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Bringing The Body to Stillness

Gentle Massage for Overwhelm, Meltdowns and Mental Health.
Being Present.

 

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An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

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Hello everyone,

Spring has arrived in the UK and the sunshine always fills us with such hope.

Sadly, the world remains a busier and more free based place at the moment and got most of us we carry enormous worries, strains, and mental health challenges. It has been a tough old couple of years.

If you are neurodivergent this can be doubly harder to navigate.

So how can we help ourselves and each other?

This week I have shared on my YouTube video how to gently massage your “still points” or “marma points.” You can use these even if you are not a trained massage therapist and you can also self-administer them which is incredibly empowering and leads to self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-management.

Always massage with the pads of your fingers, never your fingernails and all you need to do is gently rotate your fingers. It does not matter in which direction.

If you would like to use any oils, Ho Wood is a great mental and mental balancer and rosewood is like the most gorgeous warming cuddle in a bottle – really effective for any form of trauma.

Anyone in any circumstance or situation can use this touch. It is inclusive of everyone.

The more you use it, the deeper the long-term effects.

Sometimes we just need to take that step away from the world and bring ourselves to the NOW and to stillness, being fully present with ourselves.

It will boost you for the rest of the day and help you sleep much better too!!

Take care everyone,

Giuliana xx

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

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Is That Clear? ‘Effective Communication in a Neurodiverse World’ by Zanne Gaynor, Kathryn Alevizos and Joe Butler

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A book review by Beverly Guest our Charity Champion

For me a book is not just about what’s inside, I am drawn to the cover front and back, and I go from there. The first thing that struck me about this book was the handy size, great and easy to hold, and a quick flick of the pages showed me the easy-to-read font and colour coded sections.

I just loved it straight away. So, reader friendly, straight forward to follow and the information is brilliant! It is so useful for so many areas, aimed at allistic people, it is a powerful resource which gives amazingly clear concise advice on how to better understand those on the autism spectrum. With better understanding comes more inclusion, greater communication, and acceptance.

The book is not overwhelming, which is important, the chapters are short clear, and give useful tips and advice for the perspective of an allistic individual.

Great for use by teachers, those within educational settings, speech and occupational health therapists, and all specialists linked with autism. In fact, I also think within work settings, it would be handy to have to hand. Those amazing companies who are inclusive and have staff with autism, having this book to hand could help in many situations. from the recruitment, HR, employing and throughout staffs’ length of service, including appraisals and review times.

Parents of newly diagnosed children would also find this incredibly helpful, and even myself as a parent of a child with autism, ADHD and more, thirteen years on from their diagnosis I’ve found things in the book that have made me stop and think … serving to remind me that we never stop learning.

Each section has practical action items to remind you at the end, making it easy to refer to at any time. Amazing book. Life is busy for all, which means in short, this book could quickly help in so many ways.

Love it!!!! Brilliant!! Grab yourself a copy ASAP.

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World Autism Day – Aston Avery

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World Autism Day an article by our Ambassador Aston Avery

I started the working role I am currently in as a volunteer. I was very lucky because I knew a lot of the team that I work with through my local dance school, so I did not have the worry of an interview. That said I did have anticipation and anxieties until I was settled into the routine of work.

I am incredibly lucky as my management team are all very aware of my autism and show a continuous support, all be it that they know my needs, they still do not fully know when I am masking my anxieties, which is something I must live with daily. I am confident in my role because it is not in a face-to-face environment so that helps to keep me at ease.

I enjoy entertaining and I believe my radio presenting is another way of entertaining. I have a receptionist present who makes sure I am coping and gives me regular talks on anything that I may need. I think the biggest piece of advice I can give is to be honest and open about how you are coping. I do get days where I struggle and on them days, I try to stay in the background a little until I have overcome how I am feeling.

The best advice I can give to employers is to be patient, be understanding and give us space to overcome anything that we might be struggling with in our day-to-day duties.

With the patience and my own eagerness to achieve, I am now the studio manager and classified as being a senior member of the staff. Anyone can get through the hardest of challenges if you never give in and keep pushing yourself.

My name I Aston Avery, I am autistic, and I am very, very proud!

Regards

Aston

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