Ever feel like you are often in conflict with your child? It’s true, children’s brains work differently to adults. Children’s therapist Katie Trusty is running a special workshop to help parents understand early behaviour and improve communication skills. Katie used to be part of the Children’s Therapies team and talked to us about the workshop.
Last month, the BBC highlighted the results of a study, which showed how upskilling parents can help improve their child’s autism. Genevieve Stanton, our speech and language therapist tells us her thoughts on it, and the special approach she uses to help parents support children with autism.
“Teaching parents clear tools and techniques can have a big impact on their child’s autism. I use a programme created by the Hanen Centre, called More Than Words. It’s designed specifically for children with autism, so it really caters for their particular needs.
Every parent knows tantrums can be really hard to deal with. Lorna Davis, our Speech and Language Therapist (and mum of a 2 year-old tantrum professional) tells us how language development can play into tantrums, and her top tantrum tactics.
“Toddlers have only just started learning language. A two year-old usually only has around 50-100 words - that’s not a lot to express all the complex range of emotions they feel. No matter how well you know your child, it’s easy to misunderstand what they are trying to say sometimes.
“For a toddler this can be really frustrating, and is a common trigger for tantrums. If your toddler has a speech delay or disorder, this might be even more marked. But for all children, regardless of their speech development, a few key things can make a big difference.
With the warmer weather on its way, now is a great time to get stuck into some messy play in the garden. It’s great fun to do and helps your child’s development in so many different ways at the same time.
Easter holidays are nearly here and it’s a great excuse to spend some quality time with the kids and have some special family fun. Here’s our top five picks for local Easter events in South West London.
According to The National Autistic Society, more than 1 in 100 people in the UK have autism. But there’s still so many myths out there around children living with autism, and what it means for them and their families. We caught up with psychologist Daniela Diciano to debunk the most common myths about autism.
You did your homework, got everything prepared, and you both survived the first day of school. But what now? Our Art Therapist Anna Storch shares her tips, and the number one issue she helps children deal with.
This summer, we’re challenging parents to learn Makaton signing and help raise awareness of this important way to help children who have difficulty communicating. We asked our Speech and Language Therapist and Makaton Tutor, Kate Stradling, what makes it unique, and the top five signs to learn today…
Diagnosing autism is complex, but there are a few common signs that can help if you’re worried your child might have autism. Children’s psychologist Daniela Di Ciano tells us more.
“I know a lot of parents can be worried about their child having autism. There’s so much pressure nowadays to make sure your child is hitting all their developmental milestones at the ‘right’ age, and it can be a real concern if your child isn’t following the textbook.
We are delighted to welcome art therapist Anna Storch to the team. In this article, she explains the many benefits of creating art with your child, and how to get the best out of this activity.
As an Art Psychotherapist, I naturally favour art projects as a means of connecting with children. As well as being a mode of communication in therapy, art can be a fantastic mediation tool. If your relationship is fraught, art can be a very useful buffer, something to focus on and work on together while building and repairing your relationship.