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National Sibling Day

Whilst these words were uttered in ‘Downton Abbey’, rather than in real life, there is such poignancy to them. For the truth is that our siblings may be our longest companions in life. As our first friends and often first rivals, sibling bonds can be full of love yet complicated too. This is something I...

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...

Sunrise, Sunset

It isn’t every day that you get woken by your nearly 80-year-old father tearfully singing ‘Sunrise Sunset’ from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. And whilst it was a bit unexpected, and his singing was rather wobbly, it also felt so poignant. After all, it isn’t every day you reach the milestone of your half century birthday,...

Choices

I haven’t been posting much lately. I have been doing a lot of thinking. Thinking about choices. Maybe this is what happens when you reach 50, as I did with gratitude, last weekend. In the whirlwind of the day-to-day, and as a parent, daughter, sister, friend, employee and founder, there isn’t often much space to...

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...

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...

A Teenager In The House

Most days, I post about children and how best to support them. However, I very rarely write about my own boys, or about being a parent myself. But last weekend, something big happened in our household: our eldest son became a teenager. The bus covered curtains have been replaced, the boxes of Lego have been...

This Little Girl is Me

Written in celebration of International Day of the Girl and the #thislittlegirlisme campaign. This little girl loved making magic potions out of rose petals and pretend tree-houses in the garden, drawing horses, and imagining. She loved animals, and reading for hours snuggled up under a blanket. As she grew a bit bigger, she was entranced...

Woody and Me: our therapy dog journey

BY SUSANNA PINKUS There aren’t many things in life which just spread happiness but being the lucky human companion of a therapy dog is one. I am often asked what Woody does in his role as a therapy dog. And it is a good question. After all, some therapy dogs listen to children reading or...

Touch Typing is Key

BY WENDY PETERSEN Has your child recently been granted ‘word-processing’ as a reasonable adjustment at school and in examinations? Although young people are using computers more than ever before, many still tirelessly struggle with ineffective methods of typing when transferring their thoughts onto paper. Whilst touch typing is a universally important skill, for those youngsters with additional...