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Alex Completes 60 Mile Trek

Alex and Ezra at Mwnt Beach We would like to say a huge well done to Alex Elsaesser who recently walked through the night to complete a 60 mile trek along the Ceredigion Coastal path. Alex said: "In the end it took us 29 hours walking to finish the 60 miles. Walking on the cliffs through the night was mental.  The group that organised the ...
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Anne and Brian Make Fantastic Donation

Mrs Pearce hands her cheque over to Laura MacDonald The story of one little boy inspired Anne Pearce and her husband Brian to donate an incredible £5,000 to Cerebra! Anne first heard about Cerebra from one of our Ambassadors, Nicola Tilson. Nicola has received support from our Sleep Practitioner Laura MacDonald for her son Alfie. Nicola said: "Alfie had been diagnosed with a complicated medical ...
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Massage Helps Improve Bedtime Routine

Our Sleep Practitioner Pattie Everitt was recently able to help Freddie and his mum Abbie build a better bed time routine, improving the quality of family life for everyone. Freddie had problems with night waking from around 9 months old.  He was not crying or upset but tended to talk to himself, shout and make loud noises. His mum, Abbie, got in contact with us ...
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Samuel and Angel Bake Some Sweet Treats to Raise Funds

Samuel, Angel and Jacky On Saturday 1st July 2017, Samuel Turner and his friend Angel raised £50 for Cerebra at a fete at Treetops, a specialist school in Essex. They made some delicious cakes to sell at the fete and even made a very special Cerebra cake which was of course Samuel's favourite! Cerebra Cake Samuel said: "In my heartfelt experience, it's never a matter ...
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Night Waking and Building a Better Bedtime Routine

James James' family were struggling with his bedtime routine and night waking. Our Sleep Practitioners, Pattie Everitt explains what sleep and advice she was able to give to help them tackle the problem. Seven year old James has ASD and had great difficulty settling to sleep. He needed a parent with him until he fell asleep. He also woke in the night, went to his ...
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Alex Braves Coastal Path Trek

Alex, Jess and Ezra training on the Coastal path Never one to shy away from a challenge, 71 year old Alex Elsaesser is preparing to tackle his biggest one yet - walking the entire 60 mile stretch of the Ceredigion Coastal path, all in 24 hours. Alex has worked for Cerebra for 16 years and this isn't the first time that Alex has taken part ...
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Life online for young people with SEN

Dawn Cavanagh Dawn Cavanagh, whose teenage son has autism, considers the benefits and challenges of life online for young people with special educational needs (SEN) and discusses ways to teach young people with SEN to navigate the internet safely, while making the most of what the internet has to offer. Like it or not we are living in a digital age. Today, you can get ...
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New books in our library

In recent months the library has had less money to buy new books and it's been hard to choose which books to buy out of all the new publications and suggestions from library members. Here are our most recent new books. We've chosen ones on subjects we are asked for most frequently and we’ve received a few donated books too. Books L6700 Successful Social Stories ...
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Sleep Seminar Gives Advice on Aromatherapy, Mindfulness and Massage

We recently held a Sleep Seminar in Leeds at the Mencap Centre. The theme of the day was supporting sleep through mindfulness, aromatherapy and massage. Alongside a presentation from our own Sleep Practitioners was Lois Skilleter, from Earthereal of Yorkshire therapies. Lois gave a great presentation on each topic and everyone eagerly took part in the practical demonstrations of either hand massage or head, neck ...
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Brody, Me and Global Development Delay

Brody Laura is mother to 5 year old Brody who, despite having lots of health issues, has no definitive diagnosis. Laura writes about their journey as a family in her blog Brody, Me and GDD. In this blog post, Laura explains their journey as a family. "Our beautiful Brody entered the world just over 5 years ago. He passed all of his newborn tests and ...
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