GORDON GLENISTER INFLUENCING MARKETING ROUNDTABLE 19th January 2022

It was really lovely to be be invited as a guest onto Gordon Glenister’s Weekly Influencing Marketing podcast show at 8.30am on 19th January 2022. A whole new experience for me –  which I am always up for !

It is a very warm and friendly show where the topic changes each week and we all have a great big delicious conversation about it !People can ask questions about their own businesses and share social links so long as they have an influencer perspective.

 

This week was all about how to maximise Twitter and I was very happy to learn that in spite of  being self taught, I seem to have got the balance right between “educational, inspirational and entertaining” with some “controversial” thrown in too at times .

I also learned so much extra about how to maximise my twitter handle so that I can give even more to  all those I work so passionately and tirelessly for and a  bigger voice – a voice that cannot be ignored.

 

Gordon’s work is really valuable. It was wonderful to meet him and all the other guests taking part.

It is also so refreshing to meet others who are prepared to go that extra mile during these difficult times to share freely of their knowledge and bring people together.

Click onto the link below to see the podcast and hear some of Gordon’s fantastic advice.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8863498137

GATEWAY RADIO 97.8 FM INTERVIEW Thursday 13th January 2022

Just so extraordinarily happy to have been invited back to Gateway Essex Radio 97.8 FM on Thursday 13th September 2022 from 11.30am !!

I felt a gorgeous surge of deliciousness when I picked up the email!

What a beautiful and enriching way to begin the New Year.

 

This time I am being interviewed by the wonderful Anna Kennedy OBE and the incredibly talented Aston Avery where I will be chatting and sharing practical ideas on therapies and well being for half an hour!!

These two are just a magic combination with Anna ,mother to two autistic sons who tirelessly raises awareness and education through her charity and Aston who is autistic and yet has bust so many myths and gone on to inspire and lead with his many gifts and talents.

 

 

Previously I have appeared on the show where I have discussed my personal journey through raising four neurodiverse children single handedly through a very abusive and controlling “marriage”. On a second occasion I was invited on to discuss the basic neuroscientific “happy hormones and coping chemicals” which we all need daily, along with how to stimulate them. This was all part of raising awareness with Anna and the actor Kacey Ainsworth about the exciting re-vamp and re-launch of the Anna Kennedy Take 5 Mental Health Campaign of which I am proudly the Charity’s Wellbeing Ambassador. On a further occasion I was interviewed by Aston and Steven Smith, celebrity hairdresser to the stars, about raising autism and mental health awareness.

 

This time I am just so excited because the interview will be all about freely helping as many people as I can through my various therapies and techniques.

 

I ended last year just listening to so many anxious, fearful, depressed and exhausted human beings who all seemed to have got to the very end of their tethers with a third year of Covid approaching.

In spite of my 18 hour average days, writing endless free articles, blogs, posts and charity work, recording weekly You Tube videos as well as updating daily FaceBook and social media groups I had set up since the start of Covid, the nagging feeling that I needed to do more, reach more people, never left me.

 

As many of you will know it is very difficult to get articles published or receive TV or radio interviews so I feel especially blessed by this particular invitation, most especially because I will be able to keep reaching more and more people with practical advice and techniques to ride the challenging wave we are all clinging onto. ( from matchboxes it seems at times!) I would much rather talk about my work and know I have brought practical help to people I would not have ordinarily met, than be in the spotlight myself. (unless it is to bring hope and belief.)

 

I will give my absolute best and my All … and I do talk an awful lot! I just LOVE what I do and making a difference.

So if you can tune in, it might be a good idea to keep a couple of paracetamol handy for afterwards !!

So see you on Gateway 97.8FM next Thursday !

 

AUTISM EYE 2022 Article

Yes Yes Yes !!! I,m really REALLY thrilled to be writing again for the best selling magazine Autism Eye. My article will be out early next year . I’ll keep you all posted!

I will be sharing some experiences about my story massage work with children and young adults with autism,ADHD,PDA and other neurodiversities. I shall also be talking about how my fabulous training with the wonderful Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper, co-founders of the Story Massage Programme has also deeply enriched my own massage work.

