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Archive for February 2012

Top Tips on Love and Relationships for Valentine’s Day…from Gisela and Christopher Slater-Walker

Gisela and Chris Slater-Walker

Top Tips on Love and Relationships from Gisela and Christopher Slater-Walker Gisela and Christopher Slater-Walker married in 1994. They met while both studying Russian at Manchester University in the UK. They live in Hertfordshire with three children from Gisela’s previous marriage and their son George. Chris was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 1997. They are


Safeguarding babies and very young children from abuse and neglect – An Interview with Rebecca Brown

Posted on February 10th, 2012 in Social work & social care
Rebecca Brown

“Much of the decision-making for these very young children was of high quality, showed evidence of extreme care and was based on hard evidence. However the study also raised a number of concerns…the findings revealed a number of gaps in social worker knowledge and understanding, especially in areas of attachment theory and child development [and] there was evidence that delayed decision-making had detrimental consequences for the outcomes of these children – practitioners need to be fully aware of these consequences and the importance of taking swift action when babies are suffering significant harm…”


Using CBT strategies to help young people “starve” their Anger Gremlin – An Interview with Kate Collins-Donnelly

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“The biggest challenge for the young people themselves is when they are trying to work out how to deal with their anger in response to extremely difficult circumstances, which they have to contend with on a daily basis, such as cyberbullying, witnessing domestic violence in the home or witnessing parental substance abuse. Young people under these circumstances have such a right to feel angry, but the biggest challenge is to find a way to let go of that anger or to express it in a constructive way, especially when the options to move away from the difficult life issues are limited. “


Unlocking a child’s potential through vision therapy – An Interview with Dr. Joel Warshowsky

Posted on February 8th, 2012 in Disability, Education
Joel Warshowsky

“Underachieving children typically don’t feel connected. The process of training children to reframe their visual connectedness with the world is not only about vision. It is about utilizing vision to reframe the relationship between children’s inner reality and their external reality. Vision is merely the vehicle, the classroom, the training ground. The true benefits accrue when a child, perhaps your son or daughter, takes what he or she has achieved in the safe and nurturing environment of therapy and applies it to the outside world. It is then that a child’s entire sense of who they are and what they are capable of, has been modified for the better.”


Maisie Voyager: A positive heroine with a unique outlook on life – An Interview with Lucy Skye

Lucy Skye

“I began writing the book without thinking any of the characters would have autism, but as I was writing, I began to realise that much of Maisie’s personality could be seen as being quite autistic. I was very keen however, that Maisie didn’t become an ‘autistic’ character. I just want her to be Maisie, and explore the world in her own way. The fact she might have autism is just one element of her personality. Perhaps part of me also hopes that we can start to see people for being more than just their autism, we need to be open to all that they are and can be.”


Supporting children on their journey through home placement to adulthood – An Interview with Dr. Vera Fahlberg

Posted on February 7th, 2012 in Parenting, Social work & social care
Vera Fahlberg

“It is important that professionals in the field of Child Welfare come to grips with the fact that their job is not to ‘save’ children or families but to help them cope in the best possible way with the realities of their life experiences. In making major life decisions on behalf of clients – such as decisions about moves, reunification, etc. – it is important to realize that there is rarely an absolute right vs. wrong decision. … The goal is to implement the decision in a way that minimizes the negatives and accentuates the positives, and that helps the child continue to successfully meet challenges in his own individual journey through life.”


My Journal Journey – An Article by Kate Thompson, author of Therapeutic Journal Writing

Posted on February 5th, 2012 in Arts therapies, Counseling & psychotherapy
Kate Thompson

“I wrote this book because this was a book I would have liked when I was training as a counsellor. At that time I had no idea that you could (‘were allowed to’) use journal writing as a therapeutic medium with clients. But I did know that it worked for me so it seemed natural to want to try. This book would have legitimized my instincts and given me the confidence to do it openly.”


Top Tips on Love and Relationships for Valentine’s Day…from Susan Moreno, Marci Wheeler and Kealah Parkinson

Susan Moreno, Kealah Parkinson and Marci Wheeler

Top Tips on Love and Relationships from Susan Moreno, Kealah Parkinson and Marci Wheeler Susan Moreno is the founder and president of MAAP Services, Inc. and is internationally known as a lecturer and motivational speaker. Marci Wheeler is a Social Work Specialist working at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism and writes and consults on


Responding to young people who self-harm with concern, care and compassion – An Interview with Steven Walker

Steven Walker

“The problem with self-harm and suicidal behaviour is that it is easily hidden, carries considerable stigma and is misunderstood by many professional staff. Evidence suggests that it is increasing as a generation of young people are exposed to a harsh economic and social climate, competition for higher education and skills training, and increases in poverty, unemployment and parents under considerable stress. Young people find ways of coping in these circumstances and self-harm is a strategy many are using to cope with feelings of anger, despair and hopelessness.”


Top Tips on Love and Relationships for Valentine’s Day…from Maxine Aston

Maxine Aston

Top Tips on Love and Relationships from Maxine Aston Maxine Aston is a qualified counsellor and supervisor, and presents Asperger Syndrome awareness workshops to counsellors and professionals who may encounter clients affected by AS. She also runs workshops and support groups for partners and parents that live with a person with AS. Maxine has an


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