Support For Children & Teenagers
THE OBSTACLES CHILDREN & TEENAGERS ARE FACING
• Society today has greatly changed from when we were children and is continuing to do so at a very fast pace. Acknowledging this and trying to create a balance between being aware, embracing and enforcing healthy boundaries is essential.
• We are a constantly ‘doing’ and ‘busy’ society, children’s schedules are hectic and packed. The health implications of this are huge, physically, mentally and emotionally, due to not prioritising self-care or rest. This results in feelings of lack of joy, not living in the moment, anxiety, depression, stress, feeling drained and low energy. Lack of free time, means that children are not given enough time to engage in play and therefore miss out on the huge benefits it offers.
• Education curriculums are very heavy on academic content and not enough time or focus is dedicated to the crucial areas of social development, well-being and positive psychology. These are the areas that need nurturing first and foremost in order for children to truly flourish and reach their true potential. The world will be a very different place when today’s children become adults, the skill sets they’ll need to create rounded, fulfilling and successful lives, will reach far beyond where academics alone can take them.
• Children are placed under great amounts of pressure, through high academic and social expectations and dangerous stereotypes from a very early age. It is vital that stereotypes are broken down and that children are equipped with the skills needed to overcome the challenges they will face in life.
• Children today are experiencing higher rates of anxiety and depression than ever before. A recent research study highlighted that 1 in 4 girls aged 14 and 1 in 10 boys are showing signs of depression, but their parents are underestimating the severity of their symptoms. (Millennium Cohort Study, University College London, 2017). The study details that indications of anxiety depression had been observed at ages 3, 5, 7, 11 and 14 in the female cohort and these later developed into depressive symptoms by age 14.
• From working within Barton Peveril, a large college in Hampshire, coaching young people and working with teachers around their own wellness, Sarah Tulloch (part of the Imperfectly United team) observed overwhelming pressure on teachers to manage pastoral issues with students and anxiety levels impacting upon students ability to cope with day to day life. Through working with young people and adults alike, it has become clear that they are often not educated in techniques to care for and manage their own mental health and this combined with being bombarded by constant demands and stimulation causes symptoms of stress to occur.
WHAT WE RECOGNISE & RESEARCH SHOWS
• It is essential that children feel unconditionally loved and accepted for the unique individual they are. Part of our basic needs is to feel a sense of connection, belonging and significance. When children feel disconnected and their needs are not being met, they go into survival mode. They begin coping instead of thriving, as they focus all of their energy on striving to get their needs fulfilled.
• Children develop beliefs about themselves and the world around them during the early years of their life, which they then carry with them into their adult lives. These beliefs are stored in the subconscious mind and effect all of their choices in future life without them even being aware. Many adults who seek therapy are suffering from a deep belief that they are not good enough, that they are different and/or that feeling calm and balanced is not available to them in their life. It is therefore essential we help to nurture positive self-talk and beliefs in our children’s minds from the very beginning. Children need to believe, they are enough and they are capable.
• Children require self-belief, resilience, open and flexible mindsets and emotional intelligence, in order for them to
successfully overcome difficulties and continue to move forward and grow in life. These qualities must therefore be nurtured from the start, through the environments, relationships and opportunities the adults in their lives create for them.
• All children need healthy and consistent boundaries in order to develop trust, self-discipline and to prevent unhealthy addictions from occurring. A child’s initial sense of safety and trust, comes from the stability of boundaries and the ability of the adults in their lives to follow through on what they say.
THE SOLUTIONS WE OFFER
• Workshops for parents & teachers focussed on effective ways to nurture all of these key areas.
• POPP&T POWER Workshops for children delivered by Lauren Colvin, for Reception & KS1 (children aged 4-7). Empowering, fun, interactive, workshops from Early Years upwards. The workshops can be embedded within your school across each year group. Focussed on supporting the curriculum and learning and development of children predominantly in the areas of, PSED, PSHE, Communication and Language, problem solving and life skills. These workshops are not only deeply nurturing for children, but help teachers to feel supported across these areas, as they practically engage in and learn from the workshops across the year. In this way the school is supporting the wellbeing and CPD of staff also.
• Bespoke workshops for children and teenagers (delivered in an age appropriate way, depending on age range of students). Tailored to suit your individual needs and areas you would like to focus on. For example, 'School Values', 'Exam Pressure', Mind Management', 'Understanding How The Brain Works), or other areas for development.
• Small 30 minute group sessions for children and teenagers - focussed on specific requests, such as: anxiety management, exam stress, mindsets and performance etc.
• Specialist support from RTT therapist Sarah Tulloch, a technique developed by Marisa Peer who was voted Britain's best therapist for adults and children. Sarah has an understanding of how the mind works and how to manage it effectively. Through emphasising on relaxation, mind rest, cognitive techniques and personalised coaching strategies, adults and children are able to understand the link between their feelings and behaviour and how to manage them successfully.
ONE TO ONE THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT
Individual coaching and therapeutic sessions are available for the following:
• Children from Early Years up to age 10: Anxiety, anger, bed wetting, sleep issues, food issues, bullying, confidence, behavioural difficulties, and more. Sessions last for 30 minutes
• Older children from age 11 to 16 years: Stress, exam performance, relationships, food issues, body image. Sessions last for 45 minutes
Each session is tailored to fit the individual. Sessions with children include relaxation techniques, storytelling, making new stories, mind management, supportive recordings and coaching. Clients often require a maximum of 3 sessions.
Get in touch to find out more, or to book a consultation or introductory workshop.