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 trial separation after 15 years of marriage. His father was away from the family home for long intervals and would often return with no advance notice. His mother tried to build a routine but disruptions led to feelings of depression and a loss of control over her day-to-day life. Both parents struggled with addiction and related mental health issues.
The first of our sessions focused on the mother’s strengths – reflecting on how she had managed previously and an analysis of the qualities she had that would help her get through this time. The second was aimed to look at the future for herself and Joshua. Her immediate target was to be more organised in the morning so that she could get the children to school calmly and happily. Using a rating scale technique to assess where she was currently and what changes needed to be made a solution was reached. She decided to go to bed earlier to avoid exhaustion in the morning and create more time for herself during the day.
In the third session we reviewed her progression and the success she achieved. Mornings had become less stressed and the children were much happier as a result. Joshua began enjoying school and his mother had noticed a huge difference in his behaviour.
After these sessions school reported a big improvement – Joshua was happier generally and was mixing with the other children more; Joshua mother began to do more things for herself and was pleased to be able to take on some paid work.