Links and references

Free resources!


We wanted to make it easy to access some of the resources we reference or use on our training so that you can use them back in your school, service or setting. We have included some information below including some links to videos that we have found helpful. 

Helpful articles:  A range of excellent and free resources from Beacon House


Some key articles are available on our downloads page.


Helpful books for adults


Living Sensationally by Winnie Dunn


Nature Fix by Florence Williams


Belonging: A Relationship-Based Approach for Trauma-Informed Education by Sian Phillips, Deni Melim and Daniel Hughes



Helpful books for children


The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses by Lauren Brukner


The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself by Ali Redford


The Redo Roo by Cindy R. Lee



Links from courses:


Trauma-Informed Educators Podcast


Creating an Emotionally Safe Classroom


YouTube clips:


Polyvagal Theory:  a clear explanation and less than 9 minutes long


Dr Dan Siegel:        Hand model of the brain         "Name it to Tame it"          "Flipping your lid"


Brene Brown:         Empathy


Dan Hughes:          How early years trauma affects the brain - blocked trust


Seth Porges:           The Polyvagal Theory: the new science of safety and trauma


Beacon House:      The Repair of Early Trauma: A Bottom Up Approach



Sensory Equipment and Resources:

When purchasing sensory resources make sure you use a reputable supplier - some of what you see on more generalised websites may look the same but doesn't have the same sensory properties and effects.  Unfortunately some items of equipment are expensive and there is just no way around it. Good suppliers often given safety guidance around the use of items as well, eg weighted items. Some well-established companies that sell a range of resources are TFH Special Needs Toys, Rompa and Sensory Direct.


The Scared Gang

The set of nine stories can be bought from Cairnsmoir Connections


Or from the authors via the Sensory Attachment Intervention website


Occupational Therapy

The following organisations may be able to offer sensory attachment assessments and occupational therapy interventions.


The Therapy Space, Bristol


Fran Power at Luna Play Services, Pontypridd


The Family Place, Clyro near Hay-on-Wye