Joining the dots

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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It always makes me smile when I hear people doing positive reinforcement techniques with children in groups like in a classroom. When you hear an adult say “wow Jenny’s sitting really nicely – thank you Jenny” – when what they’re really trying to say is “Harry sit still like Jenny”! Of course Harry hasn’t joined […]

How to identify Attachment Difficulties at school

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Awareness of Attachment Theory is becoming more prevalent in our educational system and rightly so. There’s still a long way to go, but even in the three years I’ve been training schools in this area I’ve seen more interest and basic awareness, and the realisation that many children are not ‘naughty’ they actually have other […]

A different way to ski the mountain

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I recently listened and watched a talk from a 13 year old on TED Talks which I wanted to share. It amazed me for a number of reasons: His confidence and the way he articulates his ideas. The ideas themselves – the fact that he has created his own learning environment and seems to be […]

How to recognise an Avoidant Attachment Style

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Those of you who work with vulnerable children in any capacity know that understanding their needs is the bedrock of being able to connect with them.  A child who has experienced trauma in their early life will have developed coping strategies to help them get through their schooling. In primary they are protected a little […]

Lessons from an 8 year old (part 3)

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Building trust Trust is the foundation of relationships. We know that relationships have failed our children in many ways. They don’t feel the basic level of trust that other children do, so they constantly question our motives and are looking for us as adults to let them down. For teachers this is an essential understanding […]

Lessons from an 8 year old (part 2)

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Emotional age vs chronological age When we are stressed we all regress, but for our children that regression can be shocking. An 11 year old for example may regress to behave like a 5 year old under extreme stress. This makes it very difficult for them with their peers as the gap between them gets […]

Lessons from an 8 year old (part 1)

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Education is a constant battle for most children who have experienced early trauma. My husband and I have three adopted children who all struggle to one degree or another with their school. Whilst it is a small, caring, understanding school that try their best to accommodate our children, there are still some times when they […]

Nothing to fear but fear?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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You’ve heard that quote right – “there’s nothing to fear but fear itself” – fear is such a strange emotion – there are so many different levels and degrees of fear, hundreds of fearful situations and our responses to those situations can be vastly different. For some the fear of spiders is a real thing […]