The Repair of Early Trauma – A Bottom Up Approach

Fantastic video showing Dr Bruce Perry's 'Bottom-Up Approach' to recovery The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is essentially an approach to clinical problem-solving. The specific goal of this approach is to...

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Reducing Restraint & Restrictive Practices

Reducing Restraint & Restrictive Practices

Part 1 There is (thankfully) a growing buzz across most sectors working with adults and children regarding the issue of reducing restraint and restrictive practices. This is particularly true in services that support people who may, at times, express ‘challenging’...

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Positive Behaviour Support: An Overview

Positive Behaviour Support: An Overview

What is PBS? Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a system that uses methods and strategies to reduce an individual’s levels of challenging behaviour whilst simultaneously improving their quality of life and achieving greater happiness, success and personal...

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FBA (Functional Behaviour Assessment)  Overview

FBA (Functional Behaviour Assessment) Overview

Definition A Functional Behaviour Assessment (FBA) is a highly effective and invaluable method of determining factors that reliably predict and maintain problem behaviour. Antecedents are the variables that predict or ‘trigger’ behaviour and reinforcers are factors...

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Complex Trauma and Behaviour

Complex Trauma and Behaviour

A child with a complex trauma history may be easily triggered or “set off” and is more likely to react very intensely. The child may struggle with self-regulation (i.e., knowing how to calm down) and may lack impulse control or the ability to think through...

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Complex Trauma – Cognition: Thinking and Learning

Complex Trauma – Cognition: Thinking and Learning

Children with complex trauma histories may have problems thinking clearly, reasoning, or problem-solving. They may be unable to plan ahead, anticipate the future, and act accordingly. When children grow up under conditions of constant threat, all their internal...

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Understanding Complex Trauma

Understanding Complex Trauma

Complex trauma occurs through repeated and prolonged exposure to trauma-inducing situations, most of which take place in a caregiving situation. When a child can’t rely on a close caregiver for comfort and safety—whether due to the caregiver’s own emotional suffering...

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Promoting Resilience as Children Return to School

Promoting Resilience as Children Return to School

A lot of children are stressed and may have experienced trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Resilience is a way to put things into perspective and help children recover. It focuses on shifting their view and sense of self to understand the environment in a...

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The Practice of Acceptance

The Practice of Acceptance

Acceptance between parents and children is very important, but it is also by no means easy for either party all the time. The goal is that after acceptance, both parties will be confident they can move on through whatever it is. Connecting is a main way to help...

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ReMoved – a must watch short-film…

ReMoved – a must watch short-film…

A must watch short-film if you work with children in care or with difficult backgrounds. So powerful and moving! Grab a box of tissues and prepare to enter the painful world of a child that has been removed from their family and placed into care.

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