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Uniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism

Uniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism by Dr Barry M Prizant ISBN 9780285643338 £20.00 We all have different coping strategies. Think about the behaviours associated with autism? Hand flapping, spinning, rocking, a restricted range of interests. A lot of current thinking aims to eliminate these behaviours. But what if they are strategies to cope, to adapt and to communicate your emotions? What if ...
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Sleep and Head Banging

Head banging is just one of the issues that our Sleep Practitioners can help families with. It's a difficult behaviour to eradicate because it generally happens while the child is sleeping. Often it's only possible to manage the behaviour rather than being able to remove it entirely. Often it's the noise that the child makes while head banging that's the problem, especially for the rest of ...
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Teenage Sleep

Back in 2015, Sarah Coldrey, our Sleep Practitioner in the South West met with the Hunter family from Brixham. The Hunters have three children and their eldest son, who has ADHD was having sleep issues. The fifteen year old wasn’t falling asleep until 5am most days and was missing a lot of school. She recommended a technique called Chronotherapy which involves altering bedtimes each night. ...
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Sleep Forum Addresses Sensory Difficulties

On the 10th November, Sleep Practitioner Claire Varey held a sleep forum at Burton Street Foundation, Sheffield. Claire, who is Cerebra's Sleep Practitioner for the North, addressed the issues of settling, night waking, early rising and difficulty sleeping alone. There was also opportunity to look at ways to structure an effective bed time routine which can help to tackle some of the issues which are ...
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Disabled Facilities Grants Project

The school of law team at the University of Leeds Joseph is one of the students working on our Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Project at the University of Leeds. In this article, Joseph tells us more about the students’ Disabled Facilities Grants project. William (not his real name) is 14 years old and has autism. He’s a big, tall lad, who is much loved ...
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Magical Christmas at Covent Garden

On 22nd December, we held our ‘Christmas at Covent Garden’ concert at St Paul's Church in London. Guests were treated to stunning performances from Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers and the Angelicus Chorale who comprised of Hannah Seward (soprano), Lauren Williams (soprano), John Hywel Williams (conductor), Huw Tregelles Williams (organ), Jane Jewell (piano), Gareth Hamlin (percussion), Jeremy Hywel (voice of Christmas). We raised ...
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Rocket shelves

Becca’s fab rocket design!

Becca Becca Davies recently joined our Innovation Centre team for a month long internship. Becca wanted to gain some design experience before going on to study 3D design at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. We gave Becca the task of developing our medical device holder. Using recently received family feedback, she went on to create this fun but functional rocket shelving unit to hold ...
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Poppy’s Dream Comes True

Go Poppy! On 24th June Poppy’s dream finally came true – she completed the Cardiff triathlon in style! The weather conditions were perfect on the day, dry but not too hot. We met an excited Poppy and her mum and dad before the start. Poppy was really looking forward to the whole experience and couldn’t believe that the day had finally come. Her dad, Rob, ...
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baby ultrasound for research at Cerebra into brain conditions.

Dr Eduard Gratacós – Why health starts before birth

Dr Gratacos Our research team at the University of Barcelona looks at identifying deviations in foetal brain development as early as possible to help prevent and/or minimise childhood disability. Dr Eduard Gratacós explains his journey into research and why he believes that health starts before birth: "I was trained in Obstetrics & Gynecology in the early 1990s. Soon after starting my medical residency, I found ...
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Chris Oliver – My Journey into Research: the Boy at the Pillar

Professor Chris Oliver explains his journey into research as well as the pioneering work of the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. "In 1981 I was training to be a clinical psychologist at the University of Edinburgh when the seminal documentary “Silent Minority” was aired on ATV. The content was a damning portrayal of abuse and inadequate service provision for children and adults with intellectual disability ...
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