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A book review – Asperger’s, Autism & You by Ian Hale, Ph.D

A book review – Asperger’s, Autism & You by Ian Hale, Ph.D

Asperger’s, Autism & You by Ian Hale, Ph.D​

A book review by Beverly Guest our Charity Champion

I was instantly attracted to the cover of this book, partly as our autistic son loves the colour yellow – and the cover photo has plenty of yellow…. and partly because the scene intrigued me.

The synopsis on the back cover with reviews of Dr Ian Hale subsequently made me think, yes …. this is a book I want to read!

Dr Ian Hale has written extensively in this book about autism. The one thing which stands out from the outset, is that he himself is on the spectrum and he is an amazing advocate and voice for our autism community.

It is always great to read about someone who talks about something that they experience themselves first-hand. We’ve all had that person say to us ‘Oh he has autism?

My best friend’s sister’s daughters neighbour is autistic we know all about it’ …. of course, it is great to share ideas with each other, support can come from many different areas in many different forms. Yet it is always that extra bit more special when it comes from someone who knows… first-hand.

Asperger’s, Autism & You by Ian Hale, Ph.D

So, step forward Dr Ian Hale… he ‘knows.’  Being on the spectrum he has taken his experiences and expert knowledge, then put them into this book to help others. It is a great resource for anyone who is connected with autism, and he explains from start to finish in an easy-to-read format.

It is refreshing to read a book which imparts so much information in such an effective and simple way. I love the way Dr Ian Hale starts with some history about autism, then takes you on a journey, highlighting many areas which are often not written about.

A book discussing openly different areas connected with autism, its genetic roots, tips, and topics that are often debated publicised and quoted by professionals – yet this is refreshingly honest and open from someone actually on the spectrum – combining both personal and scientific information.

I love the autism family tree, the way he talks about the science behind autism, right down to the selected reading and resources section, there is something in this for everyone.

Click here and grab yourself a copy, read the book including the reviews highlighted in the opening pages which show the reader how well received Dr Ian Hales resource is.

You will not be disappointed, and I can assure you that it is clear this highly intellectual author is not just an expert on autism, he is an expert at explaining simply and easily so the reader will understand.

Excellent book and author, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

The Power of EFT: Part two – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The Power of EFT: Part two – an article by Giuliana Wheater

 The Power of EFT – Part two

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

Touch Therapy for autism, ADHD, dyslexia, ADD, PDA, dyscalculia, neurodiversity but also for EVERYONE!


How often have you sat there, head in your hands, and wished you had a quick and easy way to help your child, or you feel better?

I know I have …. Many times, over.

This week I am going to share with you the second part of EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique.

Feel free, if tapping is not for you, to press and release the points I demonstrate in the video, as you would do in acupressure or even gentle massage in rotating circles.

Sometimes we feel like different methods on different days, and these will all add to that toolbox of ideas and techniques …. And literally, physically taking your mental health into your hands. All at your fingertips!!

EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is based on well-established and proven acupressure points. You always use your first two fingers together to tap those points.

The only difference between using EFT and massage or acupressure is that you think of a positive message or affirmation to repeat as you tap.

EFT often provides fast relief from physical pain but also emotional pain or physical-emotional issues.

Used frequently it actually goes into our trillions of cells on a neuroscientific level and also on a neurological level by changing negative pathways in the brain to positive ones. This has been proven through MRI scanning and neurological imaging.

So, it really really works!!

EFT was developed by a guy called Gary Craig whose work was based on the landmark discoveries of Dr Roger Callahan.

I just want to cuddle them both so hard!!

Based on the same principles of the ancient therapy of acupuncture, EFT is a dead easy way to help ease and erase yucky feelings such as fear, anger, worry, anxiety, low self-esteem, low self-belief, sadness, cravings and even nightmares.

To date there have been absolutely no documented negative side effects to this simple tapping technique although personally I would advise that even if you have had just one epileptic fit, avoid tapping the top of your head.

This therapy, as do all my other touch therapies, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, works beautifully alongside allopathic or GP treatments and medication. However, if you are worried do contact your GP. I work alongside them all the time, and many are now so open to working in this way.

My therapies do not replace any medication or GP treatment. They simply work alongside it absolutely fantastically. It is why so much of my work has also been in hospitals, hospices, and Intensive Care Units.

It is not my place, nor would I be so arrogant, as to talk anyone out of any medication.

Have a GORGEOUS and positive week everyone!

Take care, Hugs, Giuliana

The Power of EFT: Part two - an article by Giuliana Wheater
The Power of EFT: Part two – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The Power of EFT – an article by Giuliana Wheater

 The Power of EFT

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

EFT is Emotional Freedom Technique and although gentle, when used often, is powerful stuff!! And so easy to do!!

In this week’s video I show just 4 or 5 tapping techniques to get you going.

