We know that loneliness is a feeling, and can be seen as a state of mind. It seems simple and uncomplicated enough to deal with when thought of in such a way, but the effects of loneliness can be very complex and devastating. It can be complex and severe enough that people who suffer through loneliness can become jaded, and resort to cynicism to get by. This can cause a withdrawal when a withdrawal is the last thing to do when trying to deal with loneliness. Read more
The holidays and new year are an exciting time usually filled with fun and laughter. It is a great time to include your special needs child in the festivities so they can enjoy themselves during this period. While the holidays are a festive period, not everyone is happy, with many people even falling into loneliness and depression.
The holidays are fast approaching, and people are scrambling to make sure they can finish their work or tasks before the end of the year. For many people, this will be a combination of trying to buy gifts for their friends and relatives, as well as trying to ensure they clear their work so they can take a short break before as the year draws to an end. This is a time for family, friends, get-togethers, and holiday cheers. Read more
If you have ever tried to help loved ones experiencing prolonged, acute stress or someone trying to deal with a past traumatic experience, you may have noticed and realised that talking to them doesn’t seem to yield much success. These issues can so deeply affect people that verbalising them may be so difficult that it no longer becomes an option.
Children experiencing trauma are particularly vulnerable as they do not have the means to understand what is happening, how to process the trauma, and their ability to vocalise and communicate their trauma may be limited or non-existent. They are too young to have developed the coping mechanisms to deal with their trauma or stress. Read more
It may be common to accept that children have poor handwriting, and not many would see any real issue with this. It could very well be that the child simply is a little sloppy, especially if it is still eligible. Many adults are also sloppy writers. However, parents and educators may sometimes have a cause for concern when their children have sloppy writing.
Self-reflection is something that is important to all of us as it allows us a window into our own thoughts, actions, and intentions. It is necessary for our personal growth and development. Otherwise we would end up thinking, saying, and repeating actions that ultimately may not benefit us or those we care about. Read more
Stimming is a self-stimulating behaviour that involves repetitive movements, sounds, or words. An example of stimming is when someone flaps their hands and arms repetitively. This is most often associated with an action that autistic children perform. This can sometimes be accompanied by a repetitive sound. Read more
People often think that it is strangers that are more likely to treat us badly, or be aggressive or dangerous to us; but the reality is, it is the people we know that are hurting us, and that we are hurting in return. Throughout the course of our lives we end up hurting those closest to us. These are the people we love and care about, yet we end up hurting them, and we can’t always come to grips with that. Read more