The Fulham Study has developed as a centre which provides children of any age, background and ability with support and improvement in their academic work and educational development. It is widely recognised that part of any child or young person’s success at school – and the wider world – is rooted in having confidence and a strong sense of self-worth, which can often be the deciding factor in what they go on to achieve and accomplish later on in their lives.
Obvious issues such as bullying, friendship problems or difficulties at home can clearly lead to a sense of unhappiness or instability for a child; sometimes however, it is not completely clear what is going on, but there is a sense that all is not quite right.
In all cases, The Fulham Study recognises that from time to time there is a need for specific space and time to be provided for young people to figure out and make sense of what might be difficult for them, to find strategies for coping with or sorting out the worries they have.
It is our belief that for certain children, this type of support can have a hugely beneficial impact on their sense of well-being, and crucially on their subsequent academic development and progress.
What would a typical session be like?
There would be no typical session! Each session would be very much led by the needs of the child or young person. With younger children, where verbal expression is not always so easy, this may be more play/creating/role play focused, whereas there may be more of a formal talking type set up with someone slightly older.
The idea is that it is a private space, held by the counsellor, in which the young person can express themselves in whatever way they want to. By allowing an individual such an opportunity, supported by a professional, may help in shedding some light on the meaning of such expression, thus allowing for an understanding to be gained of any difficulties experienced by that child; from which, action toward change is possible.
Additionally, the process would potentially be, in collaboration with the rest of the TFS team, an opportunity to help you as parents to think about alternative or further support that can be used, as and when required.
What to do next?
If you feel that your child could benefit from this kind of support then we would be very happy to hear from you. It is probably advisable for you and your child to come for an initial meeting with myself, so I can get a little bit more of an idea of what the situation is and how best to proceed. You would have the opportunity to talk to me individually or with your child present, as you and your child feel would be most appropriate.
*You do not need to be having academic tutoring at The Fulham Study already to be eligible.
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