A little bit of EQ goes a long way
Emotional intelligence is the foundation of mental wellbeing. By teaching children to recognise, understand and manage their feelings, we can give them the best possible opportunity to maintain good mental health, particularly when faced with adversity. Supporting children's mental wellbeing requires a systemic approach that sees each child in the context of their own social, familial, educational and individual worlds. At EQ/Prep we use creative therapeutic tools to help bring out the best in every child. We educate teachers to work therapeutically in the classroom and invite parents to establish tools at home to promote healthy, resilient young minds.
We run creative, drama-based PSHE sessions in the classroom to explore ideas of friendship, self-esteem, resilience, empathy, anxiety and mindfulness.
We have developed a comprehensive Peer Mentor training programme, which teaches Year 6 students to manage conflict, ask open-ended questions, respect difference and find compromise.
Pupils are encouraged to make a lunch time appointment with EQ/Prep whenever problems arise. They learn that it is ok to ask for help, that there is no stigma attached to needing help and that help is easily found. In addition, teachers report that time is saved managing playground problems.
Our staff INSET sessions are developed alongside schools to meet the needs of each system. Past sessions include:
How to talk to children about death and loss
Managing challenging parent interactions
Working therapeutically in the classroom
Using the Respect/Reflect/Resolve model to manage anxiety in the classroom
Therapeutic playground techniques for TAs and lunchtime staff
We also offer one-to-one and small-group staff supervision sessions for teachers to discuss personal or professional issues.
Working alongside parents is key to the successful implementation of any child mental wellbeing strategy.
As part of our EQ/Schools programme, we offer drop-in chat sessions for parents. Parents are encouraged to discuss concerns, however big or small, with a view to addressing problem areas as early as possible. We can help, advise and, where necessary, signpost.
In our experience, a few little changes can make the world of difference when it comes to the mental wellbeing of all family members.
Recent parent talks include:
Is screen time damaging developing brains?
Developing mental health and emotional intelligence in primary school-aged children
Talking to children about death and loss
Alongside our thriving in-school service, we also offer support to parents via Skype/Zoom.
What do you do if you are worried about your child's mental health?
How do you find the right person to support your family therapeutically?
How can you find techniques to help you manage anxiety at home?
What if you could make just a few small changes, whilst your children are still young, that could make a huge difference to their future mental health? With the help of our experienced therapists, you can find a way out of the stuck places, support your children in times of particular need and learn techniques to ensure their (and your) mental wellbeing is protected.
No problem is too big or too small.