During Lockdown, the dynamic and innovative founder of Project Aspie , Graeme Croton, kindly invited me to attend via Zoom, some of his Open Space Initiative sessions which are National Lottery Community and Government funded .
They run every Wednesday evening from 7pm – 8pm and are literally an open space for autistic people of all ages , abilities and backgrounds to come together and discuss their challenges, the negatives, the positives as well as advice and support during lockdown and now transitioning into whatever our new “normal” will be. They are particularly crucial during this time of adapting to change, being resilient and focusing on our mental health.
The groups are open, welcoming and friendly.
I couldn’t recommend this more !!
I’ve learned as well as shared so much. It’s been a brilliant idea and so needed !
And it’s all free of charge so that anyone can access it regardless of financial circumstances.
Coming very soon I shall be offering free ten minute “bite size workshops” on various therapies for these Open Space Initiative Sessions. I am SO looking forward to it !!!! And thrilled to have been asked. These sessions have been so helpful to people and actually helped enormously to get them through these strange times so it’s a genuine, heartfelt honour to be invited to be a part of it.
Thank you Graeme !
Please click below to register for the sessions and to find out more about Project Aspie or simply call 0121 312 0587
Currently the Open Space Initiative are having ten minute bite sized workshops in CBT so don’t miss out !
Watch this space to find out when I will be delivering my own workshops !
It was with enormous gratitude and joy that I shared three two hour workshops on massage for autism and ADHD along with the neuroscientific proven research to the Indian Head Massage Community on 6th February, 16th February and 6th March 2021.
As a specialist member of the Panel, it was just so gorgeous to share some tips, techniques and the incredible powers of neuroplasticity as we begin to emerge out of Lockdown. I do get so carried away and we had enormous fun whilst learning and sharing some really important knowledge. We need this work out there more than ever before as mental health hits global crisis levels, not just for the neurodiverse but for the neurotypical too.
A big, warm thank you to Mary Atkinson, Co-Founder of the UK Indian Head Massage Community for so kindly facilitating this.
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 .
It is with IMMENSE joy that I am sharing with you the news that I have been invited by Jyoti Jo Manuel, founder of Special Yoga, to give a webinar on Saturday 7th November 2020 from 2-5pm. This will be a part of the Special Yoga for Special Children Level Two training. I’ll be in my element !! Thank you Jyoti . I love working alongside therapists , teachers and practitioners who inspire and help drive me. It always feels SO good to reach that many more people together !
Indian Head Massage For Special Needs.
In this module we welcome Giuliana to share Indian Head Massage practices that she has used successfully for many years and she has especially adapted them for autism, ADHD ,other different abilities as well as mental health. The module will involve practices that you will learn on yourself to share on. The time together will be interwoven with Giuliana’s inspiring story of her son. ”
Link to follow shortly …
What an immense joy to be invited along to the UK Indian Head Massage Community annual seminar on Saturday 17th October 2020 to be held at the Grand Studio in Brighton at the Purple Turtle Academy. Book before 31st March to receive a 20% early bird discount.
As one of four specialists on the panel for the Indian Head Massage Community UK team, I have been asked to be there on the day along with Mary Atkinson and Amy Taylor,the founders, and Bridget Prusik the other specialist team member.We are all so excited to help,learn and share with everyone as much as possible. It is always the most incredible and valuable day so I am very much looking forward looking forward to meeting both old and new faces.
On Friday 24th May 2019 I shall be running trainings for therapists, other professionals/staff members and parents for Brainwave Charity . This charity helps children and young adults with disabilities/different abilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence through improving mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies.
The Brainwave Programme aims to develop the maximum potential of each child by taking an integrated approach to their physical and cognitive development an by aiming to enhance each child’s emotional and social intelligence/skills. One of the key successes of Brainwave is their ability to recognise the impact a child with additional needs has on their family and empowering them to deliver therapy to their child at home. Therapists are all trained in exercises, techniques and therapies to fit around the child’s day and are intended to facilitate developmental progress and improve function.
