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The children’s writer Michael Morpurgo has written a new novel inspired by his autistic grandson, which is set to be published later this year. Flamingo Boy is set in the Camargue in the south of France during World War II and features a boy who “sees the world differently”.

Morpurgo explained how it didn’t occur to him to write a book about autism until his grandson was born, which isn’t totally surprising – as autistic characters in books are few and far between.

Fiction plays a significant role in shaping how people understand and respond to autism. And in this way, books are often used by both schools and parents to help children and young people understand more about autism.

But the limited and skewed portrayal of autism means it is often misrepresented rather than represented in fiction. For an autistic child or young person this can be extremely isolating and they are often unable to find a version of “themselves” in a book.


Source: Why there need to be more autistic characters in children’s books : The Conversation


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

Desperate parents are trying to cure autism by making their kids drink poisonous chemicals.

At least six police forces across Britain have questioned families over allegations children as young as two were forced to drink bleach and turpentine.

Some were also given bleach enemas to purge “parasites” which a church cult and unqualified advocates like ex-drug addict Danny Glass blame for causing the behavioural condition.

Tonight, as a task force of MPs and campaigners investigated, a doctor warned that the quack remedies will end up killing children.

One in every 100 kids in the UK suffers from some form of autism, for which there is no medical cure.

Source: Desperate parents forcing kids to drink bleach to cure autism in sick cult : Mirror

Trouble paying attention to people. Being constantly on the move. Invading personal space, not reading social cues well and having meltdowns. These can all be signs of both ADHD and autism. And the two conditions can occur together.

The signs of autism, also called autism spectrum disorder or ASD, can range in severity. While ADHD (also known as ADD) isn’t a spectrum disorder, like autism it can produce a range of symptoms. And each symptom can cause a range of difficulty from one child to the next. So what’s the difference between ADHD and autism?

This table breaks down some of the key differences between them.


Source: The Difference Between ADHD and Autism : Understood


In our times of austerity with LA budgets so tight there isn’t support for adult family carers, beds or equipment; benefits slashed to £62.50 per week for 24/7 care, and DLA reduced to £103.

Our government is providing 136 million to transfer 3000 LD/autistic from NHS hospitals to private increasingly venture capital monopoly corporation ‘ community living’ care with no public only private hospital admissions of the autistic/LD and/or behaviour challenged

So this 136 million goes straight into USA Universal Health Services/Acadia and three monopoly community living providers and LA administration. .

Such siphoning off  of NHS/LA money to private profit has been planned for years, Laing and Bouisson, specialist consultants in care development produced this report in 2011.

Commissioned by the Director of Learning Disabilities NHS under the ‘Valuing People now’ initiative.

How is enforced removal for life from family friends and real community, to ever more profitable care in anyway be Valuing The disabled ?


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A new study by researchers at Roche in Basel, Switzerland has identified a key brain region of the neural circuit that controls social behavior. Increasing the activity of this region, called the habenula, led to social problems in rodents, whereas decreasing activity of the region prevented social problems.

The study, which appears in Biological Psychiatry, suggests that social impairments characteristic of autism spectrum disorder may stem from alteration of activity in this circuit, and that tuning this circuit may help treat the social deficits in the disorder.

“We are excited about this study as it identifies a brain circuit that may play a critical role in social reward, which is affected in autism,” said senior author Dr. Anirvan Ghosh, who was the Head of Neuroscience Research at Roche and now serves as Head of Research and Early Development at Biogen. The findings provide clues as to what may be altered in the brain to lead to neurodevelopmental conditions like autism spectrum disorder.


Source: Autism: Brain circuit controls social behavior identified: A new study identifies specific brain circuit that may lead to social impairments in autism spectrum disorder : Science Daily

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

*This post was originally published on 1/26/15

Ever wonder what a typical day is like for us, a not so typical special needs homeschooling family?

If so please read on and watch our video!

If the thought has never crossed your mind, well then I invite you to continue reading anyway!


Source: Day In the Life of a Special Needs Homeschooling Family!

The Scottish government has announced the extension of a scheme to support disabled people to live independently. It’s in stark contrast to the actions of the UK government. Actions which the UN has previously said amount to “grave” and “systematic” violations of disabled people’s human rights.

Forward thinking?

Nicola Sturgeon’s government has said it will be permanently extending the blue badge parking scheme in Scotland to cover the “carers and relatives” of people who “pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic”. This would cover people living with conditions such as dementia, autism, and Down’s syndrome. The move has come off the back of a pilot scheme launched in April 2016.

Currently in England [pdf], people generally only get a blue badge if they have difficulty walking more than 50m, or if they have other issues with physically getting around. But as Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:

It’s so important that people with disabilities, including cognitive impairments, can live a life of equal opportunities.

He said of the pilot scheme and the working group involved with the blue badge reforms:


Source: Nicola Sturgeon just shamed the UK government with some great news for disabled people | The Canary

to aspie or not to aspie

Was it autism in the dendritic spines, bipolar in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, ADHD in the cerebellum or borderline in the amygdala?

It sounds a little like a game of Cluedo, right? Because that’s how it feels trawling across the depths of the internet into the wee hours and trying to work out what makes me different.

Poirot had the Orient Express and I have this.

I have a wall covered in neon post-it notes scribbled with symptoms and experiences – thin white string connecting these into a pattern to try and find the culprit. I have page after page of symptoms, more than 10,000 words of notes – just another sign of my unusual overzealousness.

When it comes to ASD, I’m not pretending to be an expert – I don’t even have psychology at GCSE. In fact, it’s entirely possible that once I make it through the NHS diagnosis…

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