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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”.




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!  


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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.

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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.


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

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.

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?


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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:



Some children develop their own strategies when studying or working on a project. Some others don´t because no one has told them how to do it. Study techniques and work habits can be taught and learnt and some parents are eager to help their children but they don´t know how.

First of all, try to be patient. Helping your own children with homework can be challenging. Something that can be easy in an adult's eyes might be a whole world for a child.



Algunos niños desarrollan sus propias estrategias cuando tienen que estudiar o trabajar en proyectos.  Otros no lo hacen porque nadie les ha enseñado cómo hacerlo. Las técnicas de estudio y los hábitos de trabajo pueden ser enseñados y aprendidos. A muchos padres les encantaría poder ayudar a sus hijos en estas áreas, pero no saben cómo.

Lo primordial es intentar ser paciente. Ayudar a los propios hijos con los deberes puede ser todo un reto. Algo que puede ser muy fácil para un adulto, puede representar todo un mundo para un niño.

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Nuestra logopedia Valeria Ávila contesta a una de las preguntas más frecuentes que recibimos: Mi hijo es bilingue, somos espanoles y vivimos en Holanda.  Tiene 3 anos y 2 meses y a veces se atasca al hablar. Me gustaría saber si es normal. Gracias.


Los niños al estar expuesto a dos lenguas a la vez pueden tener un desarrollo más tardío en el lenguaje en comparación con sus iguales monolingües. En los niños bilingües se suele considerar normal que exista un retraso aproximado de 4 a 6 meses en el lenguaje. Si se nota que el niño no logra expresar sus necesidades en ninguno de los dos idiomas, es necesario acudir a un logopeda para obtener una valoración más exhausta.

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Have you ever asked yourself how you learn?

Even though we spend a substantial portion of our life studying or working, most of us have not been taught how to do so in the most effective way. Learning should not imply just reading a text several times and then repeating it.

Learning implies three basic actions: exposure to material, revision and practice.

There are many cognitive processes involved in learning (short and long-term memory, attention span, executive functions, perception, language, etc.).

The best way to learn is getting to know all these processes, their limits and some strategies to make them work in the best and most effective possible way. This is called metacognition.

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Forgiveness as a Tool for Psychological Wellbeing


Forgiveness is a word we have all heard before, we´ve been taught we “should” forgive and we´ve all made our own interpretations of the word. How many times have we seen little children having to give a kiss and say sorry? Forgiveness is something that we´ve supposedly learnt to do as we grew up. But when given a deeper thought, do we know what forgiveness is? Do we know how to forgive?

The subject of forgiveness seems to be tainted by culture, religion and personal factors. Therefore, throughout this article we will take a look into what forgiveness really is and how we forgive from a psychological perspective.


Fall in love with your Routines

Forgetting about routines, having the freedom to do what we want when we feel like it… those long days of Summer are ideal to live like that: more slowly, more spontaneous.

Not having to restrict ourselves to specific schedules and being open to improvisation are parts of the perfect recipe for disconnection and relaxation. However sooner or later the time comes to snap back to reality and a more formal rhythm.

How can we maintain the feeling of freedom from the summer in our days marked by schedules and repetitive obligations? Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could start to enjoy our routines instead of seeing them as boring and monotonous obligations?

Here is an easy step-by-step way to fall back in love with your routines.


How to look after your voice



Our voice is the instrument we use to communicate on a daily basis and for this reason it should be used correctly. If we do so, we lessen the risk of straining our vocal cords.


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