Lead Trainer and Practitioner
Clare Hales, Developing Matters CIC Director
Hi I’m Clare, a mum of two and the Company Director and Founder of Developing Matters CIC and co-director of Mind Train CIC. I’m an SEN teacher by trade, and left my teaching role to complete a Masters in Psychology which I passed with Distinction.
As well as training to teach school staff in the courses that myself and my college, Gemma from Mind Train CIC have developed and delivered. We believe there is great importance in passing on the tools and techniques we teach to the caregivers of young people for the strategies to be embedded into day to day living. I am currently leading the new Sensory Processing Course project. My career aim is from 2023 to also be trained in the diagnosis of Autism and ADHD.
My professional interest is in supporting people who suffer from stress and anxiety and also additional needs including Autism. I’m PhD Student and my research project is ‘Mindfulness Interventions for Children and Young People with Autism’ in which I am delivering and researching an adapted mindfulness intervention course that I have developed for young people with anxieties and/or autism.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness living in the present moment, being more aware of day to day experiences, the mind, breathing and body. Noticing thoughts and coming out of autopilot.
Mindfulness has been researched and evidenced to positively impact thoughts, moods and to boost the brain which also helps with learning, development and focus.
Mindful breathing reduces stress and settles the central nervous system, techniques can improve sleep and calm the busy mind (we have approx 60,000 though per day you know!)
There is a variety of evidence-based research around mindfulness and we share some of the findings on our News page. There will soon be some updates on Clare’s research project “Mindfulness Intervention for Children & Young People with Autism” here, and links to valuable research tools and questionnaires that can measure mindfulness, autism, well-being.
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor”
Thich Nhat Hanh
What is well-being?
It is the state of being comfortable, health and happy. If we have things going on in our lives we can find our well-being can suffer and we can constantly be locked in our Fight/Flight/Freeze response instead of the Rest/Repair/Digest mode that we flourish in.
Good well-being helps us to be resilient and happy and to have the tools to get through life’s tough events and over obstacles.
Well-being is also understanding that we do have difficult emotions at times and this is part of being human, but to know how we can help ourselves and others with difficulties. Unfortunately, in the busy and modern world and particularly since the pandemic turned our worlds upside down in 2020, anxiety is on the increased for young people and adults.
Learning how to talk about our anxieties and getting through the current world changes is extremely important to support our own mental health and well-being and that of the future generation. Have a look at our News page for statistics and updates.
“Don’t sweat the small stuff. No need stressing over the things you have no control of. If you can’t change it, rearrange it”
At Developing Matters CIC our mission is to upskill adults and children in a valuable way to support their own mental health and well-being, regardless of age and ability. We can do this by giving them the understanding and knowledge and their own skills and strategies for development, growth and ownership of their own life choices.
Our aim is to provide children with the skills to increase mindfulness and well-being through simple yet effective techniques and activities, either by working directly with young people, or with their caregivers at home or school. The more we/they understand about thoughts/feelings/behaviours and the mind/body/breath connection they more we/they can feel equipped for life’s events and experiences.
As well as training to teach school staff in the courses that myself and my college, Gemma from Mind Train CIC have developed and delivered. We believe there is great importance in passing on the tools and techniques we teach to the caregivers of young people for the strategies to be embedded into day to day living. Clare is currently leading the new Sensory Processing Course project. She says: “My career aim is from 2023 to also be trained in the diagnosis of Autism and ADHD.”