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Giuliana also writes blogs for I Care 4 Autism and Different Brains on a regular basis.

My Regular Blogs

Due to an increase in my articles and blogs elsewhere, I am not publishing as regularly to this site. For regular updates and news please see me on I Care 4 Autism and DifferentBrains.com

I also write weekly articles every Monday for Anna Kennedy Online which can be found under Take Five for Mental Health or Latest News on the charity website.

Please check regularly in In The Press, Conferences and Talks in the menu for more articles ,interviews and events along with my YouTube channel which I add to weekly and my public Facebook group where I write a blog or share a free therapy every day.

Autism Awareness Month April 2016

I love Autism Awareness month and always go to town ! I ran two extra courses where I was so happy to train funded placements and part funded placements for schools and colleges, along with some therapists who wanted my therapy in addition to those they are already practising. I also spent a great deal of time helping my students speak to and email heads of schools and autism centres in order to start using the therapy there . I really do want those who train with me to get this out there and help some wonderful children and young adults to thrive.

 

My double page article came out in the Spring issue of International Therapist and instantly I was flooded with emails from all over ! This article was about the science behind my therapy too which reassures any sceptics out there ! and proves why it works.

 

I also took part in a live radio show with Oasis Universal Radio as part of their raising awareness theme for April. See more at In The Press.

 

The biggest highlight for me however , in this very special mont , is that my son Oliver , against all the odds, and after being told he would ” never achieve ” by a senior teacher at age 13 and being told he was not allowed to sit  the higher English GCSE because his autistic brain couldn’t negotiate multiple choice papers and lining up booklets ….. got his first choice place at university to read Creative Writing and Publishing !!

I wrote a very short post on LinkedIn and within a week had burst through 6,000 likes and comments and even as I write this more shares and comments are still pouring in. This news has gone worldwide and ollie has been flooded with offers to write ~ which he was born to do . This has made my entire month. We are blown away and overwhelmed by the heartwarming response. After years of being made to feel second rate in spite of his huge intelligence , my son might now just begin to believe that he is indeed an inspiration.

Book signing event at WHSmith Minehead

I am very excited to announce my first WHSmith book signing event to be held in Minehead on Friday 29 January 2016. It is a real honour to do something like this for such a major mainstream book store . The first of many I hope !

Courses get the new year off to a flying start !

The New Year set my heart soaring with my first course based completely on my book ,”Indian Head Massage For Special Needs”.My students all left me very confident and within 24 hours had done their first solo paid treatments . It is such a joy to me to see my work spreading in this way and to share with some amazing people .One student even brought her child (who is on the autism spectrum ) for the second afternoon to be worked on ,much to everyone’s benefit.

My February course is almost totally booked out already and for the first time ever I have funded staff placements from schools as far as an hour away . News of the therapy and its benefits is spreading and this is just the most wonderful groundbreaking news . A very happy New Year everyone , especially to the wonderful kids with differences whom some of us are so lucky to know !IMG_8310

New Sensory Room at Foxes Academy

Since September 2015 I have had all my sessions with the learners at Foxes academy moved to a wonderful sensory room. Since 2011 I’ve been used to running between all the houses and treating the learners in their rooms or quiet areas. It is just fantastic to have it all centralised in one place but the benefits to all my fabulous young adults has been just amazing. The walk up to Foxes Fields where the sensory room is located really helps the learners unwind and mentally prepare . They love the beautiful ,gently moving starlights and other special lamps I have in there as well as the furry rugs and beanbags. I replay again and again in my mind their reactions upon first seeing the room – the gasps and wonder at just how magical it feels.

For thirty minutes per week my learners really do get that total time out, that deep and uninterrupted escape from the bustle of chores and the chatter and distractions of life. The improvements to all the sessions and the benefits that have touched each person I have treated there have been noticeable. With some learners I would go so far as to say there has been a 100% improvement .

On a personal level it is so wonderful to see my pioneering work accepted by an outstanding college such as Foxes Academy and to feel it valued to such a degree. I am truly blessed to work in such a magical place where every single person is valued and nurtured to their full potential.IMG_6602

Nearly Sold Out !

So, so happy! Indian Head Massage for Special Needs, my first book, came out early on the 11th November, a very special date for me anyway,  and within 24 hours almost sold out on Amazon. Just overnight stock was down to  six copies and within two hours after that copies were down to just one ! I’d like to think there were more than just seven copies originally …. but joking aside since then I have noticed  that stock has been  topped up and it just keeps selling . My publishers are as excited as I am, which is just lovely.

