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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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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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Just Shy, or is Your Child Struggling with Selective Mutism?

By Elaine Hodgins / December 2, 2020 /

Being shy as a child can be so hard, can’t it?  I remember when I was quite young, feeling so anxious about speaking to anyone I didn’t know (even people I DID know) and how everyone used to say to my mum: “Oh isn’t your little girl shy” and then proceed to make me feel…

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What can affect a child’s mental health?

By Elaine Hodgins / November 11, 2020 /

Mental health whilst growing Children and young people’s minds are developing at an extremely fast rate. The challenges they face as they are developing into young adults will undoubtedly affect their emotions and their behaviour. Today’s society means that those challenges can lead to many difficulties as the child is growing up. Good emotional and…

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Help – My Child Is Falling Behind At School!

By Elaine Hodgins / November 4, 2020 /

It doesn’t matter how old your child is, if you feel your child is falling behind at school, it’s wise to do something about it. It’s normal for any child, no matter what age, to have the occasional struggle, but when it happens on a regular basis, it needs attention from both parents and teachers.…

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How to help your child make friends

By Elaine Hodgins / October 21, 2020 /

In today’s world, friendship “groups” are so important. I can’t tell you how many mums and dads call me and say; Can you help my son/daughter – she seems to have so much trouble finding a friendship group – there must be something wrong with her! Many friendship groups begin in preschool or reception class,…

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