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RADIO INTERVIEW WITH BRYAN LEAKER MBE, WEST SOMERSET RADIO February 2021

Really delighted to be invited back again onto the Bryan Leaker radio show at www.westsomersetradio.co.uk where I talk about all my  extensive freely shared therapy work throughout Covid and the launch of my new free online magazine Rainbow Kids Touch Therapy and Relaxation on 21st March 2021 !!!

The first airing of the interview will be on Tuesday 16 February and the second airing will be just after 3.30pm on Monday 22 February. Bryan deserves a medal for all the headaches I give him during interviews !! Another MBE for him perhaps ??! ……

RAINBOW KIDS TOUCH THERAPY ONLINE MAGAZINE !!!! Launch Date Spring 2021

I could actually spontaneously combust with the news that a dream come true for me is about to happen ! With the invaluable help and technical knowledge of my co-editor in chief ( !!! ) Millie Cooper, Rainbow Kids Touch Therapy Online Magazine is going to be LAUNCHED on my birthday, 21st March !!!! It’s a special birthday and to mark this milestone, this is my gift, in some small way ,to the global community we have all become during these scary and challenging times.

It will be a banging first issue too !! We will be leaping into Spring with an interview with Anna Kennedy OBE , articles by Mary Atkinson, founder of StoryMassage, Jyoti Jo Manuel, founder of Special Yoga, the story of Kratu the famous therapy dog and how he met his “muvver”, the inspirational and extraordinary Tess, along with articles about Kratu’s work with autism and mental health.

There are real life motivational stories and journeys too of young people who were totally written off and yet have gone on to bust all the myths and achieve the most tremendous things.

In this issue we hear about a young man named Eddie who is deaf and autistic , his heartbreaking but triumphant story, and who is now a special needs lawyer advocating and fighting for others !! I love it .

We need real and achievable hope, advice and light in the face of the constant stream of negativity from the Press and all over social media.

Not that we are glossing over anything by any means.

Mental health especially amongst our young people has hit global crisis levels and the suicide rate continues to soar. So in this magazine there is lots of advice, neuroscientifically backed and proven therapies, techniques and tools whether you are self isolating alone or within a bubble, whether you are disabled, differently-abled, neurodiverse or neurotypical, in a wheelchair or a hospital.

IT IS INCLUSIVE OF EVERYONE regardless of budget or situation.

It is for individuals of all ages , families , therapists , teachers and other professionals .

It is for the unemployed, those on furlough and those still working, especially if they are in the “front line’ as key workers.

There is something for everyone and every need.

There are even ready to go yoga stories, story massage stories, positive growth mindset games and exploring feelings games which are very bonding and often very funny.

The touch therapies I myself have included can be self administered or shared in your “bubbles” …. Touch boosts immunity !! We need it more than ever.

We ARE  in this  together and I hope with all my heart that there will be something for everyone within these pages of a very special , unique and much needed magazine . It will come out quarterly.

So watch this space !!

Lots of love,

Millie and Giuliana !

 

AKO EXPO MARCH 2021

I am absolutely overjoyed and full of gratitude to be invited back again this year to speak at the Anna Kennedy Online AKO AUTISM EXPO. Apparently my talk last year was “very popular” which was just so lovely to hear because everything I do, I do with all my heart and with so much thought.

The expo will take place on Friday 26 – Saturday 27th March 2021. Details can be found at www.annakennedyonline.com and I will post a direst link to the event nearer the time.

 

I remember buzzing for weeks and weeks after the 2020 AKO Expo because it was a glorious and very powerful two days of listening to some truly great and inspiring people.

I learned so much from them and felt motivated and full of even more energy than usual after listening to them !!

I cannot wait to hear all the amazing speakers who will be joining me at this very valuable event and I look forward to learning and growing even more in this much needed field . It is a powerful feeling to be surrounded by positive, motivated people all giving their time because they believe so much in this work.

Thank you for asking me back !

Click on link below for all information and tickets:

AKO Autism Expo 2021 

UK HEALTH RADIO – The Healthy Debate Show December 2020

MASSIVELY EXCITINGLY I was invited by presenter Andra Iuliana Stanoiu to be interviewed for her entire show to celebrate International Day Of People With Disabilities on 3 December 2020!

Her  international listeners are in the millions and millions so I wanted to value this absolutely unbelievable opportunity to shout from the rooftops about the  need to get our special children seen, heard, valued and included… to give as much of a voice as I possibly, possibly could to this hugely important and significant part of our rich global community.

At the end of the show I was almost in tears when Andra asked me back for a SECOND interview for her next episode…thus making December on The Healthy Debate Show all about “Special Needs”. Andra was probably close to tears too… with a gigantic migraine! I did talk… and then some !I am just so dedicated and determined both personally and professionally to try to give a voice to all those millions across the world who don’t have one.

Thank you, thank you Andra for inviting me to such a truly awesome show!

I will be appearing on it again a few months into 2021 too! Details to follow nearer the time…

The link to the first show is enclosed below and will air from Tuesday 8 December 2-3pm British time and daily for a whole fortnight INTERNATIONALLY! Wow!

Please use the player below to listen to the broadcast.
For more information, please visit the UK Health Radio’s website here.

The next show will be aired in two weeks time and again I will add the link .

Ollie’s Masters’ Success December 2020 !!!!!