I’m just so excited and full of hope that this book will truly touch lives, give hope and be a like a favourite recipe book for anyone working or living with special needs – a book that you will constantly refer to again and again . Amazing!

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You can access my Amazon Author Page here for more information and I am also an author with GoodReads.

Waterstones Book Signing and Official Launch

On Saturday 30th January 2016  I will be officially launching my book and signing copies at Waterstones in Bath. This is an unprecedented event of this kind for an author; it is normally a tickets only closed evening event but on this occasion it is an open event during the day from 2pm until 4pm. I am absolutely thrilled and so honoured that Waterstones are doing this for me. I will be doing a small talk too – but the favourite part of events like this for me is the delicious and informal chatting with so many people and hearing about their own journeys , often being inspired by them and hopefully being able to help too. I always learn so much and leave buzzing !

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Other book signings include:

10th December 2015 – 11:00am to 2:00pm -Toucan Wholefoods in Minehead, Somerset.

TBC – WaterStones in Taunton, Somerset.

TBC – WHSmiths in Minehead, Somerset.

Others to follow.

Award Presentation July 17th 2015

At the Foxes Graduation on 17th July 2015 I was presented with the Community Award !!!!

 

This is an award given to one member of staff or the wider community – by the learners. It was apparently voted for months ago, long before the fundraising.I was told afterwards that the vote had been unanimous – goodness.

 

I was informed beforehand that I had a named chair and I thought it was because I am now officially on the therapy team at Foxes Academy but when I arrived, the therapy team were nowhere near me. I then panicked thinking there had been a mistake or that it was the naughty chair or that I was suddenly going to have gunk emptied out of the ceiling onto my head.

 

I was called up onto the stage , shaking like a leaf, to have two of my gorgeous learners bravely read out little speeches they had prepared saying why they had all chosen me for this award. They said some beautiful , touching things and I could hardly see because I was choking back the tears.

 

I shall treasure this award always. It has gone up on a wall in my therapy/training chalet. It’s the only certificate I’ve ever received that I have put out on display. Even my degree and qualifications have never seen the light of day.

 

This award is different because it wasn’t something I had any control over. You can achieve anything if you are determined enough and work hard enough- but this was something chosen for me by others and totally unexpected. I kept feeling like I needed to check they had got it right !

 

It is worth more to me than all of my qualifications  put together . It floated in and out of my dreams all that night .I just hope I didn’t upset anyone in being given this because I know so many people quietly and silently give so much to our learners at Foxes Academy and I am sure there are several who deserved this award jut as much or more.

 

Thank you to my beautiful, inspirational learners . You have made my YEAR !!

You are all incredible and I brought three of my four children with me just to see how much you all achieve, sometimes against all the odds. To watch you all collect your certificates and NVQs and other awards is always a very moving and humbling experience. You are all proof that anything is possible .
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FUNDRAISING PRESENTATION

So moved have I become by any of the stories and journeys of the children and young people I work with , that I decided in June 2015 to raise money to help them.It was nervewracking because I had never attempted anything like this before but all I could see in my head were the little faces of the I work with every day and how hard they try to contribute to our often harsh society. Their funding had all been slashed again at government level and once again it appeared they had no voice or say in it. I resolved to do something to help, however small.

 

So on the 19 June I did a personal record of 18 massages in one day , back to back with no break at all. I donated the whole amount to the fund and asked for everyone I knew to sponsor me to do it.I set up a crowdfunding page on justgiving and set the target low, at just £300 because there are many good causes out there and I feared people would just look the other way, as is so often the case with people with “special needs”.

 

You see, all I see in these kids are people with dreams and goals, just like everyone else…kids with a huge desire to give back to society, to be allowed to work, to be allowed to grow…to fly a little. I truly no longer see their “disabilities”.

 

Within three days I blasted through the target with donations as large as £150 coming in !! Other people believed in these kids too and everyone seemed to get on board. The final amount was a mind-blowing £1,663 !!!! After the 5% justgiving fee and the charges for each debit transaction ( and a few pledges that didn’t quite make it through on time) the final amount presented to the Foxes Academy learners fund was £1,340 – £1,363 more than I ever dared dream !

 

Foxes Academy learners had no idea I was doing this for them and the huge uproarious cheer and applause when I arrived with my son Oliver to present the cheque at their end of term barbecue, will stay with me forever. Some goals and dreams will be achieved this year because of this money and I am hugely proud and forever grateful to all those who donated to this wonderful cause.

Thank you .

Fundraising presentation