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Mental Health Awareness Week – an article by Kieron Lee

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I am writing this article for Anna Kennedy Online, to raise the much-needed awareness for Mental Health, this week, and every week. It is no secret that I have a diagnosis of Autism, ADHD as well as a Mixed Anxiety and Depressive disorder. You can imagine, that managing all of these is extremely difficult.

 

For years I have struggled with severe mental health issues; in 2018 I attempted suicide by taking an overdose, there have been similar events like this before. At the time I felt empty yet full of emotions that I just could not bear, I would describe autism and emotions like “Superman and Kryptonite;” emotions are my Kryptonite. I often question and have never quite understood the reasoning behind my sometimes-erratic response to events that have occurred throughout my life.

 

The way I feel is often overwhelming, I have strong feelings that lead to me being very emotional, almost like an empath is how I would describe it. Sometimes the world just gets too much, and I just need to come off it for a bit.

 

In times when I feel so low, I have my mother, who has honestly been my biggest supporter, critique, best friend, and rock that constantly holds me to the ground when I lose a sense of gravity. I have a lot of friends and even family that weren’t/are not lucky enough to have the relationship with their mum that I do with mine, and I will forever be so lucky for that.

 

Weeks when I do not feel so great you best believe I am able to write the best lyrical content, the ability to do that makes me feel so much lighter. I often “meditate” with the piano and a beautiful chord progression which is so soothing for the mind. Also, getting stuck into coursework really helps! But it is honestly, the love for music and the people that I am so lucky to have around me that keeps me strong.

 

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I met the wonderful Anna and team back in 2016 whilst we were working on our superb charity album “Building Bridges”, which was a significant and memorable time in my life. Since then, I have continued to support and work with the charity.

 

Anna and all the team have played a huge part in shaping the person I have become today, and I could not be more thankful for the opportunities that have been given to me through Anna Kennedy Online, and their amazing work and I feel so proud to be a part of the AKO family. I am aware of the progress and huge difference that I have made.

 

If I can do it, you can too! Never give up. 

I would like to encourage everyone to spread love and positivity in a world that really needs it. Especially right now. I also ask that you try to be the best advocate for mental health that you possibly can be. Be super thankful for your neighbours, thankful for your friends and family. Most importantly be thankful for yourself and know that you have huge value. Try to appreciate the little things in life as much as you can even when you feel like it is impossible. Stay strong. Reach out when you need it. You are not alone.

 

For more information on mental health services, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/

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Our Young Patrons supporting Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

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This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and the theme is  ”Growing Together“.

Growing Together is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential.
However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’.

We are fortunate to have a diverse and talented group of Young Patrons who help to raise Autism Awareness and are passionate to change the perceptions on Autism. We cannot do this alone and this is why our incredible Young Patrons are so important and fantastic role models. 
Click here to find out more about our young patrons who are helping us spread the word who are passionate about helping with our mission.

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Please see below quotes shared by our young patrons in support of this year’s theme: “Growing Together” for Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

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OJ Bridges 

OJ Bridges 
OJ Bridges

“The only superpower you need is to be your most authentic self” 

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Logan Richards

Logan Richards
Logan Richards

“I water you, You water me, We water together”

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Daisy Hutchinson

Daisy Hutchinson
Daisy Hutchinson

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Callum Kirrage

Callum Kirrage
Callum Kirrage

“Be who you want to be and believe in yourself “

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Jack Azagury-Slattery

Jack Azagury-Slattery
Jack Azagury-Slattery

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Josh Burgess

Josh Burgess
Josh Burgess

“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will become someone else’s survival guide”

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T’mya Fyffe

T'mya Fyffe
T’mya Fyffe

“T’mya has had such a hard couple of months, she has struggled massively with her Mental Health and is now starting to turn a corner. She is starting to get back into things and has started online school and at an equine college. The horse in the photo is her loan horse, she cares for him and rides him every day, he is like a therapy to her!”

