A co-founder of the Pikler UK Association, I have twenty five years’ hands-on experience working with children and families - first as a teacher, then guiding parents and young children as a group leader. Twelve years ago, when my son was born, I came across the work of Dr Emmi Pikler and have now done extensive training in the Pikler approach.
I feel very grateful that Emmi Pikler's daughter, Anna Tardos, who heads up all things Pikler worldwide, has give her personal stamp of approval to my work with parents.
My approach is based on love and understanding for children and parents. "Horrible" behaviour is exasperating and a loving response may seem counterintuitive. However when children are being "horrible" they are actually feeling "horrible" too, so a loving response is the only response that addresses the root of the problem.
This isn't easy. That's why I help you make subtle changes in the way you think about your child. You start to "get" them. Their behaviour isn't a mystery any more. You understand things from their point of view. So you know the best thing to do and say to get the positive response you want.
The formal bit: Oona's Qualifications
1986 - BA Oxford University, French and History
1992 - Diploma in Waldorf (Steiner) Education
2011 - Trained as Parent Group Leader to run the Nurturing Programme - evidence based parenting programme
2012 - Early Years Professional Status: Postgraduate Qualification equivalent to NVQ Level 6
2011-16 Trained in the Pikler approach
We are now on a different trajectory. I have so much more energy; my son is happier; I am happier; my husband is happier. You can’t put a price on the joy you can get from working with you. The money is nothing compared to the benefit. I would pay it many times over to be where I am today. I am... Continue
A-Jin Kim, Toronto, mother of D, 1 year
“Oh God, you’re going to love it! Oona’s wonderful and really makes you see things from the child’s point of view. It’s incredible - that knowledge of how a child thinks. She’ll open your eyes! Whatever you’ve read, it’s so different to have someone who knows and can tailor it to your particular circumstances. Things are so much better than they were... Continue
Sophia Garrido, mother of V, 2, and M, 9 months