My strong,determined,gifted son has defied all the odds set against him during our often utterly heartbreaking and exhausting journey together where everything that most families can take for granted was a fight and we were told he would “never achieve ‘ simply because he has autism … and today found out the INCREDIBLE news that he has passed his Masters in Creative Writing with flying colours !!!

He is now more qualified than the eight teachers who told me that Ollie would “get two GCSE’s at the very most” and I have lost my tonsils somewhere across the other side of the Bristol Channel from my absolute scream of joy and pride !!!!!!

I am crying as I write this.

 

Oh this is exactly why I do all I do ….my battle for my son has blessed me with the learning,experience and fight to believe in and grow so,so many others . Many of my long hours are often unpaid but today I feel like the richest woman in the world .

STORY MASSAGE ADVENT CALENDAR December 2020

What lovely news !! I heard today that I have been selected, along with 23 other award winning story massage instructors, that I am being featured in their advent calendar …. door number 10 !!!! How joyful ! Congratulations to everyone else who has also been featured and I wish Story Massage every success with their sales .

Happy, healthy Festive Season everyone and warmest wishes to all of you . Thank you for all your ongoing support this year!

STORY MASSAGE BEST PRACTICE AWARD !! November 2020

At only 5ft 3 1/2″ it was nigh in IMPOSSIBLE to contain the absolute heart bursting joy I felt on receiving this most prestigious of awards!!!!

I received this award for my work with blending story massage into my Therapies for Special Needs  sessions and Rainbow Kids sessions along with all my free YouTube videos (Giuliana Wheater Rainbow Kids Touch Therapy) and my free FB “Online Therapies For Kids and Families” as well as in my regular therapy articles and videos for Anna Kennedy Online and Autism Expo which I set up during the covid-19 pandemic.

Not being able to work, I still felt compelled to reach out, to share and help in any way I could, feeling that if I lost it all, at least I would go down sharing.

I am amazed to say that as the world shut down, mine opened in ways I never expected  and I now have millions of children instead of hundreds… and there I was thinking I had stopped at my own four!!

What a huge and unexpected journey my life has been!!

This award means a great deal to me especially as I am the only therapist to have received ,to date, a Best Junior Practice award for all my Rainbow Kids . I never frame my certificates as I would much rather fill my therapy / training chalet with “my” children’s achievements but these two awards will be up on the wall and framed!!

Thank you Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper for sharing your fabulous and impactful work. You literally touch the lives of so many and change them for the better. To read more about the award, please click here.

Autism Talk Monthly Interviews

Following on from my first interview with the highly esteemed organisation Autism Talk, they have invited me to do regular monthly interviews .

The next one will be at 11am on 1 December 2020.Keep an eye on this page for future dates….!

Please click here to read my first interview from the 2nd September 2020.

I am full of gratitude to be able to freely share any advice, I possibly can, along with any knowledge, experience, science backed therapies as well as with my personal journey of raising a child with autism. We are all in this together .

Every child counts.

Every life matters.

Every individual deserves to be valued and nurtured to their fullest potential.

STORY MASSAGE BEST PRACTICE AWARD

In November 2020 I was overjoyed to receive a Story Massage Best Practice Award. I’ve worked so hard and adapted it into so many different needs and ways . It has been a beautiful,valuable, impactful and gently powerful therapy to grow in and it has been so delicious to blended it with my other therapies to give bespoke treatments to every individual whom I am so privileged to work with.

Touch crosses all boundaries and languages with huge benefits.

Story massage has undoubtedly enabled me to meet every child where THEY are and not where I want them to be . We have worked through enormous issues, explored emotions, eased and even erased phobias and I recently had a nine year old non verbal girl go on to write a story massage which her mother asked me to read out anonymously to a group session. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, when the little girl in question saw the wonderful reaction to her story massage, she motioned for me to go close and WHISPERED in my ear ” You can tell them it was me ” !!!!!

My eyes are just swimming writing this….

 

The eleven other winners of this award each do incredible work and it is well worth reading the blog which Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper, the co-founders wrote about the Best Practice Award Winners for 202.0he stories are inspirational and motivational all at once.

 

What made me extra happy was that two of the winners, Kerry Brooks and Louise Rutt, have also trained extensively with me . It just makes me fill with warmth when we all work together for the best reason in the world ; our children and our future. Thank you Mary and Sandra for sharing your wonderful work !

WEBINAR for SPECIAL YOGA SYSC LEVEL TWO TRAINING & November 2020

I was delighted to be invited back yet again by Jyoti Jo Manuel,Founder of Special Yoga, to give an afternoon’s webinar on massage for different abilities, notably autism and ADHD.This was delivered as part of the intensive Level Two Training to become a yoga practitioner/teacher for children, young adults and their families  living with special or additional needs as well as being able to take it into schools and their own practices. The insights, demonstrations and neuroscientific ,proven research and knowledge which I shared blended beautifully and seamlessly with the special yoga for the trainees’ future sessions.

It was a delight to be a part of the team once again to help and support so many out there to be the best they can be.

What a gorgeous warm feeling knowing that our combined work will spread and bring such practical help and hope to so many families who just feel so lost and don’t know where to turn.

And to teachers who want to fill in the gaps in their training  surrounding additional needs with so many useful tools to help build peaceful, focused, productive and INCLUSIVE learning environments. We are all in this together .