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Reflections on Regulation

When I first worked with children and young people with social emotional and mental health needs, which back then we called emotional and behavioural difficulties, the word regulation wasn’t in regular use. There was a focus on behaviour, consistent boundaries and often complex systems of rewards and sanctions. Things have changed a little over the […]

Why is art therapeutic?

I am  delighted to post this guest blog from Chloe Billington, founder and director of Child in Time, a company offering a counselling service for children within schools. You can find out more about Child in time here  Given the  situation we have found ourselves in recently,  many people have been drawn to creativity, precisely […]

10 Tips to Maintain your Mental Wellbeing

I uploaded a video  about maintaining our mental well being for mental health awareness day in October a couple of years ago. The general advice doesn’t change much,and for many of us we k now what we need to do. Given the recent situation many of us have become more aware of what a top […]

Creating Calm, Comfort and Connection

In these times that have been at best unusual and at worst traumatic and overwhelming what we all need is some calm, comfort and connection. Children particularly so as they often lack the maturity, or social and emotional development to be able to regulate alone, and let’s be honest emotions can feel pretty scary. Home […]

Helping all children read

if children don’t learn to read the impact on their self- esteem and life chances can be very negative. science has shown the most effective method is a synthetic phonics programme like Sounds-write. please watch the video – watch right to the end it’s not from UK but issues are the same – and if […]

Practising Self-Care in Your New Life After Baby

Self care is important in maintaining physical and mental well being – and when you have just had anew baby that is especially important. thanks to Ashley for her second guest blog! Bringing a new baby into the world is a magical event. Your life becomes infinitely more fulfilling, your love is abundant and your […]

5 Must Do’s after Attending a Live Event, Training or Conference

I decided to write this blog after attending the 2 day content live event with Janet Murray  (and a host of other  fab presenters) for two reasons: firstly I thought it would help me be clear about what I needed to do to make sure I got the most from the event and secondly as […]

5 Must Do’s’ After Attending a Live Event, or Conference

  I decided to write this blog after attending the 2 day content live event with Janet Murray ( and a host of other  fab presenters) for two reasons: firstly I thought it would help me be clear about what I needed to do to make sure I got the most form the event and […]

Learning to be a Warrior

This was first published in Affinity Magazine but the themes feel like they are worth re-iterating! Learning to be a Warrior! The word warrior is one we all l know and will probably assume, correctly, that it is a word that means a fighter, a soldier, a combatant of some type. But hopefully not many […]

Why there is an ‘I’ in invest

The word invest according to the Oxford on line dictionary means http://www.freedictionarydefinitions.com/search.htm provide with power and authority place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position make an investment give qualities or abilities to furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors  And  the relevant definitions of investment are below  money that is invested […]