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Thinking Strategically in Health and Education Practice.  Have we got a Missing Model?

​The I Matter Framework was drawn together as a response to my professional concern that something pretty serious was missing in child and family practice.   

There were so many different approaches that families, and front line practitioners, especially those with the most challenging and complex behaviour often found themselves feeling completely bewildered about what to do and why to help their child.  

The I Matter Framework offers a practical easy to share integration of the evidence on what…

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One of my Autism Intervention Heros:  Stephen Gutstein

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One of the people who has inspired me most in the autism world is Stephen Gutstein, founder of Relationship Development Intervention.    There are a few others but Stephen is one of the practitioner researchers who has stood up for the message that children with difficulties on the autistic spectrum can be helped when we use an informed developmental approach.

Click here for his recent talk on What we should be aware of in Autism

One of the things that is most shocking in the field of autism is …

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How do you judge the impact of I Matter CPD?

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In recent weeks, in the process of submitting the I Matter courses for CPD accreditation via the CPD Standards Office I have had to go through a rigorous process. I have had to supply documentation and evidence to show that the course has been carefully put together and that proper systems are in place to ensure that participants have a good experience.  I have had to demonstrate that feedback on the course is carefully gathered and evaluated.  

In this process I have also been looking at the q…

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5 Reasons Attachment Theory is Important for Professionals and Parents


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Attachment Theory?  What's that?   In my work I regularly encounter significant lack of understanding amongst professionals and parents about the meaning or relevance of Attachments for those who work with children.   However in my view Attachment Theory is one of the most important areas of psychological thinking for anyone who works with children with complex needs.  It is one of the key foundations of the practical framework that I call The I Matter Framework.

Attachment Theory refers to a b…

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Six Similarities Between Children Diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, ODD and Attachment Difficulties

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As a clinical psychologist, I get to meet with a lot of families who are feeling stressed and confused, wondering about their child's behaviour.

I get to hear a lot of questions that take the form:   
"Well has he got.... ASD or ADHD or OCD... or ODD?'

Sometimes when further investigations are pursued it turns out that the child in question might meet the criteria set out by one of these diagnostic labels.  Then families are usually hoping that someone is going to 'do something' about it.    This…

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