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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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How to Survive the Christmas Holidays with Youngsters

By Elaine Hodgins / November 27, 2019 /

We all know that the Christmas holidays are supposed to be an exciting time for families to get together and celebrate. Whether you are religious or not – you can enjoy a festive time of eating, drinking, and being merry! But for some families, the Christmas holidays can be extremely stressful. The kids break up…

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My son will not go to bed – my husband and I are at our wits end!

By Elaine Hodgins / November 20, 2019 /

If anyone ever asks me: “What is the most common problem that you regularly treat with children?” apart from eating disorders, I would have to say it is SLEEPING! Several times a week I get calls from mums or dads, saying “Please can you help us – we are desperate – my child won’t go…

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Are You a Helicopter Parent?

By Elaine Hodgins / October 24, 2019 /

Isn’t it strange how we always say: “I will never be one of those mums who hovers around their child the whole time and doesn’t allow them to grow up” and yet what do we do? We find ourselves “hovering” at every opportunity! I remember once being in the park with my little girl –…

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Are Clowns Funny or just plain scary?

By Elaine Hodgins / October 4, 2019 /

Halloween is upon us… In just a few weeks time Halloween will once again be upon us and kids all over the country will be dressing up as ghouls and ghosts, skeletons and clowns etc. For most children – little ones as well as teenagers, Halloween is a fun time – they can go out…

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Why is my teenager so difficult?

By Elaine Hodgins / September 4, 2019 /

Every week in my hypnotherapy clinics I see around 5-10 teenagers with various behavioural problems. Mum’s or dad’s call me and say: “He’s so self -centred we can’t cope with him anymore!” or “She stays in her room all day, says nothing, does nothing, what IS WRONG with her?” My answer is usually “Nothing –…

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Notice the little anxieties – treat them and they won’t unfold into big ones!

By Elaine Hodgins / August 14, 2019 /

“Amelia has ALWAYS been anxious – it started with just little things like not wanting to go to parties – or not wanting me to leave her – but it’s just got so much worse as she’s got older. Or “James started being anxious at nursery school and it’s never gone away – he’s now 12…

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Neuro Developmental Delay or Retained Primitive Reflexes

By Elaine Hodgins / August 7, 2019 /

The medical profession has created checklists of developmental milestones of various skill sets that children need to meet by certain ages. We all know that when we have had our child, we are constantly being asked by the GP or the Health visitor: “Is your child crawling/sitting up/speaking/walking/holding objects etc etc….” And we always feel…

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Is Your Child ready for Primary School?

By Elaine Hodgins / July 10, 2019 /

It’s exciting isn’t it. Your child is starting primary school, but have you prepared him/her? If not, you haven’t got long before the new school year starts! As a clinical children’s hypnotherapist, specialising in all sorts of anxiety and behavioural problems, I am often asked by mums: “Can you help me – my child is…

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Dealing with challenging childhood behaviour

A challenging child

By Elaine Hodgins / June 12, 2019 /

Do you ever wake up in the morning and wonder what you are going to be faced with today?  Do you feel like your stress bucket is already nearly full before the day has even started? Do you wonder if you will get another call from the school or another violent outburst from your child?…

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