Anna Kennedy Online – Autism Awareness Charity
Our guest on “All things Autism” Radio was Liam Burgess

Our guest on “All things Autism” Radio was Liam Burgess

Our guest on “All things Autism” Radio was Liam Burgess

Anna Kennedy’s guest on ‘All things Autism’ was Liam Burgess, please click here to listen to these amazing shows!

Shared by Liam:

My name is Liam, I was diagnosed with autism at an early age, and have had to learn and adapt to manage everyday tasks. I have recently graduated from performing arts school and would like to pursue a career in musical theatre.

I really enjoyed doing the interview with Anna, it was great to get to talk about my life experiences and share this. It was an ideal opportunity to speak about my school experiences, struggles and what helped me especially with communicating and portraying emotions.

When I performed at Autisms got talent, the people I met through this opportunity and hope our conversation empowers others. One of the things that I have learned is how music, dance and singing can have a positive impact and since I have graduated from college, I would like to raise autism awareness and share the benefits of performing arts.

If you would like to follow me on social media, you can find me:

Twitter: @Liam_musical

Instagram @Liam_24601

YouTube @liam burgess

Five simple ways to release anxiety

Five simple ways to release anxiety

Five simple ways to release anxiety through yoga breathing, movement, and touch 

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Well, the sun is out in the UK and the exams are over.

However mental health is still massively and frighteningly on the rise. Many of us are barely hanging on by a thread.

This week I am sharing with you five simple yoga breaths, movement, and touch techniques to help release stress and anxiety, to combat the enemy of the brain -myelin- which is produced when we are under long term anxiety or stress, and to get those happy and coping neurotransmitters reaching for their party hats again.

These simple exercises will ground you, bring you to the present moment and stimulate all four of those major neurotransmitters which help us to cope and function. These neurotransmitters are needed for self-esteem, happiness, confidence, clear thinking, perspective, good judgment, better sleep, motivation, and focus, as well as for stimulating our emotional intelligence – bringing our rational brains to the forefront.

They are inclusive of everyone and can be self-administered discreetly at any time, so very empowering.

It is so important to have the tools we need whenever those horrible anxious feelings start to build.

So, look after each other as well as yourselves.

Be kind always because you never know if you are someone’s last hope or if they have no hope at all.

We are in this together.

Lots of love, Giuliana xx

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Five simple ways to release anxiety

Autism Hero Awards Winners announced in central London

Autism Hero Awards Winners announced in central London

Autism Hero Awards Winners announced in central London

 

Saturday 11th June at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London, the UK autism charity Anna Kennedy Online hosted their fifth Autism Hero awards. Winners were chosen by a panel of prominent judges who were David Grant MBE, Kacey Ainsworth, Jo Luck, Detective Chief Inspector Dion Brown, Dr Pam Spurr and Russell Kane.

Click here to read the full article.

Assistance/service dogs in the heat – by Tess Eagle Swan

Assistance/service dogs in the heat – by Tess Eagle Swan

Assistance/service dogs in the heat – by Tess Eagle Swan

We are reaching some very extreme temperatures.

What applies to all dogs also applies to assistance/service dogs.

IF you have to go out in the day from 8am to 8pm please remember to make sure you have safety in place for your dog.

Some tips, information and safety guidance below:

It is better to not walk if it is too hot and to keep them alive.

You can also do some canine enrichment at home.

A day off does not matter, their lives matter much more.

Please click here to download the article.

 

Giuliana Wheater – sharing her journey

Giuliana Wheater – sharing her journey

Giuliana Wheater – sharing her journey

Our wonderful Ambassador Giuliana Wheater was awarded the Charity Supporter of the Year, at the Autism Hero Awards and would like to share her incredible journey as well as a video with you:

When I began this journey, I was a woman who had had no voice at all for 17 years. As a mum to four neurodiverse children, two of whom who are I the autism spectrum, I was fighting for them to be heard, supported, valued, and included.

That journey, particularly with my son Ollie, birthed the work I do today. I realised that what was happening to him, exclusion on all sorts of levels, horrific bullying, and a total lack of expectation from his school, was happening to children and young adults not just in the UK bit all over the world.

Giuliana Wheater - sharing her journey

Our journey became one I absolutely needed to share with others, whether that advice, knowledge, information, therapy sessions, endless blogs, magazine articles, seminars, webinars, prolific free public speaking, a YouTube channel and 2k strong public Facebook group during Covid when as a therapist I beardy lost everything, and taking my training info schools, charities and organisations all over the world.

I have never given up whatever else is going on.

I never will.

I just want to give, do and be more and more and more do that I can help these kids bloom.

I never ever ever in a thousand billion years expected the life that has since happened for me.

This is my destiny.

I will never stop this work, this passion, this belief and to educate and advocate for long needed change and acceptance.

Giuliana Wheater - sharing her journeyWhen I was awarded the Autism Hero Award by Dr Anna Kennedy OBE for the Charity Supporter of the Year, I had no idea I had even been nominated or was in the running.

I was busy sharing the event on all my social media platforms and website to celebrate the incredible, selfless, tireless, and dedicated heroes who are all making change happen.

Little did I know!!!!

I did cry when I found out and I have not cried for myself in nine years. But it was good crying!!

As someone who has been behind others for 20+ years, cheering them on, believing in them unswervingly, shouting until all voices are heard and helping to grow all the delicious potential, I see in every single unique human being I am honoured to meet, I am used to just being in the background.

Anna made me feel a million dollars …. Actually, winning that award is priceless.

Anna made me feel seen and heard for the first time in all my adult life. And I could not be prouder to be part of the AKO family and a genuine charity with a pure big heart.

The familiar faces I met again was just joyful and it was absolutely heart bursting to meet new people too who have deeply inspired me.

Every single person in that room was a hero. I mean that with all my heart.

This award and certificate are for all my thousands of children, including my biological children.

Thank you for always being my biggest teachers.

This award belongs to all of you, not me.

Lots of love, Giuliana x

 

Author: Mala Thapar