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Exploring All The Possibilities With Mike Sweeney Jan 21, 2019- Podcast Episode 52. Rather than waiting until we have to act the better option is to start exploring what is already out there and start actively working towards creating solutions. This is exactly what this week's podcast guest Mike Sweeney is doing. Mike talks about the various projects that… Continue reading… The Support Group Experience Jan 7, 2019- Podcast Episode 51. At some point in all of our journeys, we need support. Some of us find it in family and friends, others look to support groups. In this week's podcast, Elaine Kelly, who runs a support group, talks about how support groups can help when maybe others around… Continue reading… 50th Episode Celebration Dec 17, 2018- This is a celebration episode, celebrating reaching 50 episodes, celebrating all the amazing guests who have been on the podcast and are out there changing the lives of young people and helping ensure that they will have the kind of independent lives they want. In this episode, rather than… Continue reading… Carving Job Opportunities at Pure Innovations Nov 26, 2018- Podcast Episode 49. Job carving can help create sustainable employment opportunities according to this week’s podcast guest Neil Willows from Pure Innovations Neil is the Assistant Internship Contract Manager at Pure Innovations which is based in Manchester in the UK. His role is focused on using supported internships to help… Continue reading… Tennis As Therapy With Love Serving Autism Nov 12, 2018- Podcast Episode 48. Tennis, because of its repetitive nature, is an excellent therapeutic tool which can develop not only physical skills but also builds language and social skills, according to this week’s podcast guest Lisa Pugliese, from Love Serving Autism. Lisa is the founder and CEO of Lover Serving Autism… Continue reading… Be The Light Oct 29, 2018- Podcast Episode 47. The job of a parent is to be there whatever and whenever for your child – those are the rules! That certainly applies to Claire Sutton, this week’s podcast guest. Claire shares her truly inspiring, but sometimes heart-breaking, story. Her daughter Jade, who is now 14… Continue reading… Invictus Enterprises: Building The Steps Into Work Oct 15, 2018- Podcast Episode 46. What happens to young people with additional needs when they finish full-time education? How will they find employment? How will they cope on their own throughout adulthood? One organization helping to provide some of the answers to these questions is Invictus Enterprises based in New York.… Continue reading… Team Domenica – Supporting Success In The Workplace Oct 1, 2018- Podcast Episode 45. Successful sustainable employment opportunities for young people with additional needs comes when support is provided for not just the young person but also for their employer too.This is the message in this week’s podcast with Lisa Campbell-Squires from Team Domenica. Team Domenica is a social enterprise… Continue reading… Using Storytelling To Build Self Worth Sep 17, 2018- Podcast Episode 44. To truly learn, it has to be caught rather than taught is the mantra of this week’s podcast with Diane King, author, and special needs teacher. One way to do this and at the same time develop childrens’ self-worth is through storytelling and creativity. We start… Continue reading… Yes She Can Inc. Sep 3, 2018- Podcast Episode 43. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right,” according to Henry Ford: this week's podcast guest Marjorie Madfis clearly believes this to be true. With Yes She Can Inc., Marjorie has not only created employment opportunities for her own daughter, but she… Continue reading… Wake Up To Sleep Aug 20, 2018- Podcast Episode 42. Do you need more sleep because your child needs more sleep? Maybe this weeks guest can help.Vicki Dawson is the CEO of The Children's Sleep Charity and helped write the Children and Young People’s Sleep Manifesto presented to the UK government, which argued among other things… Continue reading… Living With Dyspraxia Aug 6, 2018- Podcast Episode 41. What is Dyspraxia? If you don’t know or if you do and want to know more this week’s podcast is for you. My guest, Christine Draper has written a book called My Friend Josh has Dyspraxia to help more people understand dyspraxia and, more importantly, help more… Continue reading… The Shed – Providing A Space For Change Jul 23, 2018- Podcast Episode 40. Everyone needs a Shed – a place to go, to be. But this Shed is much more than that,it is a space for people with additional needs to build independence and work skills and engage with their local community. On this week’s Podcast we hear from Clive… Continue reading… Project Search At The Marriott Jul 9, 2018- Podcast Episode 39. Work is central to most of our lives. It not only provides a purpose to our day but also makes us feel an integral part of the society we live in. In this week’s podcast we hear about the Project Search program, being run at the… Continue reading… Stepping Back – Part 2 Jun 25, 2018- Podcast Episode 38. Friendships and purpose are two of the most important things to have in our lives. For young people with additional needs finding these can sometimes be a challenge. In part 2 of Stepping back Milla Johnson, an Occupational Therapist, and Lisa Campbell, a Speech and Language… Continue reading… Stepping Back – Part 1 Jun 11, 2018- Podcast Episode 37. The challenge of stepping back and letting our children take risks and make mistakes is never easy. How to deal with this challenge is the theme of this week’s podcast where I speak to Lisa Campbell, a Speech and Language Therapist, and Milla Johnson, an Occupational Therapist.