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Anna’s guest at Women’s Radio was Helen Eaton

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Annas guest at Women’s Radio was Helen Eaton ​
‘All things Autism” will be aired at 1pm and 1am every day this week.  Please see www.womensradiostation.com

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Helen Eaton is the author of the Arna & Ruby Autism graphic novels, has a mini-series of podcasts on neurodiversity, and gives talks and training on autism to families, schools, charities, and workplaces.

She has a post graduate qualification in primary education, which helps her understand what’s going on in our schools.

Alongside her autism work she still delivers leadership training for some of UK’s leading technology, finance, and retail companies.

After running her own training business for the past 20 years and specialising in behaviour, communication, and emotional intelligence, it seemed a natural shift to focus on autism 5 years ago. 

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Combining her two passions means that she is also a Neurodiversity at Work specialist, helping companies better understand and support their neurodiverse employees.

She does have an amazingly neurodiverse family and doesn’t think in a typical way herself.  She most definitely has lived experience when she talks about autism.

Within her home Helen has experienced the joys that autistic thinking brings and describes her 3 teenagers as funny, loving, kind, quirky and bright. She knows the challenges autism brings though, spending long hours and many years battling for an appropriate education and support for her diagnosed teen.

She also understands the anxiety, frustration, and anger that autistic children experience as they struggle to cope with a world that isn’t very autism friendly.

There are a few dents in her walls and doors!

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She believes in honesty, openness, and positivity when it comes to talking about autism.

Working with schools has shown her that far too often they rely on out-dated lists of things that autistic people supposedly can’t do.

Instead, schools should focus on what each child can do and find ways to enable them to feel safe, communicate and be able to learn.

Each month she offers one free talk on Autism in the Classroom, along with a series of live training sessions on Zoom.

These can be booked online at www.heleneaton.co.uk.

She can also be found on Twitter @HelenEatonASC and on Facebook Helen Eaton – Autism & Neurodiversity

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Anna’s guest at Women’s Radio was Michelle Seddon from Autism Together

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Anna’s guest at Women’s Radio was Michelle Seddon.
‘All things Autism” will be aired at 1pm and 1am every day this week.  Please see www.womensradiostation.com

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It was a pleasure to chat to Anna, it was my first radio interview and I’ll admit to being more than a little nervous. But Anna put me at ease straight away and the time flew by so fast I realised I hadn’t said half the things I’d planned to! I thought it might also be useful to recap some of the points we talked about as well as give you a bit more information about Autism Together.

Autism Together is a registered charity, formed in 1968 when a group of parents established The Wirral Society for Autistic Children, which later became Autism Together. So, we have been going for over 50 years- I think our values come for those early parents. One of the first parents- Mr John Brady refused to pay his rates as he felt his son was being failed by the local council.

He was threatened with a prison sentence and his appeal made it all the way to the house of commons – apparently the first time Autism has been mentioned there!  He banded together a group of parents who felt the same founding the Wirral society for Autistic children.

The raised funds to buy and refit Raby hall- this took over 10 years but in 1977 Raby Hall opened its doors to 6 people. John passed away in 2006, His Son Shaun who lived with us until his death in 2020 had lived a very happy life on Raby site for 43 years, the incredible legacy left by John and those early pioneering parents.

In 1980 we went through a name change as the individuals living with us were no longer children. We changed to Wirral Autistic Society and even through we’ve changed our name again in 2015 to Autism Together people still often refer to us as WAS. A specialist provider, we provided a huge range of services from Residential care homes, respite through to Supported living, domiciliary care, day services, work opportunities, right through to family support and play and youth groups and training.

https://www.autismtogether.co.uk/

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What do we do?

We still have Raby hall, its gone through many refits over the years, as Raby Hall is set on large beautiful grounds, we were able to build a number of residential services, our respite service and our Kitchen Garden and farm day services are all based here. We have also set us services in the local community in Bromborough and as far afield as Wrexham.

