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March 2015

Navigating the internet for Autism: a review of sites for teachers

By | Everything Autism, Tips for Parents and Teachers | 62 Comments

More than a decade ago when I moved to Cairo, Egypt to set up a unit for children with Autism the internet was still in its infancy and “googling” was not an active verb. My resources at the time consisted of a few books, a few classes I had taken on Autism and my experiences as a clinician in London. Times have since changed and there is now an overwhelming amount of information on Autism. However are the challenges any different to what they were twelve years ago? What has happened regarding service delivery, resources, teacher training and parental support? …

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Autism websites tried and tested

By | Everything Autism | 30 Comments

If you put in the search word ‘Autism’ or ‘Autism Spectrum Disorders’ depending upon the search engine you use, anything between 14 to three million hits will appear. If you are the parent of newly diagnosed child with Autism it is an overwhelming task to sieve through this information. What criteria can you use to help you decide whether or not the sources are accurate, authentic and valid? Some websites can be extremely useful and include both valid and relevant information while others can be misleading leading to even more confusion. When searching here are some considerations or questions which …

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Gluten free in Marbella

By | Everything Autism, Tips for Parents and Teachers | 2 Comments

Finding gluten free products has certainly improved but can be a great a challenge when traveling. I now always travel with some staples such as a box of gluten free cookies, bread and some cereal which gets me by on the plane (just in case the special meal request didn’t go through) and the first few days of my trip. I was staying in Elveria in Marbella and had no expectations of finding anything that is gluten free. I have been visiting this area for the last 12 years so know all the little shops and supermarkets. My first surprise …

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A writing reTreat: nature and technology coexisting

By | Mindfullness & Laundry | No Comments

This is the first time I have had a holiday on my own-its really been more of creative writing retreat. I have travelled on my own for work, conferences etc but never solo for a vacation. One of the expectations of being a professor is the need to publish and this can be incredibly challenging. It is not the writing process as much as it is finding time to stop, focus and have clarity.

I always knew that sky inspired me. Darwin said that 80% of people never look past the horizon- for me looking up to the sky is …

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