… Continue reading… Planning Ahead May 28, 2018- Podcast Episode 36. Planning ahead helps us reach our goals, and although we can’t prepare for everything, a plan gives us a general direction to travel and can even help us identify a final destination. In this week’s episode, we hear from Laura who has helped her son Jonathon plan… Continue reading… Enterprising Ideas At Acceptable Enterprises May 14, 2018- Podcast Episode 35. A social enterprise must first achieve success as an enterprise before they can deliver on any of their social objectives, that is the message from this week's podcast guest David Hunter. David is the CEO of Acceptable Enterprises Ltd (AEL) who are based in Larne, Northern Ireland… Continue reading… Letting Go Apr 30, 2018- Podcast Episode 34. The term 'letting go' means different things to different people. Sometimes as parents we have to let go of our own expectations of what our children's lives will look like.This was the case for this week's guest Fiona who found that once she let go of her… Continue reading… Providing Opportunity Not Charity Apr 16, 2018- Podcast Episode 33. One day soon people with additional needs will be valued as contributors to society and not just as passive recipients of social care, that is the vision that Matt and Steve from bemix (formerly Skillnet Group) share in this episode. bemix support people with additional needs… Continue reading… Having A Sense Of Control Apr 2, 2018- Podcast Episode 32. The best way to boost the self-esteem of our children is to let them have their say, give them a voice and help them to feel a sense of control, according to Soli Lazarus this week's podcast guest. Soli has a son with ADHD and so knows… Continue reading… Friendships Matter Mar 19, 2018- Podcast Episode 31. "We all want friends, a misconception about people on the spectrum is that they don't want friends"Jamie Wheeler tells us in this week's podcast. Jamie runs Austen's Autistic Adventures, based in Richardson, Texas, a social group where people over the age of 18 can meet friends… Continue reading… It’s All About The Beer @ Ignition Brewery Mar 5, 2018- Podcast Episode 30. It is possible to create a viable business while employing people with additional needs and this week’s podcast guest proves that. Nick O'Shea is the founder of Ignition Brewery in London, a successful business employing people with additional needs. At Ignition Brewery it's all about the beer… Continue reading… Seeing Clearly With Antonia Chitty Feb 19, 2018- Podcast Episode 29. Being able to see properly can really transform a child's life according to Antonia Chitty. As a qualified optometrist and author Antonia is passionate about getting all children’s sight checked. She explains that many parents feel daunted at the prospect of taking their child with additional needs for… Continue reading… Finding A Common Language Jan 15, 2018- Podcast Episode 28. Being listened to and being understood are important to us all, but this can be difficult when you struggle to find a common language. Language is the way we communicate and if you can’t communicate with others the impact can be devastating. This week I talk with… Continue reading… The L’Arche Community Dec 4, 2017- Podcast Episode 27. Feeling like you belong to a community and being accepted for who you are is important to all of us. This week we talk to James Cuming, Community Leader, at L’Arche Kent who explains how L’Arche provides both of these for people all over the world, some… Continue reading… Kiwi – A Step Dad’s Story Nov 13, 2017- Podcast Episode 26. Being a step parent brings with it some unique challenges. In this episode, Rob Step Dad to two boys one, Thomas, who has autism and ADHD, talks about his experiences as a stepdad. The first challenge for many is what to be called. Sometimes Mum or Dad… Continue reading… Keep Calm Be Prepared Oct 30, 2017- Podcast Episode 25. When faced with a storm the key is to stay calm and get prepared for whatever it might bring. Sometimes dealing with the system and fighting for your child with additional needs is like sailing into a storm. This week Caroline, in part 2 of her interview,… Continue reading… Making Sense Of It All Oct 23, 2017- Podcast Episode 24. Most of us go through our day unaware of how our brain is continuously filtering everything our senses are picking up. This filtering means we are only left with the information we really need and we don’t get sensory overload. This week we talk to Caroline who… Continue reading… Shared Lives Oct 9, 2017- Podcast Episode 23. Independence can be reached in many ways. Shared Lives in the UK offers one approach to help people with additional needs develop independence focused skills based on a holistic approach. This week we talk to Karen from Shared Lives who explains how this innovative program works Shared… Continue reading… The Able Label Sep 18, 2017- Podcast Episode 22.There’s a solution out there for every challenge, including finding clothing designed to make getting dressed easier. This week we talk to Katie Ellis, from The Able Label, a UK based clothing manufacturer. The company was originally started to help Katie’s grandmother, who had Parkinson’s, find clothes that… Continue reading… Hang in There Sep 11, 2017- Podcast Episode 21.Not giving up, hanging in there – is the theme of this week’s podcast interview with Carmelina. She shares her journey with her son Dominic with us. Sometimes picking your battles is the key, as small things become your focus when you need to be looking at the… Continue reading… Realising Every Dream Sep 4, 2017- Podcast Episode 20. REDinc offers a model worth replicating when it comes to helping young people achieve their work related dreams according to Mitch Halligan Work and Training Coordinator at REDinc. REDinc. is based in NSW, Australia, and was originally started by 5 families who found there was nowhere