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Northern Ireland mum refused care benefits for daughter with heart problems

Erin Hamilton at home in Carrickfergus with her daughter Sophia
Erin Hamilton at home in Carrickfergus with her daughter Sophia

Co Antrim mother of a baby girl born with severe heart complications and a genetic disorder that impairs her immune system said she cannot understand why she was refused Disability Living Allowance.

 Little Sophia Hamilton was born 13 months ago but was so ill that doctors feared she might not live at all. Cardiac consultants and surgeons in Belfast and Dublin battled against the odds to save Sophia. After a month in Dublin and further treatment in Belfast, Sophia’s mum Erin was eventually able to bring her baby girl home to Carrickfergus.

Sophia’s continuing ill health means single parent Erin is on permanent high alert over her daughter’s care, which often means sleepless nights as well as constant care through the day.

Erin said she was advised to apply for DLA…

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It’s good that these stories are coming to light at the same time as Parliament is publishing reports about the effect of PIP on disabled claimants.


Source: Woman with rare disease lost crucial disability payments ‘because she has a degree’ : Vox Political

All kids can lose control of their emotions if they’re feeling angry, hurt, frustrated or sad. But when some kids with ADHD (also known as ADD) get upset, their negative feelings tend to be stronger and last for a longer period of time. Some may respond to those strong feelings by becoming physically aggressive.

If you have a child with ADHD who tends to lash out physically, you may wonder whether his aggressiveness is related to his ADHD. It may well be. That’s because kids with ADHD tend to have trouble managing their emotions.

At the same time, it’s important to know that ADHD may not be the reason for your child’s aggressiveness. He could have other issues that are contributing to his aggressive behavior. That possibility should be explored.

Here are some of the reasons why kids with ADHD may be physically aggressive, and how you can help.

The Impulsivity-Aggression Connection

Some, but not all, kids with ADHD have frequent difficulty controlling their impulses. A first grader with ADHD who wants a toy that another child is playing with might grab it or hit the child to get it instead of waiting his turn. His impulsivity stops him from being able to think through his actions. All he can think about is what he wants right now.

Another problem is that kids with ADHD can get “stuck” in a negative space and have a hard time moving on. Let’s say a child pushes a classmate in line because he believes it’s his turn to be first. The teacher disciplines him by sending him to the back of the line.

A child without ADHD may be able to accept that consequence, even though he thinks it’s unfair. But once a child with ADHD gets it in his head that he’s been wronged, he may have trouble shifting his thoughts. Instead he may escalate the situation by throwing his backpack on the floor or kicking another child. He’ll continue to engage in negative behavior even though it’s not helping.

After acting out, he may be genuinely sorry for hurting someone or breaking the rules. But that may not keep him from reacting the same way next time.

Many kids with ADHD are also less likely to learn from their mistakes. Their impulsivity may make it hard for them to think about consequences. It may also prevent them from


Source: ADHD and Aggression: What You Need to Know : Understand

It is said that you can learn from your mistakes, but first the organisation has to appreciate it is making mistakes, then that they wish to learn from them.

Unfortunately in both those instances the current Governments view is no. They do not appreciate that they make mistakes and if they did they will not agree to learn from them.

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HER life has already been devastated by multiple sclerosis – now welfare officials have dealt a young York woman a fresh blow by refusing her a vital benefit. Care assistant Lorna Taylor, 25, woke up one morning last June to find her legs had gone numb.

Within a month, the numbness had spread to other parts of her body and the former Joseph Rowntree School pupil was diagnosed with an aggressive form of MS. Today she can only walk short distances with crutches and uses a wheelchair to go any significant distance, and she is cared for full-time in her ground floor flat in The Groves by her partner Eddie Hughes.

Unable to work any longer at a York care home, and with Eddie unable to work because he is caring for Lorna, she applied for the Personal Independence Payment benefit and went for an assessment, expecting to receive at least some…

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A school is facing a privacy backlash from parents after removing the front wall of a girls’ toilet block.

Parents of children at St Mary’s College in Wallasey have criticised the re-design, with many concerned about their daughters’ privacy.

The exterior wall of one of the school’s female toilet blocks has been removed to make the toilets open plan with the only doors now being those on individual cubicles.

A video sent to the ECHO shows the toilets, which are set back off a corridoor, facing what are believed to be two classrooms and a CCTV camera.

Parents have claimed their children have been told the wall had been removed in a bid to stop smoking, bullying and pupils skipping class and hiding in the toilets.


Source: Parents’ privacy fears as school removes wall from front of girls’ toilet block : Liverpool Echo

This is a question I get fairly often in relation to all the various autism related tags on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  – “Why is the autistic community so upset?”

