" All children should be nurtured in accordance with their individual needs. There will always be children and young people in schools facing challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning, and some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others." (ELSA Network)
I have worked within the education system for over 15 years. Over time I have specialised in supporting children with SEND and behavioural and emotional needs. I strongly believe that children will be better placed to learn academically if their emotional needs are met.
I graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Communication Arts and have a Diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling. I have completed Youth Mental Health First Aid training run by Mental Health England, am fully ELSA trained, receiving ongoing supervision sessions with Educational Psychologists, and a Licensed Thrive, Human Toolbox and Drawing and Talking Practitioner.
I have experience working across Primary, Secondary and Specialist Outreach Services, working collaboratively with children and young people, their families and liaising with outside agencies and other professionals.
Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children and young people with their social and emotional development. It offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments that identify children's emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs.
Research has shown that how we behave is linked to how we feel and our emotions are linked to how we learn.
By teaching children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions it can help with their development and learning.
Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time.
Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child and their peers and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.
Many children experience difficulties during their time at school. These may include:
Difficulties with friendships.
Getting into trouble at playtime.
Finding it hard to settle in the classroom.
Finding it difficult to manage their strong feelings.
Not knowing who to turn to when feelings are too big to manage on their own.
These situations can lead to many different feelings which may seem overwhelming at times. They might include: anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, confusion or anxiety.
All these feelings are very normal and happen to a lot of children. Thrive sessions are to help children learn to manage their feelings and teach them strategies that will help promote their learning at school.
Sessions may be on an individual basis or as part of a small group of children within a school setting or home environment.
Focusing on building a strong, safe and trusted relationship where children are able to practice the skills they need to develop learning new ways to recognise, understand and make choices about their behaviour and feelings.
During each session there will be an activity which may include:
Arts and crafts
Movement and relaxation
Cooking and preparing food
Role play and puppet work
I am fully trained in using the Thrive Approach and online tool to support children with their social and emotional development which can increase self-esteem, resilience, and ability to self regulate and delivery of Family Thrive to parents and carers.
The Human Toolbox
It is a neuroscience-based emotional literacy foundation course developed by Lindy Wheeler.
" The science of neuroplasticity shows us that the brain never stops growing, adapting and changing. Old behaviour patterns can and do change for the better when we learn how to use the Human Tools and we begin to engage joyfully with life." (L.Wheeler)
Trained by Lindy, I am able to deliver an 8-week programme to children and young people either on 1:1 or small group basis.
Understanding the process of FEEL/THINK/RESPOND sits at the heart of the programme and gives the child or young person an understanding of the tools required to maintain balance.
Please explore Lindy's website for a detailed explanation www.humantoolbox.co.uk or see below for the specific breakdown of modules within the programme.
Drawing and Talking is a safe and gentle therapeutic early intervention that can often be the first step in getting help for mental health and well-being.
I have experience of working with children and young adults who are experiencing anxiety, trauma, thoughts of self-harm, selective-mutism, behavioural issues, stress, bereavement, family issues, Special educational needs including ASD and ADHD.
In my spare time I am a crisis volunteer for SHOUT crisis text line.
I have a genuine passion and desire to support children and young people to be the very best they can be and truly thrive.