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How to Speak with Your Children about the Corona Virus

By Elaine Hodgins / March 16, 2020 /

News travels fast and nothing has traveled faster in the past few weeks than the news about the corona virus (COVID – 19). It’s everywhere: on the front page of newspapers, on the TV on the radio, on the internet and now even in the school playgrounds. I have had this conversation with a couple…

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Can Bad Behaviour be Masking Anxiety?

By Elaine Hodgins / March 4, 2020 /

Disruptive Behaviour A 9 year – old boy called Thomas has a really bad meltdown in class. He got upset by something one of his class friends had said about him. He shoves the other boy and a fight breaks out. The teacher tries to break them up and calm it down but Thomas goes…

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How To Help Your Children When They Are Too Hard On Themselves

By Elaine Hodgins / February 27, 2020 /

“I’m so stupid” – “Everyone hates me” – “I’m fat/ugly/useless” We hear children say these things every day don’t we. Sometimes, it is  simply just a throwaway line, but other times they can be looking for reassurance. Yes, they may be harmless phrases but occasionally this negative self – talk can also be an unhealthy…

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Losing weight is NOT all about the diet!

By Elaine Hodgins / February 19, 2020 /

Losing weight, in my opinion, is one of the hardest things for us to do. Why? Because we try and try to have SOME success… then we try again but it doesn’t work so well and we put all the weight back on – and some! Now I know that I, for one, have done…

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A Mental Health Disorder or just Being Untidy and Disorganised?

By Elaine Hodgins / February 12, 2020 /

With all the TV programmes on at the moment about “Hoarding” it’s very easy to see that people do get emotionally attached to their possessions isn’t it? However, I wonder where that line is that people cross between being a bit untidy and disorganised and hoarding? As a clinical hypnotherapist I have treated a lot…

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Sensory Processing Disorder and How to Recognise it!

By Elaine Hodgins / February 5, 2020 /

When a toddler first shows signs of sensory processing issues it can be absolutely frightening for the parents, especially if this is their first child. The first thing mum or dad may notice is an unusual aversion or extreme dislike to noise, light, itchy clothes, mud, sand, or even the bath! They may also notice…

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When Your Child Lacks Motivation

By Elaine Hodgins / January 29, 2020 /

It’s a common but serious source of concern for parents: You begin to notice that your child is lacking motivation and commitment in his or her attitude towards school and homework. He might not seem as enthusiastic to learn new things or perhaps he’s not doing his homework like he should? Maybe an argument occurs…

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The Child With Sensory Issues

By Elaine Hodgins / January 16, 2020 /

Sensory Processing problems are normally first noticed when the child is around 18 months to 3 years old. The first thing that mum or dad will notice is that the child has an intolerance to noise – loud bangs like fireworks, bells, or sirens. Another very common complaint from the child would be clothes that…

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Transgender Teens and Gender Dysphoria

By Avidmode / January 8, 2020 /

The word ‘Transgender’ has been very much in the forefront of our news over the past few years hasn’t it – however, many of us know very little about it and find it hard to understand when a teen comes out with “ Mum, I’m not happy as a girl I want to be a…

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How YOU Can Help your Child with Emotional Self- Regulation

By Elaine Hodgins / January 1, 2020 /

As a mum or dad, you’ve obviously seen your child have the odd tantrum. We expect them in two to three-year-olds don’t we!  However, if your child has got to five or six years old and is still having regular meltdowns and outbursts of anger, it could be that he or she is struggling with…

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