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Posters for thought

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Posters for thought

  1. 1. This is the responsibility You are the decisive element in the classroomyour approach creates the climate Your daily mood makes the weather- you have power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous You can be an instrument of torture or inspiration- you can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal Your response decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated
  2. 2. Crisis management In a crisis, who is the first person who needs to calm down… I’ve seen this before… How could he? This looks nasty… Who does he think he is?
  3. 3. We never have the whole picture We sometimes portray the problem as the child Maybe we are the problem in some way or their mother was just diagnosed with cancer or they are being neglected or… Acknowledge that you do not –and will never- know all the reasons why someone is having difficulty
  4. 4. Consistent doesn’t mean the same Fair does not mean that everyone does or gets the same, it means they get what they need
  5. 5. Routines Imagine living in a world where the sun may or may not rise, people love you some days and hate you on others and an apple may be poisonous one day and not the next You would want to find some order and security in knowing what was going to happen Some children live in chaotic households where responses from adults are very unpredictable
  6. 6. Containment People want limits so they don’t feel out of control They test the limits to see if they will be upheld When they are not, the child feels anxious that no one is strong enough to contain them
  7. 7. Find the unmet need Difficult people have an unmet need They try to fulfil the need though often in inappropriate ways Notice a hidden need beneath their difficulty
  8. 8. Prolonged uncomforted distress can adversely affect key systems in the brain and body, leading to a vulnerability to depression, anxiety disorders, and other physical and mental illness in later life.
  9. 9. It is essential to help students with their big emotions, to avoid future problems with stress and over-reaction. The student needs to feel you are an emotionally strong person who can teach him how to be calm.
  10. 10. Providing a child with calm and comfort is likely to strengthen the immune system and have a long term effect on the brain’s stress-regulating systems.
  11. 11. Play activates positive arousal chemicals in the brain. Interactive play has been shown to be as effective as mild doses of methylphenidate.
  12. 12. There are 6 triggers for bad behaviour: tiredness & hunger an immature brain; unmet psychological needs; intense emotions; parental stress; management styles that activate the alarm systems in the lower brain. (shouting, issuing commands activates the reptilian brain, whereas laughter triggers opioids which calm)
  13. 13. Ignoring bad behaviour can work –IF good behaviour gets plenty of positive attention.
  14. 14. Choices and consequences engage the thinking brain instead of activating fear and rage.
  15. 15. Disciplining in ways that preserve dignity will bring rewards in terms of future mental health and social and emotional intelligence.
  16. 16. Meaningful relationships are fundamental to mental health and happiness
  17. 17. For many children who haven’t received warm, emotionally regulating parenting, school provides a second chance to develop their emotional and social brain. If teachers are chronically stressed, the children in their care don’t get this crucial second chance.
  18. 18. If you spend a lot of time (and we do) helping a child to regulate strong emotions, you will need emotional refuelling including interactive time with calm, soothing adults. Ideally all staff would receive a regular massage and counselling!! Working well as part of a team can provide the emotional regulation we need.
  19. 19. Focus on the doughnut, not the hole (the relationship, not the problem)
  20. 20. Be a thermostat, not a thermometer (respond and reflect rather than react)
  21. 21. What’s most important may not be what you do but what you do after what you did! (we all make mistakes but we can recover. It is how we handle mistakes that makes the difference)
  22. 22. You can’t give away what you don’t possess (You can’t extend patience and acceptance if you cannot first offer it to yourself)
  23. 23. When a child is drowning, don’t try to teach him to swim (when upset or out of control, that is not the moment to impart a rule or teach a lesson)
  24. 24. Our brains contain primitive emotional alarm systems deep in the lower regions. Without emotionally responsive management, our higher brains can be easily hijacked by these systems.

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