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Divorce and Children with Autism

Divorce is not an easy transition for any family, but for those with children with special needs there are additional factors to be considered.  Whilst most parents hope that their children may become self-sufficient, this is often not a reality and steps need to be taken during the divorce process to protect and plan for the child’s future.

The NAS provides useful advice, including solicitors specializing in special needs, for parents residing in the UK.  However, I am aware that much traffic to this website comes from the US and include a link below to a useful article for those parents/carers.   

 

http://www.childlawhelpcenter.com/divorce-and-children-with-autism

WHY YOU SHOULD READ A BOOK A WEEK

In between current personal and professional projects I am always trying to read more, so I was interested in this guest Blog post by Lucy Adams.   Reading has always been part of my life –  an enjoyable habit, but recently I have set myself the task of reading for research and this post has some useful pointers.  I also find myself trying to encourage my teenage son to read a small amount of pages daily, whilst not making it too much of a chore, and I am always on the look out for good teen fiction.

If you find this article useful you can follow the link at the end to read more from Lucy.  

 

Why Should You Read a Book a Week?        By Lucy Adams

In the middle of the last century, a young man named Earl Nightingale got inspired to change his life after reading one of the Napoleon Hill’s books. He decided to devote himself to self-development and enthusiastically began to study all the available material on this and related topics. However, he was sure that by studying an hour a day, in three years one can become one of the best specialists in the field, in five years – an expert of a national scale, and in seven years – one of the leading professional in the niche.

What results has he achieved? Well, Nightingale is now called “the dean of personal development.”

Later, this reading practice was followed and popularized by Brian Tracy, even before he became one of the best consultants for self-development and management. Was the “1 book per week” system a key ingredient in the recipe for success? It’s hard to say because usually, such recipes consist of several ingredients. At the same time, Brian Tracy highly appreciates the role of this reading strategy.

In 1992, the idea to read a book per week was taken by Steve Pavlina, one of the most popular American bloggers, an expert in the field of personal development. In 2005, he published a report on ten years of following this advice with the intention to show “what lies beyond the habit.” He’s not talking about the impact of this technique on his career and success but rather shares his vision on how reading changes, disciplines and teaches to think productively. According to S. Pavlina, the main advantage of reading a book per week is that the person receives new information and becomes an expert in the field, as well as that the brain gets used to the constant load.

And it’s hard to disagree. When you read one book a week, you train your brain to process new information. Your thinking becomes fresh and sharp. Your brain analyzes new ideas and compares them with the already accumulated knowledge. Every day your brain systematizes new information and lays it out on the shelves in your internal database. Systematic reading provokes the activity of your brain even when you’re not reading!

But the big question arises: Is it possible for an average person whose abilities are much more modest than Tracy’s and Pavlin’s, and who need time for work, family, and leisure?

As practice shows, such fears are always with us, but for someone who has clearly set a goal and planned it properly, there’s nothing impossible. Not to say it’s easy, especially if you don’t read regularly, but the goal is achievable, even not taking into account the methods of speed reading!

And, what’s more important, this way of reading was many times applied to practice. The love of people to different kind of contests made “a book per week” something akin to a call. Many authors and public figures, including Claire Diaz Ortiz, J. Smith, and A. von der Heydt share their experience, while on such websites as Goodreads and Read52booksin52weeks, you can find a lot of stories from “ordinary” followers of the idea.

How to Read 50 Books in 50 Weeks?

#1 Find a Reason

Find a good reason; in other words, answer the question: Why am I doing this?

Maybe, you want to increase your knowledge in a particular field or just test yourself. Recall this reason every time you want to quit. It will be the best motivation.

After all, it’s not so difficult to find a motive. A much more complicated task is to convince yourself do it every day. The desire to quit will be great, but on the other hand, such an ambitious target can change you for the better.

