child psychology

Tackling toddler tantrums: 6 tips to make a big difference

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.

5 autism myths debunked

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.

Spotting the Early Signs of Autism

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.

How To Engage With Your Child Through Making Art

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.

How To Support Your Child During Exams

With SATS and GCSEs looming, many parents worry about how they can best support their child through what can be a difficult and stressful time.  Child psychologist Amy Wood-Mitchell has helped us put together some guidance on what you can do and signs to be aware of.

Five Tips for Managing Sibling Rivalry

Some rivalry between siblings is normal and healthy, as each child competes to define who they are as an individual. All children need to discover who they are, and as they go through this process of finding out what their talents, activities and passions are, they want to show that they are separate from their siblings.

Sibling rivalry can also occur when children feel they are being treated unequally in the way you provide affection and discipline. Sometimes sibling rivalry can become a problem, and be very wearing for parents!  The good news is that there are ways of managing it.

Therapy and Training Services for Schools

We’re very excited to release our new brochure listing our therapy and training services for schools. Children’s Therapies has worked with local independent and state schools since 2005, and our therapists have developed excellent relationships with both the staff and the children we help.

Is Your Child Reluctant To Use The Toilet?

Refusing to poo

I’ve seen several children recently who have had problems around using the toilet.  Often the child is so anxious about doing a poo that they hold it in and don’t go for days, or won’t use the toilet at school and wait until they get home.  This can be very distressing for the child and also for parents.  I’d like to reassure parents that these problems are common and extremely treatable.

Help Your Child With Anger Management

Anger Management and Problem Solving

Help your child with anger management - learning how to manage powerful feelings helps children to develop problem-solving ability in the frontal lobes of the brain.

As adults, it’s easier for us to manage emotions. If we’ve had healthy attachments and therefore developed rational, problem-solving frontal parts of our brains, we can work out solutions.  Children have not fully developed this ability yet.  Often when an event happens that triggers anger, low mood or anxiety, it can feel terrifying and overwhelming.

Helping kids to mange their feelings leads to healthy development into clear thinking, problem solving, emotionally mature adults.