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Elaine Halligan

Elaine Halligan

Enabling parents to bring out the best in their children, helping them develop better connection, cooperation and confidence

As a parenting specialist and Director of The Parent Practice with over ten years experience, Elaine helps parents raise competent and confident children, through parenting classes, private coaching & keynote speaking in schools. She also delivers seminars to working parents in the corporate world, helping them find the holy grail of parenting, keeping calm!

She faced the challenge of parenting her son, who had undiagnosed learning difficulties & at age seven, had been excluded from three schools. He experienced failure at a young age and was written off in society. However through the use of life changing positive parenting skills, her son's self worth improved & he finished his schooling as Head Boy. He is now an intrepid entrepreneur with resilience, grit & an ability to bounce back in the face of adversity.

Her mission is to impart her knowledge to other parents, to ensure their 'different' or 'difficult' children survive and thrive in their educational years and beyond. She regularly appears on SKY news, speaks on BBC radio & is quoted in the broadsheet press. In June 2016 her and her business partner were featured in the Mail on Sunday 'You' magazine as two of the leading parenting experts in the UK. She contributes monthly to Smallish magazine & is the author of a best selling book 'My Child's Different' which was published August 2018.

Testimonials from Teachers

"We found the evening to be very successful. The messages resonated with our parents, they found it entertaining and useful and they enjoyed the honesty and realism about the challenges of bringing out the best in their children. It was great to have a such a high turnout. I would be very interested in further collaborations next academic year – perhaps the best endorsement I can offer!"

– Alex Matthews, Pastoral Deputy Head, St Paul's Boys School London​

"Elaine gave a group of parents and staff at Rosemead Prep a personal and emotive insight on how she came to write her latest book 'My Child's Different. Her story of the trials and tribulations of raising her own son, learning to understand his temperament and then beginning parent coaching sessions herself was heartwarming, practical and delivered in such an empathetic and engaging manner. A wonderful and enlightening evening!"

– Philip Soutar, Headmaster, Rosemead Preparatory School

"Elaine is a warm and engaging speaker whose presentations deliver what they promise – for people to walk away with practical, positive ideas aimed at improving family relationships. And from a school point of view, she reinforces what any pro-active, wellbeing-focused school is doing by demonstrating the power of positive praise and the building of self-esteem. What a great presentation – we’ll be having you back again soon!"

– David Williams, Deputy Head, Pupil Development & Wellbeing, Surbiton High School Surrey​

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