Alright, so I'm back with a list of all things special needs-related I'm reading this week. I've been interested for a while in the suggested link between diet and autism, and while this article's usage of the word "cure" annoys me, it's an interesting piece on how there are differences in the bacteria found in the intestines … Continue reading My special needs reads #2
Documentary about children with autism in the UAE in progress
A press release landed in my inbox about a documentary about children with autism in the UAE. I already watched "The Brain That Sings" by Amal Al-Agroobi at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) so another movie on the same topic was great news. Yes, there's a lot of awareness nowadays in terms of campaigns, … Continue reading Documentary about children with autism in the UAE in progress
Autism coffee morning – let’s talk about camel milk!
Have you ever tried camel milk? I have. I admittedly don't have a lot of it, but we did have quite a few bottles of it in my house on a regular basis for a while - when research emerged that camel's milk is an alternative to regular milk or soy milk etc for people … Continue reading Autism coffee morning – let’s talk about camel milk!
I spy with my little eye, something beginning with the letter “a”
I guess people who deal with special needs of any form can identify with this. Often, it feels like having a superpower - the power to spot special needs where others don't. I know it sounds overbearing, awful and sad. Some people don't have external, identifying "marks" of having a special need. But I can see … Continue reading I spy with my little eye, something beginning with the letter “a”
Cats, autism and overcoming prejudices
So that's Karan sitting on the doorstep of our house. That's an abandoned cat. To cut a long story short (although if you want the long story, here it is), she was most likely left behind by her owners and she's adopted our garage as her base, while she roams around for most of the … Continue reading Cats, autism and overcoming prejudices
BrainPop: What is Autism?
Came across a link to a video on Twitter which explains what autism is in a simple way and is created for children. With a cartoon character and a robot discussing the issue, it breaks down the bare elements of autism in a concise and easy-to-understand manner. Try and help your kids understand what autism … Continue reading BrainPop: What is Autism?
Autism awareness month supported by Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Note: I don't normally post press releases on my blog, but I felt this one warranted a post 🙂 There's a few activities for members of the public to get involved with, so if you're in Abu Dhabi around that time, why not? As part of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts’ international Global Month of Service, … Continue reading Autism awareness month supported by Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
When lunch didn’t go according to plan
As I've posted before, I have been trying to take Karan out for lunch to different restaurants to get him used to new places, and not stick to a usual routine. Anyway, one place which we regularly go to is Aappa Kadai in the Dubai Marina. Not only is the food good, they're pretty accomodating … Continue reading When lunch didn’t go according to plan
Accept the difference. Don’t ignore it.
The following image from http://www.postsecret.com When I saw this post, I started thinking about those who deny the existence of special needs in their children, and withhold from them the opportunity to get any therapy that might be needed. I've come across those who are offended at the idea that their child might have "something … Continue reading Accept the difference. Don’t ignore it.
Lunching with my brother
I've been trying to get Karan to go out for lunch every weekend, at least once, so that he gets out of the house instead of staying cooped in. So far we've experimented as a family (all four of us), as a trio (Karan, my Mom and I) and today, it was a duo date … Continue reading Lunching with my brother