‘Listen’ the key to successful parenting

I'm keen to share the latest great book that a webinar on positive parenting uncovered : "Listen" by Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore M.A. Its a gem with a clear and simple message ie "Five simple tools to meet your everyday parenting challenges" with many real-life...

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Reflections on 2017 highlights   So many new learnings in 2017 :- I always learn the most valuable information from my clients (and their families) – what works for them, their creative solutions, what new challenges arise – every year a greater depth of understanding...

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Meltdowns

I'm hoping I can add a visual from ''No more meltdowns' by Jed Baker PhD, which I read some years ago and have just come across again.  It was worth revisiting as it has some practical strategies for managing 'meltdowns' and a four-step model : 1 Accepting and...

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Superheroes

Be a superhero! Kids just love superheroes!  They can be inspiring and motivating for them.  Recently the teacher of one little guy that I had been working with told me that he hadn't been comfortable in using the 'special' supportive pencil that I had organised for...

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Eat – move – sleep

​These three key  daily living activities are vital to a balanced lifestyle and optimal performance (for children and for adults). Good nutrition is a regular topic in the media, and an emotive area for parents - if they have a 'picky' eater or a child who...

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Using the great interest in star wars to enhance therapy

​​Star Wars ​characters in activity sheets​, dress-up props/imaginative play are great for facilitating engagement in therapeutic activities - and I'm finding that there's some great quotes and concepts from the stories that can be used to enhance the understanding of...

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Mindfulness and gratitude

​Two buzz words and powerful tools in our mental health through the ages - I'm working on using both in therapy as much as possible - this article is very relevant in pointing out the benefits of gratitude:​ Evidence is mounting that gratitude makes a powerful impact...

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Attachment and relatedness

​This topic seems always relevant - especially for babies and young children, but also right across the lifespan At a recent OT meeting, we had a great presentation by Catherine Daly, who had very pertinent and up-to-date information on attachment and related issues....

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Motivating children – and people of all ages

​I've had the opportunity to attend some very exciting and illuminating presentations this year on this topic - which have helped to validate my experience and way of thinking and working, as well to shape future ​professional and personal interactions. The first was...

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Using a Yoga hammock

​A great new addition to my therapy centre has just ben installed  - a "Yogapeutics" hammock! I've been waiting for its delivery for some time now (after discovering the resource through Pinterest).  Lots of others must have also discovered Lindsey's site - as there...

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Art in Occupational Therapy

​I am enthusiastic about this topic now, as yesterday I attended the same-named great workshop run by Megan Shiel, Art Therapist and Dialectical Behavour Therapist.  Right from Teacher's college days when I loved our textbook on Creative & learning development, I have...

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Holiday recharging – important for development

​School holidays can be a great time for both children and their parents to  take time to recharge and relax.  Sometimes children's development seems to consolidate/progress better at holiday time. John Medina's just updated 2014 edition of "Brain Rules" notes the...

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