Think Children – Enabling positive choices

Think Children - Enabling children to make positive choicesThink Children provides an early intervention service to young children who are displaying signs of emerging social, emotional or behavioural issues.  We provide an early intervention service at the onset of the problem with low-key, non-stigmatising one to one support for children who fall below the threshold for statutory intervention and for whom often there is often little or no other help available.

Think Children – Our Services

We provide:

  • Very early intervention at the onset of issues
  • One to one work, for up to 12 sessions per child, with a specially trained facilitator

Age appropriate method:

  • Facilitators use play which is the young child’s natural communicative process
  • Children at this age are only slowly developing the cognitive skills to identify & verbalise complex emotions
  • Children can explore issues from the real world in the safety of the imaginary world
  • The sessions are non-directive and are led by the child

Issue appropriate method:

  • Children are often trying to cope with issues that may be complex, ambiguous and inconsistent.

In appropriate surroundings:

  • Service taken TO the child – usually in the familiar surroundings of their primary school but we can now consider other suitable venues
  • Minimal disruption to school day
  • Sessions are low level, low key, and non-stigmatising
  • Our facilitators are local
  • Accessible to all

Our Impact

Benefits to the children

Think Children sessions help children to:

  • Safely explore their issues
  • Release pent up emotions
  • Clarify how they see their situation
  • Develop coping skills
  • Move forward with their lives in a positive way

What the professional assessments show:

  • Last year (2013/2014) evidence show that 86% of children continue to show improvement after the sessions have ended, demonstrating these are long lasting positive changes
  • Assessment is by the school SENCo or the class teacher who are well placed to observe the child’s coping skills
  • Assessment is NOT stressful for the child

Benefits to others who interact with the child

When children are able to move forward in a more constructive way, benefits also accrue for the family, peers, teachers and the community.

Social return on investment

The longer these issues are left unresolved, the more difficult and costly they may become. Neglect of these issues may sometimes be serious as the strains of emotional survival can result in a downward spiral of events in which their increasing despair and anger becomes a pathway to educational marginalisation, social disaffection and violence or self harm.

Lack of effective early intervention can incur substantial costs for the education, benefits, health, social work, police and justice services.There can also be knock on effects for the next generation. Changed attitudes, and improved resilience & coping skills, are fundamental changes with far reaching implications for future lifestyles.