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Dani Bowman creates a powerful video for our Give Us A Break campaign 2021

Dani Bowman creates a powerful video for our Give Us A Break campaign 2021

Our overseas Ambassador Dani Bowman creates a powerful video for our Give Us A Break campaign 2021

If you would like to spread the word of our Give Us A Break campaign please see below our campaign posters and it would be great if you could click on one of the images and download the poster and help us spread the message to support as many people as we can. 

You can so this by taking a photo or video of yourself and others by holding up one of the posters below either printed or show on your devices, then tag us in on social media. We would love for you to show your support to Anna Kennedy Online.

Please share and let us make a change – together we are stronger!

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Patrick and Coral support our Give Us A Break campaign

Patrick and Coral support our Give Us A Break campaign

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Anna’s son Patrick and Mother-in-law Coral supports our #giveusabreak #antibullyingweek campaign.
Coral is 89 years old and is a big supporter of our charity and wearing her autism army t-shirt from www.bornanxious.co.uk
 

If you would like to spread the word of our Give Us A Break campaign please see below our campaign posters and it would be great if you could click on one of the images and download the poster and help us spread the message to support as many people as we can. 

You can so this by taking a photo or video of yourself and others by holding up one of the posters below either printed or show on your devices, then tag us in on social media. We would love for you to show your support to Anna Kennedy Online.

Please share and let us make a change – together we are stronger!

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Our AKO Charity Champion Bev shares her powerful anti bullying video

Our AKO Charity Champion Bev shares her powerful anti bullying video

Give Us A Break campaign

Our Charity Champion Bev shares her powerful anti bullying video

If you would like to spread the word of our Give Us A Break campaign please see below our campaign posters and it would be great if you could click on one of the images and download the poster and help us spread the message to support as many people as we can. 

You can so this by taking a photo or video of yourself and others by holding up one of the posters below either printed or show on your devices, then tag us in on social media. We would love for you to show your support to Anna Kennedy Online.

Please share and let us make a change – together we are stronger!

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Anti-Bullying Week – Yoga For Autism, ADHD by Giuliana Wheater

Anti-Bullying Week – Yoga For Autism, ADHD by Giuliana Wheater

Anti-Bullying Week – Yoga For Autism, ADHD by Giuliana Wheater

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

I wrote a lot about anti bullying last week in the run up to anti bullying week.

Bullying happens everywhere regardless of background, economics, culture and even different abilities. It’s in schools and across the workplace too.

It is NEVER OK.

It’s hard enough to suffer the crippling effects of bullying but when you have a disability or different ability it can be even worse.

My best friend who autistic is still having painful corrective surgery to her jaw from when her bullies (all older males) badly beat her up 20 years ago.

My own son with high functioning autism was horrifically bullied throughout school and hospitalised at times because he was “different “.

I know personally of four young men who all took their lives in the last six months due to bullying.

When you are neurodiverse (or even neurotypical, it can be terrifying to come forwards and speak out. If you are nonverbal, it is almost impossible.

In this week’s article and YouTube video I share 4 simple techniques which are especially helpful if you are autistic, have ADHD or are neurodiverse.

They are easy, gentle and accessible to everyone regardless of disability, ability, different ability, mobility.

These poses really get to work on the gut – our second or “enteric” brain. This is the seat of meltdown, overwhelm, fear, worry and anxiety. It is where we “bottled up” or stuff down undigested trauma.

It is also where our body stores 90% of our serotonin, the neurotransmitter of happiness, confidence and SELF ESTEEM!! Sooooo needed in these times of pandemic mental health.

The gut or second brain also houses absolutely TONNES of the neurotransmitter Dopamine. This stimulates focus, attention, motivation, concentration, clear thinking and good judgment. It reheats the feeling of being on top of the world; able to cope with anything. It helps us keep functioning wherever life throws at us.

This second brain in the gut talks to the first brain, our cognitive brain, mainly through the largest nerve of the entire nervous system: the Vagus Nerve. The vagus nerve connects out first and second brains like a great big telephone wire, where they check in with each other every second of every day and night. These telephone chats can decide at any moment to put the body into flight, fight or freeze.

So, these 4 simple poses which I demonstrate in my video this week, are like a bunch of Open Reach engineers coming to clear your telephone wires and internet … keeping that gut-brain axis gorgeous and clear!!

Have fun with them too! Put them into lucky dips, treasure hunts, card or board games or even stories.

If the person is relaxed and even having a giggle, you’ve “met” them where THEY are, and their bodies will already be producing 16% more serotonin just from that alone!

Keep safe everyone and take care of each other.

And remember, if you see anyone being bullied, NEVER turn a blind eye.

Take care, Giuliana xx

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Anti-Bullying Week - Yoga For Autism, ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
Anti bullying article / Giuliana
Anti-Bullying Week – Yoga For Autism, ADHD by Giuliana Wheater

Anti-Bullying Week – article three by Giuliana Wheater

Anti-Bullying Week – article three

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

CALM DOWN YOGA to regulate and release emotions, boost self-esteem and coping skills.

So often children and young adults are afraid to speak out about bullying. “Snitching “or being labelled as a Snitch can hugely exacerbate the bullying and make a child’s life hell.

However, it IS really important to talk to someone: friends, a family member, or a trusted adult. If you see or witness bullying, please do the same.

To turn a blind eye or even worse, stand and watch or record bullying on your phone as some kind of twisted entertainment makes you as bad, if not worse, than the bullies themselves.

I get a lot of children “talking” in other ways and yoga is a really effective way. Not only is the whole gut being massaged to zoom up all those delicious happy and coping neurotransmitters up to the brain, but it also opens up the diaphragm to help regulate our breathing. Victims who have endured prolonged bullying with often be mouth breathers or reverse breathers.

Yoga fills us with groundedness, strength, self-esteem, feelings of the ability to cope and function as well as physically boosting our physical health.

I often get the kids to name the poses, to empower them, and we put them into lots of stories and games. When a child helps “write” a yoga story, it is amazing just how many times that story will express just how they are feeling and what is going on. Not all communication is speech, but yoga games and stories really help the kids to process some of what they are experiencing in a safe, grounded way that they are in control of.

I have used methods like these as well story massage for years to great effect.

Look after and out for each other.

Stay safe and take care, Giuliana

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Anti-Bullying Week - article three by Giuliana Wheater
Anti-Bullying Week - article three by Giuliana Wheater
Anti bullying article / Giuliana
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