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      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   06/04/2017

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  1. Inference and deduction

    Thanks for the responses, they were very helpful.
  2. Inference and deduction

    Hi I feel like I haven't been on here forever. I had a long conversation with my son's SALT today, and she made me realise that one of the main difficulties he has is around inference and deduction. For example in a piece of text he reads that a boy is pulling on mittens and a bobble hat, and picking up a shovel to go outside. Q: what season is it? What is he about to do? To some extent I can see the same problem in social situations where he doesn't understand what someone is getting at, but doesn't have the confidence to ask for an explanation, or to guess and get something 'wrong'. Does anyone have any strategies that they can share, or books that they can recommend please? Thanks
  3. article about scan to diagnose

    No need to apologise for highjacking the thread. I have found both your comments interesting. There was a second Comment is Free article on the subject by Sally Bercow. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/20...only-first-step I have to say, I only skim read what she said, and got quite caught up in the readers comments at the bottom. I then had to look up who she was (politico) as I had no idea. I found it hard to unpick what she was saying as a concerned parent, and what was political posturing.
  4. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/20...and-with-autism I thought this was interesting.
  5. My son had a pair of track suit bottoms that he wore whenever he wasn't in school uniform. Not only were they tatty beyond reason, but they were about 4" too short. His sister refused to walk down the street with him wearing them. So one day (I threw them away and told him I couldn't find them). I think his problem is not having the dexterity to do the button up on jeans as they tend to be stiff.
  6. I have found Primark to be good for those as my son has the same problem. So I tend to buy armloads at a time so that he has a few. I've also bought a few pairs on sale in Tesco recently.
  7. Link to US video

    http://www.snotr.com/video/4667 What do people think of this? It was posted on another forum that I belong to and I can't get my head round it, so need some input from you. Thanks
  8. Budget how will it effect DLA?

    The introduction of a medical assessment does worry me, as to me that sounds like it is just addressing physical disabilities. In my experience of getting my son diagnosed, very few medics understood what autism meant in practice.
  9. Autistic Superstars

    I've only just watched it, as I'd intended to avoid it on the basis that I might find it all too cloying. Actually it was great, and I thought all the young people shown did themselves proud. I hope that they got something positive out of it.
  10. autism disco and me

    Sorry - missed it due to the other big thing that happened last night on TV. Hopefully I'll catch one of the repeats. I so hope you can ride the crest of the wave and use the coverage to get him a grant or some form of funding for a place at dance school.
  11. Nasty people

    The milk of humanity, eh? At least the bus driver showed some compassion.
  12. Hi as well as bursaries, there are charities that given grants for supporting children in private schools, for various reasons, including disability. I'm sure if you contacted the place that you are talking about they could supply you with the list.
  13. Cool - he was great, we were rooting for him in our house. Something like the cost of ballet school would never have occurred to me to have been so prohibative. I hope he can pursue his dream.
  14. Welcome to the forum. Was it your son that was in the Sky TV dance competition?
  15. The autistic me: one year on

    Try the first link I posted: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00s5...Me_One_Year_On/