We support around 400 people and employ around 1000 staff.  We can also provide training and support to families and others; we have provided some training for local police and fire brigade as well as working with football clubs and community champions.

We also help to run the river park in collaboration with Land Trust. Opening in 2014 it’s a closed landfill site that’s been transformed into a 28-hectare park with walks, wildlife and wetland areas and spectacular views of the river greatly appreciate by the local community. We are currently raising funds for a defib We have also been fundraising to get a defibrillator installed at our Port Sunlight River Park site: www.aeddonate.org.uk/projects/autism-together/

I look after our residential services, we have 20 registered care homes, and I’m supported by an experienced knowledgeable and all-around amazing team of 7 registered mangers, whose efforts over the past 20 months have been nothing short of super human!

At Autism Together our philosophy remains firmly rooted in a belief that:

Adopting Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) accredited by Bild (British Institute of learning Disabilities) back in 2018, this model fitted so well with our existing values and has given us a clear framework to follow when supporting people.

How can you help us?

We have a charity abseil planned for 26th September Batron Square Trafford centre Manchester, you can opt to Abseil yourself or sponsor someone who’s’ already signed up for the challenge. I completed an Abseil down Liverpool cathedral back in 2018! Terrified didn’t even come close! But we supported each other and went over the top like pro’s, Cried and screamed our way down! But we did it! Funds raised from the Abseil will go towards additional services and equipment for the people we support.

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We also have an online eBay shop where the people we support are able to sell their amazing products, you’ll find a lot of unique items here. https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/autismtogether

Our Amazon wish list has items that the people we support, and their staff have picked- lots of low-cost high impact things to pick here, as well as some larger wish list items.

This has really helped our guys through the various lockdowns.

You can also add us on SMILE amazon- basically this means every time you make a purchase through Amazon they donate on your behalf- even if you don’t pick Autism Together, please do this for a charity that’s local to you.

It doesn’t cost you a penny and charities like ours can really benefit from it. Details here https://www.autismtogether.co.uk/donate/   as well as some other ways to donate.

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On a final note,

The past few years have been incredibly hard on everyone, throwing up challenges and frustrations in equal measure. I’d like to end with a huge thank you to our staff teams across all our services who have been simply outstanding. Their commitment passion and dedication has been inspiring.

They arrived everyday not knowing what they may face while carrying the burden of their own worries and fears, supporting people to manage impossible situations and being creative with their solutions. Adapting and rising to every single challenge and hurdle. You are all amazing!

Thank you, Anna, for the opportunity to talk about Autism Together.

Take care of yourselves out there, and if you’ve able to, remember to take care of each other too.

Michelle

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Anna’s guest this week on ‘All things Autism’ was Greg Smith

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Anna Kennedy’s guest this week on Women’s Radio Station was Greg Smith .
‘All things Autism” will be aired at 1pm and 1am every day this week.  Please see www.womensradiostation.com

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Greg shared:

My name is Greg Smith I am 25 years old and am from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

My story started when I attended a mainstream primary school in Bury St Edmunds, thinking I was fine, not old enough to know that I had already been diagnosed with ASD. I had friends and teachers that understood me and had a happy time there.

Next, I was lucky enough to attend Priory school in Bury- which is a school for children with mild to moderate learning difficulties. It taught me how to be more independent and confident which prepared me for life in the bigger outside world. I completed my education and achieved 8 Entry Level and one GCSE qualifications.

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I currently work as a production worker for a Social Enterprise company called Harry Specters in Ely, Cambridgeshire which is very well renowned for its high-quality chocolates and employs people with autism, giving them the opportunity of working in paid employment.

I have been working at Harry Specters for over 3 years as an assistant chocolatier.

It has changed my life hugely as a person as I am now financially independent and the Shahs have inspired me to do other things such as spreading the word about living with Autism and promoting equality rights for people of minority groups, including people with Autism.

