How will you deal with loneliness?

How will you deal with loneliness?

We know that loneliness is a feeling, and can be seen as a state of mind. It seems simple and uncomplicated enough to deal with when thought of in such a way, but the effects of loneliness can be very complex and devastating. It can be complex and severe enough that people who suffer through loneliness can become jaded, and resort to cynicism to get by. This can cause a withdrawal when a withdrawal is the last thing to do when trying to deal with loneliness. Read more

What can I do to help a child with communication and speech disorder?

What can I do to help a child with communication and speech disorder?
As adults, we often take our ability to speak and communicate for granted. We just don’t think about our language and speech as it happens quite naturally. However, young children with communication and speech disorders may not speak at all, or have limited vocabulary for their age. By the time they enter school, they can speak but in a limited and diminished capacity for their age and development. They might have a hard time receiving, processing, sending and comprehending verbal and nonverbal communication. As a result, this can contribute greatly to them falling behind their peers in speech and language skills.
 

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How to include your special needs child in holiday festivities!

How to include your special needs child in holiday festivities!

The holidays and new year are an exciting time usually filled with fun and laughter. It is a great time to include your special needs child in the festivities so they can enjoy themselves during this period. While the holidays are a festive period, not everyone is happy, with many people even falling into loneliness and depression.
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How do you help those who feel lost this holiday season?

How do you help those who feel lost this holiday season?

The holidays are fast approaching, and people are scrambling to make sure they can finish their work or tasks before the end of the year. For many people, this will be a combination of trying to buy gifts for their friends and relatives, as well as trying to ensure they clear their work so they can take a short break before as the year draws to an end. This is a time for family, friends, get-togethers, and holiday cheers. Read more

Why is Play Therapy effective for children?

Why is Play Therapy effective for children?

If you have ever tried to help loved ones experiencing prolonged, acute stress or someone trying to deal with a past traumatic experience, you may have noticed and realised that talking to them doesn’t seem to yield much success. These issues can so deeply affect people that verbalising them may be so difficult that it no longer becomes an option.

Children experiencing trauma are particularly vulnerable as they do not have the means to understand what is happening, how to process the trauma, and their ability to vocalise and communicate their trauma may be limited or non-existent. They are too young to have developed the coping mechanisms to deal with their trauma or stress. Read more

Should I be worried if my child isn’t reading?

Should I be worried if my child isn’t reading?
A lot is made of reading and of children reading. So when a child doesn’t seem at all interested in reading or seems to struggle with reading, parents may start to take notice. This doesn’t mean they specifically know what the issue may be. Some parents may dismiss it as the child merely being too distracted with play or other activities, and it might indeed just be a matter of lack of interest at that point in their development.

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Are you hurting the people close to you?

Are you hurting the people close to you?

People often think that it is strangers that are more likely to treat us badly, or be aggressive or dangerous to us; but the reality is, it is the people we know that are hurting us, and that we are hurting in return. Throughout the course of our lives we end up hurting those closest to us. These are the people we love and care about, yet we end up hurting them, and we can’t always come to grips with that. Read more