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Back to School Anxiety

By Elaine Hodgins / May 13, 2020 /

Understanding back to school anxiety Going back to school after any holiday: summer, Easter, half term etc is bad enough for any child but going back to school after having to stay at home, under lock down for several weeks is going to be pretty tough, even for the toughest of our children. One mum…

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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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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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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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School Phobia

By Elaine Hodgins / August 29, 2019 /

Parents of very young children might expect their little ones to feel nervous and scared of going back to school after the summer holidays, but parents of tweens and teens would probably be quite shocked to see their youngster struggle with similar fears. However, many youngsters of all ages have chronic anxiety about going back…

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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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Why children become scared of going to the toilet

By Elaine Hodgins / June 5, 2019 /

BAs a Clinical Hypnotherapist, specialising in children’s problems, I often get asked by mums “Why won’t my child go for a poo on the toilet or potty?” Well, the answer is – fear! It could be fear of falling into the toilet or not feeling “stable” on the potty, or it could be that someone…

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Getting your child to eat fruit and veg!

By Elaine Hodgins / April 24, 2019 /

As caring and nurturing mums and dads, we all want our children to be brought up eating healthily, sleeping well and generally being in good health – don’t we?  But, how do we do that when the child refuses point blank to eat any fruit and vegetables? Children who are fussy eaters have a food…

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