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

Swansea Bay UHB have an open referral system so parents can refer their child directly. More information can be found by clicking here. You need an Occupational Therapist with additional training/certification in Sensory Integration.

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