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Willow-Tree

Aspergers Presentation/Talk To Help Parents etc.

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I did a presentation at an Aspergers group this weekend. Here is a video of a portion of the presentation, and a bit from the question and answer at the end:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZtoXj7onDo&feature=c4-overview&list=UU2OdMVzzL6SaOKyP0dTcllQ

The whole talk has been split up into articles which I have added to my site here, if you want to see them:

http://www.willowhop...d-the-aspergers

http://www.willowhop...rs-relationship

http://www.willowhop...pport-in-school

Thanks :)

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Why did you edit this? I'm offering to help by doing talks, because this one I did, the people who attended were very grateful for me going down and doing it? That's what this section of the forum is for, no? 'An area for people touched by ASD's, to exchange ideas, offer help etc'

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The only thing that was taken out was the part where you advertised your chargeable services/business. Your videos are still there so people can see what a great job you did.

 

You've been a member here for a long time so you know that businesses aren't allowed to advertise on here if they are advertising chargeable services or goods.

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The only thing that was taken out was the part where you advertised your chargeable services/business. Your videos are still there so people can see what a great job you did.

 

You've been a member here for a long time so you know that businesses aren't allowed to advertise on here if they are advertising chargeable services or goods.

Okay, but the offer to do a presentation at local groups was taken out completely, you could have just taken out the link, not the whole sentence - my offer to do a talk at local groups still stands. It's not like it's a random business anyway, all I'm doing is trying to help, I can't go to the ends of the country out of my own pocket because I just don't have the money to do that, so yes I would need to be paid some expenses. Everything I do is to help, but I can't end up out of pocket by hundreds of pounds.

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The parents who attended this presentation gave me great feedback and said that it was really useful for them, so if anyone is part of organizing or attends an Aspergers group and you would like me (and Chris) to do a similar thing just shoot me a PM :)

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It doesn't matter if it's a random business or someone who has been a long time member of the forum - same thing has to apply to everyone.

 

It's not a criticism of what you are doing - people can still go to your site, watch your videos and indeed PM you.

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