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Helping children to cope with grief

By Elaine Hodgins / September 25, 2019 /

Children may watch cartoons and TV programmes where someone dies or an animal is eaten by a big sabre tooth tiger, but for a child to experience a bereavement first hand, is a different matter entirely. It can be very confusing for the child, and of course, as a parent we are eager to make…

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How do I know if my child is just being picky or has a food disorder?

By Elaine Hodgins / September 16, 2019 /

How do I know if my child is just being picky or has a food disorder? Children who are simply picky eaters will be “choosy” about their food – they will like one thing one day – then not like it the next but may go back to it from time to time. A picky…

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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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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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What is self-esteem and how does it affect us?

By Elaine Hodgins / August 21, 2019 /

We often talk about having low self – esteem, don’t we? But do we really know what it is and why it affects us so badly? It is characterized by a lack of confidence and feeling really bad about yourself. Those with low self-esteem often feel awkward, or incompetent. I think people who have low self – esteem…

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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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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’s Social and Emotional Health is Important

By Avidmode / July 3, 2019 /

I had a great conversation with a pre-school teacher last week.  We discussed the importance of children’s emotional and social health.  She was telling me that in a pre-school or even reception classroom, some of the three to five year old children are such fun – they smile, laugh, and giggle during free play; are…

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