Ey up chucs!

Ey up chucs!

A busy week all round, here there and everywhere, then somewhere in between😜 So many times I think, boy I wish I could just put my feet up and sit here in silence, read a good book, or watch a funny film. I just never get round to it, always something to do. But what would I do if I did have some quiet time ?! I’m always thinking and feeling guilty that there is something that I should be doing, or something that I could be doing, or something that NEEDS doing. Am I making sense ? Talking of busy, last Saturday we hosted our annual autism charity expo, and it was a huge success. I’ve never seen so many useful autism exhibitors, stalls, free clinics and outstanding speakers all in one place together at the same time. Add into the mix some charity colleagues, friends, LOTS of visitors and some lovely autism life dogs, and all the ingredients added up to equal one amazing recipe for success. It was a superb showcase to help many, and indeed it DID help so many, including myself! I was put in charge of collating details for WIFI. Lol lol ME !! WIFI ?! Bless, I thought no worries, I can make lists for that. But I’ll let you into a secret; whenever I hear someone mention WIFI I instantly think of our charity WIFA (Wear It For Autism) events 👍🏼 They don’t have any correlation with each other at all, it’s just me I get the two mixed up lol lol. Can you imagine if I’d of come back to...
“AspergerWorld : My Fairy Jam Jar”

“AspergerWorld : My Fairy Jam Jar”

“AspergerWorld : My Fairy Jam Jar” A new Book by Award Winning Disabled Autism Activist available for Pre-Order. ‘One Woman, One Wish, One Inspiring Story… Be Enchanted by Personal and Professional Insights into AspergerWorld.’   My name is Joely Colmer. I am a Multi National and World Award Winning Autism Activist, Motivational Speaker, Author, and I have a gift. My gift enables me to experience the rich, vibrant tapestry of life, in all its glorious detail. You see, my gift walks hand in hand with my greatest difficulties, challenging me every second of every day, and embraces together with the very things I love most about myself; empowering me with my biggest passions in life. You see, my disability is my gift; my gift is Aspergers Syndrome. Welcome to “AspergerWorld : My Fairy Jam Jar”; a book penned from my rare professional and personal perspective. Here, I am a Fairy, living within a diverse, and rather quaint, Jam Jar. I live here shaded from view, often overlooked; Witnessing the world from a different angle, deaf to certain language and happily powerless to escape. Within my Jam Jar, I am here embracing my disabled wings, to answer your wishes, and gift you with rare personal insights, to challenge negative perceptions. Can you feel that? The glistening of Fairy Dust as it settles upon your skin, granting your wishes, inspiring positivity within your mind? Go on, pre order my book, and take a creative peek into the untold world of Autism, embrace the Fairy Dust; and discover all about Life A.S. We See It, for only £9.99. My disability has many...

It is with great sadness…..

It is with genuine regret that Shammi Kapoor will not be attending the AKO Expo which is taking place on Saturday 11th March, 2017 at Brunel University. Shammi is a young man who has been diagnosed as having an ASD and also ADHD who has also suffered from depression; he was scheduled to speak about a therapeutic approach which he claims has been extremely valuable to him. When inviting Shammi to speak at the Expo, the motivation of the charity was to give a person diagnosed with autism a platform to share their ideas whilst at the same time encouraging people to evaluate any claims made calmly, respectfully, reasonably and objectively. Despite making it clear that AKO neither supports nor refutes the approach preferred by Shammi, a number of individuals have been very assiduous in their opposition to him being a speaker. It is noted with regret that many of the said protestations have what can reasonably be described as an unfortunate and unpleasant tone. Whilst no formal written, evidence based objections have be made to the charity regarding Shammi, concerns were heightened considerably when the charity was informed verbally by one of the agitants, a Ms Fiona O’Leary, that demonstrators would protest at the conference if Shammi was allowed to speak. Subsequent investigations found that Ms O’Leary’s promise of direct action had been repeated elsewhere and this raises many possible risks not just for the charity but also for the attendees, a significant number who whom will be children who, like Shammi, also have an ASD. The charity is very aware that, having organised the Expo, it must...

But what about you?

Written by Text by Lee Payton Is a question we rarely hear on Planet Care. Unexpected life-changes come to us: ready, or not. Too often parents are caught up in: ‘the fights’ that can arise between them and schools, local authorities, health providers and against perceptions and prejudices which we can only hope may be history one day. Exhausting, isn’t it? But couldn’t the battlefield be made more level with some kind of armour? Couldn’t you use some superpowers you may not know you have?   The map doesn’t necessarily need to be the territory. Of course there are the very real practicalities of living with, and caring for, someone with special needs or learning challenges. But there is also the mental health and wellbeing of parents, siblings and care-givers. What may be useful for you in your on-going quest: might be some techniques which could help support change. A reframe of where you’re at. A recalibration of what you hope to see and how you’d like things to feel. Reminders of the good things which can light up our lives, if we remember not to forget them: the gifts life gives you if you choose to let yourself see them.   What would be the difference you would like to see in you? How much more equipped would you honestly feel you would like to be, to continue the journey? These are the kinds of conversations Cognitive Hypnotherapists have with a range of individuals and couples. A different kind of conversation.   Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern evidence based brief therapy, incorporating Behavioural Psychology and Neuroscience with Traditional...

Home Education, my story

Written by Rachel Tenacious When Tally first asked me to do a list of pros and cons of home ed I thought well that’s easy, there wont be any cons! When we removed H from school she was the lowest I have ever seen her, she was unable to attend most days and even on a good day she was barely coping with getting through the day. She had stopped attending all but one of her after school activities and even the one she was attending she needed to have a sleep before she could go. She was in a desperate state and rapidly shutting down. We knew we couldn’t continue but we didn’t know what the solution was for us. Then on the 2nd June 2015 we said enough we can’t do this anymore and we stopped sending her to school. Initially we signed her off day by day by texting the school each morning to say she was too anxious to attend. This continued for the rest of the summer term. We had one meeting with the school at the end of June but they were still in denial that H had any problems. The SENCO even said in that meeting that she still didn’t believe that H needed any 1:1 support despite the local authority having produced a draft statement stating that she was to receive 17.5 hours of 1:1! H in the meantime was already showing signs of recovery. She started going back to her evening kayaking club and her scout band. She slept late and had lots of rest times in the day. In those...