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Why We Need to Start Looking at Autism as a Fruit Salad – an article by our Ambassador Paul Isaacs

Why We Need to Start Looking at Autism as a Fruit Salad – an article by our Ambassador Paul Isaacs

Why We Need to Start Looking at Autism as a Fruit Salad – an article by our Ambassador Paul Isaacs

It’s 2021 and its time to start looking at autism in a more three-dimensional approach, it’s time to bridge gap and accommodate both the social and medical models of disability (in the context of autism). The Fruit Salad Analogy was created by Donna Williams (Polly Samuel) in 1995. 

So, let’s get to the basics of information processing challenges

  • Aphasias (language processing, expressive & receptive)
  • Agnosias (awareness of your senses and perception)
  • Apraxias (fine and gross motor coordination) 
  • Metabolic (heart, brain and blood vessels)
  • Gut (gastro-intestinal, IBS & leaky gut) 
  • Auto-Immune (systemic, organs & blood)
  • Seizure (brain electrical activity)

Then there are mental health challenges (with examples) 

  • Anxiety (OCD, social anxiety & exposure anxiety)
  • Mood (depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia) 
  • Impulse Control (skin picking and hair pulling)  
  • Dissociative (derealisation, depersonalisation & dissociative identity disorder)  
  • Attachment (reactive attachment disorder)
  • Psychosis (hallucinations & delusions) 

The common pieces of someone’s autism “fruit salad” are 

  • Social emotional agnosia (not perceiving body language facial expression or tone of voice)
  • Face blindness (not perceiving or bonding with facial association) 
  • Alexithymia (not perceiving one’s own emotional states or frequencies)
  • Simultagnosia (not perceiving the visual “world” as a whole)
  • Dyspraxia (has an impact on one’s ability to navigate space, depth and tactile association)
  • Language Processing (can fall to two basic domains expressive and receptive)
  • Communication Disorders (may impact the whole body and/or the speech organs)
  • Identity & Personality (may have co-existing personality disorders which impact on the person’s overall functioning and presentation)
  • Exposure Anxiety (in which a person’s nervous system is on a “hair trigger” when awareness of “self” causing fight, flight or freeze and self-responses)

Conclusion 

There are so many inaccurate and quite frankly celebrity and bias theories about what autism is and isn’t, but the truth of the matter is that autism is not a static condition that presents itself in the same way from person to person – it is a clustering of conditions that can be found in both neurology and biology. 

If with have a healthy mindset of sharing useful and productive information and broaden the narrative to include – education, care homes, parents, social services, parents, and people on the spectrum then it creates a solid environment for meaningful changes that have real impact on people’s lives.

Paul Isaacs 2021

 

Your Breath Is Your Superpower!! by Giuliana Wheater

Your Breath Is Your Superpower!! by Giuliana Wheater

Your Breath Is Your Superpower!!

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

Your Breath Is Your Superpower!!

It really IS!!!

Your breath can alter mood, help you sleep better, lower heart rate and blood pressure as well as open up the lungs and push all those totally delicious happy hormones and coping chemicals up from the gut!

And it is free!! As well as being a handy tool to keep in your self-regulation / anxiety boxes. When our diaphragms are open, we breathe much deeper, this preventing panic or anxiety attacks. It also means we are much less likely to reverse breathe which is what people who are under long term trauma or stress can do. By adjusting the breath, we can boost mood, productivity, drive and focus as well as empowering ourselves as we push that utterly gorgeous and all-important serotonin and dopamine up from the gut. Blood and oxygen also zoom up to the brain, bringing clarity and concentration.

We can also use our breath to lower our energy, ground ourselves, prepare for sleep and to calm down our busy bodies and brains! You can have great fun with younger kids or with those who find it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time by putting the different breaths into stories, games, treasure hunts or lucky dips.

Have a wonderful week everyone, take care of each other, Love Giuliana xx

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

 

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Bigotry Starts At Home – an article by our Ambassador Paul Isaacs

Bigotry Starts At Home – an article by our Ambassador Paul Isaacs

Bigotry Starts At Home – an article by our Ambassador Paul Isaacs

The psychology all bigotry is I believe were we need to start in one’s understanding of the bigger picture of what is going on, if we look a person’s caregiving and social environment at an early age – their core belief systems and how they have internalised information with regards to difference  and how it then perceived as a person develops.

