Child development and parenting

The Upstairs/Downstairs Brain – Why kids have a hard time managing feelings and emotions.

We have all had moments where we have felt overwhelmed and dysregulated. Swamped by big feelings and emotions, it can feel like they have control of our body, rather than the other way round. For children, this can be a particularly scary experience, and they can struggle to calm down. Teaching children about how their […]

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA): What is it? And how can we support individuals with a PDA profile?

Image source:   What is Pathological Demand Avoidance Pathological demand avoidance, or Pervasive Drive for Autonomy (PDA)*, is an anxiety-driven need for control and resistance to demands/expectations that threaten a sense of autonomy. Whilst everyone experiences demand avoidance at times (e.g., refusing to complete homework or household chores), for individuals with PDA, everyday demands […]

Understanding and Managing Children’s Challenging Behaviours – For parents

Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash   Have you ever experienced the challenge of navigating a teenager’s sudden outbursts or trying to calm a younger child’s meltdown in a crowded store? It’s a common scenario for many parents.   Understanding why the challenging behaviour occurs Psychologist Ross Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach emphasises […]

What is Play Therapy? And how can it help your child?

  “Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet.” -Virginia Axline   What is Play Therapy? Play Therapy is an effective and appropriate way to help children aged 2-12 years work through emotional, psychosocial and behavioural difficulties. It can help address issues faced in the family, […]

A Neurodiversity-Affirming Approach: What Is It and How Can It Support Your Child(ren)?

Image source:   What Is Neurodiversity?   In recent years, the neurodiversity movement has become increasingly prominent. Coined in the 1990s by Australian sociologist Judy Singer, the concept of neurodiversity acknowledges and embraces neurological differences i.e., variations in the way in which individuals interpret, process, and learn information. Neurodiversity can be broken down into […]

What Now? Life after a formal diagnosis of Autism

For some families, having a diagnosis that explains their child’s speech, behavioural and emotional issues is a relief. However, for others, it may be a complete shock and a rather challenging issue to come to terms with.  From a psychologist’s point of view (for me at least), a diagnosis is actually a positive turning point […]