understanding and supporting children with their behaviour and emotional … Continue reading

Posted in Behaviour, Book, emotional wellbeing, Making a Difference, primary school, Relationships, School, training for staff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I’m so excited…

I spent Friday afternoon at our local printers seeing the first draft of an exciting new project being born.  My Making a Difference guide is a new resource for people working in primary schools to help them support children with … Continue reading

Posted in Making a Difference | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Supporting a child who is always angry

Jamal aged four had regular angry outbursts where he would shout, scream and sometimes throw things. He was very fragile and would get upset very easily if he got something wrong, was asked to do something he didn’t want to … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Behaviour, emotional wellbeing, Helping, Stress, trauma | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not making assumptions about children’s understanding 

I was talking to a pastoral worker who delivers group work interventions across school this week and she was talking about a year 6 girl who had been referred as she was always calling out, couldn’t sit still and found … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Behaviour, emotional wellbeing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

My needs don’t matter – the danger of children being people pleasers

Many children in primary schools may display a variety of behaviours that can cause concern. The children that are overly compliant and put their needs second,  may be harder to identify than more challenging behaviours but are of equal concern … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Behaviour, emotional wellbeing, Helping, primary school, Relationships | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in anxiety, Behaviour, emotional wellbeing, fear, primary school, self regulation, staff | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in anxiety, Behaviour, emotional wellbeing, Helping, primary school, Relationships, self regulation, Stress | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Being aware of children’s internal dialogue

Some children may have learnt to respond in a defensive way as a coping mechanism to manage the feelings of anxiety and fear that situations evoke in them. The child may present as feeling the opposite of this, for example, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment