Sanctioned for not being able to sign on on bank holiday Monday. Tears, frustration and rain.

The poor side of life

Today’s demo started rather hurriedly and to be honest I didn’t know if I was coming or going. This feeling was amplified because it was cold, rainy and my daughter was a bit fed up. understandable of course. But she soon settled down into our usual routine and all was well.


We are seeing a lot of new faces due to Stalybridge Jobcentre shutting. They don’t know us and what we are doing, and we don’t know them or their situations either. So we have to start from scratch, which at times isn’t easy.  But it’s a whole lot harder for them.

I started a conversation with a man who had been previously attending Stalybridge Jobcentre for his appointments. The first thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t believe how rude the front desk staff are at  Ashton Jobcentre, and how rude some of the advisors are also…

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Donald Trump’s treatment of a crying baby reveals his total lack of empathy | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

The Republican nominee’s castigation of a mother and her child at a rally could cause real damage. His support among women is low – and falling fast

Source: Donald Trump’s treatment of a crying baby reveals his total lack of empathy | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Cuteness goes through roof’ as baby gets glasses and sees mother for first time #FridayFeeling | DisabledGo News and Blog

It was the moment when “cuteness went through the roof”. For the four months of his very short life, Leopold Wilbur Reppond, known as Leo, had been unable to

Source: ‘Cuteness goes through roof’ as baby gets glasses and sees mother for first time #FridayFeeling | DisabledGo News and Blog

Radical Acts of Equality | Karen Woodall

I observed a young Asian man, no more than about eighteen, arrive with a tiny baby. The baby was crying loudly and clearly needed feeding and as I watched the young man struggling with the bib and the bottle, I became suddenly aware of an absolute air of tension in the cafe.

Source: Radical Acts of Equality | Karen Woodall

A Stray Dog Rescues A Few Hours Old Baby In Oman

Good question, hopefully the same.

I do not however agree with the lower life form, as all life forms should be important

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A stray dog rescued a new born baby from certain death. He carried the baby in his mouth through the streets until it was rescued.


The absolutely unbelievable incident took place in Kharbika, Oman, as a man was riding his bike on Saturday morning, October 31, the man noticed a stray dog walking on the road with something in his mouth. He noticed blood drops on the road and went closer to the dog to take a closer look, and when he did, he couldn’t believe what he saw.

According to the man, the dog was holding a newborn baby boy in his mouth; the baby – a couple of hours old – even had his umbilical cord still attached! As people gathered around the scene, the dog didn’t do anything to prevent them taking the child from him, it was as if he was delivering the baby to them.

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Don’t leave kids alone in the car — but confronting strangers about it is risky, too

Original post from Salon


As summer heats up, so do the stories of children left in danger

(Credit: Maria Sbytova via Shutterstock)
(Credit: Maria Sbytova via Shutterstock)

It’s June, which means that unfortunately, we’re in for an uptick in harrowing stories involving children left alone in cars. So before we get one more moment into the most sweltering time of year, can we please ask with parents to think very carefully before making that quick run and deciding to let your kid go on hanging out in the back seat? Can we please beg you to do whatever you need to remember your child is back there? But can we also plead with local news outlets not to turn this into yet another summer of hysteria over nonexistent “trends”?

 Already going viral this week is the video that Kentucky man Mark Herrmann shot — and then posted on Facebook — of a young boy left alone in back seat of a car at the parking lot of a freight store. As WCPO, which originally ran the story, notes, “The truck’s key is in the ignition, the vehicle’s engine is running, the windows are down and the child is buckled into a safety seat.” In the original video, which has since become unavailable on Facebook, Herrmann asks the boy if he’s okay, and later confronts the child’s father, saying, “You know if I was a bad guy, I probably could have just drove off with this.” The father then replies that he would have then given him “Two in the back of the head, no disrespect.” The video has attracted news stories and massive social media attention around the country, and police say they are investigating the incident. But local police Captain Tom Grau also cautions, “Call police and give us the information. Let us handle talking with the subject.”
 The stranger danger that Herrmann implies is of course not the only potential threat to children alone in cars. Tuesday, police reported that an 18 month-old Florida baby had died after being left alone all day in a car while her mother, a fourth grade teacher, was at work. The mother reportedly told investigators that “she arrived at school between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and forgot her child was in the backseat.” Last month, also in Florida, a 16-month-old girl died after her father, an Assistant Public Defender, reportedly forgot to drop the child off at daycare. And last year, in a harrowing story that is still unfolding, George father Justin Ross Harris claimed to have forgotten his 22-month-old son Cooper in the back of the car when he went to work — but evidence suggested that what Harris said was a “tragic accident” was suspicious. He is currently on trial for murder.

The consequences of a split second decision, or a moment of forgetfulness, can be life changing. Children can suffer, sometimes fatally, and even if nothing goes wrong, parents can find themselves in serious legal trouble. As a thorough and smart 2009 feature Washington Post by Gene Weingarten explains, “a combination of stress, emotion, lack of sleep and change in routine” can lead to a “perfect storm” of conditions for a parent to do what most of us would consider unthinkable — forget our own child. And all of these stories are disturbing in different ways. But last year, a USA Today report noted that the number of children who die of overheating in cars appears to be on the decline. And sure enough, according to a report by Jan Null, of the Department of Meteorology & Climate Science at San Jose State University, the number of children who died of car related heatstroke last year was a relatively low 30. But it still happens and it still can be avoided. So don’t worry about “trends” of parental neglect. But remember to not leave the car without your child too.

