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Children

Websites

  • What is Autism? | Autism Speaks
    • Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. In this article, Autism is defined and discussed.


Books

  • Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong and what you really need to know | Emily Oster (2013)
    • This book is about debunking myths around pregnancy and explaining everything from the real effects of caffeine to the surprising dangers of gardening, Expecting Better is the book for every pregnant woman who wants to enjoy a healthy and relaxed pregnancy.
  • Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool | Emily Oster (2019)
    • Cribsheet is a thinking parent’s guide to the chaos and frequent misinformation of the early years. Emily Oster spotted a need in the pregnancy market for advice that gave women the information they needed to make the best decision for their own pregnancies. By digging into the data, Oster found that much of the conventional pregnancy wisdom was wrong. In Cribsheet, she now tackles an even greater challenge: decision-making in the early years of parenting. Oster finds that conventional wisdom doesn’t always hold up. She debunks myths and shows parents how to think through freighted questions like if and how to go back to work, how to think about toddler discipline, and how to have a relationship and parent at the same time.
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child’s Developing Mind | Daniel J. Siegel (2011)
    • In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.
  • Therapeutic Stories that Teach and Heal | Nancy Davis (1996)
    • A book by Dr Nancy Davis which speaks about healing, establishing healthy social relationships and/or to “letting go” of shame caused by abuse and/or traumas in their past. Stories range from those appropriate for young children to those designed for adolescents and adults. This book and its stories are designed primarily for use by those working in the counselling/helping professions, such as therapists, chaplains, counsellors and nurses.
  • The Heart and the Bottle | Oliver Jeffers (2010)
    • Oliver Jeffers delivers a story book for children for when that special someone who encourages wonder and magic in their lives is no longer around.
  • The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back: A Story for Children Who Have Lost Someone They Love | Margot Sunderland (2003)
    • The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back is a book by Margot Sunderland narrating a story for children who have lost someone they love.
  • The Frog Who Longed for the Moon to Smile: A Story for Children Who Yearn for Someone They Love | Margot Sunderland (2000)
    • The Frog Who Longed for the Moon to Smile is a story for children who yearn for someone they love by Margot Sunderland.
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death | Lauri Krasny Brown (1996)
    • This book is a comforting aid to help young kids and families through a difficult time in their lives, addressing death and loss in the family. This book offers advice and reassurance to provide children with answers to their most-asked questions about death and loss.


Articles


Research Articles

  • The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Training for Children with ADHD and Mindful Parenting for their Parents | Saskia van der Oord, Susan M. Bögels & Dorreke Peijnenburg (2011)
    • This study evaluated the effectiveness of an 8-week mindfulness training for children aged 8–12 with ADHD and parallel mindful parenting training for their parents. This study shows preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness for children with ADHD and their parents, as rated by parents.
  • Understanding Dyslexia in Children through Human Development Theories | Thuraya Ahmed Al-Shidhani & Vinita Arora (2012)
    • Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin, with an estimated overall worldwide prevalence of 5–10% of the population. The objective of this review is to provide a brief and updated overview of dyslexia and its management in children through human development issues.

Therapists specialising in Children

Yana Gatt Hampton

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Ritianne Debono

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Educational Psychology Practitioner
Noelle Camilleri

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Art Psychotherapist
Maria Mifsud

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Esther Zammit

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Esther Cuschieri Huij

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Gestalt & Child Psychotherapist
Daniel Cutajar

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Counsellor
Daniel Abela

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Counsellor
Charlene Borg

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Angelle Vella

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist

Resources about Children

What role do fathers play in their child’s development?

Written by Giulia Bertone
Social discourse about parenting is often greatly biased towards the mother-child relationship. This is the case not only in everyday discussions but also in psychological research, where the great majority of studies focus on the maternal relationship, implicitly suggesting that it is the most important attachment relationship in the child’s life (Tannenbaum, 2013). Up until the 1970s, research…

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What is dyslexia?

Written by Madeline Sultana Duca
It has been estimated that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia worldwide, but only around 5% of people have been assessed and diagnosed with it (Austen Learning Solutions, 2015). Our resident Educational Psychology Practitioner, Madeline Duca, gives us some information about dyslexia, including signs and symptoms, causes and how to distinguish dyslexia from other reading problems.   What is Dyslexia? …

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What family therapy is and why you should consider it

Written by Maria Mifsud
Family therapy is distinct from other forms of therapy because it focuses on the family system. The problems of individuals are observed within the context of the larger family unit. As a family therapist myself, my raison d’être is that personal difficulties cannot be successfully addressed or solved without understanding the dynamics of the family. When looking at an individual’s personal…

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The psychological benefits of reading

Written by Danjela Falzon
With an ever-increasing tendency for people to be glued to their phones or other devices, it’s easy to be pulled away from the reading of literature for simple pleasure. However, escaping into a good book is not only enjoyable, it’s good for your wellbeing and mental health. In this article by Gestalt Psychotherapist, Danjela Falzon, the benefits of reading are discussed, and guidance is provided as to how you can encourage the children in your lives to enjoy reading….

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The Parent-Child-Teacher triangle

Written by Maria Mifsud
As someone who grew up in the 90s, I was one of the very last generations that was able to spend time playing outdoors with other neighbourhood kids, as opposed to playing Super Mario on a video game console or Candy Crush on a smartphone. The only friends I knew were ones made of flesh, not Instagram profiles of people I had never met in real life. My only worry back then was that of kicking a…

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The birth of your very own Batman/Batwoman

Written by Maria Mifsud
In the fictional universe of DC Comics, Batman was born the night that 10-year-old Bruce Wayne witnessed the brutal murder of his parents. The unification of the two characters occurred when Bruce Wayne lost both his parents and his childhood. One night, Thomas and Martha Wayne, along with their son, went to watch a classic movie. Afterwards, while they were walking through Park Row, the family…

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Supporting children who have experienced abuse

Written by Maria Mifsud
A Child’s Heart of Sorrow A 10-year-old girl by the name of Taylor, one of my long-term clients, regularly comes to my office to attend psychotherapy sessions. Taylor has been benefiting from these sessions for quite some time now and she has progressed immensely, both on an emotional and cognitive development level. I still remember the gloomy, grey weather on the day that I met her f…

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SSHHHH! Don’t tell anyone! – My Magic Wardrobe

Written by Maria Mifsud
This story is based on true events. Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals. One day I was paying a visit to a client of mine called Eva, after she had kindly invited me over to her place. The thirty-year-old Eva was in the kitchen peeling potatoes, while the water on the stove was boiling. I was sitting on her couch sipping tea, while keenly waiti…

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