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Please see below for a list of the most commonly asked questions.

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Using the Wall with Parents.

Q: I'd like to use this with parents but don't want to appear to be criticisng their parenting or to be analysing their child.
A: The cycle of development is based upon 3 premises - that its the job of the whole community to raise its children. You can therefore frame the support on this basis - 'we are all involved in helping John to make the most of school and to get what he needs developmentally and this model of childrens development is something we as a school found helpful and we'd like toshare it with you to see what you think. You can also find some resources for parents to support them in thinking abou the cycle of development.

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Tasks and Affirmations.

Q: Can I choose the wrong affirmation?
A: Affirmations are encouragements. When we are using this model to help a youngster, we are hoping to give them either more of what they didn’t get enough of the first time round – or their first taste of these encouragements. Therefore we can’t do any harm. We might misjudge the affirmation and a different one might be more appropriate – and in this way we learn as well as the child/young person. The only guideline is to stick with affirmations from stages the child has already visited or is currently at. See also 'Can I choose the wrong task?'

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Q: I’m not too comfortable with the language of the affirmations 
A: The language can be adapted so that you can use it authentically. Ensure that you avoid Buts’ or ‘Don’t’s’ or ‘Should’s’ or Musn’ts’ etc.

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Q: Can I choose the wrong task?
A: As this is a model of growing up and growing up again, no harm can be done in revisiting a task. The only guideline is to ensure that you don't choose tasks that come from a stage the youngster is yet to meet for the first time. For example, a 5yr old (I and P stage first time round) who needs support in managing his outbursts could benefit from revisiting tasks from the earlier stages. With the cycles model it would be unrealsitic for him to begin getting to grips with the related task of 'to develop internal controls' which is from the skills and structure stage (6-12 yrs). See also 'Can I choose the wrong affirmation?'

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Q: Why don’t the integration bricks have symbols?
A: Some of the bricks are hard to allocate to one of the categories – and rather than try to force them into one, it was decided to leave them without. Furthermore, during the years this stage is first visited (13-19yrs), the key developmental characteristic is that the adolescent/young adult is recycling all of the earlier stages.

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