My name is Linda Hibbert and I am the Family Support Worker for our AP families.
I attended Alderman Pounder as a child, when the school first opened! I have lived in Chilwell all my life, I'm married and have three children who have all attended Alderman Pounder, Eskdale and Chilwell School. I have worked at the school for many years, I started working as a MDSA then a teaching assistant and now the Family Support Worker.
The role of Family Support Worker is a dream job for me, where I can help our vulnerable families and give our children the support they need. my door is always open.
All children develop at different rates: academically, socially, emotionally and mentally. Parents, teachers and their peers all have an influence on a child’s development. Sometimes children develop patterns of behaviour that can give a cause for concern, such as aggressive outbursts, becoming withdrawn, defiance and over sensitivity (not within normal parameters).
As adults we need to understand that often these behaviours are a child’s way of processing things in their life. Sometimes children need additional support to understand the emotions that trigger such behaviours.
As a school we have been recognised by numerous external sources as being a professional body who work extremely hard at pastoral care and putting in place individual support packages as needed. A lot of work already happens at school both universally with all our children but also specifically with individuals.
However, we recognise that at times, you as parents, also need additional support to understand and cope with particular behaviours. We don’t have all the answers or a quick fix but I am passionate about helping children, and their families, through these challenging times.
I am based at The Pulse within Alderman Pounder.
Please phone the school office to arrange an appointment, email me or just drop in and I will do my very best to see you straight away or at my earliest convenience.
Monday to Friday, 8.30-3.45
HOW CAN I HELP?
There are times when you or your child may need to talk.
I will be available to listen and provide a quiet, safe space, to share worries concerns or just ‘be there’ and be a trusted adult/friend.
My door will always be open to both children and their families…
I work across the school from
Seedlings to year 2.
This could be one to one, in a group, weekly, over a period of time or following a structured programme.
I am available to give children support during break and lunchtimes if required.
WHEN COULD A CHILD NEED MY SUPPORT?
A child may need support with the following:
Bereavement and loss
Transistion to a new class
Change in family circumstances
Promoting positive behavior
Boosting self Esteem and confidence.
There may be other issues a child may need support with, sometimes it may be just someone to talk to other than a teacher or parent.
WHAT THE PULSE OFFERS
· A listening ear
· Individual support
· Opportunities to meet other parents in small groups
· Tools, skills and ideas
· Help with finding the information you need
· Information sessions
Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
Many of you may never of heard of this. As a school neither had we until we had a child diagnosed with it. It is a neurodevelopmental disorder which is increasingly viewed as part of the 'autism spectrum' but requires very different management. It is a lifelong disability characterised by obsessively resisting the everyday demands of life. They are not being 'naughty'! By understanding the condition and some of the strategies that can work we are learning how best to support children and their families coping with this disorder.
One of the best pieces of advice we can offer is to think of it as an anxiety disorder, where any demands, or even 'perceived demands', can make a child feel extremely anxious. They are not in control of these emotions. By better understanding how things make them feel, and subsequently behave, we have learnt to make adjustments in our handling of children with PDA to make their environment less stressful and help them reach a place where learning can take place.
The PDA website above, and their forum, are a source of help, support and information.