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The Complexities of Eating Disorders

The National Eating Disorder Charity, Beat, estimates that around 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder. Read on for a better understanding of eating disorders and how to help as a parent.

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Small Children, Big Feelings: Emotional Regulation

Small people have big feelings.   It’s normal for children to be overwhelmed by emotions regularly and they rely on us to soothe and bring them back to a state of calm.  Think of babies and how often they need holding and comforting, toddlers who can dissolve into tears over the wrong colour pants and adolescents who explode when we say the ‘wrong’ thing.  Emotional regulation is something we develop as part of growing up, however for some these feelings can feel excessively big and not always easy to manage.

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The Importance of Parent Mental Health Day, nurturing hands holding a smile

Parent Mental Health Day

January 27th is Parent Mental Health Day. A day designed to bring to the fore the topic of parents struggling with their mental health and to help those individuals find a voice. It’s a topic that is so important to promote especially as without support, parental struggles can have a detrimental impact on their children.

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New Year Resolutions for Parents

January is a great time to re-evaluate and take stock of what’s important in our lives. Many of us start the year with great intentions but inevitably revert to past behaviours. It’s human nature. However, some goals we set ourselves are just too big for us to maintain. 

We suggest focusing on those smaller more manageable ways to create change. We’ve put together some easy-to-implement resolutions for parents to incorporate into their everyday lives. Why not see if just one of these resonates with your hopes for the year and try and focus on that one?

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Anxiety in the classroom

Dealing With Anxiety in the Classroom

Read Our Top Tips for Teachers to Help Students with Anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common and growing mental health problems amongst children. It is likely that most classes will have at least one child suffering with anxiety. Schools can be an anxiety provoking environment due to overstimulation and pressures around learning and friendships. 

Our therapists have put together their top tips for opening-up conversations about anxiety and supporting children who may be suffering.

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Endings & Transitions: classroom ideas

The end of the academic year can bring lots of change and excitement as children prepare for end of term performances, sports days and trips as well as looking forward to the next chapter of their schooling.

However, all of this can be deeply unsettling for children, especially the most vulnerable who rely on school as a place of routine and familiarity.

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An example of expressive and creative art therapy

The Expression of Art Therapy

Having worked as an arts based child/adolescent counsellor for the last decade, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the multiple ways in which art can be therapeutic.  It can be a way of self-regulating (calming), a form of self-expression and perhaps most exciting of all, a place for self-discovery.

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Coping with uncertainty: a lesson plan

If there is one way to sum up external events at the start of this academic year, it has to be “turbulent”. Continued recovery from Covid19 followed by the death of Queen Elizabeth II on home shores, the on-going War in Ukraine and the economic and political crisis, all contribute to a sense of change and uncertainty. Schools continue to be a haven of safety and consistency for many pupils.

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Head-teacher of Woolmore School, Tower Hamlets

Parent Consultation: They have become much better at expressing their feelings and opening up to me and their siblings.

Parent, 2023

School Counselling: My son has completely turned around and is simply wonderful at the moment. He is back to his normal self at home, being very happy, caring and kind. He is especial kind and caring with his sister and just the best brother ever now. As a family, we are happy and content.

Parent, 2023

It is quality time well spent not letting pupils leave with negative patterns that make them vulnerable beyond school. One of the best decisions I have made.

Head-teacher of St Saviour’s School, Tower Hamlets

You have helped me build a barrier of protection against pain and I can’t thank you enough for that…I have never felt so emotionally strong.

Student, aged 15

Child in Time is a tremendous resource for head-teachers. It’s a consultancy that offers a short-cut to setting up a counselling service in your school with highly trained, qualified practitioners. Child in Time brings peace of mind to staff, knowing that the most vulnerable students are in safe hands.

Tereza Nogueira, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Senior supervisor UKCP

This intervention has had an enormous, positive impact for us all and we sincerely hope that other families benefit from the same programme…his positive behaviour is having a really good impact on all elements of his school life.

Parent of child, age 8

I am glad I am coming to see you every Thursday because I used to hold all these things in my head and that was hard.

Girl, age 10

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SENCO, Rhodes Avenue School, Haringey

She is an outstanding therapist who has made a real difference to the lives of pupils in our school. ‘Our therapist’ possesses excellent skills in connecting with others, creating a safe space for staff, parents and pupils to discuss a range of issues. Her expertise, compassion, and dedication are truly commendable and we have really benefited from her thorough understanding of child development and psychology.

Deputy Head, Highgate Pre-Prep

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student, age 11