What were the challenges?

All children learn (grow, feel safe, thrive) best when they feel connection—or as Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs taught us, “a sense of belonging and significance”. Extensive research shows that we cannot influence children in a positive way until we create a connection with them. It is a brain (and heart) thing. We have to […]

What’s happening here?

Attachment Attachment is an emotional bond with another person. Attachment theory originated with the work of psychiatrist and psychoanalyst John Bowlby in the 1950s who highlighted the importance of a child’s early relationships with their caregivers in forming their approach to social interactions and relationships throughout life. Secure Attachment If the child is brought up […]

What can I do?

Many in our communities will have experienced traumatic experiences during lockdown; death of a loved one, domestic abuse, neglect, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. For others the trauma will be less obvious, with lockdown increasing anxieties as well as emotional and financial insecurity. Every one of us will have had a unique experience which will […]

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Trauma can slow down or completely stop our ability to learn. When our bodies sense a threat, energy rushes toward the parts of our brains that specialise in averting danger. This is essential for keeping us alive. But it also means that energy shifts away for the brain regions that helps us learn. When a […]