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Listening to Mona Shah on the radio has inspired me to try and follow in her footsteps in promoting the autistic community as a valuable part of a workforce.

Autistic skills such as following rules, planning and sticking to timescales, make people with autism effective and valuable members of a workforce.

After finishing college, I spent over a year applying for a range of jobs such as Warehouse work and working at the Royal Mail, jobs that I could have done very well if I was given the chance.

Unfortunately, the interview process was very difficult for me as the questions were usually too complicated and confusing. I believe there needs to be more understanding by employers when interviewing people with disabilities.

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On weekends I am a karting driver who competes in the Club 100 Lightweight Sprint Championships at tracks around the UK where many British F1 drivers started their careers.

I drive myself to these events as I passed my driving test in 2016 after a lot of hard work, which has really helped with my independence.

I completed my first year with Club 100 and last December I won the Lightweight Sprint Class 3 Championship.

I entered my 2nd year with them as a Lightweight Sprint Class 2 driver for 2021. I believe that my Autism has made me a better driver, as I take my time to study track layouts and plan timings and tactics to get the best out of myself.

On my crash helmet, I proudly carry the Autism Awareness ribbon to help drivers that I compete against understand who I am and why I was diagnosed with Autism as a child.

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Also, during 2020 in the pandemic crisis, I have met some amazing people from an owner karting team called AIM (Autism In Motorsports) who have some very talented drivers. Their aim is to bring in and inspire young people with autism into the world of motorsport to see if it is the right competitive sport for them.

I want to help inspire people with autism that no matter what barriers that hold you down, you can still get past those walls and make it into highly competitive sporting environments such as karting and make a very successful career out of it to help gain improved normality in society and most of all, equality.

Doing an interview on Women’s radio station is an important way for me to speak up for myself and the autistic community. Speaking to Anna Kennedy OBE was a huge honour and a privilege.

What keeps me positive is my racing, working with Harry Specters and now, trying to promote a positive message about living with Autism.

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Richard Smith speaks to Anna Kennedy on Women’s Radio

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Annas guest at Women’s Radio on Monday 7th August at 1pm ‘All things Autism’ Women’s Radio is the inspirational Richard Smith.

‘All things Autism” will be aired at 1pm and 1am every day, please click here to listen to these amazing shows!

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Richard Smith shared: “Its Ok To Be Me”, Autism can be Awesome!

The Autistic Adoptee – From troubled childhood to autisticly awesome

Growing up without a diagnosis of ASD was difficult to say the least, struggling immensely with everyday life I didn’t understand where I fit into this world doing different behaviours but at the time I didn’t understand why I was doing them but really struggled to stop as I have felt throughout my life.

I have had to hideaway and compress everything deep inside I have learned a lot about myself and became very self-aware I feel this puts me in a very good position to help families businesses schools or the general public learn more about ASD and how they can change their environment or their behaviour to help people that have ASD I tried to show people that autism isn’t life limiting and they can achieve whatever they put their minds to.

This year I released a book called “The art of weeing in the sink”. You can get a copy of this from: Amazon, Waterstones, WHSmith’s and so many more……

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About Me….!

I was 33 before I received my ASD diagnosis and when I finally did, it felt like a great weight had been lifted away and I could finally be myself.

If I had been given this diagnosis as a child and received the proper help and support, I needed, then my whole childhood would have been so different and much happier.

I never want another child to have to go through their childhood like me, having to hide their ASD for fear of punishment or criticism.

This is why I started Awesometistic.

I want to help others to understand a child with ASD. If children with ASD are supported correctly throughout their life, there is no reason why they cannot go fulfil their own dreams. Look at me!

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Autistic Writer Dr Ian C E Hale launches Illustrated Poetry Book

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Dr Ian C E Hale’s new book, titled “Dance with the Desert” can be purchased here www.amazon.com/Dance-Desert-Ian-C-Hale-ebook/dp/B0C9K6PZV4/

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Dr Ian C E Hale previously appeared on Womens Radio Station’s: All Things Autism, where he discussed with Anna his latest release at the time, “Asperger’s, Autism & You”.