They are so simple to learn and in the coming weeks I shall share some more along with the neuroscientific benefits of what these techniques actually do. It is so important to me that you take charge of your mental health and take it literally into your hands.

It is empowering just for starters!!

If you have a child who just cannot sit down, make the EFT fun!! Just as with massage, reflexology, or yoga, turn it into stories, treasure hunts or lucky dips!

A good place to start us with “The Wizard’s Wish” by the fabulous Brad Yates who also has a YouTube channel and FB group. It is a simple but really engaging story which shows the kids that they have all the “magic” they need in their fingers!

EFT is fabulous for everyone and everyone regardless of mobility, disability, different ability, neurotypical or neurodiversity.

It is particularly beneficial for our mental health and very defective in reducing anxiety, boosting confidence and self-esteem as well as focus and self-belief.

When used often, it actually filters into the memory in all out trillions of cells as well as our water … and even builds me and positive neurological pathways!!

I have found it especially beneficial and very powerful in my work with SEN children, young adults, their families, and teachers.

Yes, as I always say, YOU build your brain!! Your minds build your brains and whatever fires them, wires them!

So, let us get started!

The most important thing to remember is to resist a positive thought of affirmation as you tap. You can change the affirmation friending on your need at the time.

So, for instance it might be

“I can do this “or

“I can overcome this “or

“I am confident “or

“I am free of anxiety “.

Make it your own!

Then with ideally two fingers, your first and second fingers, tap the acupressure points to release those all-important happy hormones and coping chemicals, anti-anxiety points, anger points and stress relieving points. It is just gentle tapping and while you do it, you repeat your affirmation inside your head.

Give it a go!! You will be amazed! And if yoga, reflexology, massage, or acupressure are not for you, this is well worth a whirl!!

Take care everyone!

Big love and see you next week, Giuliana

The Power of EFT
The Power of EFT
The Power of EFT
The Power of EFT
The Power of EFT
The Power of EFT
The Power of EFT
The Power of EFT
New Learningrose website – by Rebecca Taylor

New Learningrose website – by Rebecca Taylor

New Learningrose website – by Rebecca Taylor

New Learningrose website – by Rebecca Taylor

About Rebecca

I am the mother to a son of 16 who has autism, severe sensory modulation dysfunction and other complex needs. I am ex British Airways cabin crew and flew for over 7 years and know first-hand how important it is for safety and communication reasons that all passengers feel at ease.

In 2018, I won the Anna Kennedy National Autism Parent Carer Award as well as being the only person to be a finalist for two other categories – Lifetime Achievement award and Autism Peoples Hero award, both of which were recognised by an official certificate of achievement:

In  2019, I won the Anna Kennedy Entrepreneurial Award which was for the work I’d done with British Airways:

Our  new  website  encompasses  the additional journeys we have produced so far and our app is available on the app store.  You’ll find our cards in a full card layout as well as individual flash cards. You can contact me by email at and on my mobile 07973-219299.

Assuring you of our best attentions in all matters, Rebecca J Taylor

About Learningrose

Learningrose provide detailed information cards; prepared for print and digital use to support travelling through the airport, the journey on board, its service and arriving at the destination. All cards are endorsed “in partnership with The National Autistic Society”

They have been designed to be multifunctional and multi-disability friendly; they work with any age to reduce anxiety and stress for the passenger by using the card or mobile app as well as other people on board. Through a mixture of words and pictures they can assist many passengers with a mental, hidden or physical disability and for passengers who may be anxious flying as well as people who may have not flown before.

British Airways have recently renewed their license to continue using the cards for a second year onboard their fleet.

The airport journey can be complimented with a variety of additional cards to help everyday encounters and experiences; in turn, providing a valuable tool for customer engagement and loyalty through wider habitual use of our or your own mobile app when not flying.

We support businesses wanting to enhance their current CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) with 3 services:

  1. Consultancy and support on all things Autism.
  2. Providing graphic + creative services for existing cards or designing new requested card experiences and journeys.
  3. Delivering ‘your own branding’, additional customisation and integration development for our own proprietary mobile app if required or supporting third party tech requirements.


Airport information cards Stranger Danger Getting the Bus
Going to Supermarket COVID 19 Getting on a train
Going to a Restaurant Going for a walk in a park Going to the Opticians
Going to the Dentist  Going to the Doctor  Going to a Florist

Plus many more.



The Power of EFT: Part two – an article by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga Movement Breaks for Autism, ADHD, ADD, PDA and Mental Health – an article by Giuliana Wheater

 Yoga Movement Breaks for Autism, ADHD, ADD, PDA and Mental Health

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater

Most of the children and young adults I had sessions with last week were all saying how tired they felt, and the week had dragged. With the nights slowly drawing in, transitions happening all the time and the stress of tests, it seemed to have been taking its toll.

