Category Archives: Schools

Dear Teacher

Dear Teacher. I do not know what words to use to express my thoughts and feelings so I asked my psychologist to help me with this letter. I feel unsafe at school. People bother me. Especially when they are doing … Continue reading

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Wellness, Wellbeing and Resilience in Children

Decades of research has identified three factors that play a key role in children’s resilience. These three factors are: Individual factors (i.e. characteristics of the individual) Relationship/social factors (i.e. characteristics of their relationships) Environmental factors (i.e. characteristics of their environment). … Continue reading

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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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