 

To be clear …. it’s important to put my book and other work into context by knowing a little of their origins. I’m an Autistic person. It’s an indivisible part of who I am as an individual; it informs, goads and limits every thought and act of my life-but I refuse to let it define me. I’m a sportsman, poet, photographer, medical scientist and more-but first and foremost, a human being, with the same fears, hopes, weaknesses and feelings as everyone else.

I’ve Asperger’s Syndrome, with mild Autism, Dyslexia and moderate Dyscalculia. To the best of my knowledge these traits have been passed down through previous generations of the family on my father’s side since the 18th Century. I have found written records: correspondence, diaries, and poetry from family archives of many forebears, their friends and colleagues.

I’m from the historic City of Bristol, England, a member of British Mensa, the World Academy of Medical Science, The Athenian Society and a graduate of Portsmouth, Bristol and Bath Spa Universities. My professional background is in Further and Higher education, SEND and genetics. I have four cats, Tisha, George, Pearl and Thor.

Being an author and private consultant https://policy.onuniverse.com/ in neurodiversity is one thing, but by being one I bring a unique dimension to its understanding and implications, which is one of the main reasons for writing the book-only someone who lives it truly knows what it’s like. This isn’t only academic theory or clinical observation- this is how it lives, good and bad.

I believe that WE are the best judges of what we need and should be involved at every level in all decisions made about us. The book is a definite aid to informing and empowering that goal. Because of that family experience, autism was always a part of everyday life for me. That understanding, combine with my experience, gives my work a unique perspective.

Autism is for life, including senior care, a fact seldom considered by social agencies. No-one “grows out” of Autism; it’s not “a phase”. The vulnerable child grows into a vulnerable adult at all stages of life. That’s the reason why parents and carers worry so much about the future of their children and are often accused of being “fussy” or “over-protective”.

The harsh truth is they are always thinking; “what will happen to MY child when we have passed or are no longer able to protect and speak for them”? That’s my goal-to be the voice for those who have none.

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Useful links and references

Asperger’s, Autism & You Paperback

A Peace Collaboration: The Matchsellers An Animated Poem About A Homeless Vet

Golden Girl by Dr Ian Hale – Produce by Xperimental Productions

 

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Anna’s guest at Women’s Radio was Dr Ian C E Hale

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Annas guest at Women’s Radio was Dr Ian C E Hale ​
‘All things Autism” will be aired at 1pm and 1am every day this week.  Please see www.womensradiostation.com

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To be clear …. it’s important to put my book and other work into context by knowing a little of their origins. I’m an Autistic person. It’s an indivisible part of who I am as an individual; it informs, goads and limits every thought and act of my life-but I refuse to let it define me. I’m a sportsman, poet, photographer, medical scientist and more-but first and foremost, a human being, with the same fears, hopes, weaknesses and feelings as everyone else.

I’m Asperger’s Syndrome, with mild Autism, Dyslexia and moderate Dyscalculia. To the best of my knowledge these traits have been passed down through previous generations of the family on my father’s side since the 18th Century. I have found written records: correspondence, diaries, and poetry from family archives of many forebears, their friends and colleagues.

I’m from the historic City of Bristol, England, a member of British Mensa, the World Academy of Medical Science, The Athenian Society and a graduate of Portsmouth, Bristol and Bath Spa Universities. My professional background is in Further and Higher education, SEND and genetics. I have four cats, Tisha, George, Pearl and Thor.

Being an author and private consultant https://policy.onuniverse.com/ in neurodiversity is one thing, but by being one I bring a unique dimension to its understanding and implications, which is one of the main reasons for writing the book-only someone who lives it truly knows what it’s like. This isn’t only academic theory or clinical observation- this is how it lives, good and bad.

