Celebrating small wins

Beyond Paperwork: Celebrating Milestones and Growth in the EHCP Journey

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The journey through the Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) process is a journey that, for many parents and guardians, encompasses not just administrative hurdles but also an emotional toll. While these challenges are undeniable, it’s essential to pause and recognise moments of personal achievement and growth. To help protect our mental health, we always should seek out the balance of effort over achievement, however small the gain may be, grasp it with both hands and reflect, that without your dedication, and perseverance the status quo prevails, and sometimes the status quo is just not good enough.

Recognising the Small Wins

When advocating for your child’s special education needs, the emotional demands on you as parents can be quite significant. The pressure is often not time-limited, with what seems like the next step, followed by the next step in your advocacy campaign., forever testing your resilience to the max.

To help release this pressure cooker, it is often a good idea to start by recognising small wins, wherever they may be. These small steps forward may or may not be directly related to the bureaucratic process of the special education needs system, but may be a self-help process you found on YouTube.

It’s important to balance things you have full control over, and things you have partial input into. It is often easier to reward and praise the things you can control than the things you have little control over. Why is this important? because you need to get into the habit of balanced thinking.

If you are interested in seeking 1-to-1 help on developing this particular skill, then please do reach out to us at ECHParent for a free 1-to-1 consultation, if you are interested in a set of focused therapy sessions that use the multi-modal approach of Cognitive Behavioural strategies and techniques with Hypnotherapy (hypnosis as a therapy).

The Power of Recognising Personal Milestones:

Every individual’s journey through the EHCP process is unique. While there are common milestones that many parents and guardians may experience, such as successfully navigating a particular stage of the process or achieving a specific goal for their child, there are also countless personal milestones that are equally significant. These could be moments of personal growth, instances where you advocated strongly for your child, or times when you managed to maintain calm in a challenging situation. Recognizing and celebrating these personal milestones can provide a much-needed boost of confidence and motivation. It reminds you of how far you’ve come and the strengths you’ve developed along the way.

Illustration of a child with special needs and their family releasing balloons with achievements written on them

The Role of Therapy in Gaining Clarity:

The journey through the EHCP process can sometimes feel overwhelming, with so many things to consider and decisions to make. It’s not uncommon for parents and guardians to feel lost or unsure about the next steps. This is where therapy, particularly at the Bohangar City Practice, can be invaluable. Through targeted sessions, individuals can gain clarity on their feelings, identify their milestones, and develop strategies to navigate future challenges. The therapeutic environment provides a safe space to reflect, understand, and plan, ensuring that you’re not just reacting to situations but proactively managing them.

Personal Growth Amidst Challenges

The EHCP journey isn’t just about the child; it’s also a transformative process for parents. As you advocate for your child, attend meetings, and make crucial decisions, you’re also developing skills, building resilience, and growing as an individual. This personal growth, though often overshadowed by the challenges of the road ahead, is a significant aspect of the journey. You need to embrace this with both hands. At the end of each week, ‘I did well this week, it was a challenging week, and I gave it my best’

With 1 to 1 therapy parents can reflect on their growth, acknowledging the skills they’ve acquired and the challenges they’ve overcome. This reflection can be a source of pride, reinforcing the idea that every step, no matter how challenging, contributes to personal development.

Looking Beyond the Paperwork

While the EHCP process is undeniably filled with paperwork and administrative tasks, it’s crucial to look beyond these challenges. Every form filled, every meeting attended, and every decision made is a step forward, a testament to your dedication to your child.

In Conclusion

The EHCP journey, though challenging, is also a path of growth, milestones, and moments worth celebrating. With Bohangar Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, parents can shift their focus from the challenges to the wins, using them as a source of strength and motivation. As you navigate this path, remember to celebrate every step, recognizing the growth and milestones that come with it. With CBH as a guide, you can navigate the EHCP journey with optimism, resilience, and a deep sense of accomplishment.

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