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Sensory Summer Activities

Tips from our team of Ocupational Therapists/ Sensory Integration Practitioners at Family Futures

Have a look at our Sensory Summer Activities guide here with tips for parents and carers on keeping structure going through the summer, sun screen recommendations plus activity ideas for at home, the pool, the beach and outdoor play.

Need help in the classroom?

Our Education Consultant Marion Allen offers some advice and tips for supporting Looked After and adopted children in school.

If you’re a teacher, special educational needs coordinator or a teaching assistant working with adopted or Looked After children you may have spotted signs of behavioural and learning difficulties.

Research shows that children who have experienced neglect and abuse remain traumatised by their earlier experiences long after they are removed to a place of safety, leaving them with both emotional and psychological difficulties. The first two to three years of a child’s life are crucial not only for developing attachments, but for developing executive functioning skills which enable us to problem solve. Part of this is working memory. According to Gathercole and Alloway, 10% of the school population struggle with their working memory.

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Starting school – managing change

We hope you have had a great summer holiday with your family. With the holidays coming to a close soon, we’ve consulted with our Education Specialist again, to give you some advice and tips on how to manage the transition back to school. This is particularly important for those starting primary school and those moving up from primary to secondary school.

For most children, and even more for adopted or looked after children, the prospect of doing something new and different can be perceived as scary. For children and young people with a history of early loss or trauma any transition experienced may be frightening. They are likely to feel stressed and anxious about the prospect of returning to a familiar school or a new one as both of these events involve change and uncertainty. Going back to school may trigger feelings of insecurity and worry. In your role as parent or primary carer, it’s important to understand that your child may be feeling stressed and how it’s affecting them, and recognise the emotions which they may communicate through their behaviour or how they present.

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Simple therapeutic techniques

Strapped for time, space and equipment? Dee Bamford, Senior Practitioner and Integrative Arts Psychotherapist at Family Futures, says there are a range of simple techniques that professionals can use to help unlock a child’s inner world.

Professionals working with adopted or fostered children often feel they don’t have the space, time or equipment to carry out the work that would give them a full understanding of a child’s range of experiences, hopes and dreams.

We know talking to a child may not give the whole picture of what is really going on in their minds, and that much of their experience may be locked in their bodies or extremely hard for them to articulate.

We want to help them manage these feelings and behaviour, to think about and make meaning of their experiences. But when words are not enough, what do we do?

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Managing change – transitioning into school holidays

With school holidays just about to begin, we’ve consulted with our Education Specialist Katrin Harrow to provide you with some useful tips on how to cope with and manage some of the changes your child might be facing right now. We’ll also provide you with some inspiration for fun activities to do together.

Whether it’s dealing with the transition from school to summer holidays, starting school for the first time in September or moving from primary to secondary school, we’ve got some helpful advice and workable solutions for you.

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Selecting a School for your Child

The 2016/17 Primary School admissions closing dates are fast approaching; if you are still undecided,  here are some tips and advice from our education experts on identifying the right school for your child.

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The Tell Tale Signs of Bullying & What To Do

In recognition of Anti-Bullying Week, we are raising awareness of bullying amongst adopted children and providing some advice on what to do if you suspect your child may be getting bullied.

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Managing Change – Starting School

We hope you have had a great summer holiday with your family, with the holidays soon coming to a close, we’ve consulted with our education experts again; this time to give you some advice and tips on how to manage the transition back to school; particularly focusing on children starting primary school and those moving up from primary to secondary school.

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Managing Change – Transitioning into School Holidays

With school holidays just about to begin, we’ve consulted with our education experts here at Family Futures; over the next six weeks we’ll be providing you with some useful tips on how to cope with and manage some of the changes your child might be facing right now, as well as giving you some inspiration for fun activities to do together.

Whether it is dealing with the transition from school to summer holidays, starting school for the first time or moving from primary to secondary school, we’ve got some helpful advice and workable solutions for you.

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