Because almost all of the media representation of autism comes from people who aren’t even autistic. Autistics ARE speaking. Are YOU listening?


Source: Autistic Outrage – Why is the Autistic Community so upset? : Neurodivergent Rebel

The Health Cares Exchange Initiative, Inc. is a nonprofit organization which teaches resiliency skills-building to persons at risk for stress and burnout.

Every day, millions of people responsible for caring about others find themselves at risk for stress and burnout. Since 1992 HCEI has helped thousands of persons internationally identify stress and respond in healthier ways.

Stress is damaging.  In America at least 75%  of all doctor’s visits are for stress-related issues, and stress is linked to cancer, arthritis,  Alzheimer’s disease, suicide, diabetes, and heart disease.  Each year employees with chronic health conditions cost US industry $84 billion in lost productivity, wages and service delivery and stress costs American industry more than $300 billion overall.

Stress is expensive.  While American workers leave 430 million paid vacation days unused each year,  employee turnover in the US costs at least $5 trillion.   The estimated cost of preventable medical errors in the US is at least $17.1 billion, and recent research estimates that at least 440,000 Americans die each year from preventable hospital errors.

Stress is everywhere.  The first-ever nationwide focus group with caring people was held by HCEI.  Our seminar “Celebrating Ourselves: Beating Burnout” was then developed and produced for thousands of persons and a variety of audiences.  In 2004 HCEI became the first organization to create international collaborations around burnout prevention for caring persons, building networks


Source: The Health Cares Exchange Initiative Home

Although based in Chicago the organisation has a facility to to deliver the Workshop on Carers and Burnout in the UK, please see the letter of support.

UK letter of support Usk Wales


  • Kids with ADHD often use attention-seeking behaviors to mask difficulties.
  • Being the class clown can be a way for kids with ADHD to cope with anxiety.
  • You can help your child develop positive strategies.

Whether they’re cracking jokes, making faces or doing handstands, for some kids with ADHD (also known as ADD), class clown can seem like a role they were born to play. But goofing around in class and elsewhere isn’t all fun and games. Attention-seeking behavior can have real consequences, both in school and out.

Understanding why kids with ADHD seek attention and play the class clown is key. It can help you help your child find better ways to channel his energy and emotions.

ADHD and Seeking Attention

When kids with ADHD draw attention to themselves, they’re usually not trying to be difficult. The funny comments and slapstick routines are a way to draw attention away from the problems ADHD can create. Those problems include impulsivity and hyperactivity, as well as inattention.

Your child may be afraid that his classmates will laugh at him if they realize he forgot his homework, again. He may worry that they’ll think he’s dumb if he can’t answer the teacher’s question because he got distracted. Or that he’s annoying if he blurts something out when he shouldn’t have. Clowning around is often a way to cover for the anxiety and get ahead of criticism.

This behavior might look like:


Source: Why Some Kids With ADHD Seek Attention and Play “Class Clown”

  • Many teens lie, and some do it frequently.
  • Teens with ADHD may have different patterns of lying than other teens.
  • Teens with ADHD generally don’t lie to be defiant, but rather to cope with their challenges.

Most parents of teens have dealt with the issue of lying at some point. Telling lies or leaving out the truth is a common teen behavior. Kids at this age have a lot more going on in their lives—sometimes good and sometimes bad—that they may want to keep to themselves.

But when teens with ADHD (also known as ADD) frequently tell lies, there are sometimes other factors to consider—and to watch out for.

Not all kids with ADHD have issues with frequent lying. In fact, some are compulsively honest, which can create a different kind of problem. For many kids, however, lying is a behavior that starts when they’re young and that can become even more problematic as they travel through their teens years.

Here’s what to know about teens with ADHD and the problem of frequent lying, and how to help.


Source: Teens With ADHD and Lying: Why It’s Common and How to Respond : Understood

Early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be detected in infants, yet many children with autism do not receive a diagnosis until the ages of two or three. While not every autistic baby is able to be diagnosed as an infant, there are many benefits to receiving a diagnosis before reaching preschool age. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) an autism diagnosis can be appropriately given at the age of 18 months or even sooner for some babies. Doctors will typically do a screening for autism spectrum disorders at the 9 month, 18 month, 2-year, and 3-year wellness checkups. The earlier an infant is diagnosed with autism, the sooner interventions can begin and the best resources can be identified.

Many children with autism, however, do not receive an official diagnosis until they reach the age of two or three years old, usually after the child has already begun preschool and social interactions have become more obviously strained. It is never too late to be diagnosed and begin identifying resources to help make life with autism easier. The earlier a child is diagnosed (especially in his/her formative years of development) the sooner the child can begin to benefit from selected


Source: Signs of Autism in Infants and Children – Autism Parenting Magazine

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