One in ten children aged between five and 16 years old have a diagnosable mental health problem – according to a recent Task Force Report  commissioned by NHS England. For the thousands of teachers, learning mentors, nurses and counsellors, who help and nurture children daily, this startling statistic highlights the need for government investment and a fresh, new approach.
Drawing and Talking – a family-run business – offers pioneering training courses to adults who work with children of all ages. To date, the company has trained over 7,000 professionals and its technique is being implemented in over 5,000 schools across the UK.
This March the company will be joining a host of inspiring educational suppliers at the annual Education Show to demonstrate its low-cost yet effective solution for adults looking to help children affected by mental health issues. One of the most popular events in the Education sector’s calendar, the Education Show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 17-19 March and is free to attend (register online at education-show.com).
Drawing and Talking was established in 2004 by Maria Beagley, a former SENCO, and her daughter, Catherine. The company hosts training days across the UK, throughout the year, which teach an innovative and informed therapy method, equipping adults with tools they need to help children who have suffered trauma or who have underlying emotional difficulties that may be affecting their learning and behaviour.
Its roots stem from Dr John Allan’s Serial Drawing technique , which was used to train students at the University of British Columbia in their 1st years of undergraduate degree. Maria was introduced to the non-intrusive therapy by British Child Psychotherapist, Michael Green, who then co-wrote the training program with Maria, developing Dr Allan’s technique for UK professionals.
Maria comments: “The method we use encourages each side of a child’s brain to work together to process difficult or painful memories by combining drawing, a right-brained activity, and talking, a left-brained activity. Over time, the child becomes more able to process and manage their pain which will often lead to more positive behaviour and engagement with the national curriculum and other day-to-day learning processes.”
Catherine, who will be at the Education Show to showcase the Drawing and Talking technique and provide information on the courses, adds: “It is vital that children who suffer emotional trauma have access to the care and attention they need in order to secure their future in education and in health.
“Typically, children might have experienced bereavement of a grandparent, parent or sibling, bullying, their parent’s divorce, abuse or even unsettling things like moving house and starting a new school. We are really excited to be attending this year’s Education Show to explain what we do to the people that are best placed to affect a child’s future.
“This year, we will be running a competition to win a free INSET/Cluster training day for up to 30 people and also releasing our Autumn course dates – those attending will have the first opportunity to book a course, right up until Christmas.”
Find Drawing and Talking at stand A70-B71 (opposite the sticker stand) at the Education Show, Birmingham, NEC from 17-19 March 2016. The event is free to attend, register online at www.education-show.com.
For more information on its training and available course dates, call 020 8715 0745 or visit drawingandtalking.com.