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My Child Is Showing So Much Anger – How Do I deal With It?

By Elaine Hodgins / June 18, 2020 /

When a child, even a very young child, gets angry, has a tantrum or a meltdown and starts to lash out and throw things around the room, screaming, shouting, swearing, biting and scratching, or at worst, throwing heavy objects at all the people or children around him, it can prove dangerous, so it needs to…

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Help Your Child to Cope with Grief and Bereavement

By Elaine Hodgins / May 6, 2020 /

This week, sadly, I have had to help a child with the grief of losing her beloved Grandpa. He wasn’t that old, only 72, but contracting the Covid 19 virus on top of his emphysema meant that his lungs were seriously compromised. *Lucy (name changed for privacy) is nine years old. She doesn’t understand that…

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Why Siblings won’t Stop Fighting and Arguing!

By Elaine Hodgins / April 16, 2020 /

We all know that even though we have children who can be the best of friends, they can still get on each other’s nerves and fight and argue until the cows come home! It’s quite understandable though really isn’t it? After all, they live together, eat, breathe and sleep together and spend much of their…

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How to Help your Child with “Transitions”

By Elaine Hodgins / April 9, 2020 /

We are all creatures of habit. Change takes energy and at times, it’s difficult. We can therefore see why some children find it really hard to make transitions between places and activities, whether in their own home or out in public. Asking a child to stop doing one thing and to start another (like leaving…

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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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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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Teaching your children about boundaries and empathy

By Elaine Hodgins / November 4, 2019 /

For many mums and dads, setting boundaries for their young child’s behaviour is just a normal part of bringing up the child. No hitting. No swearing. Don’t interrupt when mummy is talking. We don’t snatch things from other children. However, as the child gets older, and social interaction gets more complicated, it’s not enough to…

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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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Just a Naughty Child? Or, Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

By Elaine Hodgins / July 24, 2019 /

When parents start looking up behaviour problems on the internet, one phrase tends to jump out: ‘Oppositional Defiant Disorder’. It’s easy to see why: Often, when parents bring their children to me at the clinics for bad behaviour problems, they often say “I’m sure my little Johnny has ODD he is SOOOOO badly behaved and…

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