frustration to communication

From Frustration to Communication: Improving Parent-School Partnerships in the EHCP Process

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Founder:Bohangar City Practice: (ex Banking Analyst): Transforming Minds, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

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Every parent strives to provide the best for their child, especially when faced with learning or developmental challenges. In the United Kingdom, the Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) process is intended to offer crucial support for children with special educational needs. However, navigating this process often becomes a source of frustration due to miscommunication and misunderstanding between parents and schools. In this article, we’ll delve into the common hurdles that parents encounter during the EHCP journey, explore effective solutions, and introduce a valuable resource that focuses on parents – the 1-to-1 Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH) therapy offered by Bohangar City Practice.

The Frustration of Miscommunication

While the EHCP process should ideally be a collaborative effort involving parents, schools, and professionals, real-life scenarios often differ. Parents often find themselves grappling with problems in communication, leading to avoidable delays and inadequate support for their children. From inconvenient meeting schedules to vague progress updates, these communication gaps leave parents feeling disheartened and powerless.

Empowering Parents through Effective Solutions

  1. Transparent Communication Channels: Establishing clear communication channels between parents and schools is pivotal. Ensuring that meetings are scheduled at mutually convenient times and exploring virtual meeting options can foster an environment of open dialogue, enabling timely addressing of concerns.
  2. Detailed Progress Reports: Schools should prioritize providing parents with comprehensive progress reports that outline the child’s achievements, challenges, and the strategies being employed. These reports should be easily understandable, empowering parents with insights into their child’s development.
  3. Assigned Liaison: Appointing a designated staff member as a liaison for parents can bridge the gap between home and school. This liaison can facilitate seamless information exchange, address concerns promptly, and offer parents a reliable point of contact.

Introducing 1-to-1 Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH) Therapy

While improving communication between parents and schools is undoubtedly essential, offering additional support can greatly enhance a child’s overall growth. Bohangar City Practice presents an innovative solution through their 1-to-1 CBH therapy, which places a focus on parents. CBH is a powerful therapeutic approach that can substantially benefit parents in managing stress, building resilience, and acquiring new coping skills.

Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH)

Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH) integrates the principles of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) with hypnosis, aiming to identify and transform negative thought patterns and behaviours that contribute to emotional and psychological challenges. CBH is a collaborative journey that empowers individuals to take control of their thoughts and emotions.

Benefits for Parents

  1. Stress and Anxiety Management: Parents of children with special needs often experience heightened levels of stress and anxiety. CBH can equip them with effective techniques to manage these emotions, fostering a sense of calm and well-being.
  2. Building Resilience: CBH therapy assists parents in building resilience in the face of challenges. It equips them with tools to navigate difficult situations and maintain a positive outlook.
  3. Learning Coping Skills: CBH empowers parents with new coping skills that can be applied not only to their child’s challenges but also to various aspects of their lives. This newfound emotional agility can positively impact their overall well-being.

Personalised Approach of 1-to-1 CBH Therapy

Bohangar City Practice offers a tailored 1-to-1 CBH therapy program designed to meet the individual needs of each parent. This personalized approach ensures that the therapy addresses the specific stressors and challenges parents are encountering, resulting in meaningful and sustainable outcomes.

How Can Parents Benefit?

  1. Enhanced Well-being: CBH therapy directly contributes to parents’ overall well-being by enabling them to manage stress and anxiety effectively. This translates to a more balanced and empowered mindset.
  2. Improved Communication with Schools: Equipped with enhanced coping skills, parents can engage more effectively in their interactions with schools. This results in smoother communication, benefiting the EHCP process.

In conclusion, the EHCP process can be a trying journey for parents seeking support for their children with special educational needs. The challenges of miscommunication and lack of collaboration can hinder progress. However, solutions such as transparent communication channels and detailed progress reports can significantly enhance this process. Furthermore, the introduction of 1-to-1 CBH therapy for parents offered by Bohangar City Practice provides essential tools to manage stress, build resilience, and learn coping skills. By empowering parents, CBH therapy contributes to a more positive and productive educational experience for children.

Note from the Author on this Article ‘Chigg’

The insights and guidance presented in this article stem from a blend of personal encounters with the EHCP review process and a deep-rooted professional understanding of CBH therapy. The author, having personally navigated the intricate maze of the EHCP/SEND process from its initiation to its ongoing stages, brings a unique perspective to the table. This hands-on experience is further enriched by a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy from the esteemed UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, and a certification in understanding Autism.

Before venturing into the realm of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, the author carved a successful career spanning over two decades in Investment Banking, with significant roles in global hubs like the City of London, Singapore, Frankfurt, and Zurich. This background, although seemingly distinct, instilled a passion for relaxation, self-hypnosis, and the art of simplifying complex problems.

Today, channeling this passion and expertise, the author has established the Bohangar City Practice. This venture is a testament to their commitment to assisting others through Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, drawing from both their professional training and personal journey with SEND. This article, thus, stands as a credible and empathetic guide for parents embarking on or navigating the EHCP review process.

Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specializing in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

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