Healing the Wounds: How to Deal with Nervous System Deregulation

Children are meant to be happy and energetic; exploring their surroundings, asking lots of questions, playing (and occasionally fighting) with other children… It’s all part of learning to interact and develop social relationships with other people and regulate themselves. But why is it that some children find it harder than others to engage socially? Why …

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Using ‘The Hand Model of the Brain’ to Explain our Reaction to Stress

Dr. Daniel Siegel’s hand model of the brain allows us to picture our brain structure and understand why it’s difficult to control our reactions when we’re overwhelmed with strong emotions, especially stress. Due to developmental factors, children are more susceptible to stress. The hand model of the brain helps them imagine what’s happening inside their …

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Why Sensory and Messy Play are Essential for Building Healthy Brains

Children love to play. Play is the medium through which they discover the world and explore their physical and mental capabilities. Your child has a lot to gain whilst making a mess with finger painting or jumping around in the playground. In today’s post, we’re focusing on sensory and messy play. We will not only …

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Prioritising Self-Care as a Parent

Prioritising Self-Care as a Parent (Especially Now!)

Having children is probably the most rewarding, yet demanding experience one can go through. Being a parent is certainly a rollercoaster of mixed emotions! From the positive feelings when your child speaks their first words, falls asleep in your arms, makes their first steps, starts school, smothers you with hugs and “I love yous”, to …

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Why Play is an Essential Therapeutic Tool

Why Play is an Essential Therapeutic Tool

Neurobiology (the physical wiring of the brain) – where do we begin? This is one of my favourite topics because it is the foundation of everything – behaviour, relationships, emotions, impulse control, learning, etc. As humans, we are social animals who are wired to play in order to learn and explore the world, relationships with …

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Benefits of Play Therapy: How Play Rewires the Brain?

Neurobiology (the physical wiring of the brain) – where do we begin? This is one of my favourite topics because it is the foundation of everything – behaviour, relationships, emotions, impulse control, learning etc. As humans, we are social animals who are wired to play in order to learn and explore the world, relationships with …

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Want to know a Brief History of Play?

Historically, play has been a significant part of cultures all over the globe, and continues to be a crucial part of childhood for most animals (humans too!). Play helps us develop healthy brains and nervous systems, nurtures our imaginations, develops problem solving skills, resiliency, creativity and pro-social traits and generally, keeps us happy and healthy.  …

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Our Reaction to Stress Explained: How to use ‘The Hand Model of the Brain’

Dr. Daniel Siegel’s hand model of the brain allows us to picture our brain structure and understand why it’s difficult to control our reactions when we’re overwhelmed with strong emotions, especially stress.  Due to developmental factors, children are more susceptible to stress. The hand model of the brain helps them imagine what’s happening inside their …

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