I believe that WE are the best judges of what we need and should be involved at every level in all decisions made about us. The book is a definite aid to informing and empowering that goal. Because of that family experience, autism was always a part of everyday life for me. That understanding, combine with my experience, gives my work a unique perspective.

Autism is for life, including senior care, a fact seldom considered by social agencies. No-one “grows out” of Autism; it’s not “a phase”. The vulnerable child grows into a vulnerable adult at all stages of life. That’s the reason why parents and carers worry so much about the future of their children and are often accused of being “fussy” or “over-protective”.

The harsh truth is they are always thinking; “what will happen to MY child when we have passed or are no longer able to protect and speak for him/her”? That’s my goal-to be the voice for those who have none.
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Asperger’s, Autism & You Paperback

A Peace Collaboration: The Matchsellers An Animated Poem About A Homeless Vet

Golden Girl by Dr Ian Hale – Produce by Xperimental Productions

Corona the Answer – eBook

LinkedIn profile
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Mental health awareness week – an article by Paul Isaacs 

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Mechanisms Of Mental Health

Mental health is something that can and does change over time, the world moves on regardless and so do you.

Sometimes this is not the internal feeling however this can be influenced by many different, nuanced, person centred and often inter linking factors.

  • Core beliefs (warped worldviews vs. connected authentic outlooks)
  • Self-Reflection (the ability to manage your own selfhood)
  • Information Processing (the way in which the brain filters information)
  • Nervous System Responses (many mental health conditions mean the nervous system is overused)
  • Emotional Regulation (the ability to recognise, filter and mange yours and others emotional frequencies)
  • Environment (caregiving, educational & community)
  • Attachment, Friendship & Relationship Dynamics (poor boundaries, emotional incest, projection & manipulative behaviours)

Everything Is Linked 

These factors (in various guises, degrees, and presentations) will have an impact on someone’s idea of “self”, personal expectations vs. connected one’s, perception of danger and threat, how one internalises their own emotions and healthy spaces for expressing and objective reasoning, boundaries, and healthy modelling of friendships and relationships.

Paul Isaacs 2023

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Anna Kennedy Online celebrates Autism Dance Day 2023

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We cannot believe it has been twelve years that we have celebrated Autism Dance Day!!!

Benefits of dance and movement for autistic children and adults:

So, get your dancing shoes on and strike a pose and have fun!!! #dancelikenooneiswatching

Autism dance day takes place Friday 28th April 2023

Please tag Anna and the charity on Friday #autismdanceday:
Twitter: @Annakennedy1 
Instagram: @annakennedyobe 
Facebook: AnnaKennedyonline 

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Please read below quotes below of how dance makes our supporters feel:

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How dance makes me feel, it makes feel at ease, alive, and powerful.

It’s the same way when I make music, except I’m not writing words but instead moving to them and doing my own interpretation. Dance to me is basically just music but presenting and releasing my emotions in a non-lyrical form.

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My thoughts become clear and calm, I feel free when I dance.

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Here at Studio 4 we are an inclusive dance organisation that offer ALL young people and dancers an opportunity to express themselves. We celebrate that being different is COOL and encourage all those we work with to be kind and embrace who they are.

Working with young people with Autism has allowed our practice to evolve and be more inclusive. Teachers and dancers have learnt to be more patient, flexible and considerate of each other’s needs. We are proud to work with many young people with Autism and disabilities.

As an organisation we encourage ALL young people to achieve their absolute best.

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T’mya loves to dance and says it makes her feel happy

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Dancing helps me feel calm less stressed and gives me an energy boost I feel more confident now as I’m not the best dancer, but when I perform i feel it helps me send out positive vibes and it helps with my confidences and improves me emotionally, I feel happy and warm inside especially after a busy day at UNI.

