‘Counting your blessings.’ 

The benefits of developing a sense of gratitude. ‘Aunt Lucy taught me to count my blessings. It’s the first thing she does when she wakes up in the morning ………… The benefits of developing a sense of gratitude include: – The development of optimism and a positive outlook. When an individual makes a conscious effort toContinue reading ‘Counting your blessings.’ 

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) in adults

APD is a disorder where an individual’s brain is unable to process sound in the usual way. Some adults will have had undiagnosed APD since childhood and established coping mechanisms for what they assume to be a personality trait. One of the most common problems experienced by adults with APD is understanding speech in environmentsContinue reading “Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) in adults”

Auditory Processing Difficulties

An individual may suspect they have an Auditory Processing Disorder, (APD), when they have a difficulty with understanding and interpreting oral information.  Although children with APD can appear to have a hearing impairment, their hearing is usually within the normal range. The individual can hear what is being said, but finds it difficult to workContinue reading “Auditory Processing Difficulties”

The Benefits of Boredom

‘And I remember how we’d play, simply waste the day away.’ (Our House – Madness) Many working parents rely on the stimulating environment of nurseries and day care centres to entertain their child while they are at work. Older school-aged children are taken from one extra-curricular activity to another after school and at weekends. SuchContinue reading “The Benefits of Boredom”

The Perfectionist.

Whilst trying to do your best is always admirable, if reasonable effort turns into a need for perfection, a commendable personality trait becomes problematic. Perfectionism can lead to reduced self-esteem, unhappiness and underachievement. The desire among children and young people for high achievement across all areas of their life: academic, sporting, appearance, popularity, etc, hasContinue reading “The Perfectionist.”

Girls’ Friendships

‘A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be.’ (Winnie the Pooh) Children and young people’s friendships gradually increase in importance during the school years as the child’s focus moves from family towards contacts outside the home. This shift is an essential part ofContinue reading “Girls’ Friendships”

Young girls and body image

Social media. Remember that: – Internet images are carefully posed or photoshopped. Hundreds of images will have been taken and the best two or three selected.  Looking at firm and toned female bodies on social media sites does not always inspire, but rather make girls feel inadequate by promoting a body image that is unachievableContinue reading “Young girls and body image”

Moving from Specific Learning Difficulties to Neurodiversity.

Neurodiversity is the term used to describe the differences in brain function and behaviour that would be regarded as normal variation within a population. A Specific Learning Difficulty, (SpLD), refers to the difficulty a child or adult may experience with specific aspects of their learning. The most common SpLDs include: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Attention DeficitContinue reading “Moving from Specific Learning Difficulties to Neurodiversity.”