When a child with a disability arrives in a family the messages of condolence are often greater than those of congratulation.
The history of parenting a child with special needs or a disability is littered with bereavement, ‘loss’ and sadness concepts, putting negative connotations around the parenting process.
Parents are often labelled ‘warrior parents’, as they fight for the rights to services and provision for their child.
This newly published article describes collaborative research with Dr Anne Connor and Dr Barry Coughlan of the Clinical Psychology programme, at the Univeristy of Limerick in Ireland .
Through this research we have evolved and tested the concept of’ “Confident Championing “ to frame the positive endeavors of parents of children with developmental disabilities, and to bring a different lens to viewing their efforts on behalf of their child and family.
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This question deserves at answer at this time of crisis. We have witnessed some incredible acts of kindness in our communities and in Society as a whole.
Now is the time to re evaluate what kindness can give to our own sense of well being, as well as in acts of kindness towards others. It is an essential component of the compassion that will be so essential to our school communities in the processor reconnection and recovery.
This new report from the Mental Health Foundation is timely, and worthy of consideration and implementation.
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The Transition Toolkit at nurtureuk.org by Dr Tina Rae, is a perfect resource for supporting the year 6 to year 7 transition process. At a time when this is likely to be more compressed than planned, the sound evidence base, theoretical underpinning, and brilliant activity cards in the Transition Toolkit are a must for schools.
The design and range of activities would also support many pupils when then come to transition back to schools, and will help teachers support children’s emotional well being, through meaningful and purposeful learning. It can be a dynamic tool, alongside the other Boxes in this series from Nurture UK, in the Recovery Curriculum.
This is an ideal resource at this time of crisis. Highly recommended.
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Katie Buckingham is a young woman who an amazing entrepreneur , and runs an organisation focussed on Mental Health and Well Being, Altruist . She also has a diagnosis of Autism , and serves with me on the National Girls and Autism Forum . She has been a powerful advocate for our work, has written a chapter in the “Girls and Autism” book , and has undertaken many public speaking engagements , openly discussing her own journey toward diagnosis , and the struggles with her mental health.
Katie writes : –
“As part of our commitment to supporting positive mental health, I will be releasing weekly social media videos with practical tips on how individuals can implement the 5 Ways to Well-being at Home”.
The 5 Ways to Well-being are as follows:
1. Stay Connected
2. Be Active
3. Take Notice
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing a series of videos with practical tips on how you can manage your #mentalhealth and implement the '5 Ways to Well-being at Home'.