Teenage parties can be a difficult prospect for parents and carers. As children get older, pass the parcel and musical statues often give way to film nights and sleepovers, and the refreshments move on too, with many teens asking whether alcohol can be provided. This quick guide, developed in conjunction with drugs education charity the DSM Foundation, covers the most important things that parents and carers need to know about alcohol within the context of social situations, as well as signposting to further sources of information. Please note that the information in this Quick Guide refers to UK guidance and law, and may be different in other locations. However, advice on how to talk to young people is equally applicable wherever you live.
Alcohol is so much part of UK culture that most people don’t regard it as a drug. But given that the widely accepted definition of a drug is “a substance that has a physiological effect when introduced to the body”, alcohol most definitely is, and an incredibly common one at that. This quick guide, developed in conjunction with drugs education charity the DSM Foundation, covers the most important things that parents and carers need to know about alcohol, as well as signposting to further sources of information. Please note that the information in this Quick Guide refers to UK guidance and law, and may be different in other locations. However, advice on how to talk to young people is equally applicable wherever you live.
Dr Christie Talks with Professor Courtenay Norbury: Understanding Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
In this interview, Professor Courtenay Norbury talks with us about developmental language disorder (DLD), which she describes as a ‘chronically understudied’ topic. Find out about early signs and what impact it might have on children and young people’s development. Professor Norbury provides numerous practical strategies for both parents to use at home and teachers to try in the classroom to help children with DLD have as good outcomes as possible.
I Wish I’d Known: Young People, Drugs and Decisions Featuring Fiona Spargo-Mabbs OBE and Asha Fowells
Fiona Spargo-Mabbs OBE and Asha Fowells from drugs education charity The DSM Foundation share their knowledge and expertise on what to include in, and how to approach, what can feel like tricky conversations with young people.
The ability to communicate is a wonderful thing as much as it is a necessary skill. When we take a moment to think about all the aspects of communication, we begin to realise that it involves a complex combination of several processes, including thinking, navigating your tongue, lips and vocal cords, retrieving words, applying grammatical rules, and so much more! Have you ever wondered how our children pick up these skills and if there is a developmental order in which they do this? This webinar aims to share how speech and language skills develop in the early stages of life. We will explore the difference between ‘speech’ and ‘language’, ‘delay’ and ‘disorder, and will discuss things that you can do to help the development of your child’s communication skills.
Join psychiatrist and parent coach, Dr Gauri Seth, for a Q&A with Dr Kathy Weston about how we can sustain emotionally deep and meaningful connections with our children whilst living busy, stressful lives.
Whilst some children count down the days until their school residential, others worry. Being away from home, eating different foods, trying new activities and being in an unfamiliar place can be exciting, but some children find this change to the norm challenging, and they might even be reluctant to go. If your child is feeling a bit wobbly about an upcoming residential trip, take a look at our actionable tips, designed to equip you to work through their concerns together and help them to feel more prepared.
For many children, going away on a school trip is a really exciting experience. For others, it can be a big source of anxiety. This activity encourages children to consider what they are looking forward to and also anything that’s making them feel a bit wobbly, and provides an opportunity for parents and school staff to work with them and come up with a plan of what might make them feel better about it.
There are important distinctions between the concepts of secrets and surprises which it’s crucial for children to understand to stay safe. This simple activity can help them to distinguish between the two.
Join Tooled Up parent Judith Thomas as she shares her experience of parenting a child with a pervasive drive for autonomy (also known as Pathological Demand Avoidance or PDA), helps you to spot PDA and explains how much positive difference low-demand communication will make.