The basics of what a caregiver supplies their children

  • Psychological support and guidance
  • Emotional awareness and extraction
  • Understanding and filtering of Interpretation of the world (people, places, ideas and concepts)
  • Belief Systems of Others
  • Belief Systems of Self

Bigotry Is Learnt Not Innate  

The reduction and dehumanisation of person based on negative association with difference can be based on habitual, psychological belief system for the caregiver themselves and or the person’s environment, this is not only projection (of a false belief) but on a unconscious level and communication that the person is running on the actions of perceived self rather than connected.

This can cause what I call a generational over-hang between each new generation in which ideas and thus actions of bigotry are understood, internalised and objectively and rationally reasoned out. It can be a slow process but if the person is willing to self-reflect on their own artificial bias’ this can hopefully break the cycle.

The Origin Is The Key 

When a human being is born we are thrust into a world of  pre-existing and overwhelming ideas that are sadly ego driven, however a baby nervous system is “naked” to this specific type of filtering and understanding. It is from this that human beings whom at upon “othering” as a normal are learnt and taught these behaviours through their psycho-social environment. 

Conclusion

By recognising this simple but profound fact that no one is born is born with an idea of hate or division is the way in which we further look upon the human race as collection of people that is non-hierarchal an if judgements are to be made it must be in rational, objective and balanced way.

Be the change you want to see.

Paul Isaacs 2021

Your Breath Is Your Superpower!! by Giuliana Wheater

999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater

999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD 

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

Discreet, easy gentle massage and acupressure to use anytime!

We are going through so much at the moment as a global community coming through the pandemic and more recently our young people have been really sorely tested. Not only have a large percentage of them had to sit exams when they have missed out on so much of their learning, but they are also continually transitioning through endlessly changing and often confusing rules and regulations around coming out of lockdown.

This has had the highest impact on those who are autistic, have ADHD or who are neurodiverse. Waiting lists to even GET a diagnosis now delayed by 3-5 years due to Covid (I know maths is not my strong point, but I thought Covid had lasted 16 months so far …?). Many parents have just given up and are not even attempting to fight go diagnoses and EHCP’s which is saddening and shocking.

So, what can we do to help them (and ourselves) in the meantime? Well in this week’s YouTube video I share very discreet, easy peasy, gentle self-massage and acupressure for those times when we feel ourselves building up, getting frustrated or angry, not being able to concentrate or function clearly or feel like we cannot cope. They can all be self-administered so there are no touch issues to worry about.

These tips can be shared on a friends and family basis family but also in therapy or zoom sessions (if you are qualified) where you can invite the kids to mirror you. It is way more self-empowering anyway and encourages the kids to develop awareness of when things are becoming too much, have the tools to use when that overwhelm starts to build and to be able to self-manage and self-regulate.

It is all super discreet and can be used anytime and anyplace. These 999 techniques will bring immediate calm, grounding, clarity of thought and focus. So have a good week everyone and try not to worry too much if you can as we try to emerge from lockdown and this very strange academic year comes to a close. Just be fantastic you, with lots of tools at your disposal to take charge of your own mental health!

Take good care, Lots of love everyone, Giuliana

Author, multi award winning therapist, Children’s University.

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
‘The Doctor Will See You Now’ by Dr Amir Khan – A Book Review

‘The Doctor Will See You Now’ by Dr Amir Khan – A Book Review

‘The Doctor Will See You Now’ by Dr Amir Khan – A book review by Beverly Guest our Charity Champion

I first came across Dr Khan watching ‘GPs behind closed Doors’ with Chris my Mother in Law one evening.  All the staff were lovely, but we both instantly loved Dr Khan, he was warm, caring, and had a lovely aura about him.  I especially loved that he was a northerner, as I am from Leeds, and born on Yorkshire day!  Northern Souls bond!

We had come across the series by mistake browsing the tv for something different to watch.  It looked interesting, let us give it a go we thought.  We were hooked within seconds.  We recorded the series just in case we would miss an episode, all the while waiting to see Dr Khan each time.  ‘Where’s our Amir gone?’ we would say until he appeared.

We were gutted when the series featuring his practice finished.  At some point later I noticed he was launching a book.  ‘I need that when it comes out!’ I told my husband Mark.  Sure enough, I got the book, and was super excited to start reading it.  Then life comes along with its busy winding road, and I have only just managed to read it.  I was not disappointed at all, and it was worth the wait.

It is my kind of book. I love how Dr Khan talks openly and honestly about his life in a GPs practice.  Each chapter is entwined with stories of some of his patients, and the day-to-day experiences of both him and his colleagues. 