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of “Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream.” Follow her on Twitter: @embeedub.  ……….’

Language Development: Proactive Parenting from Birth

Original post from Special-ism


babyIf you are reading this article, you probably have a child  or work with a child with an “ism” or a challenge.  Yet, when you think about it, everyone has “isms.” I have been a speech-language pathologist (SLP) for over 30 years. I am also a mom and have had two siblings with defined “isms.” So I have been around a lot of people with specific challenges for most of my life. This is one reason I wrote the book Nobody Ever Told Me (or my Mother) That!: Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development. However, the book was written for all parents, care providers, and pediatricians.

Prevent Feeding and Mouth Problems

In writing the book, I asked the question: How many parents, pediatricians, and others know the specific details of feeding, speech, and mouth development scattered throughout the speech-language pathology and other developmental literature? As an example, one often invisible disorder with “ism” in its name (i.e., autism) is characterized by early speech and communication delays. Some children with autism also had early feeding and mouth development problems. By keeping track of a baby’s development from birth, the “isms” that characterize autism and other developmental disorders can be spotted early and prevented or at least circumvented.

Track the Development

It is my belief and experience as an SLP that tracking specific feeding, speech, and mouth development from birth helps:

  • Parents and pediatricians identify babies who may be “at risk” for developmental disorders.
  • Parents of typically developing children keep their children “on track” and ultimately “off of therapy caseloads.”
  • Parents and others (e.g., daycare providers) identify skills needing encouragement at a particular age or developmental stage whether the child has a specific “ism” or not.

Avert Problems 

Feeding and mouth development begins at birth. Problems can be avoided or fixed when parents and pediatricians know what to do. However, feeding and mouth development challenges can become life-long concerns if not properly addressed. Here are a couple of examples:

  •  Chronic reflux can contribute to sinus and ear infections, asthma, and “picky eating.”
  • A high, narrow mouth roof can lead to both sinus and dental problems and may be prevented.
  • Spoon-feeding, cup-drinking, and straw-drinking introduction usually begins around six-months of age. Late introduction of these and other feeding skills can disrupt feeding development.

Socialization and communication also begin at birth.

  • Two to three-month-old babies say approximately five different vowel-like sounds and several consonant-like sounds. They make these sounds in response to speech, environmental sounds, and your smile.
  • Three to four-month-old babies take vocal turns with others and listen to speech addressed to them.
  • Six-month-old children can say most of the vowel sounds in their own language as well as a number of consonant sounds.

Speech and communication development goes well beyond the milestones of “one-word utterances at one year” and “two-word utterances” at two years that most parents typically hear.

Proactive parents, care providers, and pediatricians need the details of feeding, speech, and mouth development whether the child has a specific “ism or not.

Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLPAbout Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP
Diane Bahr is a visionary with a mission. For more than 30 years, she has treated children and adults with feeding, motor speech, and mouth function problems. While she is a speech-language pathologist by training, she has also honed her skills as a feeding therapist, published author, international speaker, university instructor, and business owner. Learn more at Ages and Stages   ………’

Girl Forms Instant Bond With Teen That Looks Like Her.

Never give up hoping, for you do not know what the future will bring.

Original post from IJReview

When an 18-year-old teenager from Cape Town was told by friends that a new, younger student looked strikingly similar to her, she befriended the younger girl.

They had an immediate connection and bonded instantly. Like sisters.

According to the Cape Argus, when the younger girl told her parents about her new friend, they invited her to get coffee with the family.

As soon as the family met their daughter’s new friend everything made sense. The two bore a resemblance to each other and bonded like sisters because they were, in fact, sisters.

The older girl had once belonged to the parents of the younger girl, but she had been kidnapped shortly after she was born.

It was 1997, and Celeste Nurse had just given birth to a baby girl at a Cape Town hospital. She encountered a woman dressed as a hospital nurse sitting by her bed.

via Twitter/@JwanButimar

She drifted back to sleep but when she awoke again, her newborn was gone. In a previous interview she explained to Cape Times:

“When I woke up there was a nurse saying my child is gone. You can’t imagine the feeling,”

As it turns out, the baby had been kidnapped by the woman posing as a nurse.

And when Celeste and her husband Morne saw their daughter’s new friend, they immediately knew she was their long lost daughter. The girl’s aunt told Cape Talk:

“When she saw (her) yesterday, she knew, ‘This is my child.’ She said DNA wasn’t necessary, she just knew.”

DNA tests were given and what Celeste and Morne knew in their hearts to be true was indeed just that. It was their long lost daughter.

Photo cred: AFP/STRINGER

Photo cred: AFP/STRINGER

The woman who posed as a nurse is now facing kidnapping charges, along with fraud and pretending to be the girl’s biological mother.

via Twitter/@eNCAnews

Although the couple went on to have three more children after the kidnapping incident, they never lost hope that their daughter was out there somewhere. In fact, they threw her a birthday party on the date of her birth every year.

“I’ll never, ever give up hope. I can feel it in my gut — my daughter is out there and she is going to come home,” Morne proclaimed in an interview five years ago.

And five years later, she came home.

Finally reunited with their biological daughter, the Nurse’s birthday celebration will be a little different this year. Because this year, their daughter will be there to blow out the candles on her birthday cake.