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Adult Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

What’s your personal minimum expectation?

As part of my work as a therapist and coach, I have accepted that I have relinquished my life to learning. That old adage, ‘the more you learn, the more you realise you have to learn’ rings true on a daily basis. When I was a lecturer, I often said that the day I thought

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: My Mental Health Plan

Whilst outside factors may influence our mental health, our levels of self-esteem and resilience influence the level of impact that this may have (child dependent). Therefore, the earlier we can support children and young people to take steps to have positive action in their own well-being is an important life skill for all children. Taking

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Child Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

Master Masking – why children hide their feelings

What is a master masker? For those who have attended any of my training or the Level 4 Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Coaching, I often talk about children who are ‘Master Maskers’. There is often a misconception, that children SHOW us their emotions, and this can cause a conflict between home and

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: My Nervous System

Nervous Systems When children’s nervous systems are hypervigilant, their body and brain is not in a place to: Listen Learn Talk Express themselves Relax Sleep When we are in our sympathetic nervous system, our body and brain is alert and active, seeking out any threats in the environment as though they are TRex dinosaurs. Our

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Neurodiversity
Nicky Edwards

Why do children with autism get missed?

As part of my work as a therapist and coach, I spend a great deal of my work working with children and/or their parents who require autism assessment. Many children are diagnosed with autism by age 5, however, for some of these families, these assessments come after the age of 12, when many children have

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Self-Belief Balloons

Self-Belief Self-belief means that we have the ability to recognise our abilities, and capabilities to achieve and move forward with our goals and plans. When we have healthy self-belief we recognise our positive qualities, are able to read situations and identify what we are able to achieve. As well as being able to set ourselves

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Child Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

Social Media – the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Previously, we’ve explored the impact of technology on child mental health, if you missed it, you can find the article here. But, what about social media? When social media hit our computers and phones in the 2000s, little were we to know what an impact it would have. With over 100million users worldwide, social media

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Create a Personal Needs Plan

When supporting children with mental health needs, being aware of their personal needs, including triggers, distraction and regulation techniques, as well as applying these consistently is key to proving exceptional support which allows children to thrive. Creating personalised plans, which explore these needs with the child and their parents, and key carers allows us to

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Adult Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

Our thoughts are our instructions

Have you ever heard the comment, ‘your thoughts are instructions to your mind’? I frequently, in my coaching and therapy work, explore the concept of words and thoughts with clients, and their parents. We often, fail to recognise that our thoughts are literally telling our brain what to think/feel/do/behave/respond/look for. Stay with me… Our brain

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Emotions Flash Cards

Feelings So often, children struggle to explain how they feel because, they either: Do not have the vocabulary for the feeling They have the vocabulary, but do not understand what it means Therefore, spending time exploring feelings, to consider: Their names The way they affect our bodies The thoughts that they are associated with The

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Behaviour
Nicky Edwards

ADHD is not about ‘naughty school boys’

Many moons ago, when I started my career with children, ADHD and ASD were two words we rarely heard. In fact, when I started my career in early years 24 years ago, most frequently, children were just described as ‘fidgety’ ‘having ants in their pants’ or in worst cases, described as being ‘naughty’. Whilst we

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Brian’s Birthday Colouring

Something a little different today. Those who follow regularly, will know that I have a sidekick, a therapy dog called Brian, who works with me in my therapy practice. Today is Brian’s 7th Birthday. On his first birthday, we launched the Adventures of Brian, a children’s book collection to support children with their thoughts, worries

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Routines
Nicky Edwards

5 benefits of practicing daily gratitude

Many people can look at the practice of gratitude and quickly label it as ‘woo woo’ or that it would not work for them. However, in recent years, research into the power of gratitude has identified the importance that this practice has on our sense of happiness and well-being. For those who find their mindsets

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Back to School Planner

Back to School As we prepare for the return to school, everyone’s mind is in different places. For some, they cannot wait to get back and see their friends, for others, they feel the summer needs to be 12 weeks (not 6), for others there is excited apprehension as they prepare for transitions, unsure about

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Adult Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

Causes of difficulties with food behaviours

What messages did you receive about food as a child? Were you …. Shown that food was energy? Encouraged to listen to your internal satisfaction? Taught that certain foods were bad? Encouraged to eat everything on your plate? Punished if you did not finish everything? Always surrounded by a parent on a diet? Treated with

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Problem Solving

Many children and young people can find the concept of problem solving difficult. Therefore, supporting them to find strategies to work through problems and possible solutions is beneficial to their cognitive development. Problem Solving This downloadable problem solving sheet, allows us to utilise questions and exploration to discover possible options for problems. Download here  

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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

Breaking Negative Thought Patterns

At some point in life, we all experience negative thinking. The struggle when we fall into a cycle of negative thoughts, is that they literally spiral, and quite quickly become contagious. It is often easy to assume that because things are a certain way now, they will always be that way. We can find it

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Tell me about…..

Talking about feelings does not need to be boring. In fact, when we can normalise it, and create emotional conversations on a daily basis we open children up to feeling more comfortable to talk. So, we are sharing this simple feelings game, where you can explore memories of feelings. Tell me about: Download it here 

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