Frequently Asked Questions
My child needs help – can I contact Learning Space directly?
Yes of course – our new Space4You service allows parents to refer….so if you are worried about your son or daughter’s behaviour, anxiety, levels of self-confidence or any other aspect of his / her emotional well-being please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the service is from £20 for a session lasting up to 40 minutes. Programmes usually run for between four and eight weeks.
The school want to refer my child to Learning Space – what help will this give her?
Learning Space helps children and young people find practical solutions to their difficulties and help them to develop the skills and tools they need for life. Learning Space workers are all highly trained professionals and use a well-respected methodology called solution focused thinking to help children and young people with their troubles and worries. They aim to get children and young people to believe that they can change the situations they find themselves in. Learning Space sessions also help with communication and thinking skills.
Why is healthy self-esteem so important for children and young people?
Self-esteem is how you feel and the beliefs you hold about yourself. It is about accepting who you are and what you are capable of. It is important that we raise children and young people to have good self-esteem so that they are able to handle the tough times that they will have in life as well as the good. Children who feel good about themselves have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures. They are generally more optimistic and don’t let what others say to them or about them affect the way they think about themselves.
What sort of difference does Learning Space make?
Our work aims to raise levels of self-esteem and confidence so that children and young people are better able to manage change and respond to challenges in their lives. We also aim to raise individual achievement levels so that our children and young people are more engaged in learning, attend school regularly and manage themselves positively. Finally we want to improve relationships and behaviour both in and out of school so that our children and young people are good communicators who are better able to understand other people.
Why does Learning Space focus more on solutions as opposed to problems?
A solution focused approach encourages the child or young person to step outside the problem for a moment and think about the influence of the problem on his or her life. From this observation and from identifying times when the problem is in less control the child is able to develop his or her own strategies so that s/he is in more control. It's useful for parents and teachers to do this too - it allows them to notice when things are working well.
How can I help my child develop more confidence?
Parents need to encourage their children as much as possible and use positive messages which help children to develop a confident self-image. Use compliments as praise whenever your child does something right; let them know also that making mistakes is perfectly acceptable and essential for learning. As a parent you are your child's greatest role model - if we are confident in ourselves then our children are more likely to follow this lead.
Where does Learning Space operate?
Learning Space is based in Dorking and most of the schools we works with are around south-east Surrey. However we have worked in Kent and are always keen to explore links with any schools which are interested in our work.
Why do schools need Learning Space?
Although pastoral care is provided within schools, generally school staff do not have the time, resources or experience to provide the intensive support delivered by Learning Space. Similarly the process of referral to mainstream education specialists is usually bureaucratic and time-consuming - places are limited so only children with the most severe needs receive extra help. By contrast Learning Space is able to work more preventatively with greater numbers of children including those who are only just beginning to show signs of distress.