for… Continue reading… Be Brave Aug 28, 2017- Podcast Episode 19. You need to be brave and a bit terrified at the same time when it comes to building independence skills, according to Robyn in the second part of her son’s story. The key is to not underestimate our children and what they can do, but you will… Continue reading… Get Your Cranky Pants On Aug 21, 2017- Podcast Episode 18. You need to focus forward 100%, and not waste your energy looking backwards, according to Robyn. Robyn lives in Sydney with her son Riley, his younger brother and her husband. She talks about the early years, finding out Riley has autism and how their family dealt with… Continue reading… A Lasting Interest In Sport Aug 14, 2017- Podcast Episode 17. Finding an interest as child, such as in sport, can lead to a lifelong passion that lasts right through adolescence and adulthood, and provides a strong connection to a community and a focus for life. This is the opinion of Maire who shares her story in this… Continue reading… At The Beginning Aug 7, 2017- Podcast Episode 16. Everyone’s journey is very different but sometimes listening to someone else’s journey can help us on our own way. This week we talk to Carol, mother to Leo, about her and her family’s journey with him. His leaving home is still a way off for them, but… Continue reading… Believe Jul 31, 2017- Podcast Episode 15. The earlier you know what you’re dealing with the easier it is to seek out the right support and put in place the right plan, this is the opinion of Scarlett mother of Edith. She believes her daughter Edith will achieve a great deal because her daughter has… Continue reading… When To Take The Stabilisers Off Jul 24, 2017- Podcast Episode 14. Knowing when to take the stabilisers away, and not just on a bicycle, is key to moving towards achieving an end goal.This is the view of Jackie, mother to Joe who has additional needs, including a speech and language disorder. Jackie explains what works for Joe is… Continue reading… Happy Holidays Jul 17, 2017- Podcast Episode 13. Holidays are a time to relax, rewind and recharge, but more often than not they end up being less about fun and more about stress. Vicki, an experienced travel consultant, shares tips for making travel less stressful. She understands our perspective because she is also a mother to… Continue reading… Building Resilience in the Forest Jul 10, 2017- Podcast Episode 12. The forest is a great place to learn about ourselves as well as the rhythms of nature, according to Laura Ashfield an outreach worker at the Surrey Wildlife Trust. More than this, she passionately believes the forest is a place that can help us discover our place… Continue reading… Long Term Goals Built On Small Steps Jul 3, 2017- Podcast Episode 11. Andy, father to a son with ASD and ADHD, takes a strategic view of independence, rather like a business plan. Because he does this, he and his wife have a clear vision of what they hope their son will be able to do age 21. If their… Continue reading… Perseverance Pays Off: Part II Jun 26, 2017- Podcast Episode 10. Proof that perseverance pays off is shown by Jacob and Sarah as Sarah explains the second part of Jacob's story: leaving school. Jacob has ambitions to work in the music industry, and is currently holding down a testing job as a barman to save money towards a year… Continue reading… Perseverance Pays Off: Part 1 Jun 19, 2017- Podcast Episode 09. With perseverance many great things can be achieved. Sarah is living proof of this with her son Jacob, who has Asperger's. In this two part podcast we will hear how Sarah guided Jacob through school and gave him the skills to succeed in quite a demanding job.… Continue reading… Finding Fashion That Works Jun 12, 2017- Podcast Episode 08. Matching clothes to the occasion is a challenge for us all. This week Elika Gibbs, owner of Practical Princess, is here to help. She professionally advises her clients on fashion and the organisation of wardrobes. Elika introduces us to the 'look book', and discusses the challenges of helping… Continue reading… Ace That Interview Jun 5, 2017- Podcast Episode 07. Preparation and practice: these are the keys to interview success. This is the advice from Sam, an experienced HR director, who this week shares her expertise on how to not only survive the interview but how to succeed. She covers what needs to be included in a… Continue reading… We Are Family – Sibling Relationships May 29, 2017- Podcast Episode 06. Sibling relationships are never easy, especially if one sibling has additional needs. This week I talk to Julie, a mother of 2 children, about her experiences and the challenges. She talks about the tactics she uses to make family life work for everyone and her ideas for… Continue reading… House To Rent, No Experience Required May 22, 2017- Podcast Episode 05. Independent living means having your own place to live. Finding that place isn’t always easy. In this episode Julia, a landlord who is renting out a property to young people with additional needs, tells us why. We hear that finding a place to rent requires perseverance and… Continue reading… A Brush with Authority May 15, 2017- Podcast Episode 04. Hear a former police officer talk about how to deal with authority in a more positive way. Ian is an ex-police officer who dealt with incidents where young people with additional needs were involved. He saw how a lack of understanding on both sides could often turn difficult situations… Continue reading… Building Social Skills May 8, 2017- Podcast Episode 03. Hear from Emily Hughes, an expert in developing social skills, about the tools and tactics that can be used to help develop social skills. Learn how important it is to ask the right questions and not just provide the right answers to reinforce a script. Listen to… Continue reading…