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Masking Matters

BY SUSANNA PINKUS The lockdowns were obviously a very challenging time for many. But for some of the young people I see in private practice, they found for the first time that there was a different way to live and learn. They found that they could separate their experience and often love of learning, from...

What has been missed, lost, or forgotten along the way?

BY SUSANNA PINKUS When a young person who is struggling at school comes to see me, this question is often at the forefront of my mind. Making no assumptions, and looking holistically at the situation with fresh but specialist eyes, I note what has been explored previously, but just as importantly what has not. I also identify...

Simple steps to restoring learner confidence

BY SUSANNA PINKUS Whilst every youngster’s situation is unique, the following adjustments can have a transformative effect in how they manage and feel about school. This is especially true for those where there are thinking and learning differences: 1.      Dropping a subject Freeing up time for pre-learning and reinforcing learning will likely build confidence and skills....

Considerations for planning support

BY SUSANNA PINKUS Having a keyworker, mentor or, sometimes I say, ‘cheerleader’ when a young person is struggling at school can be transformative. But the process of allocating support in this context needs to be carefully thought through. Here are my top considerations: 1.      Who is the keyworker? The young person should, wherever possible, have a...

What lies at the root?

BY SUSANNA PINKUS What is really at the root of the difficulty? When a child is struggling at school, taking a systematic approach to understanding and untangling what is going on is vital. How things may appear on the surface, may be very different to what is going on beneath. That is why I often...

Looking Through Their Eyes

BY SUSANNA PINKUS Seeing the world through a young person’s eyes, in order to enable them to be, and feel, understood at home and school, is my aim. Whenever a young person trusts me with their story, I explore holistically what is going on. So often, there are feelings of anxiety and overwhelm related to...

Preparing for University Life?

BY RACHEL RICKAYZEN Going to university is one of the most exciting times in young people’s lives. The prospect of living independently for the first time; meeting a new and diverse range of friends; spending time without parental boundaries; and becoming immersed in the subject of their choice: there is much to look forward to....

Therapy dog in training

BY SUSANNA PINKUS Over the years, I have seen first-hand, how children often have such a special and natural affinity with animals. For example, for children who are anxious about coming into school, knowing that a furry friend is there to greet them, can make all the difference to attendance. For others, finding solace or...

For the Love of Dogs

BY SUSANNA PINKUS Truth be told, I have always been a huge dog lover. Asides from working with young people, and spending time with my own family, at the top of my list of great loves are animals, and most specifically, dogs. This passion started long ago. My first ever friend was called Sunday, a...