New course available – Acknowledging your Racism

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In this course we deepen participants understanding of systemic racism and the spectrum of privilege. It challenges the participants to examine their behaviours and take close looks at some of the views they have held since a very young age, e.g. this area is a “bad” area, because it has a high proportion of black/brown people living in it, or that young black men in tracksuits are “thugs”. We think about where these messages come from and how people are indoctrinated by the media.

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Best Tips for Aging Parent Care

Aging is a natural part of life. There is nothing we, as humans, can do to avoid getting older. There are certain products and services that claim they can delay this inevitable process; however, most of them are not reliable and do not truly keep you from aging. 

Just because it’s unavoidable, it does not mean that it has to be dreaded. In fact, many elderly people claim that these latter years of their lives are some of the best times of their lives since they finally get to experience everything that they did not have time for when they were younger and preoccupied with work and raising children. 

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Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Autism

As people grow older, especially parents, they begin to think about the future, and how their children will be provided for after they’re gone. For parents of children without developmental disabilities, this is easier, as those children can typically provide for themselves.

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5 Best Books of Autism Art

Art can contribute to so many aspects of development. In the case of Autism, playful and projective activities are directly associated with positive dynamics of subjective development in these children and young people. It is important that the professional is trained to work with children who have this type of condition, to provide the best direction of care. Art can be a valuable tool for interventions with autistic children, because it is a fundamental element to develop activities that constitute a stimulus for their social interaction and development of communication. This article gives you 5 books that explain the benefits of art in autistic people.

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Everyday Echolalia

“We are all much more simply human than otherwise, be we happy and successful, contented and detached, miserable and mentally disordered, or whatever.” – Harry Stack Sullivan

Not many people have ever heard of it but the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) 5, (American Psychiatric Association 2013) is used by paediatricians and psychiatrists world wide as an aid to diagnosis. In the DSM, ‘echolalia’ (immediate or delayed) is listed as a significant symptom leading to a diagnosis of autistic syndrome disorder (ASD). The DSM describes echolalia as an example of a repetitive pattern of behaviour that may include verbatim repetition of words, phrases or more extensive parts of dialogue or songs. The DSM says that these utterances do not appear to be relevant to the current situation. Echoing (echolalia) is seen as a symptom of an underlying condition, a sign that something is wrong.

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Why Inclusion?

Why Inclusion? We’ll tell you in our new online course, explaining the importance of inclusion and why we believe in it, available on Teachable for a small price

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6 Techniques To Help Children With Autism Cope With Anxiety

All children can and do experience anxiety at some point. Yet, for children with autism, anxiety can manifest in a range of different behaviors, some of which can be harmful and dangerous. As well as identifying the common triggers of anxiety for your child, here are a range of proactive and reactive strategies which you can implement to help your child cope with and overcome anxiety…

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