Supporting children with emotionally based school phobia/avoidance

On this week’s podcast we will be discussing how to support children with emotionally based school phobia/avoidance.

For this conversation, Dale is joined by Dr Tina Rae. Tina is a consultant psychologist. Tina has supported children, adults and families for over 30 years. She is currently working as Consultant Educational and Child Psychologist in a range of SEBD/SEMH and mainstream contexts, including Compass Fostering, supporting foster carers, social workers and Looked after children. She has held many positions in many places including a trustee of the Nurture Group Network and is a member of the editorial board for the journal Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and for the International Journal of Nurture in Education. She has also written over 100 publications.

We know that our children and young people who already have existing mental health issues will be finding the current lockdown experience particularly stressful and increased levels of anxiety will be the norm.

However, it is probably also the case that every child will be experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety at this time and that when they do eventually return to the school context there will enormous emotional and psychological hurdles to overcome. The need to provide support for increased levels of anxiety and managing the transition to a ‘new normal’ will be on-going.

Useful Links

Tina’s books can be found at Hinton House Publishers

Rae, T. (2020) A Toolbox of Wellbeing Helpful strategies and activities for children, teens, their carers and teachers Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers

Rae, T., Such, A. & Wood, J. (2020) The Well Being Tool Kit for Mental health leads in schools A comprehensive Training Resource to Support Emotional Wellbeing in Education and Social Care Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers

Rae, T., Walshe, J. & Wood, J. (2020) Supporting Adolescents with anxiety and stress: Evidence based strategies Buckingham Hinton House Publishers

Rae, T. (2020) Motivation Matters Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers

Rae, T. (2019) Sensory Activity cards Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers

Rae, T. (2019) Mindfulness Activity cards Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers

Rae, T. (2019) Happy Habits Activity cards Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers

Rae, T. & Such, A. (2019) The ASD Girls’ Wellbeing Toolkit An Evidence based Intervention Promoting Mental, Physical & Emotional Health Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers

Rae, T. (2019) The Well Being Tool Kit for Teens London: NurtureUK

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