Billy Moffle’s Straight Lines

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Buy ‘Billy Moffle’s Straight Lines’ – the latest book in the Moffle’s series

If you live in the UK you can buy the book directly from here using PayPal. The book is £9.99, second class postage & packing adds an additional £2.50. Please note, this is only for the UK.

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‘Billy Moffle’s Straight Lines’ is also available to order in the UK from Amazon now.

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Billy Moffle’s Straight Lines available from Friday 13 May 2022!

Countdown Klaxon! Just 3 days until publication of Billy Moffle’s Straight Lines 🤓 📚 It will be available to buy from Friday 13th May 2022 – definitely lucky for some 👍

It’s the second picture book in the Moffle series, written for families living with relational trauma. Billy’s story explores the impact of domestic violence on one little Moffle. Can making everything straight & tidy in his new home help to keep him safe?

Inclusion & Belonging

Diversity exists & differences should be acknowledged, accepted & celebrated.  As Maya Angelou said, ‘It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty & there is strength.’

Promoting equity does not mean treating everyone the same. Equity occurs when we actively work to provide support to people based on their specific needs. There is no one size of support that fits all. Real equity & inclusion means making access to resources & opportunities obtainable & fair. The support an individual is given needs to be at a level which helps them to achieve their full potential.

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PACE for Parents and Carers

In Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), the central therapeutic attitude is PACE – Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity & Empathy – & a focus is on helping parents & carers develop it towards their child.

Parenting sessions are an important first part of DDP, & they need to be more than just time for psychoeducation. They’re the time to build understanding, trust & safety in the therapist/parent relationship. The time for therapist & parent to become a therapeutic team.

Many parents & carers of children with relational trauma, come to DDP feeling traumatised themselves. Often, they are tired, experiencing compassion fatigue & a sense of failure. Finding the energy to be PACE-ful towards their child is not easy. Yet therapists can get frustrated if they feel parents & carers aren’t understanding or empathic towards their child quickly enough. The adults then feel judged & frustrated that the focus is on them.

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Billy Moffle’s Straight Lines – coming soon!

The second picture book in the Moffle series, Billy Moffle’s Straight Lines, will be coming out soon now. Here’s what Dan Hughes from the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute has to say about it – we’re so happy he’s a Moffles fan!

Have a look around the website & you’ll find other Moffle stories & resources free to download.

The first Moffle picture book, Tippy Moffle’s Mirror, is available to buy & also available on the website as a free audio download.

The Moffles have been written for care experienced children with relational trauma & the adults who love & care for them.

Explosive situation? A&E response!

Sometimes I hear, ‘My child was exploding & PACE just made it worse!’ If you’re having a difficult moment with your child & they are becoming increasingly upset or angry, try to hold your confidence that your PACE-ful attitude (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity & empathy) can help. You just don’t need to use it all at once!

At tricky times when a child is going into fight/flight mode, you might find it helpful to ‘think A&E’. Focus on your acceptance & empathy & try not to ask your child too many questions.

Acceptance & empathy can help a child to feel safe & understood & this may help them to calm down.

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PAWS – a simple script for when things go wrong

Understandably, I’ve often heard from parents, carers & teachers that it can be hard to think of what to say, especially in the heat of the moment, that will put the ‘two handed’ relational approach to discipline (PACE-fulness on the one hand, alongside structure, boundaries & natural consequences on the other), into action.

Here’s a simple script that provides a structure for addressing challenging behaviour with a child, whilst still conveying that you care about them. There are a couple of examples given for each of the steps outlined.

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Brain Calming Activities – the 6 R’s

Children’s learning & their social and emotional development is built on a foundation of bodily awareness and coordination. This comes from good care early in life, & a rich variety of movement and sensory experiences. Children with relational trauma & a history of neglect & abuse, have often missed out on these important, early sensory experiences.

Relational trauma & big gaps in body control, lead to a child’s brain staying on high alert, & their body primed for fight, flight, or freeze. This makes it hard for them to process their thoughts & feelings or to manage their behaviour.

It’s possible to go back and fill in the gaps, by encouraging certain activities & movement. Repeated patterns of movement are good for building new connections within the child’s brain & helping their body to learn that it is safe.

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