Towards self-regulation: a refresh of our resources

As adults we learn how to self-regulate but children need to learn their own strategies and we can help them by labelling the ones they have and trying out others to see which ones work best for them.

We have refreshed our resources within EASEYS for ASN Towards self-regulation. These now include some samples and templates as well as a refreshed set of self-regulation cards to help you personalise the support you provide for individual children.

A Wellbeing Evaluation Tool… the next chapter

As a follow up to our infographic detailing our journey so far in ‘Co-producing a Mental Health and Wellbeing Evaluation Tool with Children & Young People’ we thought you may be interested to find out more. Today we are sharing a short video detailing some of what our C&YP across Highland have told us about what SHANARRI really looks, sounds and feels like to them, and also what they think it should look like in their schools.

This video is part of a suite of resources that will sit alongside our completed wellbeing self-evaluation tool, and it can be used to introduce the survey to the C&YP before they complete it. If you are in a school and are interested in getting involved, or using the self-evaluation tool please get in touch with

Your ‘SHANARRI’ School video link

Co-producing a Mental Health & Wellbeing Evaluation tool with our Children & Young People

As a service we have been working with Children and Young People (C&YP) across Highland to develop a Wellbeing Evaluation Tool for schools, based on the wellbeing indicators. We wanted to be able to support schools to identify (through hearing the voice of all of their pupils) how C&YP feel that their wellbeing needs are being met while they are in school.

Read our story so far…hearing what it looks, sounds and feels like to be in a SHANARRI school.

Planning for Christmas

The run up to Christmas looks different for everyone. For some children and young people there can be challenges that might benefit from extra planning. For some ideas have a look at the Planning for Christmas page within the Supporting Families section of this Blog.

The Pines, Neurodevelopmental Support Centre for Highland, based in Inverness is holding a coffee morning for parents, carers and professionals to share strategies which might help.

Christmas Coffee Morning – Strategies for Christmas

Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 10:30 AM  12:00 PM

“Christmas can be a very stressful time for families and having some strategies to support your young person might help. Shona MacPherson from the Pines Speech & Language Therapy team has lots of ideas!”

Updated guidance and resources for responding to tragic events

Whenever a tragedy occurs, children, like many people, may be confused or frightened. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. School staff can help children cope first and foremost by establishing a sense of safety and security. 

Advice within this Guidance aims to support staff and to give them the confidence to appropriately respond to children and young people at this time.

Using Virtual Rooms – during online meetings with Young People

Online meetings are now a part of everyday life in our new ways of working. However, one of the challenges of online meetings is how to engage with young people in a meaningful way when we are unable to meet them in person. A creative response to this challenge has been the use of ‘virtual rooms’. If you want to know more about setting up your own room, follow this link.