I shall be explaining the proven neuroscience behind therapeutic touch and story massage, particularly for our children with additional needs.

 

Autism Eye is a quarterly publication by award winning journalists who are also devoted parents to their son, Finn, who is autistic.Gillian Loughran and Mark Hayes are editors and writers with years of experience .

They established the publication after so many battles, spending thousands of pounds on essential therapies and educational interventions for Finn that neither the UK’s National Health Service , nor their local education authority would take responsibility for.

They fought epic battles through Special Needs Tribunals , all of which they won. They even went all the way to High Court to obtain the appropriate education for their son.

The Health Authority was totally ignorant about autism and refused to help.

 

Sound familiar ???

 

Autism Eye magazine provides in-depth, useful information for parents and professionals focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including Aspergers Syndrome/High functioning autism, PDA and ADHD .

With the burden often left entirely to parents who desperately need support, Autism Eye keeps everyone current with the latest research, that could have a positive impact on a child’s life.

It aims to change the scenario by keeping people informed about the best treatments for their child – and to help them avoid the worst.

 

It is also packed with information about fighting the education system and helping to get it changed.

They also provide an Education and Support Finder.

 

There is just so much that parents and professionals can do to improve the lives of autistic children and young adults.

I am SUPER proud and very honoured indeed to be a small part of that.

 

Please check out this top selling publication for yourselves if you are not already familiar with it.

https://www.autismeye.com

BBC RADIO SOMERSET BREAKFAST SHOW INTERVIEW 8th September 2021

SO HAPPY !!! My breakfast show interview with BBC Radio Somerset goes out Wednesday 8th September 2021 !!

I’ll be on from 7.45am !

A HUGE thank you to Jack and Clare for inviting me .

 

I’ll discuss my personal journey with autism and neurodiversity, fighting for my autistic son against seemingly impossible odds, setting up a business and writing a book,  all against a background of domestic abuse.

I’ll also be talking about my shortlisting as a role model for the National Diversity Awards 2021 out of a staggering 55,000 nominees ! ( I still can’t quite absorb it …..)

Hope you can tune in !!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0064zdb

Here is the link for anyone who missed it but who would like to catch up. This link will remain for 29 days.

Thank you for all your continued support! https://www.bb.co.uk/sounds/play/p09sng8g

 

SEN MAGAZINE ARTICLE Jan/Feb 2022

HUGELY honoured to be invited to write an article about my life’s journey, my autistic son, inventing and establishing a new job sharing tailored and refined therapies for children and young adults on the autism spectrum and with other neurodiversities for this highly respected and impactful magazine. I have longed to be in it for literally nine years !!  It is an absolute privilege.

 

I will be writing about setting up my business helping others whilst undergoing many dark years of domestic abuse, for which my ex husband served time, finding ways to help my son grow to his full potential in the meantime, doing everything I possibly could to fight for him and help him, whilst taking this work into schools, charities, specialist academies,teacher trainings and to people of all ages and abilities all over the world as well as getting a book deal to share my work on a global level. This along with my extensive public speaking record, most of which I have done for free just because I BELIEVE in our children, want to help raise awareness and bring true education to others. My life has happened for a reason.

 

I have also been invited to write about my shortlisting as a role model, out of 55,000 nominees, for the National Diversity Awards 2021. This part I still find incredible !

 

Never ever did I dream for one second that an ordinary woman like me , just using her life cards to build something positive ,would ever be living the life I live now. I just want to reach as many people as I can, to bring solutions, CHOICE, hope, empowerment and potential .

I am so full of gratitude.

 

My article in the Jan/Feb 2022 issue will be included under “Heath and Wellbeing and I will be discussing the enormous neuroscientific benefits of touch .

I couldn’t be prouder to be included !

SEN magazine has been a wealth of help and information to me both personally and professionally for YEARS so I am just SO excited to be actually featured in it.

