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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

Supporting Introvert and Sensitive Children

Having a child who is not the first in queue to do new things, meet new people or sit and chat, can feel that there is something wrong. However, for some children, being introverted or sensitive can mean that, rather than think that there is something wrong with them, we need to identify how we

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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

Signs and Symptoms of Health Anxiety in Children

Health anxiety is described as when an individual spends too much time worrying: That they are ill That they could be getting ill Whilst a certain level of concern is completely normal if we have symptoms of illness, health anxiety can begin to take over life. Health anxiety is often obsessive and irrational and individuals

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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

How does ‘Restraint Collapse’ affect children?

Does your child walk in the door after school and….. Explode? Fall apart? Lose the plot? Struggle to cope? Become distresses? Restraint Collapse is a term developed by Andrea Loewen Nair, a parenting educator. It is used to describe children who bottle up their feelings and anxieties all day, doing all they can to hold

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Resilience
Nicky Edwards

Steps to build resilience in children

Resilience describes our ability to bounce back from stress, adversity, failure and challenges. However, it is often misunderstood that resilience is not something we are born with, or something that some people have and others do not. Rather, resilience is something that we develop, grow and foster over time and with support and guidance. So

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Behaviour
Nicky Edwards

The influence of personality types on young people

What are personality types? A personality type refers to a psychological classification of particular traits of individuals. Different personality types are attributed to traits and behaviours which will influence the way that an individual interacts and behaves in their environment, it is also perceived that this influences their motivations and actions. Commonly, we will refer

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Self-esteem
Nicky Edwards

Supporting Children to Develop Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is a word that we talk about frequently, but do we really recognise the impact of self-esteem in our child’s life? Do we see the impact of high or low self-esteem on their lives? Or perhaps you’ve started to look at your child in comparison to their peers and begun to worry about how

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Behaviour
Nicky Edwards

Strategies to support fussy eaters

Where does fussy eating come from? Children develop fussy eating for various reasons. Whilst for some, it is a stage that they pass through, for others it may indicate sensory challenges around food or intolerances or medical issues. If fussy eating persists and you are concerned about a child’s eating behaviours or nutritional intake, please

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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

Signs that Indicate Sadness in Children

When children feel sad it can be heart-breaking for parents, sadness is a huge emotion and quickly starts to fill up whole days and affect many aspects of life. When a child feels sad it can quickly make adults feel helpless or frustrated that they cannot make it right. However, sadness is a normal emotion

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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

Signs that Indicate a Child is Worrying

When children struggle with worries it can feel impossible to know what to do for the best, do we talk about the worries? Is talking about them making them worst? Is there a risk of talking about them too much? Too little? Whilst worries are completely normal, when they become excessive, or a child is

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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

Signs and Symptoms of Overwhelm in Children

What is it? When a child feels emotionally overwhelmed it means that they feel smothered by their thoughts or emotions to the point that they feel that they cannot function. Overwhelm is an intense emotion and causes a flood of emotions and stress in the body. It can create a fight-flight-freeze-faint response which can cause

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Anger
Nicky Edwards

Supporting children to manage anger

Why do we get angry?? Everyone has a different response to anger, and the reason for this is that everyone interprets the environment, relationships and situations differently. This is dependent on previous experience, developmental stage and our understanding of our own emotions and triggers. As such, no response to a situation is right or wrong,

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Anger
Nicky Edwards

Recognising the signs of poor mental health

The only certainty about mental health is that we all have it. If we imagine it as a swinging pendulum, throughout our lifetimes, our mental health moves between good mental well-being and poor mental well-being, depending on life circumstances, events and situations. Everyone can have days when their mental health feels more sensitive, but for

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Behaviour
Nicky Edwards

Brains, Filing Cabinets and De-Cluttering

Is your brain talking to you? Or maybe it’s your child making these comments to you…. Just take a moment and scan this communication list…. My head hurts all the time… I have a permanent headache…. I just can’t turn my brain off… I can’t sleep… I am permanently exhausted… I had to take a

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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

Strategies to Support Children – Homemade Sensory Boxes

Helping children to manage their emotions and learn to regulate them can be a daunting task. Children’s rapid brain development means that whilst they develop logic and reasoning from the age of 5, they can often be impulsive, as the frontal cortex of the brain, which controls logic develops much later. In fact, the frontal

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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

A Deep Dive into Adolescent’s Anxiety

The NHS defines anxiety as “a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe”, it’s prevalence in the population has seen a steady increase over recent years and in 2016 Mind.uk identified that around 6 in 100 people suffer with anxiety issues and Anxiety UK suggest that 1 in 6 teenagers will experience

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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

Computers and Mental Health

Technology has taken the world by storm in the last ten years, and with it, brought new levels of graphics, entertainment and browsing. Long gone are the days of being impressed by a Commodore 64 or a Gameboy, as platform games and interactive social media platforms now absorb hours of our days. Whilst technology has

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