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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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When Your Child Lacks Motivation

By Elaine Hodgins / January 29, 2020 /

It’s a common but serious source of concern for parents: You begin to notice that your child is lacking motivation and commitment in his or her attitude towards school and homework. He might not seem as enthusiastic to learn new things or perhaps he’s not doing his homework like he should? Maybe an argument occurs…

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The Child With Sensory Issues

By Elaine Hodgins / January 16, 2020 /

Sensory Processing problems are normally first noticed when the child is around 18 months to 3 years old. The first thing that mum or dad will notice is that the child has an intolerance to noise – loud bangs like fireworks, bells, or sirens. Another very common complaint from the child would be clothes that…

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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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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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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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Young boy sitting downcast on the floor with his back to a wall at school.

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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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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