Thank you to Denise Williams and Steve Muddiman ,Editor, for such a wonderful opportunity. I will do you proud, I promise.

 

The link to the article will be posted once it is published.

In the meantime for any of you who are not already very familiar with this highly respected and popular publication, please check out the powerful work SEN magazine does by clicking the link below .

 

http://SEN – home • SEN Magazinehttps://senmagazine.co.uk

NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARDS 2021 – SHORTLIST NOMINEE !!!!!!!!!!

Oh wow… I don’t know where to begin.

This whole week has been like walking through a dream. Nothing feels real …

Please, please don’t think I am boasting or showing off in any way because that’s not who I am . I’m just all about family and the beautiful, awesome kids and young adults I devote my life to.

For the first time in my entire adult life I feel seen and I’ve just cried bucket loads …it is such a strange and unbelievably gorgeous feeling.

I see so , SO much in others and do this work with all my heart and soul, just wanting to make a difference for children who have such difficulty in being seen, heard, having a value or belonging .

 

I’VE BEEN SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARDS 2021 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to all of you who voted for me and believe in that I do.

Thank you to all of you who have been milestones on my journey and to those of you who walked beside me when I jumped off that cliff with nothing but faith , terror , desperation, a bit of tenacity and £50 in my pocket.

My heart could burst with gratitude !

Thank you ALWAYS to Tess Eagle Swan for so kindly nominating me in the first place. Her own work with her incredible therapy dog, Kratu, is phenomenal , as is her amazing journey.

By nominating me, Tess has changed my life. My soul feels like it has somehow shifted. I have been invisible for  over two decades and she has changed that : I feel a little bit worthy – and worthwhile – for the first time.

Out of over 50,000 nominees ….how ?!?

I had to call the National Diversity Awards because I was so worried there had been a mistake and I didn’t want to post anything until I was absolutely sure.

All I hope is that this gives me a greater platform from which to fight for all these children.

I feel like a Mum to millions !!!

After my long, long and extraordinary journey, this feels beyond belief …

 

Click on the link below to see the shortlist, read about some truly inspirational people and to book tickets for the event which will be held at the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool on 4th February 2022.

https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/2021shortlist/

 

 

 

Article for EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS TODAY November 2021

Just overjoyed to be invited by magazine publisher Amy KD Tobik , an award winning magazine editor,with more than 30 years of publishing experience and Editor-In Chief of “Exceptional Needs Today,to write an article about the neurological power of touch for her November 2021 issue .

After successfully producing an autism magazine for more than six years, Amy branched out to create “Exceptional Needs Today”, a publication that supports families at no cost to them.

 

“Exceptional Needs Today” is an innovative magazine designed to support ALL individuals in the special needs community. The publication focuses on educating and energising (two of my absolute favourite words !!) families, caregivers, educators and professionals while preparing a healthy path for the future.

Topics covered are managing diagnoses, mobility and accessibility, personal rights, educational rights, occupational therapy, resources, schools and camps, transitioning into adulthood, job opportunities, financial planning, supporting families and carers and so much more .

 

My article is featured in Issue No 6 so please click on the link below to read it, as well as  all the other wealth of information and advice contained within this amazing issue.

https://exceptionalneedstoday.com/

AUTISM & US PODCAST June 2021

I was really delighted to have been invited for an interview with Maisie Moore of the  Autism & Us Podcast just before lockdown.

The episode is all about “Love and Hope” . I had no idea of the questions that Maisie would ask me –  which I absolutely love and prefer because it’s so much more natural and cosy !It’s the first interview I’ve ever had where I was asked about my own life from childhood onwards. So much was revealed to me during that discussion, perhaps because I spend so much of my time in the layers of so many other people’s lives ! My own neurodiversity was unpeeled whilst I recognised and acknowledged so much that has happened in my own rather extraordinary life. The roots of why I do my work and why I have such tremendous passion for it, such a diving force of absolute belief, became evident to me as Maisie asked her questions.

