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Nadia Clarke writes about the damaging impact that cuts to her personal budget will have on her life.

Source: My Rights | Publications by date | Library | The Centre for Welfare Reform

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Parents know: Tantrums are the worst. If you’re nodding your head knowingly, then you’ve seen/tip-toed your way through more than […]

Source: Mom Horrified By Toddler’s Public Tantrum Until Old Lady Said 5 Simple Words.


I knew there was something my child was struggling with, and all I had to do was understand what his behavior was telling me.

Source: When I Realized Why My Son Melts Down At Home But Not At School | HuffPost


John Lewis’s decision to remove gender labels from its children’s clothing has sparked a row. About eighteen months ago, the store redesigned its labels –

Source: John Lewis gender-neutral clothing sparks row – The i newspaper online iNews


Our new columnist, Catriona Moore asks how councils can get away with breaking the law when it comes to providing inclusive summer fun

Source: Fighting for my disabled child’s right to summer fun – Special Needs Jungle


The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) now refers to Asperger syndrome as “Level 1 Autism,” also informally called “high-functioning autism” (HFA). However, this only applies to the U.S. In the rest of the world, the disorder is still referred to as Asperger syndrome. So, I will be using these two terms interchangeably, because they are fundamentally the same disorder with two different names. Having said that…

“Parenting Children and Teens with Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism” is a 4-part downloadable eBook (along with audio instruction) designed to help parents of Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autistic kids who are experiencing behavioral difficulties. The program contains prevention, identification, and intervention strategies for the most destructive of autism-related behaviors.
Although Asperger’s is at the milder end of the autism spectrum (i.e., high-functioning autism), the challenges parents face when raising a child on the autism spectrum are more difficult than they would be with an “average” child. Complicated by problematic behavior, the Asperger’s or HFA child is at risk for even greater difficulties on multiple levels, unless the parents’ disciplinary techniques are tailored to their child’s special needs.
The standard disciplinary techniques that are recommended for “typical” children and teens do not take into account the many issues facing a youngster with a neurological disorder. Meltdowns, shutdowns, aggression, sensory sensitivities, self-injury, isolation-seeking, and communication problems that arise due to auditory and sensory issues are just some of the behaviors that parents of these young people will have to learn to control.
Parents need to come up with a consistent parenting plan ahead of time, and then present a united front and continually review their strategies for potential changes and improvements as the Asperger’s or HFA child develops and matures.
Kids on the autism spectrum possess a unique set of attitudes and behaviors:
Social Skills— Social conventions are a confusing maze

 

 

Source: My Aspergers Child: Parenting System that Reduces Problematic Behavior in Children with Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism


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 .

Gin & Lemonade

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.

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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)

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