Category Archives: Schools

Preparing your child for their first day of school

This is another brief post from the Secure Start Facebook post, which I considered might be of interest to followers here. At the request of one of our regular visitors to this page, I am going to share some thoughts … Continue reading

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Getting ready for back to school

OK, so there is just under two weeks until the new school year and a common assertion to be heard from parents at this time is “my child is ready to go back to school”. A similar assertion is “I … Continue reading

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Restoring school-time sleep-wake cycle

This is the first of a series of a short posts that I prepared for my Secure Start Facebook page. For those of you who don’t follow my page, I have included it here for you. As the return to … Continue reading

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More than positive thinking and a resilient mindset

A child’s resilience requires more than just a “resilient mindset” or “positive thinking”. It requires deeply-held and profound beliefs, formed during infancy and early childhood, that they are a good and capable and deserving person, that adults in a care … Continue reading

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New thinking and a new approach required with looked-after children

Yesterday I was visited by a six-year-old boy who has a history of family trauma and is being raised by a relative carer. Upon entering my consulting room he immediately sought my box of assorted animals and rifled through it, … Continue reading

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The importance of empathy

This is a reproduction of blog post I wrote approximately two years ago, so it is buried a bit in this site. Thought I would re-post under a new title because the message has been well received and, in my … Continue reading

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Overcoming Attachment Trauma

This is a post for those adults who relate to children who have experienced trauma in their primary attachment relationship(s); whether you may be their parent, relative carer, kinship carer, adoptive parent, foster parent, residential carer, teacher or education support … Continue reading

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Opening Dialogue with Schools

I am often reading and hearing about the frustrations of parents and carers of children with special needs when interfacing with their children’s school. What follows is my attempt to open dialogue with a school that has otherwise proved resistant … Continue reading

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Respond to the need as well as the behaviour

Much is being written about empathic care and being in-tune with the needs of children. Below is an excerpt from my book A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children (London: Jessica Kingsley, 2011), which, itself, is based on material … Continue reading

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