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Autism Parenting Magazine

I am delighted to announce one of my articles, ‘Successful Indian Head Massage for People with Special Needs,’ has been published on the Autism Parenting Magazine’s website and can be found in the Jun 2017 issue . I am really proud to have been a part of this absolutely wonderful and very valuable publication that does such important work.  To view my article, please visit the Autism Parenting Magazine’s website here.

Somerset Life Magazine

I am so very thrilled to be featured in the August 2017 issue of Somerset Life , part of the MediaClash magazine group , following the interview for BBC Radio and the recent national press coverage about the journey with my own son as I continue to raise awareness about these beautiful and wonderful and ABLE children and young adults.

As a Somerset girl this feels very special!  There was just one error (rectified in the following issue ) : the photograph is of myself with a student in one of my schools, and not my son Ollie as stated.However it is a lovely, lovely article and I’m a happy and proud little Somerset lady who is  just honoured to have my work featured. Please click on the image below to see my feature on page 18 of the Somerset Life August edition. Alternatively, please click here to see the entire edition.

Getting The Children’s Voices Heard on a National Level

Please see the articles from the Daily Mail, The Mirror,  The Somerset County Gazette and Somerset Live by clicking the corresponding links or the images above.An article also appeared in The Sun newspaper .

My son OLLIE has made the national and regional newspapers today!

A huge article in the Western Daily Press has appeared today – I didn’t even know until someone lovely posted on my timeline!

Back in April for Autism Awareness Month I set myself the seemingly impossible challenge that I would get Ollie’s voice, and the voices of so many different abled but amazing kids, heard on a national level. I even thought I’d pack sandwiches and sit outside editors offices if it came to it and accost them if they needed the loo.

I’m in tears as I write this because those voices, thanks to my son , have been heard today. No child should be boxed in by invisible cage bars just because of a label. We all deserve to become the best we can be, individuals with strengths and abilities, no matter how different those abilities are. With autism teaching global crisis levels, all these voices need to be heard and all these children to be part of a rich and inclusive future.

Health and Happiness – Head Massage for Special Needs

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I am very excited to share with you that my article for the March 2017 issue of Health and Happiness magazine is now out !

I am particularly proud of this because it is a piece not just about my work but most importantly about my son , his journey and above all his strength as he fought through so many barriers to become the most beautiful and gifted young man that he is today. He is absolute proof that you must never let others define you or fill your life with limitations purely because you happen to have a label.

Please click here to read the article as published on their website.

Annual CPD Day

I recently had the massive joy of being asked to speak at The Association of Indian Head Massage’s (AIHM) annual  conference and CPD day on Saturday 17th September, organised by the wonderful Mary Atkinson. Mary spoke , along with the lovely Bridget , about her massage work within palliative care and hospices , a talk which made me well up several times at the hugeness of heart and courage involved for all concerned , Amy Taylor spoke eloquently and passionately about her massage work with pregnant ladies and I was invited to speak about my work with children and young adults with autism and other different abilities.  I loved every minute and absolutely couldn’t stop talking … I wanted to share so much !! I wanted to give the incredible, courageous, gifted children I work with a voice and let people know just how able and talented they are ,  as well as raise awareness about using therapeutic touch to help them bloom.I was buzzing for days afterwards … and still am as I  write this ! I absolutely love my job !!

The outcome for the day was to ensure that Indian Head Massage sessions met the individual needs of each and every client and above all listening to them and combining touch with that space to hear and feel how someone really is . After a working lunch where I actually had a queue of people wanting hugs as well as questions answered ( I loved it and actually wanted to take everyone home with me ! ) , Mary, Amy and I ran workshops where we shared some of our techniques with the attendees.

Mary has written her own blog on the events of the day; if you would like to find out more, please click here to read it.I also wrote my own posts on Twitter and on  my Therapies for Special Needs and Indian Head Massage for Special Needs Facebook pages.

For further information, please also visit the Association of Indian Head Massage’s FaceBook page.img_0513img_0496img_0538img_0497img_0502img_0541img_0518img_0536img_0514

Mary Mountstephen for SEN Magazine

SEN Magazine review written by Mary Mountstephen, June 2016

Title: Indian Head Massage for Special Needs
Author: Giuliana Fenwick
Publisher: Singing Dragon
Date: 2016
ISBN: 978-1-84819-275-1

The author developed this book while working with her son with Asperger’s Syndrome as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.   She has created a manual that introduces Indian Head Massage techniques to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, calm sensory overloads, improve sleep patterns and many other challenges.

The book is a very interesting combination of the author’s own story and a detailed approach to this type of intervention. The author combines a passion for her personal journey with a desire to share knowledge and experience to produce a practical guide and reference for the reader.

The book is well structured; covering physical systems, before moving on to complementary approaches and massage information and supportive case studies. The 4 sections are well structured and provide a clear rationale for this type of intervention. Areas covered include:

  • Anatomy, physiology and some neuropsychology
  • Hormone producers
  • The nervous system
  • The lymphatic system
  • The massage treatment
  • Case studies

There are many colour illustrations and detailed intervention protocols and this book would be of interest to parents, therapists and multi-disciplinary settings.

There will be many who are skeptical of this type of intervention; however the book deserves to be read with an open mind. The technique described and the author’s teaching have both been approved by the Complementary Medical Association.

Association of Indian Head Massage Annual Conference

I will be attending this year’s Association of Indian Head Massage annual conference and CPD day and will be appearing as a guest speaker, talking about the use of therapies within education and special needs. I will also be running work shops and demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Copies of my book will be on sale.

The event takes place at the Columbia Hotel, 95-99 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NS on the 17th Sepetember 2016, beginning at 9:30am and finishing at 4:30pm BST. My first talk will commence at 11:45am and it will be lovely to see as many of you as possible there. I look forward to meeting you all and sharing with you.