Brainwave Charity see children from all over the country in their centres and work with therapists who are drawn from the mainstream fields of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and educational therapy. They work with the child and their family to devise a unique programme specifically designed to meet the child’s needs and encourage them to unlock their full potential.
This a charity straight after my own heart and I cannot put into words how thrilled I am to have been invited to share my trainings with them for a whole day and add my therapy to what they can offer these special children and their families. I literally cannot wait !
It is truly an honour and joy to invited back once again to Brussels by Dr.Ed. Joanne Norris of ADHD,ASC & LD BELGIUM to give advanced trainings and talks over the weekend of 17th-18th November 2018.
I have absolutely loved delivering various conference talks and training programmes for this non- profit organisation in the past few years . Those involved work tirelessly to bring so many resources , trainings and evidence-based information to English speaking families affected by ADHD, the autism spectrum , dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia so that the children and young adults with these different abilities can have the opportunity to achieve their full potential at school and be productive and included adults with full and balanced lives. They also work extremely hard to reduce the stigma surrounding these special abilities and conditions and to enable these children to be heard and understood ….. people absolutely after my own heart !!!
I have met some incredible and dedicated parents, teachers, therapists ,speakers and other professionals, so many of whom have touched, inspired and added to my life and work each time I have been invited. I truly cannot wait to be back there .
Details to be confirmed so watch this space ….
I am so happy to share that I have been invited back to Belfast to run further trainings and talks in November 2018 for teachers, LSA’s , therapists and other professionals who work with special/ additional needs and abilities as well as those working or living with mental health issues, challenges and addictions. Families and carers of those with additional or special abilities/needs are warmly welcome also. Details and dates to follow as soon as I have confirmed them ………
Courses: *Level One Massage for Special Needs two day course
* Level Two Advanced Functional Massage one day course
It is truly such an honour to be invited back again as a guest speaker on the panel at the Indian Head Massage Community Seminar, to be hosted at the Purple Turtle Academy in Brighton on Saturday 19th October 2019 from 9.45 am until 4.45 pm. I feel overjoyed and absolutely honoured to be invited back again. These events are always so valuable and informative with like-minded people who are passionate about what they do. It is always such a joy to work alongside Mary Atkinson and Amy Taylor.For more details or to book a place, please click here.
I am absolutely full of joy and energy and feel so immensely privileged to have been invited to run training days for Special Yoga Limited, a truly wonderful and inspirational organisation who take their work with special children worldwide.
Jyoti Jo Manuel, the founder, trained with me earlier this year and I shall be training under her to further my own work with special children in October by her kind invitation. Our approach and support of these incredibly special children is so similar and so complimentary.
I shall be running the training day from the Heart Centre in Bournemouth, Dorset on Friday 31st August 2018 – with a later day in the planning stages for London due to high demand! For more information or to book your ticket, please visit the Special Yoga website.
I shall also be giving a talk and trainings on 1st-3rd February 2019 in Wiltshire as part of a four consecutive weekend retreat programme organised by Special Yoga for their Special Yoga level 2 train the teacher programme – more details to follow…
On 2-3 May 2019 I shall be training members of the Special Yoga Team in Reiki Level One which will be such a joy. As a beautiful and deeply beneficial therapy that can be administered hands-on or hands-off, this is so non-invasive but powerfully calming, stimulating all our coping and happy hormones. It is completely safe and immensely nurturing.
On 6 September 2019 I shall be once again offering a CPD training day in Indian head massage for children with autism and other special needs/abilities.
Do check out the valuable and incredible work they do at SpecialYoga.org.uk.
“I love Giuliana and her amazing work. So happy to have her beautiful teachings and presence again. For yoga therapists, teachers and alternative therapists working with autistic kids, this day will give you some really useful tools and info.” – Jo Manuel, Founder.