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Joe is an only child and lives with both parents. He was referred because of his very angry outbursts at school where he can hurt other children. He had been excluded on two occasions. He usually showed no remorse and had difficulty engaging with teachers and his peer group. His parents were concerned as he was becoming increasingly difficult to get to school and his mother was having real problems getting him out of the car in the mornings.

At first Joe was difficult to engage with – some sessions he was almost silent and only talked about and drew things that he was particularly interested in. We worked on strength cards over two sessions and initially he threw most of them on the floor saying he was “useless” at everything. The following week however he chose the “I CAN CHANGE” card out of the pack.

Joe continued to have a low self-image and Learning Space sessions gave him time and encouragement to identify his strengths as well as time “to be” without having to be challenged. Joe needs time to continue to explore his feelings of self-worth at his own speed – acknowledging he wanted to change was an enormous step forward for him.

Alicia, age 14 years old

Alicia, age 14 years old

Alicia is a year 9 student referred for anger management and for difficulties emerging for her following the sudden death (suicide) of close family member. On her first session Alicia said that she found it impossible to talk to people…

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Sophie, aged 15

Sophie, aged 15

  Sophie's school attendance below 10% and even when she was in school she refused to attend lessons. She was completely disengaged and her family was threatened with prosecution. The referrer's hopes for Sophie were for her to begin to…

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Parents of Joshua

Parents of Joshua

Joshua was referred to Learning Space because he had difficulties leaving his mum in the mornings when he arrived in school – his teacher felt he was becoming increasingly withdraw. At home Joshua’s mum and dad were going through a…

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Peer Support

Peer Support

For some time Learning Space had wanted to pilot a peer support scheme and after attending an anti-bullying conference where year 3 children were identified as being particularly vulnerable to a drop in self-esteem we arranged to work with a…

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Sarah, aged 12

Sarah, aged 12

Sarah was first referred to Learning Space half way through her first year at secondary school. She has suffered from chronic health difficulties since birth and was finding the demands of a secondary school very difficult to cope with. She…

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Kieran aged 4

Kieran aged 4

 Jackie was only 17 when her son, Kieran, as born at only 26 weeks. She had to visit him in hospital and medical bulletins implied that if he did manage to survive he would be severely handicapped. Jackie was confused…

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Ryan, aged 11

Ryan, aged 11

Ryan was first referred by his primary school and worked with Learning Space during year 6. His school was worried about how he would cope with the move to secondary school and asked Learning Space to continue to support for…

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Joe, aged 8

Joe, aged 8

 Joe is an only child and lives with both parents. He was referred because of his very angry outbursts at school where he can hurt other children. He had been excluded on two occasions. He usually showed no remorse and…

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