We're all wondering what to do with ourselves while the world's bigwigs come to South Wales to discuss the important matters in life such as 'Why have Twix bars gone so small?'. We've put together a list of things to do with the kids while the summit takes place.
Why not head to the Celtic Manor Resort, home of the 2010 Ryder Cup for a round….oh. Sorry.
They’re shut? Where are we supposed to take them? Do you know what? Bollocks to you. We’re going home. What? We can’t get out of Cardiff due to the traffic? Sigh.
Cardiff’s famous castle stands proudly…what? Ah shit. Sorry.
Bute Park, with its beautiful ornate gardens…what? We can’t stay here either?
Cardiff’s famous…what now? Why not? They're coming here as well? Jeez. Where are we supposed to go for a day out?
Cardiff’s cosmopolitan credentials has taken…Oh for fock’s sake. What’s this big focking fence doing here?
‘Can’t go there mate. It’s out of bounds.’ Yeah, yeah, we get the picture.
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We have plans to start the new year afresh, to change something about ourselves or our lives? Why do we fail to follow through on our New Year Resolutions? Here are some ideas for achievable goals that you might like. Most resolutions fail because people fail to put in place an action plan to achieve their goals! Make a list and use that as a reminder (daily) that these are the important things that you need to do to achieve your resolutions! I hope you enjoy these New Year Resolutions Ideas!
1. Common Characteristics/Symptoms 1. Social interactions and relationships. 1. Significant problems developing nonverbal communication skills, such as eye-to-eye gazing, facial expressions, and body posture. 2. Failure to establish friendships with children the same age. 3. Lack of interest in sharing enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people. 4. Lack of empathy. People with autism may have difficulty understanding another person's feelings, such as pain or sorrow. 2. Verbal and nonverbal communication 1. Delay in, or lack of, learning to talk. As many as 40% of people with autism never speak.1 2. Problems taking steps to start a conversation. Also, people with autism have difficulties continuing a conversation after it has begun. 3. Stereotyped and repetitive use of language. People with autism often repeat over and over a phrase they have heard previously (echolalia). 4. Difficulty understanding their listener's perspective. For example, a person with autism may not understand that someone is using humor. They may interpret the communication word for word and fail to catch the implied meaning. 3. Limited interests in activities or play. 1. An unusual focus on pieces. Younger children with autism often focus on parts of toys, such as the wheels on a car, rather than playing with the entire toy. 2. Preoccupation with certain topics. For example, older children and adults may be fascinated by video games, trading cards, or license plates. 3. A need for sameness and routines. For example, a child with autism may always need to eat bread before salad and insist on driving the same route every day to school. 4. Stereotyped behaviors. These may include body rocking and hand flapping. Source: http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/autism-symptoms 2. Evidence-based instructional strategies 1. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) 2. Additional Teaching Methods Often Used with Students with Autism 1. 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When they use AAC, it will take longer to make a message, so they will need their partners to be patient, etc. (Note: If your school does not have access to these items, check with local OT/PT therapy centers or family support centers for resource assistance) 4. Film Festival: Set up a series of YouTube videos in the library, play “Autism the Musical” during lunch periods or choose a full-length film about autism. (See Internet Resource Guide) 5. Recess Resources: Gather a group of students at recess to explore ways to make recess games more inclusive. Create materials to illustrate new ideas. 6. Sign Language Club: Create a lunch group to explore ASL (American Sign Language). Students can learn and practice signs. source: http://media.autismspeaks.org/liub/LIUB+Educational+Toolkit.pdf
We love toys that keep on giving. You know, toys that the kids are excited to play with for more than 3 minutes after they open them? We're sure you do too, which is why we put together this gift guide comprised of toys that our sons (and daughters) have either previously played with or are asking for from Santa this year.
Obama and other world leaders come to South Wales in September as part of the NATO Summit. But here are 10 things that he needs to know before he touches down on Welsh soil.
## Self-Renewal is one of those things most of us rarely think about and often we mistake doing nothing with reaching the goal. But self-renewal is not a passive thing, no self-renewal is the result of an active intention. There are many paths or practices you can undertake for self-renewal such as mindfulness practice, regular exercise and writing but my favorite is spending time in nature. There is something about wandering in nature that refreshes and invigorates like nothing else we can do and that's why the videos below are all centered on nature. Let yourself wander through the wonders of nature with these videos. Invite the whole management team to power-up their creative and innovative sides by getting out in nature. And please give a thumbs-up if you like some of them. I've added a few Zen Koans as well as writings to go along with each video.