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Helping Families Heal videos

A parent who has adopted a child through Family Futures discusses parenting questions with specialists. 

1. A conversation with Dr Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist and founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

Dr Dan Hughes, founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) discusses techniques for parenting traumatised children, including: talking to your child about the past, helping your child make friends, working with schools, how to help a child who is shut down, getting beyond ‘blocked care’ and how sensory integration intervention can help a dys-regulated child.


2. Sarah Kerrigan discusses Theraplay®

How Theraplay® helps children who have experienced complex trauma is discussed with Sarah Kerrigan who is a Senior Dramatherapist at Family Futures and Theraplay Practitioner in training with intermediate status. Sarah demonstrates Theraplay games in a role play and explains: how Theraplay assessments and sessions work, how to integrate Theraplay games into your home routines, tips on how to modify for trauma and the best ways to find a Theraplay practitioner who can help your family.

3. Mandy Ruddock discusses Sensory Integration

Mandy discusses her work as an Occupational Therapist and Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner at Family Futures, explaining how children with developmental trauma are much more likely to have sensory difficulties. What can parents or carers do at home to support their child’s sensory development and give them experiences they missed out on in their early years? How can you tell if the child you are caring for has sensory difficulties and needs specialist intervention? Lots of tips and ideas for providing sensory input and helping your child regulate their sensory system. If you are interested in training on Sensory Integration, Mandy runs courses for parents and carers and for professionals working with traumatised children.

4. Jay Vaughan discusses body-based self care

Jay and Angela demonstrate a body-tracking exercise, discuss body-based approaches to self care and the importance of self care for parents or carers looking after traumatised children. Recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown, the discussion focuses on the pressures of life at home and covers questions asked by adoptive families like what to do if your child doesn’t like doing the things you like to do, and what to do if you’re feeling stressed and think you’re going to blow it.

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