a few months old. When Leo’s mum moved to the UK, she met Lara`s father. During the pregnancy, the abuse started. Leo witnessed his mum being pushed, beaten, and yelled at for a lot of months.
We decided to develop sessions around managing his crying and encouraging eye contact and start to bring him into the playroom slowly as a symbol of his independence. Progressively, we were able to close the door of the playroom without him bursting into tears. After feeling more settled in the playroom the Family Support Worker started working on his developmental skills, including motor and speech skills. We referred him to Speech and Language therapy in his first language, where he had a couple of sessions; we led activities including learning exercises, music, tactile experiences and self-control.The `door closing` was a symbolic act that would help Leo to settle down in the room and engage with any activity. Leo started to talk in his language, he started nursery in English, and he developed trust and care towards others, giving hugs and interacting with the eyes. Leo`s body language changed, and we noticed that his bonding with his younger sister and his mother changed as well. During Leo`s process and progress, the advisor and child psychotherapist shared concerns, activities and strategies to help his development. The psychotherapist focused on the anger and frustration, crying control, while the Family Support Worker worked on giving him practical day to day tools, such as language and social interaction, towards improving his self-esteem.