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What does a School Counsellor do?

At Sinews, we advise parents to put themselves in the shoes of a coach. A coach doesn’t participate in team matches, nor does he follow the same diet as his athletes, and of course, he doesn’t suffer the same injuries as his athletes. A coach has two responsibilities: to organize his team and provide it with the right guidance and advice, with the objective of bettering the team’s overall performance.    

 

The concept of enhancing performance is very important.

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Is the academic year already starting to take a toll on you or your child? Studies can often be overwhelming for myriad reasons. Our study coach and Educational Psychologist Juan explains how adding sessions with a study coach into your life can be a wonderful way to not only keep up with the demands of academic life but to thrive!

 

We like stories: Lost and Found

We continue the Sinews Blog section dedicated to commentating children’s stories with our second reading, Lost and Found.

 

In this marvelous tale, Oliver Jeffers tells us the story of a boy who finds a penguin at the front door of his house. The penguin seems sad and the boy interprets this as him being lost.

 

Our boy decides to help him and starts an arduous search for the penguins origins

Stottern - Fragen und Antworten rund um das Thema

Gibt es jemanden in ihrer Familie oder Freundeskreis der stottert, oder sind Sie sogar selbst betroffen und möchten etwas mehr zum Thema erfahren?

 

 

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Understanding Dyslexia

 

During the school years, plenty of children struggle with reading. Most of them catch up after a few months, as a result of the getting the extra help that they need, others even improve without any intervention at all. However, for some kids, a different kind of help over a longer period of time, will be needed. Which is one of the main red flags to indicate whether there is a reading problem or a specific language disorder as dyslexia.

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Hello! Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.  

 

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We Like Stories: "Guapa"

Children’s stories are one of the most important tools for the learning and development of a child’s imagination.  They take children to a world where fantasy and reality go hand in hand to tell stories full of values like friendship, solidarity, respect, tolerance, honesty, etc.  We have an amazing diversity of books that not only tell beautiful stories but also allow our children to learn and embrace these important values in a fun and enriching way.

 

In our blog, we are inaugurating a new section in which we share our favorite books with simple morals for children.  And what better date to do it than April 23rd, World Book Day.  We’ll tell you an interesting fact: the date for World Book Day wasn’t chosen at random, rather it was decided to illuminate an important day in the history of literature.  Manuel Mejía Vallejo, Maurice Druon and Halldór Laxness were all born on April 23rd.  What’s more, Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, William Wordsworth and Josep Pla all died on April 23rd.

 

We hope that you enjoy reading our stories, and that you have a happy Book Day! 

 

Third Culture Kids

My friend Alice came back to Madrid for a visit the other day. She was telling me about how hard it had been for her to adjust to living and working in the UK (where her parents are from, where she was born, but where she hasn’t lived since she was 2 years old). After a nice walk through Retiro Park, she realized her wallet was missing. We went to the nearest police station to report it and I stood there listening to her describe the contents of the wallet: bank card from the UK, bus-pass from Madrid, metro card from Paris (where her parents now live), Illinois driver’s license, San Diego library card… The police officer taking down her statement finally blurted out “Wow!, You are a real globe-trotter!”, and Alice answered, “Nah… I’m just a third culture kid”.

 



SO, WHAT IS A THIRD CULTURE KID?

 

Nos gustan los cuentos: Guapa

Los cuentos infantiles son una de las herramientas más importantes para el aprendizaje y el desarrollo de la imaginación de los niños. Les acerca a un mundo donde la fantasía y la realidad se dan de la mano para mostrarles historias llenas de valores como la amistad, la solidaridad, el respeto, la tolerancia, la honestidad, etc. Contamos con una gran diversidad de cuentos que además de contar historias preciosas permiten a nuestros niños aprender e interiorizar estos valores tan importantes de una manera divertida y enriquecedora.

 

Inauguramos en el Blog esta nueva sección en la que comentaremos los cuentos que más nos han gustado y de los que podemos extraer una moraleja sencilla para nuestros niños. Y qué mejor fecha para hacerlo que el 23 de abril, Día Internacional del Libro. Os contamos como curiosidad que el Día del Libro no fue elegido fruto del azar, sino que se decidió al tratarse de una data trascendente en la historia de la literatura. Un 23 de abril nacieron Manuel Mejía Vallejo, Maurice Druon o Halldór Laxness. También un 23 de abril murieron Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, William Wordsworth o Josep Pla.

 

¡Esperamos que disfrutéis con la lectura de nuestros cuentos y que paséis un Feliz Día del Libro!  

 

Buenos días,

Después de llevar 1 año y medio tomando 10 mg de Paroxetina mi psiquiatra me dijo que estuviese solo dos días tomando 5 mg.  Al cuarto día de no tomar nada empecé con calambres musculares, escalofríos, sudoración nocturna, dificultad para dormir cabeza aturdida, y sensación de adormecimiento en la cara. Mi psiquiatra no entiende que lo estoy pasando fatal y que no me la ha reducido correctamente y estoy perdida. Mi médico de cabecera me ha dicho que empiece otra vez con 10 mg y un Orfidal por las noches para poder dormir durante un mes y así ir reduciendo poco a poco para no tener efectos rebotes. ¿Lo estoy haciendo bien? Estoy perdida.

Food Quality, not Quantity, is Key to Health

As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I help clients establish nourishing habits in the kitchen and their broader lifestyle. A key step in this process is adopting a new mindset about food and body. Whether my clients are incorporating new breakfast options, meal prepping for the week, or prioritizing time to exercise, I encourage them to make these choices out of a desire for health and quality rather than a concern for weight and calories. Science shows this mindset shift is key to long-term health because it establishes a positive, sustainable relationship to food and body; one where the focus is on adding in good things to feel nourished and satisfied rather than avoiding the “bad” things.

