Archive | August 2018

Promoting positive behaviour; tips for building a learning environment that is positive and supportive

 

Sometimes, it can be difficult to manage young people’s behaviour. Part of the solution is to create and maintain boundaries, and part of it is to promote positive behaviour. One way to do this is to build a learning environment for children and young people that is positive and supportive. Here are three ways you can do this;

1] Building strong parent/carer-child relationships. This is where boundaries and discipline comes into play – children thus feel cared for and that their needs are being met, with these boundaries in place.

2] Spending quality time with them. This one is key to providing support and building on the parent/carer-child relationship. Each day, ensure that some amount of time is spent playing and having fun together. As children get older, play may turn to talk – talking and listening helps children feel understood and also helps improve their self-esteem.

3] Give them positive attention. It can seem easy to become upset, disappointed or angry at children when they do something wrong. However, there is a stronger way to bring out positive behaviour in children and young people, and that is by providing positive attention to them when they do something positive. That way, they are more likely to continue to act in these positive ways to seek that same positive attention. Some easy ways to encourage their positive behaviour include acknowledging the things they do; “Thanks for putting away your toys!” or “Great work in finishing up your homework so early!”

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

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Social and emotional learning; promoting positive behaviour

 

As a parent or carer, it’s important to build the social and emotional learning of our children, and promote positive behaviour in our environment. So why is promoting positive behaviour so important, and how can we demonstrate it?

Children love boundaries – they may not know it, and they may complain or even throw a tantrum, but they need these boundaries around them. Children benefit greatly from knowing they are in a stable environment and that they are being looked after by an adult. Providing these boundaries gives them the ability to feel secure and self-confident.

There are a number of ways we can demonstrate positive behaviour, and these involve; building a learning environment that is positive and supportive; creating and implementing strategies for building skills and strengthening positive behaviours; and creating and implementing strategies for decreasing undesired behaviours. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we discuss these ideas in more detail.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

What’s the difference between a nutritionist and a nutritional therapist?

 

The things that children eat are vital and connected to their health. But what is the difference between a nutritionist and a nutritional therapist? A nutritionist often works in a hospital, or for the government, as opposed to seeing clients one-on-one. They generally advise on matters of health and nutrition and formulate information for the public or for employers. A nutritional therapist recognises that as each person is an individual and has unique needs, so too do they have unique and individual dietary requirements. A nutritional therapist might be involved in creating nutritional programs for their clients based on their health needs, and also will be involved in counselling clients on how to lead a healthier lifestyle. A nutritional therapist’s role is to educate and provide resources. They will be involved in determining whether it is an individual’s diet that is to blame for their illness, and if so what steps, improvements or changes the client is required to make to their diet to improve their overall health and well-being. Nutritional therapists might work with healthy people to prevent disease from occurring, or they may work with a sick individual to minimise symptoms and improve health.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

Improving the parent-child relationship through play

 

There is plenty of scientific research that shows that being out in nature reduces stress, increases attention span and learning. Children nowadays spend a lot less time in nature, compared to past generations, resulting in what Richard Louv, author of ‘Last Child in the Woods’, has called the Nature Deficit Disorder. The reasons being that parents may have anxiety surrounding the risks of being out in nature, the increase of urbanisation and thus reduction of access to the natural environment, and competition with screens – TVs, computers, phones and tablets.

There is, however, a great benefit in bringing back time spent in nature – particularly including improving the parent-child relationship through play in a natural setting. Play is a defining element for the harmonious development of children. Every child needs to play in order to develop oneself and to form a distinctive personality and a parent can efficiently prepare their child for the adult life through play.

Research undertaken by KIPS (Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale) has found that when the play occurs outdoors, the quality of the parenting is on average higher, when compared to play occurring indoors. There is also a direct effect of being in nature that influences the parent positively.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/