[/et_pb_testimonial][et_pb_testimonial author=”Josh Burgess ” job_title=”Young Patron” portrait_url=”https://www.annakennedyonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Josh-Burgess-e1651076014351-150×150.jpg” quote_icon_color=”#8300E9″ portrait_width=”150px” portrait_height=”150px” admin_label=”Josh Burgess ” _builder_version=”4.17.3″ _module_preset=”default” body_text_align=”center” background_color=”rgba(138,145,206,0.26)” text_orientation=”center” global_colors_info=”{}”]

When I’m dancing I feel like me and alive, it also helps keep me healthy as I have a chronic lung condition

[/et_pb_testimonial][et_pb_testimonial author=”Maggie Paterson ” job_title=”Pineapple Performing Arts School” portrait_url=”https://www.annakennedyonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Maggie-169×300.jpg” quote_icon_color=”#8300E9″ portrait_width=”150px” portrait_height=”150px” admin_label=”Maggie Paterson ” _builder_version=”4.17.3″ _module_preset=”default” body_text_align=”center” background_color=”rgba(224,47,38,0.24)” text_orientation=”center” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Pineapple Performing Arts School have had the pleasure of working with many children teens and adults on the autism spectrum, we have experienced such amazing rewards on many levels from seeing the progress, enjoyment and confidence dance gives them.

Good luck to Anna and the team on Autism Dance Day and “Keep Dancing”!

[/et_pb_testimonial][et_pb_testimonial author=” Callum Kirrage ” job_title=”Young Patron” portrait_url=”https://www.annakennedyonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Screenshot_20220429-113538_Photos-150×150.jpg” quote_icon_color=”#8300E9″ portrait_width=”150px” portrait_height=”150px” admin_label=” Callum Kirrage ” _builder_version=”4.17.3″ _module_preset=”default” body_text_align=”center” background_color=”rgba(109,76,201,0.27)” text_orientation=”center” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Dance gives me more confidence, it helps me express myself when I don’t know how to, when I’m stressed it makes me feel happier and helps with all my energy. When I Dance, I feel like I can just be me!!

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My passion of dance started from the age of 2 and since then it has given me the chance to express myself within performance as well as meeting fellow performers who’ve embraced dance as a passion or even a career.

[/et_pb_testimonial][et_pb_testimonial author=”Giuliana Wheater ” job_title=”Ambassador” portrait_url=”https://www.annakennedyonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Giuliana-Wheater-e1651147401199-150×150.jpg” quote_icon_color=”#8300E9″ portrait_width=”150px” portrait_height=”150px” admin_label=”Giuliana Wheater ” _builder_version=”4.17.3″ _module_preset=”default” body_text_align=”center” background_color=”rgba(237,239,127,0.34)” text_orientation=”center” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Ever since I was a tiny girl, I’ve seen the world and people in colours. Yellow is the ultimate as for me it means total joy.
When I dance, I feel bright yellow, free and I’m just undiluted Giuliana

[/et_pb_testimonial][et_pb_testimonial author=”Daisy Hutchinson ” job_title=”Young Patron” portrait_url=”https://www.annakennedyonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Daisy-Hutchinson–150×150.jpg” quote_icon_color=”#8300E9″ portrait_width=”150px” portrait_height=”150px” admin_label=”Daisy Hutchinson ” _builder_version=”4.17.3″ _module_preset=”default” body_text_align=”center” background_color=”rgba(154,216,95,0.56)” text_orientation=”center” global_colors_info=”{}”]

“when you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way” Wayne Dyer

[/et_pb_testimonial][et_pb_testimonial author=”Dawn and Keith Avery ” job_title=”Charity Champions” portrait_url=”https://www.annakennedyonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Dawn-and-Keith-Avery-150×150.jpg” quote_icon_color=”#8300E9″ portrait_width=”150px” portrait_height=”150px” admin_label=”Dawn and Keith Avery ” _builder_version=”4.17.3″ _module_preset=”default” body_text_align=”center” background_color=”rgba(75,124,47,0.27)” text_orientation=”center” global_colors_info=”{}”]

#autismdanceday A little time to share as a couple … about us .. being us

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