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¿Qué es el conflicto entre iguales?

El conflicto entre iguales se refiere al desacuerdo mutuo o a la hostilidad entre grupos de iguales. Se caracteriza por suceder entre iguales con una situación de poder igual o similar dentro del grupo social (amigos). Ocurre ocasionalmente, no es planificado y no implica violencia ni resulta en un daño serio. Los perpetradores en los conflictos no buscan poder ni atención. Sin embargo, el conflicto puede escalar a violencia o agresión física o verbal.

¿Cuál es el papel que juega el conflicto entre iguales en el desarrollo de niños y adolescentes?

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WHAT IS PEER CONFLICT?

Peer conflict refers to mutual disagreement or hostility between peers or peer groups. It is characterized as conflict between people of equal or similar power (friends); it occurs occasionally; it is unplanned; and it does not involve violence or result in serious harm. Perpetrators of peer conflict do not seek power or attention. However, peer conflict can escalate into violence.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF PEER CONFLICT IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS DEVELOPMENT?

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A Few Tips For a Healthy Holiday Season

As we are fast approaching the end of the year and Holiday Season, this period can often elicit a lot of stress, discomfort and anxiety in many of my clients.

 

With the many social and family gatherings, the last minute gifts shopping and end of the business year craziness, many people often feel overwhelmed, pressed for time and exhausted..

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This is a question many parents frequently ask me. When children are small, things are easier - they tell us everything that has happened to them during the day, they ask us for help, and ask to spend time with us. Teenagers, however, are at a stage when they want their own space. Their opinions differ from ours, and the activities that we suggest doing may seem boring to them.

 

For this reason, it is important to show interest in their hobbies in order to share time together; this could be following a TV series or watching sports matches together. Another important element is asking them for help because teenagers feel that we are constantly telling them what to do. Therefore, if we ask them for advice, or they explain to us about topics they know more about, they will feel that we are validating their opinions and treating them like the young adults which they are. In the same way, when they tell us about their problems and dilemmas, we should not start by saying "You have to ...", but listen to them, ask them what they have thought about doing, and then suggest alternative courses of action, always validating theirs, of course.

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The Benefits of Mindfulness

In a world of constant movement and rush, the need for peace and calm is increasing significantly. People are experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety as their biological response to overcome the demands of their work and life. But the resources they use are burning them out from the inside, so, as a result new tools such as mindfulness are becoming more and more important.

 

Mindfulness is a special type of meditation that encourages people to experience their present life with a different focus. Basically, it helps individuals to slow down and appreciate the beauty around them. The only thing they need is a personal commitment with their psychological and physical health and a lot of practice.

 

The only way that people can reach a mindful state is by practicing  their disconnection from the noise outside on a daily basis. As we do in SINEWS Multilingual Therapy Institute, you can support and guide your practice through group sessions, but if you want to see how your heart rate decreases or your anxiety goes away, it’s up to you to practice mindfulness every day.

 

And last but not least, we need to mention that mindfulness means more than just letting your mind go blank. It’s about building consciousness about the present moment, everything that happens both inside and out. It’s a changing experience that helps you improve your wellbeing and long-term life satisfaction.

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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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
Álvaro Narvaiza Yturriaga
 

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
Álvaro Narvaiza Yturriaga
 

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