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- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Children and young people presenting with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties often struggle to manage their emotions and behaviour. They also find it difficult to build relationships with adults and other children.
These difficulties may present as them becoming withdrawn or isolated as well as through challenging, disruptive or other concerning behaviour. Children and young people with SEMH often struggle to engage in a learning environment, often showing inappropriate behaviour and may benefit from additional support. This can negatively impact on their health, well-being and their quality of life. For some children, SEMH difficulties may be related to a condition or disorder such as:
- Attention, Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attachment disorder.
At RHT we follow the Thrive Approach which is a trauma-informed, whole school approach to improving the mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people. We use this alongside Emotion Coaching which helps children to become more aware of their emotions and manage their own feelings particularly during instances of misbehaviour.
Useful websites and contacts:
The Thrive Approach information on the Thrive approach to emotional wellbeing
Emotion Coaching uk.com information on the Emotion Coaching approach to behaviour
Kent County Council KCC information on SEHM difficulties
Young Minds emotional health and well-being advice and support for young people www.youngminds.org.uk
Place 2 Be support to improve children’s wellbeing
AHA Parenting Parenting support to help you to create a more peaceful home
Kent PACT (Parents and Carers Together) – a voice for parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs aged 0-25 years living in Kent
National Sleep Helpline a support helpline to support with sleep issues. Available 7pm and 9pm, Sunday to Thursday on 03303 530 541
Kooth.com designed to be used by young people when they are feeling anxious https://www.kooth.com/
Calm Harm a resource to help young people when they feel the need to harm themselves
Holding on and letting go bereavement support for children and families
Winston’s Wish bereavement support
Children’s books to support with emotions:
The Huge Bag of Worries - Virginia Ironside
Starving the Anxiety Gremlin - Kate Collins-Donnelly
The Colour Monster – Anna LLenas
Sometimes I am furious – Timothy Knapman
How are you Feeling today? Molly Potter
A Volcano in my Tummy. Eliane Whitehouse.
I Feel Angry (Your Emotions) Brain Moses
The invisible String – Patrice Karst (bereavement)