Category Archives: Schools

Relationship styles in children with a disability

Relationship Styles in Children with a Disability Based on John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory By: Tara Hearne (Psychology Intern at Secure Start®) and Colby Pearce Relational styles in children can be broken down into four main categories: Secure A child with … Continue reading

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What did the man do?

  I am fascinated by videos such as these, of otherwise untamed species of animal developing a special bond with humans. I am particularly interested when, as in the case of the video below, the member of the otherwise untamed … Continue reading

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Punishment is Problematic

People do not act for no reason. They may act in response to an idea. They may act in response to an emotion. They may act in response to a need that requires satisfaction. They may act because the way … Continue reading

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Dear Teacher

Dear Teacher. I do not know what words to use to express my thoughts and feelings so I asked my psychologist to help me with this letter. I feel unsafe at school. People bother me. Especially when they are doing … Continue reading

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Wellness, Wellbeing and Resilience in Children

Decades of research has identified three factors that play a key role in children’s resilience. These three factors are: Individual factors (i.e. characteristics of the individual) Relationship/social factors (i.e. characteristics of their relationships) Environmental factors (i.e. characteristics of their environment). … Continue reading

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Preparing your child for their first day of school

This is another brief post from the Secure Start Facebook post, which I considered might be of interest to followers here. At the request of one of our regular visitors to this page, I am going to share some thoughts … Continue reading

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Getting ready for back to school

OK, so there is just under two weeks until the new school year and a common assertion to be heard from parents at this time is “my child is ready to go back to school”. A similar assertion is “I … Continue reading

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Restoring school-time sleep-wake cycle

This is the first of a series of a short posts that I prepared for my Secure Start Facebook page. For those of you who don’t follow my page, I have included it here for you. As the return to … Continue reading

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More than positive thinking and a resilient mindset

A child’s resilience requires more than just a “resilient mindset” or “positive thinking”. It requires deeply-held and profound beliefs, formed during infancy and early childhood, that they are a good and capable and deserving person, that adults in a care … Continue reading

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New thinking and a new approach required with looked-after children

Yesterday I was visited by a six-year-old boy who has a history of family trauma and is being raised by a relative carer. Upon entering my consulting room he immediately sought my box of assorted animals and rifled through it, … Continue reading

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