Our Occupational Therapy team have put together some sensory summer activity ideas for you to try over the holidays.
Do you have questions about your child’s sensory development? Why not join our Sensory Integration webinar on 1 September, where Mandy will be answering questions from parents/carers and suggesting practical strategies to help children regulate their sensory systems.
For many adoptive, SGO and foster families, the stresses of living through lockdown and anxieties about the transition back to school have brought their child’s sensory issues to the fore, particularly for children whose sensory development has been impaired by early life trauma. Parents and carers participating in the webinar will have the opportunity to try activities that engage the senses and help support regulation.
We still have spaces on our Dan Hughes ‘return to school’ webinars and our new Sensory Integration webinar with Mandy.
Dr Dan Hughes will be live online for parents/carers on 25 August, 2-4pm and for professionals on 27 August, 2-4pm. You can learn ideas and tips to help children feel safe as they return to school post-lockdown. How can a PACE approach help with transitions and anxieties? Send in your questions for Dan when you book and find out more here:
Parents & carers webinar
On 1 September, Mandy (Occupational Therapist and Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner) will be holding a live online webinar to explain sensory modulation and how this links to our stress response and ability to self regulate. For many adoptive, SGO and foster families, the stresses of living through lockdown have brought their child’s sensory issues to the fore, particularly for children whose sensory development has been impaired by early life trauma. Mandy will offer tips, support and answer your questions in this Sensory Integration Webinar with Mandy.
The webinars will give young people an opportunity to learn, think and talk about issues linked to the Black Lives Matter protests and movement, including systemic racism, discrimination and privilege.
Run by our experienced therapists who work with young people at Family Futures, there will be short videos and information about the different topics. Young people can share their own experiences and how they have been impacted, although there will be no expectation to talk. Ideas about resources and action will be shared and we’ll be considering what needs to change: in our society and cultures, and in our own lives, schools, and families.
We were delighted to be joined by Dr Dan Hughes, founder of DDP this week for the first of our series of expert-led webinars to support families through these stressful times.
180 parents/carers attended the webinar to hear parenting guidance and examples of dealing with difficult and challenging situations.
“Highly recommended! What a lovely man Dan Hughes is, so calm and knowledgeable, brilliant.”
Dear Dan Webinar – Dan Hughes answers parents & carers’ questions
How to parent as you hope to during the lockdown
18 May 2020, 2-5pm live online (with a half-hour break from 3.15-3.45pm)
Family Futures is inviting adoptive parents, foster carers and kinship carers to sign up to a live online webinar on 18 May with Dr Dan Hughes, founder of DDP. Dan will be offering parenting ideas to inspire you and creative ways to help children (and their parents) experience safety in spite of the anxious times we are living through.
Announcing our new courses for 2020 designed to support adoptive parents, foster carers, special guardians and kinship carers to parent their child therapeutically. Each course provides life-changing practical techniques and skills as well as an understanding of how trauma affects all aspects of a child’s development. Click on the links below to find out more:
24 to 25 July 2020
3 to 4 July 2020
Are you working with adopted or looked after children?
We still have spaces on our Therapeutic Life Story Work course running 23 to 25 April. This professional development training will give you a framework and the confidence to address difficult issues from the past with traumatised children. The course will also give you the ability to use non-verbal and creative arts to help children express difficult and complex feelings, plus guidance on how to use life story work to support facilitated contact.
Find out more about our professional development training here.
Family Futures 2019 training – now available to book online
Parent education training can be funded by the Adoption Support Fund. You need to make an application through your local authority adoption support service for this funding. If you have any queries about booking training, please contact Claire on 020 7354 4161 or email us.
14, 15, 16 & 30 May 2019
For social workers, therapists and psychologists
4 to 7 February 2019
For therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers. Dr Dan Hughes will deliver this training on his treatment model which involves working with a child and their family to improve attachment relationships.
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level One
11 to 14 November 2019 Trainer: Dr Dan Hughes
Trainers are UK-based & Certified Theraplay therapists, supervisors and trainers. Theraplay courses are for psychologists and psychiatrists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech and language therapists, counsellors, adoption and post-adoption counsellors, family therapists, early childhood & developmental specialists and teachers.
Theraplay Level One and Group Theraplay
1 to 5 April 2019
2 to 3 May 2019
Theraplay Level Two
25 to 27 November 2019
23 to 25 April 2019
For social workers working with adopted and Looked After children
Social workers in Looked After children, fostering and adoption teams; adoption and fostering team managers; clinical psychologists, paediatric occupational therapists, therapists, solicitors, panel members, adoption support agency service providers, psychiatrists, paediatricians and teachers
For adoptive parents, prospective adopters awaiting placements, foster carers, social workers (Adoption, Fostering), teachers, health visitors, parents of abused/traumatised children.
Don’t miss our courses for parents coming up soon
“ Gives a new perspective and understanding of some behaviours. Easy to see how I could make some simple changes.”
The Great Behaviour Breakdown Bryan Post’s follow-up to Beyond Consequences, 13, 14 & 27 June 2018
Helping Fostered Children Transition to a New Family, 19 to 20 June 2018
Making Sense of My Child – A day on Sensory Integration, 10 July 2018
Relationships and Networks, 6 September 2018
The Impact of Trauma in Infancy on Attachment and Development, 9 & 10 October 2018
Parent education programmes can be funded by the Adoption Support Fund. You need to make an application through your local authority adoption support service for this funding.
To book a place on one of these courses, visit our Parent Education courses at Family Futures page.
If you have a query, please contact Angela on 020 7354 4161 or email us.
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?