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Back to School Anxiety after Lockdown

By Elaine Hodgins / March 4, 2021 /

The end of lockdown is in sight and mums and dads everywhere are feeling anxious over how its all going to pan out.  “What if my children have got behind in their school-work? What if they are very anxious when they go back? What if they DO catch Covid 19?” I can hear all those…

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Five Tips to Support Siblings in Special needs Families.

By Elaine Hodgins / February 24, 2021 /

When Gemma Knowles was diagnosed with ADHD, dyspraxia and autism when she was ten years old, there was one thing that she will always remember – the support of her brother, Phillip, then 12 years old. “Phillip used to worry about me “ said Gemma. “When he caught me crying about it all one evening,…

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Could Sensory Processing Disorder explain your Child’s Behaviour?

By Elaine Hodgins / February 17, 2021 /

A mum called me one day and said: “I’ve had it up to here…my 3 year- old daughter is constantly throwing tantrums, she’s clumsy, she screams if her face gets wet when I’m trying to help her get washed and goes crazy if we go into a public bathroom and the hand dryer goes off!…

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Five ways to Raise a Resilient Child

By Elaine Hodgins / February 10, 2021 /

We can’t always protect our children from all the horrid things in life, but there are things we can do to help them face difficulties with a growth mindset – you know that little voice in your mind that says: “Yes, you can do it” rather than “No, you can’t do it”. Resilience and having…

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Anxiety in Older Teens and Adults and How to Manage it in 7 Easy Steps

By Elaine Hodgins / February 3, 2021 /

The word “anxiety” has become as common as many other descriptive feeling type words, hasn’t it? People say to me: “I’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or condition” or “my anxiety is really playing up today – I feel so bad.” But what IS anxiety? Well, the dictionary says it is “unease about something…

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Pre-Schoolers with Problem Behaviour

By Elaine Hodgins / January 27, 2021 /

How to know when your 3 – 5 year-old needs help! We don’t often think of pre schoolers having problem behaviour do we? We think “Aw she’s just a toddler still – she’ll grow out of it!”  We normally associate difficult children with school age youngsters who are acting out in class, throwing things, and…

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When your Child Refuses to go to School

By Elaine Hodgins / January 20, 2021 /

“I can’t get my child to go to school – please help! He seems genuinely fearful”. This is something that I am hearing more and more from parents these days and I guess it’s not surprising at the moment is it – with all that’s going on with the pandemic and lockdown! We would always…

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Signs that your Child may be Depressed During the Pandemic

By Elaine Hodgins / January 13, 2021 /

As lockdown goes on, one really important thing we should be watching out for in our children, as well as ourselves, is depression. Naturally, we all feel down when our social life is cancelled and the majority of us are trying our best to stay positive and up- beat. But, depression is much more than…

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Resolutions: It’s that time of year again!

By Elaine Hodgins / January 6, 2021 /

I wonder how many of us have said “My new year’s resolution is to lose weight/stop drinking/ stop gambling/ go running every day/ stop smoking? “We all do it, don’t we, even in some small way to try and improve ourselves. So, is it really that important that we do this, year after year? I…

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Losing weight – but is it a losing battle?

By Elaine Hodgins / December 9, 2020 /

If we asked one hundred overweight people this question, I am almost certain that ninety-nine of them would say a big resounding “YES!” Why? Why IS it SO hard to lose weight, maintain it and not feel that you are being deprived of all the nice things in life? The main reason is because it…

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