May 2018 Play-to-learn

Looking for some Inspiration and Ideas for Play in May? What is playing to learn? “Parent and Child Attention Time”, i.e. ‘playing to learn’ is the ideal fun opportunity to empower a child to understand and to learn. Playing should be fun and creative, full of imagination and laughter, and...

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What is Obsessive-compulsion disorder (OCD)?

OCD is an anxiety disorder   It has two distinct features: • Obsessions which are Cognitive malfunctions including unwelcome thoughts, images, urges, worries or doubts. • Compulsions are repetitive activities that a child will do to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsession. Probably therapeutic for them.   Compulsions often...

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ODD disciplines that can raise expectations for change

Raising a child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is extremely draining and frustrating. Everything that you try is met with aggressive opposition, nothing seems to be effective. So why don’t we try reversing the usual process? Start with a thinking process that identifies an expectation that can be less easily...

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), is one of the most common problems for young children and potentially one of the most violent, venomous and hostile ‘continuance’ behaviours. Problems can start to manifest themselves between ages 1-3 years and get emboldened and more frequent as the child gets older. The more their...

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X-box and older Siblings

 Teenagers can be stroppy, lazy and obsessed with an x-box. Your older child is addicted to x-box and it’s affecting their health and behaviour, plus it’s influencing your younger child’s habits too. Both are glued to their gaming machines and nothing else seems to interest them. How can you convince...

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PACE: can we avoid Tantrums?

How do we empower Parents to challenge tantrums? How do we show how best to beat the ‘acting out episode’ and the full blown ’meltdown’? When you see it coming ‘put the kid in a cupboard’ is one answer. OR when you see it coming ‘work harder to remain open...

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How can we change behaviour?

Cognition is about what we think. Allied to Cognition are our feelings. Behaviour is how we react by using our combination of thoughts and feelings about a current action or a coming event. We can re-frame our thoughts, change our emotional interpretation, and therefore effect a change of behaviour.

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Helping a child with PDA

PDA, there is a way to help   The difficulty of addressing PDA in an autistic child, is that each difficulty profile, requires completely opposite strategies. Children with PDA require ‘less directive’ intervention, less structured schedules and a more ‘flexible’ response approach. The PDA parent needs a more ‘equal’ based...

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What is PDA?

What is Pathological Demand Avoidance?   PDA is a developmental, behavioural condition that is recognized in some individuals within the autism spectrum. It is also heavily influenced by anxiety disorders and is exemplified by “a need to be in control”. They will probably argue against every suggestion or compliance you...

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