It does make you realise there is ALOT more to what goes on at your GPs than just the regular 10-minute appointments we have all had.  ALOT more.  And at a time when the Country has been through challenging lockdowns, and are still in the midst of a pandemic, Dr Khans book really does make you think about how amazing GPs and the NHS are.  They are a godsend to all of us.

‘The Doctor Will See You Now’ by Dr Amir Khan - A book review by Beverly Guest our Charity Champion

Indeed, Dr Khans book is one of true admiration for his profession and colleagues, and he really does enlighten you to understand better the role of a GP.

It was so heart-warming to hear him talk about his patients in such a lovely warm manner, and having watched him on tv, I found myself reading the book ‘in his voice’ if that makes sense?  Making it even more meaningful.

The way he is absolutely honest about how some situations made him feel yet explaining how and why is important and truly admirable.

He explained the highs and lows in great detail, and as a reader a book like this has the ability to touch you in such a way that you feel sad, or actually laugh along with it. 

Indeed, I found myself laughing out loud to some parts; Dr Khan is naturally funny, and naturally calming which comes across in his patient consultation descriptions.

Our son Christopher has Autism, ADHD, learning difficulties and other conditions, so I wondered if I had come across anything related to them in his book, if Dr Khan would cover any of these areas.

As a Charity Champion for Dr Anna Kennedy OBE and her autism Charity https://annakennedyonline.com/ I was extremely happy to read Dr Khan tell his story of a young special needs patient and their family, and how he had helped them.  I had the biggest smile on my face as I read that having undergone an appointment in a family’s car due to the youngster’s special needs, he vowed to seek out change at his practice.

A change that would mean reasonable adjustments were made for special needs visiting patients, going forward.  This was Dr Khans initiative at his practice, and he was able to get the whole team there on board to bring about such change, to set up a system to help those with special needs – I also felt heartened to read he enlisted the help, advice, and support from the family he did a consultation for in their car.

Speaking to the family for their first-hand experience was crucial.  For this, I would like to thank Dr Khan from the bottom of my heart.  As a special needs parent, it is people like Dr Khan who inspire and bring about change for the greater good; and I’ve no doubt the special needs community in his area are hugely grateful for his initiative.  Thank you, Dr Khan!

Dr Khan is truly an amazing advocate for GPs and the NHS.  He really does fly the flag for them all, and not forgetting that he speaks highly of his patients too.  He has been able to clearly describe how much his profession and patients mean to him, which actually makes you think about when you visit your own GP – you really are important to them, and they do truly care.  It is easy to feel like a number, but with GPs like Dr Khan around, he is most definitely making a positive change for us all.

I really enjoyed the book, and I truly hope a follow up will ensue!  A truly huge thank goodness for GPs, Dr Khan, and the NHS – where would we honestly be without them?!

Click here to purchase your copy.

Your Breath Is Your Superpower!! by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga Games for Superheroes – including those on the autism and ADHD spectrum, by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga Games for Superheroes
Including those on the autism and ADHD spectrum

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

Since my video last week, I have received so many emails and private messages requesting more yoga fun and games, particularly where it is difficult to engage a child in something new or a group activity. So along with my existing crazy but scientific ideas (yes, AMAZING stuff IS going on inside our brains and bodies while we play, laugh, and enjoy yoga !! I have invented some new ones!! I am on a roll!!!

Yoga as I have already shared boosts immunity, better sleep, it stimulates the major happy and coping neurotransmitters from the gut and opens up diaphragm to better, deeper breathing which massively helps to keep us out of flight or fight. By playing these yoga games, making yoga stories, and sharing yoga activities, the brain and body are not only stimulated but emotional and social intelligence are too!!!!

I absolutely love, love, love how we are so deliciously and exquisitely put together!!

Team building and bonding are stimulated, self-awareness and interpersonal awareness as well as spatial awareness are developed, as well as complete focus, attention, and concentration. So, I might look like a crazy lady having fun but believe me I am no Silly Billy and the proven neuroscientific research behind all fun and laughter is very thoroughly thought out.

Because I DO believe that every child is a superhero … some just need time and exploration to find out just how. With laughter instantly increasing the serotonin in our bodies by an immediate 16%, and laughter also being proven as a great way to engage, learn and retain information, what could go wrong?!!

Let us celebrate and have fun with our inner superheroes!!! Have a light-hearted and happy week everyone … the mocks are all over and I can feel a few yoga headstands of celebration coming on!!!!

Take great care, Giuliana
Author, multi award winning therapist, advocate, public speaker, and Wellbeing Charity Ambassador for AnnaKennedyOnline
https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

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