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Archive for May 2012

What it’s really like to have Epilepsy, and what you can do to help

Posted on May 25th, 2012 in Education, Health care, Parenting
JKP author Kate Lambert with daughter Lille.

Kate Lambert is a drama teacher working with young people, many of whom have special needs. Her daughter Lille was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of five. Here, she talks about some of the misconceptions about epilepsy and how her new book, Can I tell you about Epilepsy?, will help parents, teachers and others


Distinguished Spectrumite Jennifer Cook O’Toole Accepts Her Award

Jennifer Cook O'Toole Accepts GRASP DSM Medal

JKP author Jennifer Cook O’Toole accepted her Distinguished Spectrumite Award at the GRASP Benefit in New York City on May 15. Here’s a clip of Jennifer’s humorous and inspiring impromptu speech from the event. We hope you will enjoy it as much as the audience did!


Top Tips for building supportive relationships with your ASD family and friends

Palmer cover family

By Ann Palmer, author of A Friend’s and Relative’s Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism. This list of top tips* is primarily for the extended family members and friends who want to understand and help the family living with ASD. However, it is also for parents of children with ASD. Each tip includes suggestions for parents


Josh Muggleton’s Top Tips for people on the Autism Spectrum – Tip #2: Adjusting to University

Josh Muggleton's Top Tips - Adjusting to University

In this series of videos, Josh Muggleton gives his Top Tips on various subjects for people on the Autism Spectrum. This month, he offers some advice from his own personal experience about how to adjust to life at university. Joshua Muggleton has Asperger Syndrome, and is currently studying Psychology at the University of St Andrews


Choosing the right teaching interventions for your child with autism

JKP author Joyce Show with her son.

Joyce Show is a Harvard/MIT trained physician and mother of seven children, including a son with severe autism. Here, she explains some of the different teaching strategies discussed in her new book, Teaching Your Child with Love and Skill, and why it is so important to tailor an intervention to the individual child. How has your


Gail Watts share some photos from ‘Kevin Thinks’ book launch in Australia

Photo: Gail Watts signing books with the help of a paper-mâché 'Kevin'.

Thanks to JKP author Gail Watts who sent in these fabulous photos from the Australian book launch of Kevin Thinks this week! From Gail: “The group of women you see are mostly ASD mums, the ladies responsible for nagging me to submit the book in the first place. There is a picture of my parents


Reflections on Body Image in Art Therapy by Margaret Hunter is featured …

Posted on May 18th, 2012 in Arts therapies, Counseling & psychotherapy

… in an article in the Modesto Bee (Modesto, California), today. Here’s a quote from the article: “It’s hard to find a woman who has a really good sense of herself and her body and the many parts of herself,” said Hunter. “The culture wants us to believe most of our definition comes from how


How can you help? A Friend’s and Relative’s Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism

JKP author Ann Palmer

Even the best-intentioned friends and relatives can sometimes get it wrong when communicating and interacting with individuals on the autism spectrum and their parents or siblings. In this interview for her new book, A Friend’s and Relative’s Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism, Ann Palmer explains some of the most common errors made by friends


“Itching to Laugh”: Jennifer Cook O’Toole recounts her wonderful evening at the GRASP awards gala in NYC (poison ivy and all)

Jennifer Cook O'Toole wearing her GRASP 'Distinguished Spectrumite Medal'!

By Jennifer Cook O’Toole, author of the book, AsperKids: An Insider’s Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome. Visit Jennifer’s website at: You’ve probably heard the saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” That always seemed a bit flippant to me. Like someone at Hallmark needed a cute little “chin


Vanessa Rogers’ Top Tips for talking to young people about drugs and alcohol

Vanessa Rogers

By Vanessa Rogers, youth worker and author of the new set of books for those helping young people make informed decisions about alcohol, drugs and tobacco. Being a young person can be difficult. Fact. There are so many choices to make, as well as lots of physical, intellectual, emotional, and social concerns to deal with, from


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