#2 Read More than You Need

An average book contains 250-300 pages. Therefore, to cope with it, you need to read about 50 pages a day. Not too much, right? But that’s not the point. To train yourself and be disciplined, at first, you should read these pages at once, without breaking reading into a few stages. Later, you’ll have enough experience to split the volume and combine it as you wish.

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#3 Make Reading a Habit

Make reading not an obligation but a physical habit, like waking up in the morning. Daily reading should become a ritual. Read wherever the opportunity arises – in a subway, in a queue, during the lunch break, etc.

#4 Put Aside Uninteresting Books

It happens that the book seems too boring. In this case, you mustn’t torture yourself – just skip it and start reading the next one. Finally, you can always return to it later.

I wish you best of luck in your reading endeavors!

Bio:

Lucy Adams is an outsourcer from https://bestessay4u.co.uk/. She prefers topics on literature, writing, and education, but from time to time, puts them aside and switches to other intriguing areas. Frankly speaking, Lucy is a generalist. You can always share your ideas with this diligent blogger and get at least one high-quality post in return.

 

Grants For Autistic Children

Another website I have recently discovered is MyGrants.co.uk.  This website is easy to navigate and includes a whole range of useful grants for disabled adults and children.  I have used Family Fund to buy sensory equipment for my son but was unaware of many of the other grants listed here.  There are some great links, all easy to follow – wish I’d found this site sooner.  The site includes links to  advice on disability law, holiday and equipment grants and grants for carers.  Well worth a look!

SENSORY RESOURCES

I’m constantly on the look out for useful resources to help with my son’s special needs. I’ve recently purchased disco lights for the bath, as my son finds having a bath incredibly hard at the best of times, a sensory black-out tent and a bag of sensory goodies to take with us when we do manage to go out.

 

Recently, I was recommended the following site for training and resources.

http://www.hirstwood.com/about-us/

Any other sites or resources gladly received and will be shared if I think they might be useful.

Great new website for existing and aspiring teachers!

http://tobecomeateacher.org/

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A NEW PLATFORM FOR ASPIRING AND EXISTING TEACHERS

tobecomeateacher is a new site which offers educators an easy to navigate platform, from which to learn more about teaching careers, training opportunities and specific resources.

The site is user friendly and contains a wealth of information for both aspiring and existing teachers.  Particularly helpful, in my opinion, is the fact that there is a panel of educators to impart teaching tips and career guidance.  A super resource – I’m sure this will prove valuable to many!

Why Reading Picture Books Matters

Another great post by Natasha Biebow:

 

http://picturebookden.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/why-reading-picture-books-matters-by.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+PictureBookDen+(Picture+Book+Den)

Natasha explains what the brains of three to five year-olds do when they read a picture book.  Their neurons do a kind of brain gym that develops their ability to experience things from other people’s perspectives..

This is because, at this age, children are acquiring a theory-of-mind – an understanding that other people have thoughts, beliefs, and desires that may be different from their own.

Follow the link to read more!

 

Online Summer Camp!

I came across this too late – but what a wonderful idea!  Online Summer camps!  From making comic books or tackling learning challenges in subject specific camps to sharing Minecraft ideas!  What a fantastic way to keep kids engaged in their learning and to put them in touch with other children with similar interests.  For my autistic son, who often worries about leaving the house and will not generally participate in clubs, this is perfect.  Will definitely be checking this out next Summer!

http://tocaboca.com/magazine/online-camps-kids/

NPR and 2015 Predictions for Education

TEACHERS WITH APPS  comment on NPR’s predictions for 2015

Look’s like some really interesting stuff is coming our way!  As a teacher I like the customizable game platforms.  I’m already using some simplified versions of this but can’t wait to see what else is coming out.

http://teacherswithapps.com/npr-2015-predictions-education/

 

Also, check out the special needs apps recommended by TEACHERS WITH APPS.  I have recently purchased, ‘STORIES ABOUT ME’, by Limited Cue.  There is so much out there now for children with autism, that it’s useful to have a site that reviews in such a thorough and detailed way.