 

A New Study: Quality Trumps Quantity

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Learning Disabilities

This is the presentation that Valeria Ávila and Gloria Rios gave in January at King's College in Soto Viñuelas, one of the schools that outsources services with us.

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Dra Varela,

 Tengo 22 semanas de embarazo. No toleré la Sertralina. Mi psiquiatra me ha dado Fluoxetina pero me dijo que la mantendrá hasta después del parto. ¿Qué riesgo hay para el bebé? He leído que hay que suspender la en la semana 28. Pero yo apenas la voy a iniciar. Estoy muy asustada. El Lorazepam ha dicho que me suspenderá una semana antes del parto. Gracias por responder.

 

Interview with Itxaso Cembrero on her daily activities at Kings as a school
counsellor

1. What does a typical day look like for you?

Although every day at Kings College is different, my day starts at 8:00 answering emails, meeting with parents and school staff. Later on I start seeing the children that have an assigned time for their sessions as they require behavioural, emotional, or social support. When I’m not in session with children, I use the time to carry out psychoeducational evaluations, observe and update the school’s programme, iSAMS.

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Tips to Survive a Stay Abroad

In my opinion, having done it twice, living some time in a foreign country is one of the most enriching experiences one can have, even when this experience is not as simple as we thought and is not free of difficulties.

When we pack our bags we tend to fill them with illusion and we concentrate on all the positive things that this new adventure will bring us. Learning a new language, new friends, all the places we are going to visit, the trips we are going to take… but rarely do we think of all the obstacles that we may find on the way to achieving our goals.

Dyslexia in bilingual children

As adults we understand the benefits that being bilingual means. However, children are not able to see the long term benefits, especially when acquiring a second language becomes a struggle.

It is important to note that most authors indicate that a speaker does not have to be fully competent and fluent in both languages in order to be considered bilingual. However, being bilingual refers to having access and using two or more languages on a daily basis (Baker 2006, Martin 2009). In order for children to properly acquire a second language the need to communicate is vital. In British schools where the main language of development tends to be a second language for most students, proficient literacy and language skills will be developed.

ENTREVISTA A LA DRA GEMA RUBIO, socia fundadora de SINEWS, sobre su trabajo ayudando a PAREJAS con dificultades

Gema Rubio, psicóloga y socia de SINEWS, trabaja con parejas del mismo y distinto sexo, ayudándolas a superar dificultades o incluso a tomar la decisión de separarse y conseguir un divorcio sereno.

Nuestra psiquiatra la Dra. Orlanda Varela responde online las preguntas de aquellas personas que piden consejo sobre tratamiento psiquiátrico. Si deseas hacer alguna consulta, no dudes en contactarnos a través de nuestro formulario.

Hola, quisiera saber como dejar la Fluoxetina y el Clonazepam. Llevo tomándolas como 6 meses y claro me he sentido bien. Me ha quitado la angustia las crisis de pánico pero me ha quitado el apetito sexual completamente. He pensado en dejar los medicamentos pero igual me da miedo a una recaída pero me siento mal sexualmente- no funciono... ¿Qué hago?

 

Everyday Dal + A Two-Minute Reset

There's something about starting a new year - even though, technically, I know nothing has changed between the 31st and the 1st - that makes me feel lighter, refreshed, and inspired. It may be due, in part, to the rituals we collectively partake in as a society to ring in the New Year; fireworks, parties, special meals. But I believe a larger piece of the puzzle is the simple act of pausing and taking time off that allows the space for our energy, mood, and perspectives to reset.

But we don't need to wait for January for a fresh start. We can create this space any day, any month. And I want to capitalize on the momentum of the new year to share a two-minute strategy I use to reset and get clear on my intentions, whether they're for the New Year or just the day ahead. And it starts with a question for you:

 

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OUR TEAM

Gema Rubio
Vickie Andrews
Gabriel Fibla
Lidia Budziszewska
Eva Katharina Herber
Christina María Cop
 
Rocío Fernández Cosme
Itxaso Cembrero Tercero
Orlanda Varela
Kyla Turner
Clara Blázquez Booth
Andrea Moreno
 
Alberto Rodríguez Quiroga
Lucía Largo
Miriam Mower
Valeria Ávila
Leticia Martínez Prado
Carolina López Jiménez
 
Saray Cáliz Aguilera
Antonio Vian Lians
Sámar Khalife
Gloria Rios
Itziar Baltasar Tello
Nicole Hoyer García
 
Asunción Tena Justice
Miriam Esquivel Moreno
Juan Yagüe Buitrago
Amanda Blanco Carranza
Sarah Somian
 

OUR TEAM

Gema Rubio
Vickie Andrews
Gabriel Fibla
Lidia Budziszewska
Eva Katharina Herber
Christina María Cop
 
Rocío Fernández Cosme
Itxaso Cembrero Tercero
Orlanda Varela
Kyla Turner
Clara Blázquez Booth
Andrea Moreno
 
Alberto Rodríguez Quiroga
Lucía Largo
Miriam Mower
Valeria Ávila
Leticia Martínez Prado
Carolina López Jiménez
 
Saray Cáliz Aguilera
Antonio Vian Lians
Sámar Khalife
Gloria Rios
Itziar Baltasar Tello
Nicole Hoyer García
 
Asunción Tena Justice
Miriam Esquivel Moreno
Juan Yagüe Buitrago
Amanda Blanco Carranza
Sarah Somian
 

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