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Autistic Girl expresses Unimaginable Intelligence

Carly Fleischmann was born in Toronto, Canada as one of twin girls. It became clear at the age of 2 years old that Carly hadn't developed as quickly as her twin and doctors finally confirmed the worst and diagnosed her with severe autism. The medical professionals said that there was little to be done to [...]

By |July 31st, 2017|Education, Emotional Intelligence|0 Comments

Study Shows we are Born Creative Geniuses but the ‘Education’ System Dumbs us Down

A study in the US, originally developed by Dr George Land and Beth Jarman for NASA to effectively measure the creative potential of their rocket scientists and engineers, has discovered some very surprising statistics related to creativity and genius in young children. The test was based on the process of 'divergent thinking' - the ability to look at a particular [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|Awareness, Education, Neurological Study & Behaviour|0 Comments

The Neuroscience of Inequality: Does Poverty show up in Children’s Brains?

A recent report in The Guardian newspaper says that there is now increasing evidence that the development of a child's brain can be diminished if that child grows up in poverty. Dr Kimberley Noble MD PhD and her colleagues at the Neurocognition, Early Experience and Development Lab in Columbia University are undertaking a landmark study which could soon definitively prove that growing up poor [...]

By |July 17th, 2017|Cognitive Therapy, Neurological Study & Behaviour|0 Comments

A Great Introduction to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Therapy

Despite the huge scientific steps and startling discoveries the human race has made over time, one of the most intriguing questions has still to be answered.....  How do our brains work? Many health, science, and research specialists believe we're actually on the precipice of some major neuroscientific breakthrough with one recent discovery having major implications about further understanding neuroplasticity. [...]

Raising Attainment through Theta Groups

You may know about our Theta Groups from a previous blog I wrote last year. The Theta Programme is aimed at children for whom social and emotional barriers have a detrimental impact on academic achievement. It is widely acknowledged that disengaged, angry, tired or over stimulated children are unable to access learning and therefore are [...]

By |March 10th, 2017|Awareness, Emotional Intelligence, Theta Groups, Training|0 Comments

Feature in Penkford School’s Magazine

We’ve been mentioned in Penkford School’s magazine this month! Recently we’ve been working closely with them and have procured a full-time school counsellor and introduced holistic initiatives to help the children with social, emotional and mental health issues. Want to know more? Take a look at the article by clicking here.

By |November 4th, 2016|Blog, Training|0 Comments

Poem by Rob Atherton

Recently tidying out some drawers I rediscovered in my ‘Lost Art of Storytelling’ folder and Rob Atherton’s poem which was one of AQP inspirational moments. As supply cover I decided to try an experiment using relaxation to stimulate creativity with a small group of ‘gentlemen’ in one of the more challenging classes. They wrote and [...]

By |August 11th, 2016|Blog, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

The Pool of Life

I found myself in a dirty, sooty city. It was night, and winter, and dark, and raining. I was in Liverpool. I walked through the dark streets. I had the feeling that there we were coming from the harbor, and that the real city was actually up above. When we reached the plateau, we found [...]

By |June 22nd, 2016|Blog, Relaxation techniques, Wellbeing and Relaxation|0 Comments

School Improvement ‘From Good to Outstanding’

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development Mental Health and Well Being Every School a Good School – A Policy for School Improvement We have just started our exciting new outreach programme for South Liverpool Primary School partnership. It set me thinking about The School Improvement agenda and so [...]

By |June 17th, 2016|Training, Wellbeing and Relaxation|0 Comments

Just Relax

Just Relax was the title of a project, funded by the Big Lottery, and run by Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton in conjunction with A Quiet Place. A Quiet Place designed a bespoke training package, unique to the needs of Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton, and providing ongoing support for the staff who undertook the training. The staff [...]

By |April 29th, 2016|Mindfulness, Relaxation techniques|0 Comments