Especially on those with different abilities or disabilities who quite often need to concentrate twice as hard to survive a school day compared to a neurotypical student.

The stress, tests and transitioning also take their toll on teachers, who are under incredible pressure also.

In 2016 alone 120 YEARS of teaching were lost due to stress.

And this was before Covid!

So, what can we do about this?

Well, wherever I go to train schools or simply share sessions I always talk about Movement Breaks.

They only need to be for five minutes and be spaced out between lessons or tasks – or even halfway through, as breathers, exercises for the body and brain, to recharge and refocus.

They are incredibly powerful and benefit everyone, teachers included.

Any “sillies” get shaken out, the breathing and body calmed, the diaphragm opened and the serotonin (neurotransmitter of happiness, confidence, and self-esteem) and dopamine (the neurotransmitter of reward, motivation, drive, focus, concentration, and attention) all encouraged up from the gut and into the brain.

These movement breaks also boost immunity and promote better sleep.

Kids with dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia will also hugely benefit along with students in wheelchairs. Neurotypical kids will also reap the rewards because they might have stuff going on at home or friendship issues or anxiety. It’s inclusive of everyone, regardless of age, ability, mobility, or neurodiversity.

The learning environment is hugely boosted for EVERYONE as a result of movement breaks. Stress and tension are eased. Attention, focus, and memory are boosted. Any aggression or overwhelm is regulated. Every school should do it regularly throughout the day.

Stand like a mountain – seated or standing. If seated, if you can put your feet flat on the floor, preferably with no shoes. If standing, ensure your feet are shoulder width apart.

Squeeze your fists as hard as you can and then either just release or fling, your tension/stress to the floor. Repeat several times.

Either seated or standing just shake all those giggles or anger or sillies out using your whole body.

Draw circles clockwise and anti-clockwise and figure eights above your head. This also helps with motor skills, coordination and balancing the brain.

Cover one nostril and inhale slowly through the other. Then block the other nostril and exhale slowly. Then repeat doing it the other way around.

Here is a link to my YouTube video demonstrating these techniques.

Have fun with them and boost those learning environments!!

See you next week,

Take care, Giuliana.

 Yoga Movement Breaks for Autism, ADHD, ADD, PDA and Mental Health
 Yoga Movement Breaks for Autism, ADHD, ADD, PDA and Mental Health
 Yoga Movement Breaks for Autism, ADHD, ADD, PDA and Mental Health
 Yoga Movement Breaks for Autism, ADHD, ADD, PDA and Mental Health
Being Thankful for My Parents – an article by our Ambassador Paul Isaacs

Being Thankful for My Parents – an article by our Ambassador Paul Isaacs

Being Thankful for My Parents
An article by our Ambassador Paul Isaacs

*Note this is from a personal perspective

Being thankful is a term used for many different contexts, it has different meanings, associations and be it personal or professional and it can come from an emotive place deep within someone’s being and soul to take a humble acknowledgment of the foundations laid bare that I had no control of (no person does) but giving it some thought and the time to do so has made be reflect on my early years.

I was born in 1986 and my parents had now knowledge of the word “autism” for it would be many years before the word would be uses, so one must get by the frameworks and current situation in other words my parents not knowing did it hinder? Or through this did it urge them to be me more holistic, creative, and more practical in their approach towards me as a human being? I think it did.

If I would had been diagnosed it would have been of “classic” autism this wasn’t just about milestones speech, language and motor delay were noted – I was also hemiplegic, had visual perceptual disorders, face, object and meaning blindness and well as being meaning deaf and having a language processing disorder some of this partly due to being brain damaged at birth.

I lived (and still due to some degree) in the system of sensing, was tactile kinaesthetic, had pattern, theme and feel language – but my parents saw me as their child, their son and valued member of the family this speaks values not only of one’s character and the wordless observations at the time but the patience and nurture that goes with being a caregiver.

Many adjectives and observations were made the idea that I was deaf and blind, having an attachment disorder these were all perceptions (rightly or wrongly) put upon not only me but my family. The way in which my parents dealt was in a a very holistic and fluid way the expectations they had for me was simple but would later a sturdy foundation to build from “happy”.

Being Thankful for My Parents

Now that is one emotion of many they cared not for existential things, materials or hierarchy or work or education because that was something I would do on my terms, they offered the values of autonomy, the healthiness of failure as a normal part of life and the sanctity of self-exploration.

As I have grown, I have valued their company, their need for boundaries, direction and care which has built up a mutual respect but not tipping into areas of blurriness of misinformation, but all our cards are held to each other we know where we stand.

The greatest gift that many are denied from their parents and caregivers (at many times through no fault of their own – just repetition of generational patterns) is the ability to grow into one’s own connected self this is something I hold dear and treasure.

Paul Isaacs 2021