Resources

EXCITING NEWS:

Early Years Mental Health Conference June 10th 2021

hosted by Essex County Council

Me, You, Us – Understanding emotional dynamics in the Early Years setting

On 10th June I was privileged to present the EY Mental Health Conference on the theme of the role of the Key Person in the often-complex emotional dynamic in relationship with child and family. We noted that paying attention to our own and others’ nervous systems is our first priority in every interaction. We recognised how co-regulation happens at this biological level and reminded ourselves about the conscious and unconscious behaviours that make co-regulation effective in developing the child’s self-regulation. We considered the new PSED ELGs in this respect. Working with the nervous system enables us to support the child at a biological level first (Universal provision) thus providing a clearer idea of a child’s individual needs.

One delegate said: I have gained a lot of new knowledge thank you, I loved the session and look forward to delivering a training to my setting in the future’.

We included practical strategies that support psychological safety and self-regulation and an observation checklist linked to the nervous system. If you missed it and are interested in this topic contact me.

These resources are free to download.

If you have questions or require guidance please do not hesitate to contact me. More coming soon…

Consider how these are used in respect of the SEND Code of Practice graduated approach to support the process of understanding, planning and provision a child’s needs. Some of these links are to resources I created as a Specialist Teacher with Essex County Council (2004-2018).

Anxiety & Selective Mutism

Many of these resources are on Essex Local Offer but hidden as individual files, their home page is no longer available. The views/perspectives expressed in these linked documents are not mine, a few years ago I contributed to them. They remain the property of Essex County Council, I have simply linked these here to make it easier for practitioners to access.

Good Practice Guidelines- Selective Mutism This resource is somewhat dated but helps practitioners /home educators/ other professionals with the Assess/Plan/Do/Review process for children and young people who struggle with communication/ Selective Mutism. Sadly some of the links no longer work.

Basic Information about Selective Mutism

Support for Parents and Carers

Assessment and planning an individual programme:

Environment Checklist -School – Anxiety/ Reluctant Talking

Gathering a young person’s views:

Gathering views about communicating in Early Years/ School:

Helping children and young people to communicate their basic needs:

Selective Mutism Resource Pack – Leicestershire

When I led The Essex Selective Mutism Interest Group while working for Essex County Council we created this Pinterest site.

Understanding behaviour

Many of these resources are on Essex Local Offer but hidden as individual files, their home page is no longer available. The views/perspectives expressed in these linked documents are not mine, a few years ago I contributed to them. They remain the property of Essex County Council, I have simply linked these here to make it easier for practitioners to access.

Assessment Guide for Teachers – linked to the Essex Provision Guidance Tool, using a person-centred approach, this guide can be downloaded and annotated/highlighted to record a child’s needs. It provides an overview of a range of assessment tools.

Observation Toolkit – four in one documents to help you capture and analyse your observations.

Observe- wait-listen guide – Hanen Early Language

The Four Mistaken Goals of Behaviour – this is still widely viewed as a useful perspective when seeking to understand a child’s needs.

Language Strategies to Support Self-Esteem – guidance on feedback to learners, including Growth Mindset and language of influence (NLP)

Supporting the emotional needs of children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Environment Checklist – SEMH needs

Article – In brief – Early Childhood Mental Health

What is Emotional Containment?

Training documents

Supporting Children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs – a presentation – ideal for Learning Support Assistants, Newly Qualified Teachers and Preschool practitioners, created by some amazingly talented specialists during their time in Essex County Council’s Specialist Teaching and Pre-school Team.