I also discussed my journey with my autistic son , from birth right up to today, which was quite tough and emotional but also incredibly uplifting as I recalled those chapters. I am even more full of admiration for my son than ever before ! I talked about his severe bullying, the continual fight, my unswerving belief and the incredible support of my other three children.

Some listeners may find parts of my interview upsetting or triggering as I also openly spoke about the domestic abuse we all as a family endured, the continual background of fear , manipulation, cruelty, neglect, abandonment and violence in a home that had also been filled with spyware and cameras.

It was completely gorgeous to chat with Maisie about the passionate work and advocacy I do now.

I realised as we chatted that it is almost as if I was born to do this work ; that my life cards, although hard at times , were all building blocks, steps on a pathway, chapters to be walked through and learned from , so that I could have the heart wisdom as well as the cognitive knowledge to help those who don’t have a voice today.

This is work I will never retire from, work I shall never stop doing until laws change, attitudes change and real education about neurodiversity happens.

I’ve got all the energy in the world !!!

Thank you Maisie for inviting me, for your amazing and insightful questions , and for all the wonderful work that you do.

You are one incredible lady and powerful advocate for autism .

Please click on the link below to hear the interview.

https://autismandus1.podbean.com/

ARTICLE for Dr Susanna Pinkus MPhil,Bed. (Hons) PhD (Cantab) June 2021

Really super chuffed to have been part of Dr Susanna Pinkus’ June 2021 published articles.

EMRACE YOUR DAILY D.O.S.E. is the title of my (very excitable article !) a proven neuroscientific piece about the power of touch, yoga, meditation and mindfulness and how we can literally take control over our own grey matter and neurological pathways, (neuroplasticity) .

 

I am absolutely passionate beyond ALL measure about this and seem to fill with more awe and wonder the more I learn about the body and brain !

I am addicted !!

I love sharing this knowledge and seeing the empowerment it immediately brings to all those with whom I work.

So it was a joy to me to share with someone as esteemed as Dr Pinkus.

We have followed each other’s work for years on LinkedIn, sharing a mutual huge respect, and having very similar approaches, so this has been a wonderful collaboration.

 

 

The Dr Susanna Pinkus’  articles ” span a wide range of topics, from how to navigate The Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) process, to how to build your online inclusion network, managing transitions …With top tips on how to enable inclusive practice, and more than a little help from colleagues, I hope that a sense of purpose and passion shine through. ”

 

To read the article please click on the link below.

http://drsusannapinkus.com

NOMINATION FOR THE NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARDS 2021 !!!

What an absolutely gorgeous and phenomenal surprise to wake up this morning to the incredible and overwhelming news that I had been nominated for a Positive Role Model award at the extremely prestigious National Diversity Awards !! I don’t think I’ll ever sleep again I’m so excited !! Wow Wow Wow ….I never dreamed that anything like this could ever happen to someone like me !

 

Some truly inspiring and motivational people have been nominated for various awards. It’s a very humbling and amazing read. Even if I do not win, I am just so honoured to have had my name alongside theirs. Every nominee is a winner to me . What remarkable journeys and people ! I want to vote for them all !

 

I cannot believe that my work, message and journey have been given such value and such recognition.

I am utterly blown away and just so full of gratitude.

For so many years 18 or 19 hour days have become the norm , so much of it unpaid, as I continually campaign and fight for  all the hundreds and thousands of young people just like my own autistic son. His journey birthed this work and my destiny as I grew to realise that so,so many children were suffering and being surrounded by a total poverty of expectation, just as he was.  I would go to the ends of the Earth ( and have done at times!) for them and I will do this work until the end of my life . These incredible voices need to be heard. These neurodiverse children have so much to teach us and so much to contribute to our changing world.

 

If you think that what I do is of value and you would like to vote for me, I would be endlessly thankful ! Let’s hear it for the kids !!! And if I win then I will have a bigger platform fro which to get these hugely valid and important voices heard. Neurodiverse children become neurodiverse adults .. and they have SO MUCH potential !

So please vote for me and spread the word.

Thank you !!

 

Please click on the link below to vote in this year’s National Diversity Awards 2021

https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominations-home/