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Dr Weston's Wednesday Wisdom
In an ever increasingly busy and demanding world, Wednesday Wisdom provides a reflective 2 minute read every week that readers constantly tell us they look forward to. Full of topical and relatable experiences that help provide reflection, motivation and support in achieving a balanced family life.
Over the years, thousands of people have benefitted from, and continue to enjoy, the parenting and educational talks from Dr Kathy Weston at Tooled Up Education and have subscribed to Wednesday Wisdom. Join now for free to get your own weekly digest of motivating, interesting, and thoughtful parenting advice from Dr Weston herself.
“I just wanted to say how grateful I am to read your Wednesday Wisdom email. Perfect size for the time I have to engage and reflect and think about the topics you touch on. It helps me to evaluate my parenting and take a step back to look at scenarios that play out.”
Parent – October 2020
What does it feel like to make a mistake? To underdeliver? To make an error when normally we get it ‘right’? To produce something that is not quite as good as we had hoped? When we fall short of our own standards or expectations for ourselves, it can feel really tough. We can beat ourselves up mentally and find it hard to let go, forgive ourselves, pick ourselves up or keep moving forward. And, that’s just the adults.
Parenting Question of the Month
Researcher of the Month
Dr Abby Russell, Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and NIHR Advanced Fellow at The University of Exeter.
Dr Russell’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of child and adolescent mental health difficulties, and the role that schools play in preventing, identifying and managing them.
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental condition characterised by severe and persistent inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity. It’s known that young people with ADHD tend to have poorer educational and social outcomes than their peers, and so recognising the challenges that they face at school is vital. Along with her colleagues, our Researcher of the Month, Dr Abby Russell has recently published a paper which aims to explore these children’s educational experiences and suggest actionable recommendations for government, schools and families.
Using data from 64 young people with ADHD (20 female and 44 male), the study provides qualitative insights from young people, alongside interviews with 28 parents. Young people and their parents frequently described negative experiences of school. Mainly, these were felt to occur due to a mismatch between the young people’s needs and the support offered in mainstream provision. Interviews showed that negative interpersonal experiences and frustrations seemed to stem from a lack of understanding of ADHD amongst school staff and a lack of appreciation of the support needed to alleviate these children’s difficulties. Their experiences of education seemed to be enhanced in settings which leveraged their strengths through learning that engaged them personally, often related to the young people’s interests and hobbies. Flexibility around their difficulties was found to be key.
Tooled Up News
Exciting news! It seems apt that in the same week as Research Appreciation Day, our very own Dr Hope Christie has been nominated for the prestigious Eric Taylor ‘Translational Research into Practice’ award. This award recognises individuals with a sustained contribution to translating research into practice over a number of years, whose work involves both research and involvement in either clinical or educational practice.
We’ve spoken to mental health expert, Dr Lucy Foulkes about managing anxiety in school settings. Here’s what she had to say.
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