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Answers to some Questions on Cyberbullying

A friend is doing a talk on Cyberbullying and asked for some suggestions. Unfortunately I'm not the sort of person who can write "just a little" and as it turns out, my response is too long for Facebook. As such, I've decided to "post here and link there". In any case, she may find your own comments/responses to be better than my original statements; So here are the Questions; When does freedom of speech cross over to cyberbullying? What productive strategies have you used when encountering online bullying? Parents/Teachers: Do your school districts have a cyberbullying policy or guidelines which they enforce? Psychologists/Therapists: How serious can this kind of trauma be to individuals enduring online attacks? When does freedom of speech cross over to cyberbullying? For many people, this threshold is reached shortly after the person being attacked starts complaining. For people on the spectrum however, this threshold may be reached quite some t

The Value of Special Needs Therapy

This post is part of Best of the Best, Edition 9: Special Needs Therapy . If you check the above link from August 14 onwards, you'll find a whole host of similar articles by other authors. Introduction I'm presuming that most people will be writing from the point of view of parenting their own children. I could do that. My children have been through speech and occupational therapy (both of which were excellent), listening therapy (which quite frankly I found unhelpful) and a couple of other formal therapies. They've also had plenty of chances for informal therapy - did you know that simply owning a dog can be theraputic too? As usual though, I'm going to try to be different. I want to talk about what it's like going through therapy and how it helps. Speech Therapy When I was a child, I went through a couple of different types of therapy with the two biggies being speech and occupational therapy. I wasn't diagnosed with aspergers then but simply had a

Book Review: Active Imagination Activity Book by Kelly Tilley

Active Imagination Activity Book 50 Sensorimotor Activities to improve focus, attention, strength and co-ordination Kelly Tilley. MCISc. OTR/L Published by Sensory World There are all kinds of different therapies for children on the autism spectrum but in my opinion, two stand out head and shoulders above the rest; Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Both of these are expensive and even with government support, it's unusual for parents to be able to continue beyond one or two terms at a time. You won't become an occupational therapist simply by using this book but you will learn a lot of fun and simple techniques to achieve many of the same things that occupational therapists work toward. This book is intended for use with children and adults who need help with attention, calming down and energizing but I can see that it will also provide a lot of benefit for people with poor co-ordination and/or low muscle tone - two things which affect many people on the autism sp

Temple Grandin's three types of Thinkers in Autism

I've looked at a lot of Aspergers theory over the years and while I agree with some of it, I find that I disagree with other bits. One theory that I really like is Temple Grandin's observations on the three different types of thinkers; Temple claims that there are three types of thinkers in Autism and while people don't exclusively belong in a single group, they usually lean towards one set of patterns more than the others. Temple's three types are; Visual Music/Maths Verbal Visual Thinkers The idea is that the visual thinkers are those who need to "see" things in order to understand them. They're more likely to draw a picture or build an object when trying to work out a problem. Temple herself seems to be a visual thinker, her photographic memory clearly supports the idea. Young visual thinkers tend to be keen on building blocks such as lego and possibly on woodwork or other craft projects. Music and Mathematical Thinkers These types of thinkers find pa