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  • Fairlie Winship

Nurtured Heart Approach

Something a little bit different this week: Id like to introduce to you (if you don’t already know it) the Nurtured Heart Approach.

This is a profoundly helpful technique for building positive relationships, particularly where there is someone who experiences intense emotions – some may call this ‘meltdowns’, others may call it ‘poor self regulation’ or ‘disregulation’. NHA refers to it as ‘intensity’ and embraces it as the uniqueness of the individual…or in NHA language ‘their GREATNESS’

The Nurtured Heart Approach is based on 3 stands:

  1. Stay calm in the heat of the moment; do not reinforce any negativity by lecturing, reprimanding or engaging in discussion

  2. Massively big up positive moments, celebrating and energising good choices and successes, however small they are

  3. Hold clear boundaries by having mutually agreed consequences that are followed through with.

It is a beautifully practical set of ideas for communicating in a new and nourishing way that is particularly helpful for families coping with intensities that stem from ASD, ADD or ADHD, but is also really useful for all of us!

If this has piqued your interest and you want to learn more, please check out the Childrens Success Foundation website, and founder Howard Glasser’s free webimar on the homepage:

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