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Family and Behavioural Specialist

We are all biologically encrypted with the drive to have our emotional needs met, if they are not met in the conventional way we will seek other ways to get our needs met. Each one of us will have our own individual way of presenting this.

Below are some of the areas that may manifest:

  • A change in or challenging behaviours that may be of a concern at home or school

  • Interferences with the child’s learning and relationships with others

  • Child's behaviour is inappropriate to the child’s age, developmental strand or background

  • Low sustained attention, easily distracted, withdrawal or refusal to engage with others

  • Refusal to follow set boundaries, rules or structure, a need for control

  • Interruptions in social, emotional, mental health or well-being. Outbursts or problems with emotional regulation, difficulties describing emotions and communicating needs

  • Persistent worries or fears expressed, sleep disturbances, fearfulness/shyness or struggles with change

  • Low self-esteem, lack of eye contact or decreased self-care and independent skills

  • Delays in play and social interaction

  • Trauma/traumatic experiences


Our Shine Family and Behavioural Specialists can support your child within a variety of social-emotional developmental domains:

- Anxiety; Teaching children to manage their anxiety and name the level of anxiety they are feeling. To recognise how it impacts their lives by identifying the triggers and regulating their thoughts, increasing control by implementing strategies to support them.

- Trauma; To implement a sensitive approach to meeting the social, emotional and cognitive needs of the child using a range of models according to the needs of the child, their behaviour profile and the family dynamics.

- Oppositional behaviour; teaching children that have experienced difficult interactions to adapt new ways of behaviour. Then overcoming fear and increasing trust creating positive change in the child’s sense of self. To see beneath the behaviours that may be causing concern and identify any underlying emotional developmental needs.


- Growth mind-set; by using the latest brain science to encourage children to persevere and build resilience to improve and understand that their abilities can be developed and improved. Modelling and teaching healthy, positive language looking at the power of language and thoughts.


- Emotional regulation; encouraging and helping children to put words to their feelings and body sensations to help them make sense of what they are feeling in their body and interpret what the underlying emotion might be.


- Positive attachment; promoting children’s’ and young peoples’ mental health by helping adults know how to be and what to do in response to their differing and sometimes distressed behaviour. Building enhanced attachment, self-esteem, trust in others and joyful engagement.

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