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A widely used questionnaire designed to measure anxiety flags the condition in children with autism.

Source: Standard scale identifies anxiety in children with autism | Spectrum | Autism Research News

Loved the picture, showing the innocence of youth and what simple pleasures can be obtained .

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I had words for today.  But then this photo happened, and then I decided there are no more words for today.  Just love and bubbles.


Now, go read a book.

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I’m mixed-race and was adopted by a white family: this is my experience

Source: I’m mixed-race and was adopted by a white family: this is my experience – The i newspaper online iNews

The High Court has granted an urgent challenge to the reduced benefit cap and the hearing will go ahead in May. The specific test cases all concern lone parents with children under the age of two, …

Source: Not expected to work yet still benefit-capped – SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

‘He said: “I’m incredibly proud of my mother. She was an absolute role model to me.
“She really imbued in me this idea of public service, she was a magistrate for about 30 years.’

A pity David Cameron did not continue in the role model of his Mum and the imbued idea of public service,, or was it for only certain sections of the community.

While schools are regarded as the main educators of children, they are not the only educators. For before children go to school they are usually at home and are being educated by their parents, whether this is intentional or not, as children observe what is around them and what is occurring.

So all parents have a duty to their children in the way they conduct themselves when in front of their children, for what children hear and see they will copy. However, there may be other factors, for they may go to a nursery and pre-school and also the community environment in which they live.

All of these are factors in how children behave, however, in many instances their behaviour could be tempered by how they are disciplined by family members.

So all in all, while teachers have their part to play, so do parents and all factors need to be taken into consideration.

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#AceNewsReport – Dec.27: Rise in primary school pupils suspended for racist abuse Guardian reported

Department for Education figures show number of exclusions for racist behaviour up by a quarter in five years

The number of primary school pupils suspended for racist abuse has increased by a quarter in five years, official figures show.

Department for Education statistics reveal that 430 children between the ages of five and 11 were given fixed period or permanent exclusions from their schools in the 2014-15 academic year because of racist behaviour. That is 110 more than the 2009-10 academic year, when 320 pupils were suspended for the same reason.

Meanwhile, the number of primary school pupils suspended for drug and alcohol abuse fell by 20% in the same period, from 50 to 40. The number of pupils suspended for sexual misconduct also fell slightly, by 4%, from 250 to 240.

The figures show…

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Every year the Queen gives a speech on Christmas day and this year I thought why not join her. So pull up a chair, grab a cuppa or something a little stronger and spend the next 2 minutes giving some thought to my message.

Christmas is a time of wonder and joy. A time of year when families come together and share gifts but more importantly share their time and love.

Autism isn’t just for Christmas.

When you are using the naughty list as a bargaining tool to make your child behave.
Spare a thought for the child who is facing extreme anxiety because they feel that they haven’t been good enough.

Source: Diary of an imperfect mum: Autism isn’t just for Christmas

It’s often hard to explain to average folks just how insidious the recent crop of religious freedom laws are, but this next story gives you a window into how they can be wielded to justify even the most reprehensible behaviors, including child abuse. In Indiana, a 30-year-old mother who beat her 7-year-old son with a coat hanger, causing “36 deep-purple bruises,” will serve a year of probation after seeking to have the charges entirely dismissed due to her religious motivations for beating the child—because religion excuses all. Nice work, Mike Pence. Kristine Guerra writes:

Her defense attorney, Greg Bowes, argued in court records that Indiana’s religious freedom law protects her from prosecution.

The state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence (R) last year. The law says the government must first prove a compelling interest before it intrudes on someone’s religious liberty, and it must do so in the least restrictive way.

[Kin Park] Thaing’s Christian beliefs were the “guiding values” that influenced her behavior when she punished her son, according to a motion to dismiss. It also cited verses from Proverbs 23:13-14: “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.”


Source: Mike Pence’s ‘religious freedom’ law used as a defense for child abuse

By calling family members carers, we risk turning love and responsibility into a transaction, without adequately supporting or rewarding those who do it

Source: ‘Carer’ is a label that risk loosening the bonds of kith and kin | Indu Khurana | Opinion | The Guardian

Ever wondered what it is really like to parent from a special perspective? Parent to a Special Needs Child? Where do you turn for help? What challenges do you face? What has surprised you? What have you learned? Every month I will be featuring one of my brilliant fellow SEND bloggers and sharing their reflections on raising a child with special needs.

Welcome Lynne to Diary of an Imperfect Mum. Lynne blogs over at A blog about Raising my Autistic Son. Lynne is married to Nick and they have four children. Their eldest teenage son is on the autistic spectrum. Family life is hectic and funny – friends often comment that they feel they have been in a sitcom following a visit! Lynne is also a Speech and Language Therapist.


Source: Diary of an imperfect mum: Parenting from a Special Perspective: A blog about Raising my Autistic Son

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